Armand van Karnebeek, RNN

Born  4 Sep 1909Surabaya, Java, Netherlands East Indies
Died  1 Sep 2002(92)Son, Netherlands


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21 Aug 1929 luitenant ter zee 3e klasse (S.Lt.)
21 Aug 1931 luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.)
30 Jan 1941 luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)
1 Feb 1950 kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.)
1 Aug 1954 kapitein ter zee (Capt.)
19 Jun 1959 schout bij nacht (Rear-Admiral)
1 Dec 1961 Vice Admiraal (Vice Admiral)

Retired: 1 Oct 1967


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for Armand van Karnebeek, RNN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HNMS K XV (N 24)luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.)Submarine20 Oct 193918 Jan 1940
HNMS O 19 (N 54)luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.)Submarine4 Oct 194316 Dec 1944

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Submarine HNMS O 19 (N 54)


1 Feb 1944
During 1-5 February 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), conducted post refit trials in the Firth of Forth. (1)

7 Feb 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) shifted from Leith to Dundee. She was escorted by HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR). (1)

8 Feb 1944
During 8-10 February 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), conducted exercises off Dundee. (1)

24 Feb 1944
During 24-25 February 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), conducted exercises off Dundee. (1)

27 Feb 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted until Scapa Flow by HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). Off Scapa Flow HMS Cutty Sark took over the escort. (2)

1 Mar 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a training period. (2)

22 Apr 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Holy Loch for passage to Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS Sibyl (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN). Sibyl was also to proceed to Dundee and Strongbow was to proceed to Lerwick to begin her 1st war patrol from there.

They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR). (2)

25 Apr 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Dundee. (2)

29 May 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Unseen (T/Lt. T.D. Wood, DSC, RNVR) which came from Sheerness and Vulpine (T/Lt. P.S. Thirsk, DSC, RNR) which came from Blyth. They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). (2)

1 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch for another training period which included submerged minelaying trials. (1)

10 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) is docked at Holy Loch. (1)

11 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) is undocked. (1)

12 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) and HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC. RN) departed Holy Loch for the passage to Malta (Virtue to Gibraltar). They made the passage in convoy OS 80 / KMS 54. (2)

28 Jun 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Malta. (1)

3 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Malta for Port Said. (1)

8 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Port Said. (1)

14 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Port Said for Aden. (1)

18 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Aden. (1)

19 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Aden fo Colombo. (1)

27 Jul 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Colombo. (1)

10 Aug 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Colombo for Trincomalee. (1)

12 Aug 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) arrived at Trincomalee. (1)

21 Aug 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Trincomalee for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Sumatra and to proceed to Fremantle, Australia upon completion of her patrol.

For positions during this patrol see the map below. The map is unfortunately incomplete as no log is available for this period.

(3)

4 Sep 1944 (position -2.26, 100.49)
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) sank a sampan with gunfire of the west coast of Sumatra.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1250 hours - Sighted a large sampan bearing 030°, range five nautical miles. Turned towards.

1305 hours - Increased to 11.5 knots. Went to gun action stations.

1340 hours - In position 02°26'S, 100°49'E opened fire from a range of 2500 yards. The target was a sampan of 20 - 40 tons. The fourth round landed 10 yards astern. Mast and sail down. The fifth round hit aft and the sampan began to settle. Ceased fire. The sampan soon sank, the crew took to their Canoe. Hailed them and they came alongside and were taken on board. They were five in number, all south Sumatran natives. They were taken below. The three eldest would like to return to the shore, the two youngest volunteered to remain on board. (3)

6 Sep 1944 (position -3.09, 101.20)
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) sank a coaster with gunfire off the east coast of Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies in position 02°45'S, 101°09'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
0500 hours - Sighted a small silhouette bearing 015°. Turned stern on.

0507 hours - Dived as light was increasing. Turned towards.

0525 hours - The target was seen to be a typical Japanese coaster of about 200 tons. Enemy course was 150°, range 4 nautical miles.

0530 hours - Stand by gun action.

0541 hours - Range was now 2 nautical miles. Surfaced for gun action. The third round hit. The target meanwhile had turned towards the shore and was making smoke. A total of 2 rounds were fired before she was fully ablaze. About 15 to 20 Japanese were observed on her in in the water.

