Philip Weyland Bowyer-Smith, RN

Born  4 Feb 1894
Died  29 Nov 1978(84)


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Ranks

15 Sep 1911 Mid.
15 Jan 1914 A/S.Lt.
15 Jul 1914 S.Lt.
15 Aug 1915 Lt.
15 Aug 1923 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1929 Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Capt.

Retired: 5 Jul 1946


Decorations

3 Feb 1942 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)

Warship Commands listed for Philip Weyland Bowyer-Smith, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Perth (D 29)Capt.Light cruiser6 Jun 19401 Sep 1941

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Light cruiser HMAS Perth (D 29)


7 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN, transferred his flag from HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN) to HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN). (1)

20 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney escorting the troopship Strathmore (British, 23428 GRT, built 1935) to Port Phillip. (1)

22 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) and the troopship Strathmore (British, 23428 GRT, built 1935) arrived at Port Phillip from Sydney.

They departed again later the same day. (1)

23 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1645K/23, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) parted company with the troopship Strathmore (British, 23428 GRT, built 1935) after HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN) had taken the escort duties. (1)

24 Jun 1940
After having been relieved from escort duty the previous day, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN), commenced patrolling the Bass Strait area.

It was feared German raiders might mine these waters as mines had recently been discovered off New Zealand.

At 0100K/24, HMAS Perth received a report that a loud explosion had been heard south-eastward from Cape Otway at 1902K/23. It was considered possible that the explosion was caused by a mine which exploded on being laid. Had this been the case the enemy minelaying vessel, could at 15 knots, be outside the limit of the air reconnaissance laid down for this day. To intercept a possible enemy vessel HMAS Perth immediately proceeded southwards at 28 knots until 0500K/24 when a signal was received that today's air reconnaissance was to be extended a further 100 miles to seaward. HMAS Perth then reduced speed and set course to a more central position op the search area.

At 1156K/24, an aircraft report of a merchant vessel in a position approximately 40 nautical miles from HMAS Perth was received. According to Perth's shipping plot reveived from the Naval Board, no merchant ship was expected in this area so HMAS Perth proceeded at 30 knots to intercept. The ship was sighted and then identified as the Thornliebank (British, 5569 GRT, built 1939).

HMAS Perth continued her patrol off the area to the western entrance of the Bass Strait on the 25th.

HMAS Perth then set course to patrol off Cape Otway during the night of 25/26 June 1940. (1)

26 Jun 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Melbourne from escort duty and patrol. (1)

28 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) conducted exercises in Port Phillip and then proceeded to Western Port Bay where she anchored for the night. (1)

29 Jun 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Western Port Bay for Sydney. (1)

1 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Port Jackson, Sydney.

Before securing to a buoy, gunnery exercises were carried out. (1)

15 Jul 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney escorting the troopship Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1929) part of the way to Fremantle.

Before proceeding on escorting the troopship, HMAS Perth first conducted gunnery exercises off Sydney. (1)

17 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) and the troopship Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1929) arrived at Melbourne. (1)

18 Jul 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) and the troopship Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1929) departed Melbourne for Adelaide. (1)

20 Jul 1940
The troopship Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1929) arrived at Adelaide from Melbourne. Her escort, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) did not enter the harbour and remained at sea to conduct aircraft launching and recovering exercises.

The troopship and HMAS Perth continued their passage towards Fremantle later the same day. (1)

22 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930H/22, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) and the troopship Orontes (British, 20097 GRT, built 1929) made rendezvous with HMAS Adelaide (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) in position 35°37'S, 124°10'E which then took over the escort of the troopship towards Fremantle.

