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The Endeh was a Dutch auxiliary minesweeper (Hulpmijnenveger 18) On March 2nd, 1942, while trying to escape the Japanese and make it for the Australian coast, the Endeh was sunk with gunfire by the Japanese destroyer Matsukaze and Shiozake.

With a crew of 24 volunteers ( mainly officers) she tried to escape to safer waters but was intercepted on the Java sea north of Jakarta.

Seven men were killed the others 17 managed to reach one of the small islands in the Thousand Islands-archipelago.

They were advised by local fishermen to go for the island Poelau Klappa (sic. Pulau Kelapa) for food. 4 of them went with the fishermen and were murdered by the locals the same day on Poelau Klappa.

On March 23rd, the surviving 13 reached Krawang, northeast of Batavia and were captured by the Japanese the next day.


Type: mine sweeper DEFG-class

Built: Droogdok Maatschappij in Tandjong Priok. 1940
Commissioned: 1941
Complement: 10-14
Propulsion: Enterprise diesel
Speed: 12,5 
Armament: 2 x .30 Lewis MG.

Power360 hp
Length113.8 feet (34.7 m)
Width18.7 feet (5.7 m)
Draft6.2 feet (1.9 m)
Displacement175 ton


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