HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), was launched at Swan Hunter’s Yard, UK.
HMAS Sydney II
Three future British WWII naval heroes were serving on the staff of RADM E. R. G. R. Evans, (Evans of the Broke), in HMAS AUSTRALIA, (cruiser).
- First Lieutenant; Future CAPT F. S. Bell, RN, (who commanded HMS EXETER in the Battle of the River Plate);
- Gunnery Officer; Future CAPT J. A. Collins, RAN, (who commanded HMAS SYDNEY in the sinking of the Italian cruiser BARTOLOMEO COLLEONI);
- Staff Officer; Future CAPT E. D. B. McCarthy, RN, (who commanded HMS AJAX in the sinking of the Italian destroyers AERONE, ARIEL, and ARTIGLIO).
CAPT Dumaresq, RAN, commanding HMAS SYDNEY, (cruiser), signalled Scapa Flow Aerodrome:- ‘As DUBLIN’s pilot has to return shortly request that CAMPANIA may be asked to supply a pilot and Camel or standard Pup, complete with two mechanics to SYDNEY’.
Two days later a perplexed query came back ‘Does Camel refer to part of equipment or to a particular type of aircraft?’ SYDNEY promptly replied: ‘The machine referred to is a Sopwith Camel aeroplane. It is the test standard fighter and has succeeded the Pup’.
CAPT Dumaresq received his aircraft shortly afterwards.