New touring exhibition on show
Dark Victory - Operation Jaywick: Singapore: 1943. Krait, a humble wooden fishing tender, was part of one of World War II’s most daring and successful Allied raids into Japanese-occupied waters. Krait features in a pull-up banner exhibition (courtesy of the Australian National Maritime Museum), a video documentary and an accompanying Virtual Reality experience. On show at the Maritime Museum of Townsville now until the end of September. Called Operation Jaywick, the plan was for the vessel and its 14 Z Special Unit commandos, disguised as a Malaysian fishing crew and vessel, to sneak into Singapore Harbour and sink Japanese ships. Come to the Museum and put on a headset for a virtual reality tour of Krait, now on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Learn more when viewing the exhibition and the video and find out the link between this incredible story and Townsville, commemorated by means of a monument in the Museum's memorial garden. But also discover the dark consequences of the raid when the Japanese military police arrested and tortured dozens of people in Singapore, suspecting them of assisting the raiders. And learn about the tragic sequel of Operation Jaywick, when Z Special Unit commandos, trying to replicate the raid, were captured and executed by the Japanese - Operation Rimau. Lest we forget.