HMAS Quickmatch (G 92)
Destroyer of the Q class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||2 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||6 Feb 1941|
|Launched||11 Apr 1942|
|Commissioned||14 Sep 1942|
|End service||26 Apr 1963|
In the 1950s, Quickmatch was converted to a fast anti-submarine frigate.
Decommissioned to reserve on 26 April 1963.
|Former name||HMS Quickmatch|
Commands listed for HMAS Quickmatch (G 92)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Rodney Rhoades, DSC, RAN||13 May 1942||11 Mar 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Otto Humphrey Becher, DSC, RAN||12 Mar 1944||25 Jun 1945|
|3||Cdr. James Kenneth Walton, RAN||26 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Quickmatch include:
1 Dec 1942
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. Marriot, 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.
26 Dec 1944
At 0500 on 25 December 1944, HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. O.H. Becher, DSC, RAN) was ordered from port during what became known as the "Christmas Scare" off Sydney, Australia. German U-boat U-862 had torpedoed the merchant Robin J. Walker. At 2300, the destroyer found the still sinking liberty ship. It left to search for survivors. It lost radar contact with merchant ship at 0300 on the 26th and assumed it sank. Two hours later, it was guided to lifeboats by Catalina aircraft and rescued Captain MacRae and the 66 surviving members of his crew. (1)
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