Harold Bruce Farncomb DSO, RAN

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Ranks

1 Sep 1918 S.Lt.
1 Oct 1919 Lt.
1 Oct 1927 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1932 Cdr.
30 Jun 1937 Capt.
8 Jan 1947 Rear-Admiral

Retired: 6 Apr 1951


Decorations

28 Mar 1935 MVO
9 Feb 1943 DSO
1 May 1945 CB
2 Jan 1948 Navy Cross

Warship Commands listed for Harold Bruce Farncomb, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Perth (D 29)Capt.Light cruiser29 Jun 19396 Jun 1940
HMAS Canberra (D 33)Capt.Heavy cruiser6 Jun 194024 Dec 1941
HMAS Australia (D 84)Capt.Heavy cruiser24 Dec 19418 Mar 1944
HMS Attacker (D 02)Capt.Escort Carrier12 May 194413 Nov 1944

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Events related to this officer

Heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (D 33)


19 Dec 1940 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy US 8.

This convoy departed Wellington, New Zealand on 19 December 1940.

It was made up of the troop transports; Dominion Monarch (British, 27155 GRT, built 1939) and Empress of Russia (British, 16810 GRT, built 1913).

The convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMNZS Achilles (Capt. H.M. Barnes, RN).

The convoy arrived at Sydney, Australia on 22 December 1940.

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On 28 December 1940, the convoy departed Sydney.

It was now made up of the troop transports; Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914) Awatea (British, 13482 GRT, built 1936), Dominion Monarch and Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936).

They were escorted by the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN).

On 30 December the troopship Mauretania (British, 35739 GRT, built 1939) joined west of Bass Strait in position 39°45'N, 142°20'E. She was coming from Melbourne.

The convoy arrived at Fremantle on 3 January 1941.

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The convoy departed Fremantle for Colombo on 5 January in the same composition and with the same escort.

On 11 January 1941, the Queen Mary parted company with the convoy to proceed to Trincomalee.

The convoy arrived at Colombo on 12 January 1941.

In Ceylon most of the troops were disembarked and then embarked on other (smaller) troop transports for onward passage to the Middle East.

4 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy US 9.

This convoy departed Sydney on 4 February 1941 and arrived at Bombay on 22 February 1941.

The convoy was made up of the troopships; Aquitania (British, 44786 GRT, built 1914), Nieuw Amsterdam (Dutch, 36287 GRT, built 1938) and Queen Mary (British, 81235 GRT, built 1936).

On departure from Sydney the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN).

Off Melbourne the convoy was joined by the troopship Mauretania (British, 35739 GRT, built 1939).

The convoy arrived at Fremantle on 10 February 1941 and departed again on 12 February 1941 but now escorted by the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, RAN).

In the afternoon of the 16th the convoy made rendezvous with the light cruiser HMS Durban (Capt. J.A.S. Eccles, RN) which took the Queen Mary with her to Singapore where they arrived on the 18th.

On the 20th, HMAS Canberra was relieved by the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN).

The convoy arrived at Bombay on 22 February 1941.


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