HMA Ships VAMPIRE and VENDETTA, (destroyers), and BURNIE, GOULBURN, BENDIGO, and MARYBOROUGH, (corvettes), were at Singapore when Japan mounted her first air raid at 0300. MANOORA was also at Singapore,
Scrap Iron Flotilla/Tobruk Ferry
HMAS YARRA and HMS FLAMINGO, (sloops), were heavily attacked by German bombers between Mersa Matruh and Tobruk. FLAMINGO was hit in the engine room and was taken in tow by
German Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, described the arrival of the Australian Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean as ‘a consignment of junk’, and ‘Australia’s Scrap Iron Flotilla’. The five WWI destroyers,
The Australian Destroyer Flotilla, HMA Ships STUART, VAMPIRE, VENDETTA, VOYAGER and WATERHEN, departed Chatham and, proceeding via Suez, reached Singapore on 28 November, Darwin on 7 December and Sydney on
HMA Ships STUART, VAMPIRE, VENDETTA, VOYAGER and WATERHEN commissioned into the RAN from the RN.