Horrie Young, radio operator on the Krait for Operation Jaywick (1943) whose mission was to sink Japanese vessels in Singapore Harbour, met with students from Amaroo School, ACT, for a Q&A session about his experiences. At one point he recounted how a Japanese patrol came very close to the Krait, but at the last minute turned away, much to the relief of the crew as they had determined they would blow up the boat rather than be captured. The explosives were only 18” from Horrie’s nose. The Krait continued to Singapore Harbour where it successfully attached limpet mines to Japanese vessels, sending seven to the bottom of the ocean.
Students also participated in the Remembrance Day ceremony, doing a Bible reading and placing wreaths. Sean Gallagher, the son of a serving officer, spoke about ‘What Remembrance Day Means to Me’, and Hayley Stensholt spoke about the Krait and its mission.
During the day all students had an opportunity to board the Krait and participate in an educational program produced by the Museum especially for the occasion. ABC1 reporter Geoff Sims reported on Horrie’s role, the history of the Krait, the student visit and the Remembrance Day ceremony. Additionally Sean and Hayley were interviewed separately on board Krait, and the entire news item was aired the same evening on the 7.00pm news.