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Honour - Sunda Strait 1942


Date - 28-February / 01-March
Type - Single Ship or Boat Service Actions
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

 
Description The action took place in the Sunda Strait to the west of Java.

Following the defeat of ABDA (American-British-Dutch-Australian) naval forces in the Java Sea 27-Feb, surviving allied warships tried to clear the area.

The damaged heavy cruiser USS Houston and cruiser HMAS Perth sailed from Batavia via the Sunda Strait. However they encountered a Japanese heavy cruiser squadron and were both sunk.

In a similar scene the damaged cruiser HMS Exeter, and destroyers HMS Encounter and USS Pope sailed from Surabaya, were found and attacked by Japanese aircraft and all sunk.

 

 
 
HM Ships
Encounter  Exeter  Perth (RAN)     
         
 
This page last edited - 17 September, 2012.

Copyright Ian M King, except where otherwise indicated.