HMAS Armidale (J 240)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||24 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||1 Sep 1941|
|Launched||24 Jan 1942|
|Commissioned||11 Jun 1942|
|Lost||1 Dec 1942|
|Loss position||10° 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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|1||Lt.Cdr. David Herbert Richards, RANR(S)||25 May 1942||1 Dec 1942|
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Notable events involving Armidale include:
26 Oct 1942
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)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Armidale for October 1942