HMAS Perth set course for Adelaide. (1)

24 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived Adelaide from escort duty. (1)

26 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Adelaide for Melbourne. (1)

27 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Melbourne from Adelaide. (1)

30 Jul 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
During 30 and 31 July 1940, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN), conducted exercises in Port Phillip. On completion of the exercises HMAS Perth set course for Sydney. (1)

2 Aug 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Sydney from Melbourne (Port Phillip).

HMAS Perth was now taken in hand for the fitting of degaussing gear. (1)

10 Aug 1940
At 1000K/10, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney for patrol and exercises.

At 1600K/11, she made rendezvous with HMAS Adelaide (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN). Course was shaped for Sydney. Underway manoeuvres and exercises were commenced.

They arrived at Sydney on the 12th. The fitting of the deagaussing equipment on board HMAS Perth then continued. (2)

17 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) conducted D/G trials on the D/G range in Chowder Bay. (1)

20 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney after a distress signal had been received from the merchant vessel Turakina (British, 8565 GRT, built 1923) which reported being attacked in the Tasman Sea in position 38°27'S, 167°35'E.

HMAS Perth was ordered to proceed to position 36°00'S, 160°00'E.

After dark on 21 August, HMAS Perth set course to the Australian coastal shipping lanes. (1)

24 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) returned to Sydney from patrol. (1)

27 Aug 1940

Convoy US 4.

This convoy departed Wellington on 27 August 1940.

It was made up of the troopships; Empress of Japan (British, 26032 GRT, built 1930), Mauretania (British, 35739 GRT, built 1939) and Orcades (British, 23456 GRT, built 1937).
This last ship joined the convoy coming from Lyttleton.

They were escorted by the light cruiser HMNZS Achilles (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN).

To provide additional cover for this convoy the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney on 28 August 1940. She joined the convoy on 30 August.

Also on 30 August the troopship Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914) departed Sydney to join the convoy. She was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN).

They joined the convoy around dawn on 31 August 1940. HMNZS Achilles was then detached to proceed to Melbourne where she arrived later the same day. Rear-Admiral Crace transferred from HMAS Perth to HMNZS Achilles as he was required at Melbourne for staff discussions.

HMAS Perth also parted company with the convoy to return to Sydney.

The convoy continued on escorted by HMAS Canberra. It arrived at Fremantle on 2 September 1939.

The convoy departed Fremantle on 5 September 1939 still escorted by HMAS Canberra.

On 13 September 1940, the light cruiser HMS Colombo (Capt. C.A.E. Stanfield, RN) took over escort from HMAS Canberra.

The convoy arrived at Bombay on 15 September 1940.

28 Aug 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney for escort duty with convoy US 4.

For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 4 ' for 27 August 1940. (1)

1 Sep 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Sydney from convoy escort duty.

Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN, rejoined her later the same day. (1)

11 Sep 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Sydney for exercises at Jervis Bay.

She returned to Sydney on 13 September 1940. (1)

14 Sep 1940

Convoy US 5.

This convoy departed Sydney on 14 September 1940.

It was made up of the troopships; Indrapoera (Dutch, 10825 GRT, built 1925) and Slamat (Dutch, 11636 GRT, built 1924).

They were escorted by the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN).

In the afternoon of 16 September in Bass Strait the troopships Christiaan Huygens (Dutch, 16287 GRT, built 1927) and Nieuw Holland (Dutch, 11066 GRT, built 1927) joined coming from Melbourne.

At dawn on 21 September the sloop HMAS Warrego (Cdr. R.V. Wheatley, RAN) joined in the approaches to Fremantle. The convoy arrived at Fremantle later the same day.

The convoy departed Fremantle on 22 September escorted by the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN) and the sloop HMAS Warrego.

HMAS Warrego parted company around 0615H/23 and returned to Fremantle.

The convoy arrived at Colombo on 1 October 1940.

The convoy departed Colombo for Aden on 2 October 1940 escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Shropshire. (Capt. J.H. Edelsten, RN).

The convoy arrived off Aden on 8 October 1940 where HMS Shropshire parted company after the light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN), AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyer HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN) and the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) had joined.

The escort parted company with the convoy around 0800C/10 to join southbound convoy SW 2.

