The sinking of HMAS Vampire, 9 April 1942
On 9 April 1942 the HMAS Vampire and her crew fell victim to Japanese bombers off Ceylon. The Vampire was escorting the British light aircraft carrier HMS Hermes. It was not the first time Vampire had found herself in such a situation.
Roll of Honour talk, presented by Dr Chris Coulthard-Clark on 9 April 2002 (transcript and audio)
Photos from the collection
Items from the collection:
Lieutenant E J Peel's report dated 3 June 1942, tells what happened to the survivors of the HMAS Vampire after she was sunk by Japanese dive bombers. The survivors were picked up by the British hospital ship HMHS Vita and taken to Colombo.
AWM 78 351/1 HMAS Vampire: Reports of Proceedings (1939 - 1942)
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