On the night of May 31, 1942, three Japanese submarines of an ultra-small class entered the harbor of Sydney, Australia. In the harbor at that moment were the American heavy cruiser Chicago, the destroyer Perkins and the destroyer of the destroyers Dobbin. Two of the 46-ton submarines were sunk, but the M24 launched two torpedoes, one of which sank the HMAS Kuttabul ferry, killing 19 Australian sailors and two Englishmen. The second torpedo flew ashore and did not explode.
The Japanese mini submarine M24 was destroyed by an American destroyer 5 kilometers from the coast. Two other submarines sunk during the attack are raised to the surface and displayed in the National Military Museum of Australia.
Photo place: Melbourne, Australia
Date of the photo: November 1942
Source: Australian War Memorial.