John Magor, petty officer instructor at TS Krait, at the commemoration service for Operation Rimau at the Dayman Park memorial.
John Magor, petty officer instructor at TS Krait, at the commemoration service for Operation Rimau at the Dayman Park memorial. Alistair Brightman

Paying tribute to Z Special Unit at memorial in Dayman Park

ABOUT 100 people gathered at the Krait Memorial in Urangan on Sunday to pay their respects to the 23 Z Special Unit operatives of Operation Rimau.

Considered the tragic sequel to the successful Operation Jaywick, Operation Rimau was an aborted attack on Japanese shipping at Singapore Harbour in October 1944.

Hervey Bay Vietnam veteran and military researcher Bob Taylor said the Z Special Unit operatives were sourced from the Fraser Island commando school, which trained more than 900 soldiers between 1943 and 1945.

All 23 Z Special Unit operatives were killed during Operation Rimau, which was aborted just before the planned attack.

Mr Taylor said 13 were killed in action while the remaining 10 were captured and executed in 1945 by beheading.

Brian Tidyman, vice-president of the Hervey Bay RSL, said it was heartening to see so many people at yesterday's commemoration service.

"This is the best attendance we've ever had," he said.

"We're very impressed with the cadet turnout from the three services," Mr Tidyman said.