Garden Island Naval Base HMAS Kuttabul Memorial


Location Garden Island Naval Base, 18 Wylde Street, Potts Point, City of Sydney - New South Wales, Australia
Type memorial

Sandstone column faced with a crown and anchor. A silver bell sits on top of the structure. The base displays a plaque with a dedication and list of those who perished onboard HMAS Kuttabul on the night of Sunday, 31 May1942, when three Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour to attack Allied shipping. The memorial is located adjacent to the loss site. In aiming for the Cruiser USS Chicago, a torpedo from one of the submarines missed its prime target and instead sunk the depot ferry HMAS Kuttabul, at the time acting as a dormitory vessel for sailors awaiting postings to naval ships. Two of the three submarines were destroyed within the harbour with the third believed to have sunk in the open sea off Sydney. In recognition of a brave enemy, the Japanese sailors from the two retrieved submarines were given full military funerals, their cremated remains eventually returned to their homeland. Imperial Japanese Navy losses amounted to six sailors of the Eastern Attack Group: Lieut. Katsuhisa Ben and Petty Officer Mamoru Ashibi; Lieut. Kenshi Chuman and Petty Officer Takeshi Mamoru; Sub Lieut. Keiu Matsuo and Petty Officer Masao Tsuzukuc

This record includes photograph of the Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony marking the 60th Anniversary of the sinking, conducted on Saturday, 1 June 2002, HMAS KUTTABUL RAN Shore Base.

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In memory of the following sailors who were killed when HMAS Kuttabul was sunk by an enemy submarine in Sydney Harbour on the night of 31 May 1st June 1942




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VENNING, Raymond Owen

Service number S6116
Ordinary Seaman
HMAS Kuttabul (Shore)
Royal Australian Navy
Born 4 Jun 1923

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