Allied Warships

HMAS Parramatta (L 44 / U 44)

Sloop of the Grimsby class


HMS Parramatta during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeSloop
ClassGrimsby 
PennantL 44 / U 44 
Built byCockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered 1938 
Laid down9 Nov 1938 
Launched10 Jun 1939 
Commissioned8 Apr 1940 
Lost27 Nov 1941 
Loss position32° 20'N, 24° 35'E
History

HMAS Parramatta (A/Cdr. Jefferson Hirst Walker, MVO, RAN) was torpedoed and sunk by U-559 about 35 nautical miles north-east of Tobruk, Lybia in position 32º20'N, 24º35'E. There were 24 survivors but 138 men, including all officers, lost their lives.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 27 Nov 1941 by U-559 (Heidtmann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMAS Parramatta

Commands listed for HMAS Parramatta (L 44 / U 44)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Jefferson Hirst Walker, RANJan 194027 Nov 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Parramatta include:


9 Sep 1940
HMS Rover (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, RN) departed Aden for Port Said.

Before proceeding a dummy attack was carried out on HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) and an A/S exercise was carried out with HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN). (1)

12 Nov 1940
During this day, in the vicinity of Aden and before entering the Read Sea, convoy WS 3, at that moment made up of the British (troop) transports Dorset (10624 GRT, built 1934), Highland Brigade (14134 GRT, built 1929), Monarch of Bermuda (22424 GRT, built 1931), Orontes (20097 GRT, built 1925), Oropesa (14118 GRT, built 1920), Perthshire (10496 GRT, built 1936), Port Chalmers (8535 GRT, built 1933) under escort by the heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) and the light HMS Caledon (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN).

The transport City of Lille (6588 GRT, built 1928) and several more escort vessels, the AA cruiser HMS Carlisle (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), destroyer HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN), sloops HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN) and HMAS Parramatta (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Walker, MVO, RAN) joined during the day for the passage through the Red Sea in which the Italian Navy was still active at this time.

The troopships Duchess of York (20021 GRT, built 1929) and Georgic (27759 GRT, built 1932) also re-joined the convoy after a brief visit to Aden. HMS Caledon also briefly left the convoy to oil at Aden before re-joining it.

Around 2130 hours, the convoy entered the Perim Strait. (2)

10 Feb 2005
The Reserve News edition dated 10 February 2005 holds a story told by Mr. Harold Moss. He is a survivor of the sinking of HMS Parramatta. You can review this story at this website (offsite link).

Please note it's in .pdf format so you will need Adobe Reader. You can download this program here (offsite link).

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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Sources

  1. ADM 173/16502
  2. ADM 53/112041

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


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