Rodney Rhoades DSC, RAN

Born  8 Apr 1909Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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1 Jan 1923 Cadet
1 May 1927 Mid.
1 Sep 1929 A/S.Lt.
1 May 1930 S.Lt.
1 Jul 1932 Lt.
1 Jul 1940 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1944 Cdr.
30 Jun 1951 Capt.

Retired: 8 Apr 1964


29 Jul 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
2 Dec 1941 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Rodney Rhoades, RAN

HMAS Vendetta (D 69)Lt.Destroyer30 Mar 194031 Aug 1941
HMAS Quickmatch (G 92)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer13 May 194211 Mar 1944

Career information

Transferred to the Emergency List on 22 June 1963.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (G 92)

1 Dec 1942 (position 44.00, -20.00)
The Italian blockade breaker Cortellazzo had departed Bordeaux bound for Japan on 29 November 1942. The next day the ship was spotted by a Sunderland flying boat. The British submarines HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriott, RN), HMS Clyde (Lt. R.S. Brookes, DSC, RN), and HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN), were ordered to intercept but failed to do so.

The British destroyer HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN) and the Australian destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) were detached from convoy KMF-4 to intercept the Italian ship. They did so on 1 December and after the Italians had abandoned ship she was sunk by torpedo by HMS Redoubt about 470 nautical miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain in position 44°00'N, 20°00'W.

6 Jul 1943
The Canadian merchant Jasper Park is torpedoed and sunk south-south-west of Cap Sainte Marie, Madagascar in position 32°52'S, 42°15'E by German U-boat U-177. Later the Australian destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) together pick up 51 survivors.

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