Black and white photograph from a photography album by David Ralph Goodwin, RAN. The album contains 108 black and white photographs from World War II, many highly significant, showing sea battles (live fire), survivors, wounded and the dead being buried at sea. The photographs are secured with photo corners - a few now adrift. Includes images of German troops evacuating from Greece; German airborne troops in front of Junkers; airborne assault on Crete; Singapore burning; and later actions in Coral Sea. Includes a photo of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk on 9 August 1942, in the Battle of Savo Island.

David Ralph Goodwin was born 14 November 1921 in Mordialloc. He enlisted 11 May 1938 in Melbourne, service number 22112, and became an Able Seaman. During World War II he served on HMA Ships Perth (19 May 1939 - 28 August 1941) and Hobart (29 August 1941 - 4 September 1942) before being transferred to HMAS Cerberus (5 September 1942 - 21 July 1943), the Royal Australian Navy's Western Port training facility. He remained at HMAS Cerberus until June 1943 when he was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety neuroses. He was discharged on 21 July 1943. He formed the ex-HMAS Perth Association in 1966. David Ralph Goodwin died on the 4th of June 2011.

Image depicting German paratroopers landing at Crete during the invasion. The Battle of Crete was the largest German airborne invasion of World War II, it is therefore likely that these paratroopers are part of this battle. Goodwin's diary records German paratroopers landing in Crete on 20 May 1941. Although the inscription refers to "Suda Bay" the correct spelling is "Souda Bay."

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A large group of German paratroops and supply containers are pictured parachuting over Crete. Several Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft are also pictured, one on the left has been hit by anti-aircraft fire and is trailing smoke.

Physical Description

Black and white photograph.

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