Storied WWII raid items reunited with ship

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Historical items relating to a storied Allied raid on ships in Japanese-occupied Singapore in World War II are set to be reunited with the vessel which helped make it happen.

As part of Operation Jaywick, Allied forces in September 1943 paddled folding kayaks into Singapore Harbour and severely damaged seven Japanese ships via the use of limpet mines.

The soldiers had been deployed from a confiscated Japanese fishing boat, the MV Krait, which travelled undercover from Exmouth in Western Australia.

They all returned safely to Australia and the special operation is considered one of the most daring of the war.

The operation was so successful that the Japanese never realised how the ships had been sunk, and blamed local saboteurs. However this resulted in the mass torture and execution of European internees from Changi prison and local Chinese and Malay civilians.

The Australian National Maritime Museum on Tuesday said in a statement it had acquired a faux Japanese flag, medals and knife belonging to MV Krait commander and navigator Lieutenant Hubert Edward "Ted" Carse.

The items will be reunited with the MV Krait at the Sydney museum and put on display in the lead up to Anzac Day on Sunday.