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Australia’s famous ‘unknown sailor’ identified after 80 years


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In November 1941, HMAS Sydney was involved in an engagement with German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, disguised as a Dutch steamer, off the coast of Western Australia. Both ships were completely destroyed in the action, with all 645 men on board Sydney perishing. Kormoran was scuttled with approximately three-quarters of her crew surviving to become prisoners of war.

Three months after the incident, a body washed up in a life-raft on Australia’s Christmas Island. The corpse, which had no identifying features, was dressed in navy overalls that had been bleached white by the sun. He became known as ‘the unknown sailor’.

https://the-past.com/news/australias-famous-unknown-sailor-identified-after-80-years/

 

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