The convoy arrived at Suez on 12 October 1940.

22 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Fremantle for Sydney. (1)

26 Sep 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Sydney from Fremantle.

Before entering harbour gunnery exercises were carried out. (1)

14 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived in Port Phillip (Melbourne) from convoy escort duty. (1)

15 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Port Phillip (Melbourne) for Sydney. On leaving gunnery exercises were carried out in Port Phillip during which HMAS Swan (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Travis, RAN) acted as target during a trow off shoot. (1)

16 Oct 1940
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Sydney. Before entering harbour gunnery exercises were carried out.

On arrival at Sydney, HMAS Perth went to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard where she was immediately docked. (1)

19 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) is undocked. (1)

20 Oct 1940

Convoy US 6.

This convoy departed Sydney on 20 October 1940.

It was made up of the troopships; Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914, 2782 troops) and Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936, 5772 troops).

On departure from Sydney the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN).

They were joined on 21 October 1940 in Bass Strait by the troopship Mauretania (British, 35739 GRT, built 1939, 2287 troops).

The convoy arrived at Fremantle on 25 October 1940.

The convoy departed Fremantle on 27 October 1940 still escorted by HMAS Perth.

Around 1200H/30, rendezvous was made with the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN). 45 Minutes later HMAS Perth parted company to proceed to the Cocos Islands.

The convoy arrived at Bombay on 4 November 1940. At Bombay the troops were embarked in other, smaller, ships for onward passage to Suez.

30 Oct 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Cocos Island after convoy escort duty. (1)

1 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Cocos Island for Fremantle. (1)

5 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Fremantle from Cocos Island. (1)

8 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Fremantle for patrol. (1)

10 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) arrived at Fremantle from patrol. (1)

12 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) patrolled off Fremantle. (1)

22 Nov 1940
Around 0830H/22, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) departed Fremantle to search for survivors of ships that had been attacked by a German raider, and off course the actual raider herself, on the shipping lanes between South Africa and Australia. (1)

27 Nov 1940
Around 0650H, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) returned to Fremantle from patrol.

Around 1800H, HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN) also returned to Fremantle from patrol.

The flag of Rear-Admiral Crace was then transferred from HMAS Perth to HMAS Canberra. (1)

28 Nov 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0600H/28, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Fremantle escorting convoy US 7.

Around 0900H/28, HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral J.G. Crace, RN) also sailed to overtake and join the convoy.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 7 ' for 14 November 1940.] (1)

12 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800C/12, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Aden to fuel.

She departed again around 1350C/12 to rejoin convoy US 7 which she did around 1700C/12.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 7 ' for 14 November 1940.] (3)

12 Dec 1940

Convoy BS 10A.

This convoy departed Suez on 12 December 1940.

It was made up of the (troop) transports; Clan Cameron (British, 7243 GRT, built 1937), Cornwall (British, 10605 GRT, built 1920), Johan de Witt (Dutch, 10474 GRT, built 1920), Nieuw Zeeland (Dutch, 11069 GRT, built 1928), Talma (British, 10000 GRT, built 1923) and Tyndareus (British, 11361 GRT, built 1916).

On departure from Suez the convoy was not escorted.

Around 1100C/14, the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN) joined the convoy.

Around 1800C/14, the merchant vessel Talma was detached to Port Sudan.

Around 1830C/14, the destroyer HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, RN) joined from Port Sudan.

Around 0810C/15, the armed boarding vessel HMS Chantala (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E.I. Gibbs, RN) and the merchant vessels City of Evansville (British, 6528 GRT, built 1922) and Stanpark (British, 5103 GRT, built 1937) joined coming from Port Sudan.

Around 1030C/15, the Stanpark was detached to return to Port Sudan apparently with engine trouble. HMS Chantala was sent with her as escort.

Around 1800C/16, HMS Carlisle parted company with the convoy to proceed to Aden arriving there around 0900C/17.

