The video documentary ‘A Tale of Two Ships’ and eight-banner display highlights the ending weeks of the WWII Japanese destruction. The combined efforts of naval forces from the American-British-Dutch-Australian fleet in Indonesian waters resulted in the loss of over a thousand lives on the night of February 28, 1942. On this blood-strewn evening, USS Houston and HMAS Perth were sunk in fierce battle off the Island of Java. From the sinking of both ships, visitors will follow the survivors as they are forced into captivity as prisoners-of-war. Many ended up working on the Burma-Thai Railway – the ‘Death Railway’ – while others were once again shipwrecked as their Japanese transport ships were torpedoed by American submarines, unaware of their presence aboard.
The fascinating exhibit examines the wrecks of both ships which remain off the coast of Indonesian sea-floor, and the preservation work of Australian and Indonesian authorities to protect them from illegal salvaging.
This exhibit is on loan from the Australian National Maritime Museum, in conjunction with Pacific Battleship Center, on its tour of the United States. It highlights the ongoing friendship and alliance between our two countries and has been developed as part of ANMM’s ‘War and Peace in the Pacific 75’ commemorative program. Guardians of Sunda Strait is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s USA Programs and is funded by the USA Bicentennial Gift Fund.
Guests are able to ride the Flight Simulator with a purchase of a Combo Tour and Ride Ticket. A separate $8 ticket is available for the Flight Simulator only.
The HUP-2 is an important artifact which tells the important story of battleship-based helicopter aviation.
It is one of the last remaining HUP-2 helicopters available in the United States.