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H.M.A.S. Armidale Plaque / April 2013
H.M.A.S. Armidale Plaque / April 2013
Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

Plaque commemorates those who served and lost their lives on H.M.A.S Armidale which was sunk by the Japanese during World War Two.

HMAS Armidale was commissioned in Sydney on 11 June 1942. In November the ship was ordered, along with HMAS Kuru and Castlemaine, to resupply and evacuate troops and civilians from Betano Bay, Timor.

On December 1, 1942 the ship was attacked by bombers and torpedoes and sank. The remaining survivors clung to the raft and awaited rescue. After harrowing journeys the men in the motor boat and whaler were picked up, but the men left on the raft disappeared without trace.  The loss of life on the Armidale was the highest for any corvette in the Second World War. Only 49 of the 149 men on board survived the ordeal.

 

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.466696
Long: 130.840137
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 11th June, 1998
Front Inscription

HMAS ARMIDALE
J 240
BATHURST CLASS CORVETTE
11 JUNE 1942 - 1 DECEMBER 1942.
AT APPROXIMATELY 1515, 1 DECEMBER 1942 DARWIN BASED HMAS ARMIDALE WAS ATTACKED BY JAPANESE FIGHTER AIRCRAFT APPROXIMATELY 100 NAUTICAL MILES NORTH WEST OF DARWIN LAT 126º30` EAST LONG 10º SOUTH [sic]. DURING THE ENSUING BATTLE, SHE WAS HIT BY TWO TORPEDOES AND SUNK WITHIN 3 MINUTES. BEFORE DISENGAGING THE FIGHTERS STRAFED THE SURVIVORS STILL IN THE WATER.

THIS PLAQUE LAID BY THE NAVAL ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA DARWIN SECTION INC. IN DEDICATION TO ALL THE PERSONNEL ONBOARD - 83 SHIPS COMPANY, 3 A.I.F., 2 DUTCH ARMY OFFICERS AND 61 INDONESIAN TROOPS FOR THEIR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE.
"THE SHIP THAT HAD TO DIE"
SADLY MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
10 KILLED IN ACTION, 2 DIED, 46 SURVIVORS, MISSING PRESUMED DEAD - 28 AUSTRALIAN, 2 DUTCH, 58 INDONESIAN.
11 JUNE 1998

                                                           

Source: SKP, MA
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