In the early afternoon of the 17th the sloop HMS Indus (Cdr. Cdr. E.G.G. Hunt, RIN) joined. HMAS Perth then proceeded to Aden arriving in the afternoon.

Later on the 17th the convoy was dispersed. HMS Kingston then proceeded to Aden with the City of Evansville, Johan de Witt and Nieuw Zeeland. They arrived at Aden around 1800C/17.

17 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Aden after convoy escort duties. (3)

18 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700C/18, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Aden to join convoy WS 4A as escort.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy WS 4A ' for 1 November 1940.] (3)

23 Dec 1940
Around 0700C/23, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suez with the bulk of convoy WS 4A.

HMAS Perth then immediately entered the Suez Canal for a northbound transit.

She arrived at Port Said around 1630C/23. (3)

24 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0615C/24, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria where she arrived around 1720C/24.

She now joined the Mediterranean Fleet to relieve HMAS Sydney (Capt. J.A. Collins, CB, RAN). (3)

31 Dec 1940
Around 1510B/31, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Alexandria for the Aegean.

En-route they were to provide cover for the transport Ulster Prince (British, 3791 GRT, built 1930) which was en-route from Port Said (departed 31 December) to Piraeus (arrived 5 January) escorted part of the way by the destroyer HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, DSC, RN) (returned to Alexandria on 2 January). (4)

1 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1000B/1, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from Alexandria.

After having completed fuelling they departed around 1550B/1, to patrol in the southern Aegean to cover the Kaso Strait. (5)

2 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1130B/2, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

Around 1550B/2, they departed again to proceed to Piraeus. (5)

3 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930B/3, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from Suda Bay. (5)

6 Jan 1941
Around 1615B/6, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Piraeus for Suda Bay. (5)

7 Jan 1941
Around 0945B/7, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from Piraeus.

After having completed fuelling they departed again around 1515B/7 to patrol in the western Aegean. (5)

8 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800B/8, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

They departed again around 1100B/8, in company with HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) for operations.

[See the event ' Operations Excess and Operation MC 4 ' for 6 January 1941 for more information.] (5)

12 Jan 1941
Around 1615B/12, the light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay.

After embarking Officers, men and stores (mostly RAF) they departed for Piraeus around 2115B/12. (6)

13 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0445B/13, the light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from Suda Bay.

The the (mostly RAF) Officers, men and stores were disembarked while other Officers, men and stores were embarked for Malta.

The cruisers departed for Malta around

After embarking Officers, men and stores (mostly RAF) they departed for Piraeus around 0630B/13. (6)

14 Jan 1941
Around 04830B/14, the light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Malta from Piraeus.

HMAS Perth was then taken in hand by the Dockyard for the renewal of the brickwork in two of her boilers. (6)

16 Jan 1941
In the afternoon, during an air attack on Malta, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) is strained by several near misses. A near miss aft caused minor structural damage to oil tanks and surrounding spaces, and minor flooding of 'X' magazine, oil fuel tanks and adjacent compartments. 'Y' turret was out of action due to shock damage. The ship was able to steam at 25 knots. She later was to dock for repairs.

She departed Malta around 2145B/16 and shaped course for Alexandria at hight speed. (6)

18 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1530B/18 HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Alexandria from Malta.

The next two days the ship was inspected to see if damage was sustained during the air attack at Malta on the 16th. (6)

26 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) patrolled north of Suda Bay.

entered Suda Bay around 1815B/26 to fuel. (7)

27 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0630B/27, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), departed Suda Bay for Piraeus where she arrived around 1740B/27. (7)

29 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900B/27, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), departed Piraeus for Suda Bay where she arrived around 1830B/29. (7)

30 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0945B/30, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Suda Bay to patrol in the southern Aegean and to cover the Kaso Strait. (5)

31 Jan 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1900B/31, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) returned to Suda Bay from patrol.

