On This Day
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On This Day - 1940
- November 7, 1940
HMA Ships SYDNEY, (cruiser), VAMPIRE and WATERHEN, (destroyers), landed troops and stores at Suda Bay, Crete.
- November 6, 1940
HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), and HMS AJAX, landed troops and equipment at Suda Bay, Crete.
- November 5, 1940
CAPT Edward Stephen Fogarty Fegen, RN, was awarded the VC posthumously for outstanding bravery while commanding the armed merchant cruiser HMS JERVIS BAY, when he engaged the German pocket battleship ADMIRAL SCHEER. His action saved a number of ships of the convoy at the cost of his own ship and his life. CAPT Fegen was Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Naval College from 1928 to 1929.
- October 30, 1940
HMAS NORMAN, (destroyer), was launched at Thornycroft’s Yard, UK.
- October 29, 1940
HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), rescued 9 the crew of 13 of a Sunderland flying boat which had force-landed in heavy seas, and gale-force winds, west of the Hebrides. 4 airmen lost their lives. In the rescue, CMDR J. M. Armstrong and 12 ratings were lowered over the cruiser’s side on ropes to snatch the airmen from the sea.