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ORIGINAL: Don Bowen
AE SETUP IRL SETUP RAN Light Cruisers
3235 Perth 411206 TF 8431(Sydney) 411206 Auckland (Still checking this, she was on tour)
3236 Hobart 411212 Aden I cant be sure, she was in the IO in Jan42 so 411212 may be correct.
3237 Adelaide 411206 TF 8432 (Pt Moresby) 411206 Still checking
Just off the top of my head, I know that Adelaide was at Port Moresby, having just escorted a lone transport there. She was ordered to Darwin.
Hobart was in the Med, but left for the Pacific immediately after war began in the Pacific. She departed Aden on the 13th.
Perth, along with Australia and Canberra, was assigned convoy escort duties in Australian/Indian Ocean waters. One of these three (Australia I think) was enroute Sydney from somewhere in Africa. The other two at Sydney??
Hi Don, I agree with Adelaide, some info said she was on convoy duty on the East Coast, no detail but I have since found a few sources which place her at Pt Moresby.
Perth data on the RAN site and the HMAS Perth site http://www.hmasperth.asn.au/Perth_1.html say After completion of her refit on 22 November PERTH was engaged in exercises from 24 to 30 November and then sailed for Auckland. She carried out patrols, escort duties, exercises and manoeuvres during December 1941 and January 1942, visiting New Caledonia and New Guinea.
I'm trying to find a more detailed history which might say where she was when war was declared (remember, that was 8 Dec 41 Australian Time)
Hobart seems to be OK in AE.
Australia in the RAN site has After a period escorting convoys to Freetown, Durban, Suez and Colombo, Australia (II) finally arrived back in Sydney on 24 March 1941. Between April and November the ship was on duty in the Indian Ocean and on 6 November carried out a reconnaissance of the Crozet Islands. She returned to Sydney in December and became Flagship of the Australian Squadron and two months later, in February 1942, Flagship of ANZAC Squadron, having Noumea as its operational base.
The Official RAN History says she was between Simonstown (Cape Town) & Sydney.
The HMAS Canberra website says
When war broke out with Japan on 8 December 1941, CANBERRA was berthed in Sydney Harbour with more than 175,000 miles of war time operational steaming to her credit.
which is identical to the RAN site.
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