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 'Pom-Pom Flak.' On February 12, 1941 the HMAS Perth was fitted with 2pdr Pom-Pom mounting to aid in defence against air attacks. 'Flak' refers to anti-aircraft fire and it is therefore likely that this image depicts the HMAS Perth using its new weaponry. According the diary of P.O. George Hatfield, who served on board the HMAS Perth, the first use of the Pom-Pom Flak was on May 13, 1941.

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Image taken during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Pom-pom flak is pictured.

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Black and white photograph.

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