After fuelling they departed again around 2200B/31 to resume patrol. (5)

1 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845B/1, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) returned to Suda Bay from patrol.

Around 2200B/1 the light cruisers HMS Ajax, HMAS Perth and the destroyer HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) departed Suda Bay to join the Mediterranean Fleet at sea for operation MC 7.

[For more information on this operation see the event ' Operation MC 7 ' for 1 February 1941.] (5)

4 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1200B/4, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from operations and patrol. (8)

5 Feb 1941
Around 1300B/5, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Piraeus for Alexandria. They were to proceed via the Anti-Kythira Channel. (8)

7 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0400B/7, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Alexandria from Piraeus. They had been unable to enter the harbour earlier due to a heavy sandstorm with very limited visibility. (8)

9 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) is docked in the floating dock at Alexandria (AFD 5). This was to repair the damage (as much as local facilities permitted) sustained during the air attack at Malta on 16 January 1941. (9)

20 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) is undocked. (9)

24 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0320B/24, the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) departed Alexandria to go to the assistance of the monitor HMS Terror (Cdr. H.J. Haynes, DSC, RN) which had been damaged by enemy air attacks near Tobruk.

After daylight a signal was received ordering the ships back to harbour as the damaged monitor had gone down.

HMAS Perth, HMAS Nubian and HMS Mohawk returned to Alexandria around 1030B/24. (9)

27 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0830B/27, the light cruisers HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.G. Egerton, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hero and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) departed Alexandria for operations.

[For more info see the event ' Operation Abstention (MARS 3) ' for 23 February 1941.] (10)

28 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0630B/28, the light cruiser HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and destroyer HMS Nubian (Cdr. C.W. Ravenhill, RN) departed Alexandria.

Around 1315B/28, they were joined by the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN).

Around 1425B/28, HMS Nubian, HMS Jaguar and HMS Hasty parted company to conduct a sweep between Rhodos and Castelorizo and to proceed to Alexandria afterwards. The cruisers then proceeded northwards to patrol south of the Kaso Straits to provide cover for the destroyers and convoys. (11)

2 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1150B/2, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from operations.

After fuelling, they departed again around 1730B/2 to patrol in the western Aegean. (12)

3 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630B/3, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from operations. (12)

4 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) conducted petometer log trials in Salamis Bay.

Around 1800B/4, she joined HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and course was set to proceed to Alexandria via the Anti-Kythira Channel. (12)

6 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0815B/6, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Alexandria from Piraeus. (12)

7 Mar 1941
Around 1230B/7, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Alexandria for Piraeus. On board the cruisers were troops and stores. Their transport run was also known as convoy AG 3. (13)

8 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1215B/8, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from Alexandria. After disembarking the troops and stores they departed around 1630B/8 to patrol in the western Aegean. (13)

10 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0745B/10, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

Around 1620B/10, they departed Suda Bay to proceed to Alexandria / Port Said via the Anti-Kythira Channel. (13)

11 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1450B/11, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) parted company with HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN).

HMS Orion and HMAS Perth proceeded to Alexandria where they arrived around 1745B/19.

HMS Ajax arrived at Port Said around 0830B/12. (13)

17 Mar 1941
Around 1120B/17, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Alexandria loaded with troops for Piraeus. Their transport run was also known as convoy AG 6. (13)

18 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1230B/18, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus where the troops were unloaded. (13)

19 Mar 1941
Around 1000B/19, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) and HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN) departed Piraeus to patrol in the western Aegean.

Around 1500B/19, HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN), which had been on patrol, joined.

They all arrived at Suda Bay around 1330B/20. (13)

21 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700B/21, ' Force B ' which was made up of the light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), heavy cruiser HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN) and HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN) departed Suda Bay for operations.

[For more info see the event ' Operation MC 9. ' for 19 March 1941.]

26 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1730B/26, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Piraeus from operations. (14)

27 Mar 1941
Around 1330B/27, the light cruisers HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), HMS Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) departed Piraeus for patrol in the western Aegean and Anti-Kythira Channel.

