Souvenir pennant : Able Seaman K N Heffernan, HMAS Quickmatch

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL33719
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Felt, Paint
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Triangular, purple felt souvenir pennant with two pairs of ties on the hoist. Printed on the pennant is the HMAS Quickmatch badge displaying a blacksmith's hammer, trident and horseshoe on a background of waves within by a rope circle and surmounted with 'QUICKMATCH' and a naval crown. At the bottom of the badge is a scroll with the motto 'SWIFT TO STRIKE'. Written in blue lettering across the pennant is 'H.M.A.S QUICKMATCH NTH. AFRICA SURABAYA SABANG SAKISHIMA OKINAWA FORMOSA JAPAN TOKYO BAY'.

History / Summary

Associated with the service of PM5444 Able Seaman Kenneth Norman Heffernan. Born on 9 February 1925 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Heffernan enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on 16 December 1942. He served in HMAS Quickmatch and was discharged with the rank of Able Seaman on 10 May 1946. HMAS Quickmatch (G-92), a Q Class destroyer, was built by J. Samuel White & Co Ltd at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England and commissioned on 14 September 1942. Quickmatch undertook convoy escort duty in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans and was involved in the interception of the Italian blockade runner Cortelazzo in December 1942. Becoming part of the main force of the British East Fleet in 1944, HMAS Quickmatch carried out close range bombardment of Japanese installations at Sabang Harbour, Sumatra. She then served in Australian waters until March 1945 when she then proceeded to the Far East with the British Pacific Fleet taking part in further assaults on the Japanese home islands. HMAS Quickmatch was recommissioned in 1955 after undergoing a conversion to an anti-submarine frigate and was decommissioned on 26 April 1963.