30 Nov '16, 9pm

OTD we remember the heroism displayed by the crew of HMAS Armidale 1 in 1942

OTD we remember the heroism displayed by the crew of HMAS Armidale 1 in 1942

Two or three [aircraft] went right across the ship and they apparently were using their torpedoes as bombs. These did no damage although several of the torpedoes hurtled low right across the ship. However, the others hit us within two or three minutes of the commencement of the attack. We were hit on the port side forward, causing the ship to heel over at an angle of 45 degrees. The Armidale was going fast and the captain ordered us to abandon ship. Ratings were trying to get out lifesaving appliances as Jap planes roared just above us, blazing away with cannon and machine guns. Seven or eight of us were on the quarterdeck when we saw another bomber coming from the starboard quarter. It hit us with another torpedo an we were thrown in a heap among the depth charges and racks. We could feel the Armidale going beneath us, so we dived over the side and swam about 50 yeards as...

Full article: http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-armidale-i

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