Unveiled on 2 March 1957, the Kranji War Memorial honours over 25,000 men and women from Singapore, Britain, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Malaya, the Netherlands and New Zealand who gave up their lives in the line of duty defending Singapore during the Second World War.
Disguised as local fishermen, Australian and British commandos carried out Operation Jaywick, a daring raid on Japanese ships at Keppel Harbour in Singapore.
“At 5.15 a.m. on the morning of September 27, 1943 a terrific explosion shook the harbour of Singapore and a big Japanese tanker went up in flames. She was the first of seven ships to blow up at their moorings – victims of Operation Jaywick, a daring sabotage expedition in World War Two carried out by men of Unit Z of the Australian Experimental Station.”
This is the dramatic introduction to “The Cruise of the Krait” which retells, in comic book form, the story of the real-life Operation Jaywick, a clandestine attack by British and Australian commandos and sailors on Japanese ships in Singapore’s Keppel Harbour.