Battle of the Coral Sea 75th Commemoration: Bill White


I had an interest in wireless, this is at 15 or 16 Time went by and then I did physicals and all that And bit by bit I joined the navy – became a wireless bloke Normally I was stationed in the second wireless office, action stations or dawn to dusk action stations… In fact, I didn’t even know where the Coral Sea was The carriers were in one group, the cruisers Australia, Hobart and Chicago with a couple of destroyers were sent down towards the Jomard Passage to block any warships coming in In the end it reflects that it was absolutely important The fact that the Japs would have sailed happily into Port Moresby, nothing to stop them They could have bombed at will the Northern Territory, Queensland and could have established any sort of a naval base there

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