Sailor Jerry: Battle of Sunda Strait
In Wisconsin, United States
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USS Houston (SSN-713)
I was stationed aboard the USS Solomons (CVE-67) which was home ported in San Diego. We had just recieved orders and were shipping out in 2 days. We were to become part of a multi-national fleet of ships called the American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA). Orders were to patrol the waters in and around the Java Sea in search of ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The ABDA included the ships listed below.
the Dawson = 6
the Eisner = 9
the Salisbury Sound = 7
the Kankakee = 0
the Timmerman = 1
the Canberra = 8
the Munsee = 1
the Mifflin = 4
the Woodrow Wilson = 5
the Vance = 0
the Stagbush = 3
the Aldebaran = 6
the Hocking = 2
the Numitor = 9
the Oneyana = 8
the Indiana = 4
the San Carlos = 7
the Keresaspa = 3
the James O'Hara = 2
and my ship, the Solomons = 5
Solve for N44 2A.BCD W88 0W.XYZ
Match the name to the picture of the ship. Replace the letter below the picture with the number next to the name to get the final coordinates.
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Other Sailor Jerry Caches.
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GC2E9QD Sailor Jerry: Full Astern
GC2E257 Sailor Jerry: Life At Sea
GC2ECFD Sailor Jerry: Day of Infamy
GC2ECPX Sailor Jerry: The Navigator
GC2EJCN Sailor Jerry: Oceanus
and GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage.
The Japanese amphibious forces gathered to strike at Java on February 27, 1942. The Japanese convoy was escorted by two heavy and two light cruisers and 14 destroyers. The joint American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDA) consisted of two heavy cruisers, three light cruisers and nine destroyers. On February 28 the HMAS Perth and the USS Houston (pictured above) received orders to sail through Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap. By chance they encountered the main Japanese invasion fleet and were engaged by at least three cruisers and several destroyers. In a ferocious night battle that ended after midnight on 1 March, both the Perth and Houston were sunk. A Japanese minesweeper and a troop transport were sunk by friendly fire, while three other transports were damaged and had to be beached. A further two American, and one Dutch destroyer were sunk as they attempted to escape to Australia. The main ABDA naval force had been almost totally destroyed. 10 ships and approximately 2,173 sailors had been lost.
The adventures never end.
I would save the final coordinates
to all of the Sailor Jerry caches.
They will be needed to solve
GC2J4H6 Sailor Jerry: Final Voyage.
Congratulations to babokooks with the FTF
and becoming a Master Gunner.
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Last Updated: on 4/8/2015 4:35:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time (11:35 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum