SHIPS ATTACKED OFF THE AUSTRALIAN COASTLINE
BY JAPANESE SUBMARINES

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NEW SOUTH WALES

Date Ship Country Tonnage Submarine Damage

1942

16 May 42 Wellen USSR 5,135 tons I-29 Damaged by gunfire
31 May 42 HMAS Kuttabul Australian 447 tons Midget Submarine M24 Sunk, 19 killed, 10 wounded
3 Jun 42 Iron Chieftain Australian 4,812 tons I-21 Sunk by torpedoes
3 Jun 42 Age Australian 4,734 tons I-24 Came under gunfire but undamaged
5 Jun 42 Echunga Australian 3,362 tons I-24 Chased by I-24 but undamaged
9 Jun 42 Orestes British 7,748 tons I-24 Damaged by gunfire
12 Jun 42 Guatemala Panamanian 5,967 tons I-24 Sunk by torpedoes
20 Jul 42 George S. Livanos Greek 4,835 tons I-11 Sunk by torpedoes
21 Jul 42 Coast Farmer USA 3,290 tons I-11 Sunk by torpedoes
22 Jul 42 William Dawes USA 7,177 tons I-11 Sunk by torpedoes
23 Jul 42 Allara Australian 3,279 tons I-175 Damaged by torpedoes
24 Jul 42 Murada Australian 3,345 tons I-175 Damaged by torpedoes
27 Jul 42 Coolana Australian 2,197 tons I-11 Torpedoed but undamaged
3 Aug 42 Dureenbee Australian 233 tons I-175 Abandoned after damaged by gunfire

1943

18 Jan 43 Kalingo New Zealand 2,407 tons I-21 Sunk by torpedoes
18 Jan 43 Mobilube USA 9,860 tons I-21 Badly damaged by torpedoes
22 Jan 43 Peter H. Burnett USA 7,176 tons I-21 Damaged by torpedoes
8 Feb 43 Iron Knight Australian 4,812 tons I-21 Sunk by torpedoes
10 Feb 43 Starr King USA 7,176 tons I-21 Sunk by torpedoes
11 Apr 43 Recina Yugoslavian 4,732 tons I-26 Sunk by torpedoes
26 Apr 43 Limerick British 8,724 tons I-177 Sunk by torpedoes
27 Apr 43 Lydia M. Childs USA 7,176 tons I-178 Sunk by torpedoes
29 Apr 43 Wollongbar Australian 2,239 tons I-180 Sunk by torpedoes
5 May 43 Fingal Norwegian 2,137 tons I-180 Sunk by torpedoes
12 May 43 Caradale Australian 1,881 tons I-180 Minor torpedo damage
12 May 43 Ormiston Australian 5,832 tons I-180 Damaged by torpedoes
29 May 43 Sheldon Jackson USA 7,176 tons I-174 Torpedoed but undamaged
6 Jun 43 John Bartram USA 7,176 tons I-174 Torpedoed but undamaged
16 Jun 43 Portmar USA 5,551 tons I-174 Sunk by torpedoes
16 Jun 43 LST-469 USA 5,000 tons I-174 Badly damaged by torpedoes

 

HMAS Patricia Cam sunk by a Japanese Float Plane
near the Wessell Islands, Northern Territory on 22 January 1943

 

QUEENSLAND

Date Ship Country Tonnage Submarine Damage

1942

7 Aug 42 Mamutu Australian 300 tons RO-33 Sunk by gunfire

1943

24 Apr 43 Kowarra Australian 2,125 tons I-26 Sunk by torpedoes, 21 killed, 11 survivors
14 May 43 Centaur Australian 3,222 tons I-177 Sunk by torpedoes, 258 killed
1 Jun 43 Point San Pedro USA 3,303 tons I-174 Torpedoed but undamaged
4 Jun 43 Edward Chambers USA 4,113 tons I-174 Came under gunfire but undamaged

 

VICTORIA

Date Ship Country Tonnage Submarine Damage

1942

4 Jun 42 Iron Crown Australian 3,353 tons I-27 Sunk by torpedoes
4 Jun 42 Barwon Australian 4,239 tons I-27 Came under gunfire & torpedo attack but undamaged

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Date Ship Country Tonnage Submarine Damage

1942

1 Mar 42 Parigi Dutch 1,172 tons I-2 Sunk by torpedoes off Fremantle
3 Mar 42 Narbada ? 8,988 tons I-3 Came under gunfire 90 miles WNW of Fremantle
3 Mar 42 Tongariro British 8,720 tons I-3 Attacked 150 miles WSW of Fremantle
3 Mar 42 Siantar Dutch 8,806 tons I-1 Sunk by torpedoes NW of Shark Bay

 


 

German U-Boat attacks off the Australian Coast during WW2
Attacks one ship and sinks two others

 

German Commerce Raiders mine Australian Waters
 four ships sunk and one severely damaged

 

REFERENCE

Jenkins, David, "Battle Surface - Japan's Submarine War against Australia 1942 - 44", Random House Australia, 1992

 

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