Territory Stories

Liao Lee

Details:

Title

Liao Lee

Name

Liao Lee

Also known as

Lee, Liao

Collection

WWII Roll of Honour; HistoryNT; Second World War, 1939-1945

Date

2021

Occupation

Storekeeper

Unit

MV Neptuna

Date of death

1942-02-19

Place of death

MV Neptuna

Memorial

Hong Kong Memorial, China

Biographical notes

Lee Liao was a 38 year old storekeeper on the MV Neptuna. Further information on his life has yet to be discovered. The Neptuna had a Hong Kong registration, and had been doing the Hong Kong - Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) run, which explains her predominantly Chinese crew. She arrived in Darwin Harbour loaded with two hundred depth charges and a very large quantity of anti-aircraft shells for the Navy and Army. When the Japanese air attack began the Neptuna was berthed alongside the main wharf awaiting maintenance. The first bomb hit the ship below the waterline and she began taking on water; she then received a direct hit causing her to catch on fire. When the fire entered No. 3 and No. 4 hatches, the Neptuna blew apart, creating a huge mushroom cloud caused by the explosion of the ammunition she was carrying. Most of the surviving ship's company were rescued from the wharf and the harbour and taken aboard HMAS Platypus, a depot ship being used as a casualty clearing station. Thirty-six of the ship's crew were killed, including the Master, Captain William Michie.

Notes

Metadata: Attribution International 4.0 (CC-BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Language

English

Subject

Second World War, 1939-1945; Bombing of Darwin; Roll of Honour; Northern Territory history

File type

image/tiff

Use

No known copyright

Copyright owner

Library & Archives NT

License

https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/pubic-domain/pdm

Related links

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2599904/%20LEE%20LIAO/ [Commonwealth War Graves]; https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=334209&S=9&R=0 [Darwin Raids - Casualty Lists and Enquiries]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/281870 [PictureNT : PH1073/0017, MV Neptuna, Chris Meldrum Collection]|https://hdl.handle.net/10070/844064 [WWII Military Units : MV Neptuna]

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/839807

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/839807

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/840377


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