Exhibition

Operation Jaywick

75 anniversary of the daring raid

MV KRAIT, 1989. Photographer Victoria Fernandez (ANMM)

On the night of the 26 September 1943, Australian and British commandoes of Z Special Unit paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour and blew up and severely damaged seven ships. This year is the 75 anniversary of the daring raid.

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  • A Daring Raid

    On the night of the 26 September 1943, Australian and British commandoes of Z Special Unit paddled folding kayaks into Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour and blew up and severely damaged seven ships. They had been deployed from a confiscated Japanese fishing boat (re-named Krait after a deadly snake) that had threaded its way undercover from Exmouth to Singapore.

    The men made it back to Krait unscathed but many Singaporeans like Mrs Elizabeth Choy were not so lucky. Arrested in the aftermath by the Japanese secret police in the notorious ‘Double Tenth Incident’ Mrs Choy was gaoled and tortured over 200 days on suspicion of collaborating on ‘Operation Jaywick’.

    This year is the 75 anniversary of the daring raid. To commemorate the event, museum fleet staff and curators are returning Krait to its WW2 configuration. The museum is also joining forces with the National Museum of Singapore to produce a wide-screen film about Operation Jaywick and a virtual reality experience that will take people ‘on board’ the historic vessel.  A diorama of the night of the commando raid is being installed in Action Stations and a small exhibition is being created to highlight key moments of the operation.

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