Allied Warships

HMAS Lismore (J 145)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBathurst 
PennantJ 145 
Built byMorts Dock (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered4 Dec 1939 
Laid down1 Mar 1940 
Launched10 Aug 1940 
Commissioned24 Jan 1941 
End service3 Jul 1946 
History

HMAS Lismore served at the British East Indies Station from June 1941 onwards. The ship was based in Colombo and later in the Red Sea. In May 1943 she went to the Mediterranean and was involved in the Sicily landings the following July. HMAS Lismore went back to the Eastern Fleet in October 1943 and was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet in 1945.

Decommissioned and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on 3 July 1946 being renamed Hr.Ms. Batjan.

 

Commands listed for HMAS Lismore (J 145)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Stanley Hamill Crawford, RANR(S)Nov 194014 Feb 1943
2T/Lt. Lancelot Claude Graham Lever, RANR(S)15 Feb 19433 Jan 1945
3T/Lt. David Simpson Thomson, RANR(S)4 Jan 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Lismore include:


3 Feb 1942

Convoy JS 1.

This convoy departed Colombo on 3 February 1942 and arrived at Batavia, Netherlands East Indies on 14 February 1942.

This convoy was made up of the following ships;
British transports; Adastrus (7905 GRT, built 1923), Alice Moller (4986 GRT, built 1914), Filleigh (4856 GRT, built 1928), Lulworth Hill (7628 GRT, built 1940), Modasa (9070 GRT, built 1921), Prominent (2232 GRT, built 1918) and Yoma (8131 GRT, built 1928).

Norwegian transports Hai Lee (3616 GRT, built 1934) and Hermion (5202 GRT, built 1937).

The Alice Moller had to return to Colombo with defects.

The convoy sailed from Colombo on 3 February 1942 and was escorted initially by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN) and the Australian minesweepers HMAS Bathurst (Lt.Cdr. A.V. Bunyan, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)).

The Australian minesweepers parted company with the convoy on 5 Februaury. HMS Cornwall was relieved by HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN) on 10 February in position 05°40'S, 93°00'E.

On 11 Februry 1942, the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) apparently joined the escort and remained with it until 13 February.

On 12 February 1942, the British destroyer HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna (Cdr. W.R. Shewring, RIN) joined the convoy.

On 13 February 1942 the convoy was split up and the Filleigh Lulworth Hill, Yoma, Hai Lee and Hermion arrived at Oosthaven, Sumatra. They were escorted by HMAS Hobart and HMIS Jumna. HMIS Jumna remained at Oosthaven to provide A/S protection for that port together with the Australian minesweepers HMAS Goulburn (Lt. B. Paul, RANR(S)) and HMAS Burnie (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.E. Gough, RANR(S)).

The other ships of the convoy, the Adastrus, Modasa, and Prominent arrived at Batavia on 14 February 1942 escorted by HMS Electra. (1)

6 Feb 1942
Around 0830 hours, HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) and HMS Guardian (A/Capt. H.A.C. Lane, RN), were joined in approximate position 00°30'N, 75°36'E, by the Australian minesweepers HMAS Bathurst (Lt.Cdr. A.V. Bunyan, RANR(S)) and HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)) which were to escort them to Trincomalee. (2)

7 Feb 1942
Early in the morning, HMAS Bathurst (Lt.Cdr. A.V. Bunyan, RANR(S)), developed engine problems which reduced her speed. HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) then parted company with HMS Guardian (A/Capt. H.A.C. Lane, RN), HMAS Bathurst and HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)), and proceeded to Trincomalee unescorted. (2)

14 Feb 1942

Convoy JS 2X.

This convoy departed Colombo on 14 February 1942 and arrived at Rangoon on 23 February 1942.

This convoy was made up of the troopships / transports; African Prince (British, 4653 GRT, built 1939), Ascanius (British, 10048 GRT, built 1910), Birchbank (British, 5151 GRT, built 1924), Mariso (Dutch, 7659 GRT, built 1930), Tingsang (British, 2256 GRT, built 1922) and Troja (Norwegian, 8814 GRT, built 1930).

The convoy was escorted by the British heavy cruiser HMS Cornwall (Capt. P.C.W. Manwaring, RN), the Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire (Cdr. W.T.A. Moran, RAN), the Indian sloop HMIS Hindustan (A/Cdr. I.B.W Heanly, RIN), the Australian minesweeper HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)) and the Indian auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Ramdas (Lt. G.M. Hart, RINR).

The merchant vessel Tingsang was detached south-east of Ceylon to proceed to Madras escorted by HMIS Ramsdas.

HMAS Vampire, having been detached, returned to Colombo on 18 February.

HMS Cornwall returned to Colombo on 24 February.

The remainder of the convoy meanwhile had arrived at Rangoon on 23 February 1942. (1)

5 Jul 1942
HrMs K XIV (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) departed Bombay for Colombo. She makes the passage together with HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN). They were escorted by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Lismore (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Crawford, RANR(S)).

Because of defects HrMs K XIV returned to Bombay the next day. (3)

3 Apr 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMS Scout (Lt. R.G. Woodward, RN) and HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)). (4)

23 Apr 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) conducted exercises off Colombo with HMAS Maryborough (A/Cdr. G.L. Cant, RAN) and HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)). (4)

17 Jun 1943
HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)) picks up survivors from the British troop transport Yoma that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-81 northwest of Derna in position 33°03'N, 22°04'E.

27 Jun 1945
HMS Voracious (Lt. D.R. Wilson, DSC, RANVR) departed Brisbane for Sydney. She was escorted by HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. D.S. Thomson, RANR(S)). (5)

17 Jul 1945
HMS Vox (Lt. W.E.I. Littlejohn, DSC, RANVR) departed Sydney for Auckland. She was escorted by HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. D.S. Thomson, RANR(S)).

For the daily positions of HMS Vox during this passage see the map below.

(6)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/426
  2. ADM 53/116603 + ADM 199/426
  3. File 2.12.37.205 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. File 2.12.03.6427 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/20343
  6. ADM 173/20354

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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