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May 24, 2012
WHILE the Battle of the
Coral Sea of May 4-8,
1942 is properly recog-
nised as a strategic victory
for the US Navy, the actual 'saviour'
of Port Moresby from the intended
Japanese invasion was a little-known
VADM Sir John Crace was finally
honoured on May 5 with a memori-
al near the Canberra suburb of Crace
(named after his father), not far from
where he grew up in Gungahlin.
Chief Capability Development
Group VADM Peter Jones repre-
sented the CN and said that Australia
owed VADM Crace a great debt for
his astute command of the Australian
Cruiser Squadron during the Battle of
the Coral Sea.
"It is a great honour to be here
today to unveil this fine memorial in
memory of Admiral Sir John Crace
and all those Australian airmen and
sailors who fought to defend Australia
in the Battle of the Coral Sea," he said.
Also present was VADM Crace's
86-year-old son Christopher who trav-
elled to Australia for the ceremony.
"I'm proud of my father and what
he achieved and of those who served
with him," Mr Crace said.
VADM John Crace enlisted in the
THE NAMING OF CRACE
Edward Kendall Crace (1844--1892)
was an Australian pastoralist who
owned extensive land holdings around
what is now the wider North Canberra
region and was one of the original set-
tlers in the Gungahlin area. By 1880
he owned the properties of Gungahlin,
Ginninderra and Charnwood. Crace
and his wife, Kate Marion Crace, had
six daughters and two sons. Edward
Crace died in 1892 when trying to
cross a flooded Ginninderra Creek.
While the suburb of Crace was named
after Edward Kendall Crace, the name
pays homage to the achievements and
contributions of the whole family.
Coral Sea victory honoured
The Battle of the Coral Sea was an important victory for Australia in the fight to protect Port Moresby from the
Japanese, driven by VADM Sir John Crace, Andrew Stackpool reports.
PROUD SERVICE: HMAS Australia returns from the Battle of the Coral Sea. Inset, VADM Sir John Crace.
Photo courtesy of Australian War Memorial
Royal Navy in 1902 and was appoint-
ed commander of the RAN fleet in
When war broke out with Japan,
the then RADM Crace was assigned
command of the Anzac Force, a force
of American, Australian and New
Zealand cruisers and destroyers tasked
with the protection of north-eastern
Australia and the surrounding waters.
In April 1942, Allied intelligence
became aware of an intended Japanese
naval invasion of Tulagi in Solomon
Islands and Port Moresby, intended to
cut off the sea approaches to Darwin
and provide the Imperial Japanese
Navy with a secure operating base on
Australia's northern doorstep.
Part of the Anzac Force was
assigned to the US Navy's TF17 --
under RADM Jack Fletcher -- a large
American carrier task force cobbled
together to confront the Japanese.
On May 4, VADM Crace's force
was detached to patrol the Jomard
Passage near Port Moresby as a coun-
ter to the Japanese invasion force.
This was a bold but risky deci-
sion as it weakened RADM Fletcher's
anti-aircraft capability and also placed
VADM Crace's force in danger of
being overwhelmed by Japanese air
forces as he had no air support.
Arguably, however, it was the most
significant decision of the entire battle.
VADM Crace arrived just in time
to order the ships into anti-aircraft for-
mation before attacks by the Japanese
On their return to Rabaul, the
Japanese airmen incorrectly reported
they had sunk a battleship and dam-
aged another and a cruiser.
Japanese ADM Inouye did not
expect any capital ships to be near
Port Moresby but ordered the invasion
force to reverse course while the accu-
racy of the reports was confirmed.
RADM Fletcher's gamble had paid
off; had the US and Anzac forces not
been there, Port Moresby would have
been in Japanese hands.
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