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On This Day - 1944
- November 25, 1944
HMA Ships KALGOORLIE and TOWNSVILLE, (minesweepers), swept the passages in the Great Barrier Reef for enemy mines.
- November 22, 1944
The Fremantle-based British submarine HMS STRATAGEM, was sunk by a Japanese destroyer in Malacca Strait.
- November 21, 1944
The Fremantle-based British submarine HMS Tantalus, (LCDR H. S. Mackenzie, RN), made a vain search for the Commandos of Operation Rimau on Merapas Island. The landing party found signs of a hurried departure by the Commandos.
- November 20, 1944
The air/sea rescue vessel AIR VIEW, (SBLT L. K. Williams, RANVR), was commissioned.
ML827 foundered while under tow east of Waterfall Bay, New Britain. The commanding officer of ML827 was LEUT I. F. G. Downs, OBE, RANVR, who had served as a coastwatcher from 1942 to 1943.
- November 19, 1944
HMAS BURDEKIN, (frigate), bombarded Japanese positions on Halmahera Island.
- November 15, 1944
CAPT Buchanan recorded in Reports of Proceedings of HMAS ARUNTA, (destroyer):- ‘HMAS ARUNTA contributed her share to the heavy concentration of fire that destroyed an enemy aircraft soon after ABNER REID, (US destroyer), was hit. For the remainder of our stay in Leyte Gulf no day passed without several Bogies and Bandits, and the consequent air alerts’. USS ABNER REID was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane on 1 November and rolled over and sank within a few minutes.
- November 14, 1944
LCDR Stanley Darling, RANVR, was awarded the DSC twice in seven days, on 7 and 14 November. Darling commanded HMS LOCH KILLEN, (frigate), in anti-submarine operations in the Atlantic. He retired from the Navy in 1961 as CAPT Stanley Darling, OBE, DSC and 2 Bars, RANVR.
- November 12, 1944
HMAS WARRAMUNGA, (Tribal class destroyer), carrying mail to TG77.1 in the Philippines, signalled the flagship HMAS SHROPSHIRE:- ‘Intend to visit you first’. SHROPSHIRE replied: ‘Shall open fire if you don’t’.
- November 9, 1944
The Fremantle-based USS FLOUNDER, (submarine), sank the German submarine U537 off North Java.
- November 8, 1944
The air/sea rescue vessel AIR SAILOR, (SBLT T. H. Naylor, RANVR), was commissioned.
The Fremantle-based USS GROWLER, (submarine), was lost with all hands south-west of Luzon. The cause was unknown.