For further developments see the event ' Battle of Cape Matapan. ' for 28 March 1941.] (15)

30 Mar 1941
In the afternoon, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Salamis Bay. (12)

31 Mar 1941
Around 0900B/31, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Salamis Bay to patrol in the western Aegean. (12)

1 Apr 1941
Around 0620B/1, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

They departed again around 1430B/1, to patrol in the western Aegean. (16)

2 Apr 1941
Around 1200B/2, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived in Salamis Bay from patrol.

They departed again around 1900B/2, to patrol in the western Aegean. (17)

3 Apr 1941
Around 0645B/3, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol.

They departed again around 1245B/3, to patrol in the western Aegean. (16)

5 Apr 1941
In the morning, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), arrived at Piraeus from patrol. (17)

7 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700B/7, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) departed Piraeus for Suda Bay.

Around 2200B/7, HMS Calcutta parted company to join the close escort of convoy AG 8. (18)

8 Apr 1941
At daybreak, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from Piraeus.

They departed again around 1700B/8, to patrol in the western Aegean. (17)

9 Apr 1941
Around 1730B/9, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol. On arrival an enemy aircraft dropped two bombs close by HMAS Perth but no damage was sustained.

They departed again around 2000B/9, to patrol in the eastern Aegean. (17)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700B/10, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from patrol. They then both fuelled from the chartered tanker British Lord (British, 6098 GRT, built 1922). In the afternoon, during an air raid four bombs were dropped close to HMS Ajax but no damage was sustained.

The cruisers departed around 1730B/10 to cover the passage of the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) from Suda Bay to Malta. These destroyers had departed Suda Bay around 1200B/10. (17)

11 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1200B/11, HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Athens (Phaleron) from patrol.

They departed again around 1500B/11 to patrol in the western Aegean.

During the night of 11/12 April 1941, they departed the Aegean and proceeded southwards to make rendezvous with HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN) and a group of destroyers for operation MBD 3.

[For more info on this operation see the event ' Operation MBD 3. ' for 11 April 1941. (17)

23 Apr 1941
Around 0545B/23, HMS Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Suda Bay from operations.

HMS Gloucester departed for Malta around 1000B/23.

Around 1415B/23, HMAS Perth departed to patrol in the western Aegean.

On the 24th, HMAS Perth patrolled to the west of Kithera Island and was joined around 1300B/24, off Cape Malea, by HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN).

They parted company around 1530B/24, HMS Phoebe was to join the evacuation force for the Nauplia area while HMAS Perth proceeded at high speed to Raphtis arriving there shortly before midnight. (17)

27 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy GA 14.

This convoy was formed at sea, north of Crete from ships which had been participating in Operation Demon, the evacuation of troops from the Greek mainland.

The convoy was made up of the transports City of London (British, 8956 GRT, built 1907), Costa Rica (Dutch, 8055 GRT, built 1910), Khedive Ismael (7290 GRT, built 1922) and Salween (7063 GRT, built 1938). The landing ship HMS Glengyle (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.H. Petrie, RN) was also part of the convoy.

Close escort was made up of the AA cruisers HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN), HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN), HMAS Vampire (Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN), HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN), HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN) and the sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. R.J.O. Otway-Ruthven, RN).

While the convoy was being formed, the Costa Rica was bombed north of Crete by enemy aircraft. She was taken in tow by the destroyer HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, RN) but sank north-west of Suda Bay in position 35°54'N, 23°49'E. The troops and her crew were saved.

