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    Sunda Strait  Indonesia
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Kevin Denlay 1996

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The Sunda Strait is locted between Java and Sumatra.

Battle of Sunda Strait
During February 28 to March 1, 1942, the Battle of Sunda Strait consisted of several warships that survived the Dutch East Indies Campaign and Battle of the Java Sea that were then trying to escape from the Java area.

Allied cruisers, USS Houston CA-30 and HMAS Perth, which were attempting to escape southward through Soenda Strait (Sunda Strait). The pair ran into the Japanese invasion armada in the process of assaulting Jakarta. The cruisers were destroyed, but only after sinking three Japanese transports. On February 28, 1942, the Japanese heavy cruisers torpedoes and sank Dutch light cruisers Hr Ms De Ruyter (RNN RAdm Doorman's flagship, in which he is lost) and Dutch light cruiser Hr Ms Java. After the battle, the Japanese land on north coast of Java.

Unknown one for most of the war, many of the crews of the ships sunk were taken prisoner and initially. Several years later, a Japanese transport with Australian survivors of the Perth was torpedoed, and the Australians rescued, shed light about what happened to the Perth and Houston, as no signals of thier battle were transmitted before they were sunk.

HMAS Perth (D29)
Sunk February 28, 1942

USS Houston (CA-30)
Sunk February 28, 1942

HNMS Evertsen (EV)
Beached February 28, 1942

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August 25, 2018

 

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