0601 hours - O 19 closed in for the kill but although hits were observed the target refused to sink. O 19 was now in very shallow water. Broke off the action and retired to seaward. Position was now 02°45'S, 101°09'E.

0610 hours - The target blew up with a large explosion. (3)

10 Sep 1944 (position -5.59, 101.15)
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) sank a Japanese coaster with gunfire of about 70 nautical miles south-west of Enggano Island in position 05°59'S, 101°15'E.

(All times are zone -6.5)
1620 hours - Sighted silhouette bearing 099°. Enemy course 350°. Turned away to avoid being seen.

1638 hours - Altered course to 360° to vertake the enemy and reduce the angle on the bow.

1641 hours - Sighted aicraft bearing 090° making for O 19. Dived. While dived lost sight of the target.

1732 hours - Assumed that the aircraft had made off because of coming darkness. Surfaced. Sighted the target bearing 075°, range 6 nautical miles. Made out as a large coaster still on a northerly course, with low speed.

1745 hours - Stand by gun action. The enemy turned away. It was getting dark and O 19 was on the wrong horizon so decided to pass the target to the south and place him against the lighter western horizon, though by that time the light might have been gone.

1818 hours - Range by radar 1800 yards. All light gone, the target could just be seen through glasses. No use waiting any longer. Opened fire. The 3rd round hit and of a total of 19 rounds fired at least 5 were hits. A fire was seen to break out aft and on the bridge of the enemy. Ceased fire. Closed to give the Oerlikon a chance. Fired 3 magazines from a range of 700 - 800 yards. No hits seen.

1839 hours - The flames on the enemy aft disappeared as the stern settled.

1850 hours - The target had almost disappeared except for a small part of the stem. O 19 now proceeded on course 142°, speed 14 knots. (3)

15 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) made a short stop at Exmouth Gulf, Australia to take on board some fuel. She departed later the same day to continue her passage to Fremantle. (3)

18 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) ended her 7th war patrol at Fremantle. (3)

20 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) was docked at Fremantle. It was found out that the starboard after hydroplane was missing and that the starboard propeller was damaged. A new hydroplane had to be manufactured but the propeller was repaired. (4)

21 Sep 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) was undocked. (4)

13 Oct 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) was put on the slipway at Fremantle. The newly manufactured starboard hydroplane was installed and the ships bottom was cleaned and painted. (4)

16 Oct 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) was put back in the water. (4)

19 Oct 1944
During 19 - 21 October 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), conducted exercises off Fremantle. (1)

23 Oct 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) departed Fremantle for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the eastern part of the Java Sea and in the Bali Sea.

For the daily and attack positions of HrMs O 19 during this patrol see the map below. No positions are known for 27, 29 and 30 October 1944 as well as for 17 and 18 November 1944.

(3)

26 Oct 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) made a short stop a Exmouth Gulf to top off with fuel and to take on board a replacement for the 2nd watch officer which left the boat sick. (3)

29 Oct 1944
During the night of 29/30 October 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), attempted to make the northbound passage of Lombok Strait. The attempt however failed as she was detected by the Japanese. (3)

30 Oct 1944
During the night of 30/31 October 1944, HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN), successfully made the northbound passage of Lombok Strait.

16 Nov 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) sank the Japanese coaster Kaishin Maru No.2 with gunfire in the Java Sea between Bawean and Mesalembo.

(All times are zone -8)
1030 hours - Sighted a small craft bearing 110°. Enemy course east-north-east, speed 5 knots. Made an end around to the west and north and then submerged on the enemy's track.

1400 hours - Surfaced and sank the coaster by gunfire. Size of the enemy was 100 - 200 tons. Picked up seven survivors, one native nurse (on passage to Celebes), two natives, and four Japanese. Several more Japanese refused to be picked up. (3)

18 Nov 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) passed Lombok Strait southbound. (3)

24 Nov 1944
HrMs O 19 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Karnebeek, RNN) ended her 8th war patrol at Fremantle. (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.27.139 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/1385
  3. ADM 199/1880
  4. ADM 199/1919

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


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