Jim Price - Japanese plane attacks destroyer

Running time
1 min 32 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


On the way up from Milne Bay where we went from Queensland, from Cairns we went to Milne Bay and on the way from Milne Bay we went on a destroyer, an American destroyer out to Buna and on the way, about 10 o'clock in the morning, I think, alarms went off and there was a Jap plane coming in low from the horizon out of the sun, sort of, and the radar hadn't picked him up, it was one of the boys with binoculars that picked him up I think and he kept coming and all the American gunners they were firing at him and I thought, he kept coming and coming and they never hit him and he was just about, he'd be about 11 o'clock and about five or six hundred feet up, I suppose.

It might have been higher than that and I thought, 'Gee, he's just about to dive on us and drop a bomb' and suddenly one of the shells hit him and it must have hit a bomb he was carrying because the plane just exploded and went up and out, you know, big red flames and smoke and of course the Yanks, they just left their guns and they're jumping around, dancing and hugging one another.

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