HMAS Armidale, 1 December 1942
When Armidale left Darwin shortly after midnight on the 29th of November 1942, Armidale was crowded with its own crew of 83, 3 AIF bren gunners and the Dutch and Netherlands East Indies soldiers. Early the next morning the corvettes were seen by Japanese airmen. Once they'd been spotted Castlemaine's captain, the operation's senior officer, Lieutenant Commander P.J. Sullivan radioed Darwin requesting that the operation be postponed. The request was refused and the operation continued.
Roll of Honour talk, presented by Ian Hodges on Sunday, 1 December 2002. (transcript)
- Documents from the collection: HMAS Armidale Calender 1943, Ship-Wreck notes on R.A.N. Prisoners of War, List of Personnel Missing, Presumed Dead, 1 December 1942.