Allied Warships

HMAS Armidale (J 240)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 240 
Built byMorts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered24 Jan 1941 
Laid down1 Sep 1941 
Launched24 Jan 1942 
Commissioned11 Jun 1942 
Lost1 Dec 1942 
Loss position10° 00'S, 126° 30'E

HMAS Armidale (Lt.Cdr. David Herbert Richards, RANR) was hit by two torpedoes from Japanese torpedo aircraft and sank within five minutes south of Timor in position 10.00°S, 126°30´E. while on its second journey to Timor to evacuate refugees and bring relief personnel from Port Darwin. 40 of her crew perished along with 60 Dutch passengers.  

Commands listed for HMAS Armidale (J 240)

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1Lt.Cdr. David Herbert Richards, RANR(S)25 May 19421 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Armidale include:

26 Oct 1942

Convoy F.

This convoy departed Townsville on 26 October 1942.

This convoy was made up of the transports; George Taylor (American, 7181 GRT, built 1942), Gorgon (British, 3533 GRT, built 1933), Jason Lee (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), Paine Wingate (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942) and Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Townsville, around 1030K/26, the convoy was escorted by the minesweeper HMAS Armidale (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Richards, RANR(S)).

Around 0630K/27, the convoy was joined off Fitzroy Island by the destroyer HMAS Stuart (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN).

Around 1000K/29, the convoy arrived at Port Moresby. (1)


  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Armidale for October 1942

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