JAPANESE SUBMARINE SIGHTED AND CAPTURED
NEAR GREEN ISLAND DURING WW2
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A sighting of Japanese soldiers on the beach at Yarrabah Mission may have been linked to reports of a Japanese submarine being seen in the area and supposedly captured near Green Island. The Australian War Memorial records indicate that the Royal Australian Navy had investigated the sighting of a Japanese submarine off Green Island.
Were they really Japanese or were they Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) operatives or maybe Netherlands East Forces Intelligence Service's officers from the the "House on the Hill" in Cairns?
Rob Hinxman, a school teacher at Yarrabah, remembers that there was a map of the area taken from the Japanese submarine captured off Cairns. The map was apparently held in either the John Oxley Mapping Section of the Queensland State Library or at the Queensland Maritime Museum.
Can anyone give me some more details on this story?
Bradley, Vera, "I Didn't Know That - Cairns and Districts Tully to Cape York, 1939-1946, Service Personnel and Civilians", Boolarong Press, 1995
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This page first produced 2 November 2000
This page last updated 18 June 2005