JAPANESE SUBMARINE PLOTTED OFF MORETON ISLAND
BY RAAF RADAR STATION NO. 23 AT FORT LYTTON
ON 13 MAY 1943, THE DAY BEFORE THE "CENTAUR" WAS SUNK

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On 13 May 1943 No. 23 Radar Station RAAF, plotted a surface vessel which was located about 40 miles off the coast of Moreton Island. The blip was characteristic of a surfaced submarine. W.A.A.A.F. Operators P. Woodward, K. Rae and M. Hess reported the plots to the Fighter Sector Control in Brisbane. The plots were verified by the Commanding Officer of No. 23 Radar Station, Pilot Officer W. Fielder-Gill.

The hospital ship "Centaur" was torpedoed off Moreton Island by the Japanese submartine I-177 at 4.10am on the following day, 14 May 1943. 268 people were killed in this disaster.

 

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