A War Veteran’s Final Interview
As the last surviving raid member of WWII’s Operation Jaywick, Moss Berryman has a story to tell, and we have a duty to listen. Moss was just 19 years old when he and 13 other men from the Allied Forces Z Special Unit undertook one of Australia’s most daring and successful wartime missions.
They spent four months at sea aboard the Krait, a reclaimed Japanese shipping vessel, and travelled from Exmouth, Western Australia to Singapore Harbour with no promise of a return. The members of Operation Jaywick dyed their skin and hair and wore sarongs to better disguise themselves as the local fisherman. Eight of the crew paddled 50km in folding canoes deep into enemy territory, attached limpet mines to seven Japanese shipping vessels and successfully sunk or destroyed each one. Every member of Operation Jaywick made it back alive and hold the record for the longest amount of time spent undetected in enemy territory. Unfortunately, a repeat mission later in the war didn’t have the same success and some of the Z Special soldiers from the first mission were captured and killed.
The Australian Defence Force offered the team sixpence per day in danger money for the mission; 75 years later, they still haven’t been paid.
This piece of Australian history was hidden behind a top-secret veil for decades, and right now, for the last time, we have the opportunity to be taken on a journey through Moss Berryman’s firsthand account as a member of the Z Special Unit in the Second World War.
We request your generosity in this GoFundMe campaign to support the production of a short film honouring the legacy of our wartime heroes who participated in Operation Jaywick and the bravery Moss Berryman and his fellow raid members showed on their courageous four-month mission.
The Adventure Group is going to re-enact this epic feat of Special Operations, focusing on the canoe approach to Singapore Harbour.
We do this to honour and commemorate the men that carried out this raid, for they are the forebears of today’s Special Forces community from which we draw our DNA. We do this also to raise funds to support Australia’s veteran community. This is a fundraising mission.
Read more about the reenactment here
Apologies for the lack of updates, we have been busy on this side trying to get this incredible story off the ground.
Firstly our team, lead by The Adventure Group, completed a reenactment of Operation Jaywick for the 75th Anniversary. More about what we set out to achieve and what we did can be found here https://hqtag.com/opjaywick/ I've also included a few photos.
Secondly, we have been in constant contact with Moss Berryman about his involvement in this project. We were scheduled to film with Moss last weekend, the 10th and 11th of November. Unfortunately, the shoot had to be rescheduled as Moss has fallen sick and did not feel up to it, a decision we completely understand and respect. At this stage, we are respecting Moss's wishes to allow him to recover.
We will be in touch over the coming weeks with any updates, Thank you.
This is a total disgrace! We have current and past politicians who could repay this debt out of their lunch money. I have long thought that our system of govt is a farce and needs a complete revamp. Don't ever forget our history, it made Australia, Australian!! A promise is a promise and a hand shake used to mean geniune committment - front up Aust Govt and pay out !!! At today's CPI !!!
The better read us would have read The Australian Classic, "Heroes". I read this book on my own volition in High School in 1979. It was an amazing read. I have even had the privilege of standing aboard The Krait once docked at The Southport Yacht Club on the Southport Broadwater. Amazing men. Operation Ramu another story all together. Cpl Mitchell RAAF retired.
Not yet paid their danger money - yet we give billions away. I am ashamed. I could bet that this is no longer taught in schools either. Some of the 1/2 a trillion being used to re-vamp the War memorial should go to this. I am so proud of our past, present and future soldiers...
I am sure that more than one documentary has already been done on this Operation and from memory one included a re-enactment of the events
Is there a post addressed pls.i want to send some artwork to raise funds
this story has already been told, there is a couple of documentaries already made and have been aired on the History Channel of Foxtel ..... so why are you wanting to tell the same story ...? what is going to be different to those documentaries already made ?
The last person the rekon is still alive is not the right person it is Arthur Joe Jones who is alive and he is my grandads brother he didnt go back because he wasn't getting paid the same the rest were beheaded
I've forwarded to Brendan Nelson at the war memorial - via his email - unsure if this has already been done so and apologise if this is the case. Hopefully he can see fit to share this story... Regards Adrian
Didn't say that any of or part of money goes to moss berrymen so no I don't think I'll donate to a producer sorry I smell a rat??
We give hundreds of millions away to countries (read politicians) we have never heard of. Why can’t we give a few paltry $ to preserve our nations proud wartime history. A disgrace....
HQSF should be approached, and LTGEN Angus Campbell. Does anyone have thier contact details?
Have you tryed contacting tv channels like ABC . Might be a great place to start
Maybe the Foreign Min could throw a few bob of Indons sonations into it..
RSL's should help out they have treasuries which are run by veterans
Has the RSL been approached?