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"Operation Jaywick: A Reassessment of Results" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2019 2:47 p.m. PST

"Preserved in Sydney harbour today, as part of the Australian National Maritime Museum vessel collection[1], is a small former Japanese fish carrier that has in recent years became a symbol of military pride within Australia. Renamed KRAIT the vessel was used by a diverse group of servicemen serving in Z Special Unit of Special Operations Australia (Services Reconnaissance Department) to attack and sink several Japanese merchant ships at anchor off Singapore on the night of 26/27 September 1943, a raid known as Operation Jaywick.

But although the raid was pronounced successful at the time, though kept secret in order to confuse and demoralize the enemy, the total extent of the damage done by Jaywick has remained shrouded in mystery, even with postwar analysis of Japanese records. This article seeks to determine how many vessels were probably sunk and their likely identities…"
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