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On This Day - 1944
- December 12, 1944
The 21st Minesweeping Flotilla, HMA Ships BURNIE, LISMORE, MARYBOROUGH, and TOOWOOMBA swept shipping lanes in Bass Strait, following the attack on the merchant vessel ILISSOS, by the German submarine U862.
- December 11, 1944
The air/sea rescue vessel AIR CLAN, (SBLT O. M. May, RANVR), was commissioned.
- December 9, 1944
CDRE H. B. Farncomb hoisted his pennant as Commodore Commanding the Australian Squadron, and Commander Task Group 74.1, in HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser), at Manus.
- December 8, 1944
The Fremantle-based US Ships PADDLE and HAMMERHEAD, (submarines), sank the Japanese transport SHOEI MARU off Borneo.
- December 7, 1944
HMAS HOBART, (cruiser), was re-commissioned in Sydney. Damage inflicted by a Japanese torpedo in 1943 required 17 months in dockyard hands for repairs.
- December 5, 1944
LEUT W. F. Cook, RAN, was appointed to command HMAS NIZAM, (destroyer). Cook, aged 28, was the youngest officer appointed to command an Australian fleet destroyer.
- December 4, 1944
The Fremantle-based USS FLASHER, (submarine), sank the Japanese Ships KISHINAMI and IWANAMI, (destroyers), off the coast of Indo-China.
- December 1, 1944
The 21st and 22nd Minesweeping Flotillas, HMA Ships BURNIE, BALLARAT, MARYBOROUGH, LISMORE, WHYALLA, GOULBURN, KALGOORLIE, TOOWOOMBA, and BENDIGO, and HMA Ships GAWLER, GERALDTON, CESSNOCK, CAIRNS, IPSWICH, TAMWORTH, WOLLONGONG, PINE, and LAUNCESTON, were attached to the British Pacific Fleet.
- November 28, 1944
HMA Ships KALGOORLIE and TOWNSVILLE, (minesweepers), completed a three months’ search for mines in the Great Barrier Reef, during which time 491 mines were swept. The mines were laid by HMAS BUNGAREE, in 1942 and 1943.
LEUT K.R. Hudspeth, RANVR was awarded his third DSC, while commanding the midget submarine X-20 off the beaches of Normandy, prior to the Allied landing.
- November 27, 1944
The services reconnaissance department (SRD) craft HMAS KARINA, was commissioned.
The air/sea rescue vessel AIR WATCH, (SBLT W. A. Bach, RANVR), was commissioned.