Cover for this convoy was provided by the light cruisers HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) and the destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN), HMS Defender, HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Hereward (Lt. W.J. Munn, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN). These ships returned to Suda Bay in the afternoon of the 27th. The convoy arrived at Alexandria on 29 April 1941. (19)

1 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0830B/1, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) arrived at Alexandria from operations. (20)

11 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1530C/11, HMS Orion (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.D. Pridham-Whippell, CB, CVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Alexandria from operations. (21)

1 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 1 to 24 June 1941, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) underwent battle damage repairs at Alexandria. (22)

25 Jun 1941
Around 1530C/25, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and HMS Carlisle (A/Cdr. W. Pope, RN) departed Alexandria for Haifa where they arrived around 1030C/26. HMAS Perth was only partially repaired following the damage she had sustained off Crete.

They were to relieve HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN) and HMS Coventry (Capt. W.P. Carne, RN) on operations off the coast of Syria. (22)

30 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2015C/30, the light cruiser HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Haifa to patrol off Syria. They returned to Haifa around 0615C/1. (23)

3 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2030C/3, the light cruisers HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) and the destroyers HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Haifa to patrol to the north of Haifa.

They returned to Haifa around 0630C/4. (24)

7 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930C/7, the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (A/Cdr. W. Pope, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Haifa.

Around 1000C/7, the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) and the destroyers HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN) departed Haifa to join the other ships which had departed about half an hour earlier.

They then set off to patrol of the Damur area.

The force returned to Haifa around 2000C/7 minus HMS Jackal, HMAS Nizam, HMS Hasty and HMS Havock which remained out for more operations. (25)

18 Jul 1941
Around 1700C/18, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Alexandria to return to Australia where she is to refit.

She had been relieved by sister ship HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN). (26)

19 Jul 1941
Around 0745C/19, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Port Said. She entered the Suez Canal around 1400C/19 for a southbound passage. She anchored in Lake Timsah around 1840C/19. At Port Said, a catapult (formerly from HMS Ajax, was embarked, though not fitted to be ready for operational use. An additional quadruple pompom AA gun, which had earlier been fitted in lieu of HMAS Perth's original catapult, was disembarked at Port Said. (26)

20 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900C/20, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Lake Timsah to continue her southbound passage of the Suez Canal. She arrived at Port Tewfik around 1500C/20. She departed an hour later for Aden. (26)

23 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1645C/23, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Aden. After fuelling she departed for Colombo around 2120C/23. (26)

28 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1645EF/28, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Colombo from Aden. (26)

30 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700EF/30, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Colombo for Fremantle. (26)

6 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1440H/6, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Fremantle from Colombo. (27)

7 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630H/7, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) departed Fremantle for Sydney. (27)

12 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0930K/12, HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) arrived at Sydney from Fremantle. (27)

18 Aug 1941
HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN) is docked in the Sutherland Dock at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard and taken in hand for refit. (27)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMA Squadron
  2. Report of proceedings of HMA Squadron + Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for August 1940
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth from 27 November 1940 to 31 December 1940
  4. ADM 199/387 + ADM 199/414 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth from 27 November 1940 to 31 December 1940
  5. ADM 53/113526 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for January 1941
  6. ADM 53/114819 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for January 1941
  7. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for January 1941
  8. ADM 53/113527 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for February 1941
  9. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for February 1941
  10. ADM 53/113721 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for February 1941
  11. ADM 53/113527 + ADM 199/414 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for February 1941
  12. ADM 53/113528 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for March 1941
  13. ADM 53/113528 + ADM 53/114821 + ADM 199/414 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for March 1941
  14. ADM 53/114821 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for March 1941
  15. ADM 53/113528 + ADM 53/114343 + ADM 53/114821 + ADM 199/414 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for March 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for March 1941
  16. ADM 53/115236 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for April 1941
  17. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for April 1941
  18. ADM 53/113766 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for April 1941
  19. ADM 199/414
  20. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for May 1941
  21. ADM 53/113529 + ADM 53/114823 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for May 1941
  22. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for June 1941
  23. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for June 1941 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for July 1941
  24. ADM 53/114965 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for June 1941
  25. ADM 53/113531 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for July 1941
  26. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for July 1941
  27. Report of proceedings of HMAS Perth for August 1941

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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