George Scott Stewart, RAN

Born  28 Dec 1902Colac, Victoria, Australia
Died  31 Jan 1965(62)Hordern Vale, Victoria, Australia

Ranks

31 Dec 1915 Cadet
1 Jan 1920 Mid.
1 May 1922 A/S.Lt.
1 Dec 1922 S.Lt.
15 Sep 1924 Lt.
15 Sep 1932 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1938 Cdr.

Retired: 1 Jan 1947


Decorations

Warship Commands listed for George Scott Stewart, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Nestor (G 02)Cdr.Destroyer3 Feb 194114 May 1941
HMS Porcupine (G 93)Cdr.Destroyer5 Jun 194219 Jan 1943
HMAS Quiberon (G 81)Cdr.Destroyer21 Jan 19431 Jul 1943
HMAS Quiberon (G 81)Cdr.Destroyer27 Aug 194329 May 1944
HMAS Napier (G 97)Cdr.Destroyer21 Sep 194526 Oct 1945

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Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Nestor (G 02)


3 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is commissioned for trials at the Fairfield shipyard at Govan (Glasgow), Scotland. (1)

5 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) proceeded down river and anchored at Tail of Bank, Greenock. (1)

7 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted anchor and degaussing trials. (1)

8 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) proceeded to Holy Loch for wiping and deperming. (1)

9 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With wiping and deperming completed, HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), proceeded from Holy Loch to the degaussing range. On completion of the DG trials she anchored at Tail of Bank. (1)

10 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted gunnery and astern steaming trials in the Clyde area. (1)

12 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted full fower trials in the Clyde area following which she was accepted from the shipyard.

She proceeded to her builders yard to ship the 4" HA gun which had not been fitted yet. This gun was fitted in the place where the after torpedo tubes were supposed to have been fitted. (1)

24 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) proceeded down river and anchored at Tail of Bank. (1)

27 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted 4" AA gunnery and TSDS trials. [TSDS was the high speed minesweeping gear with which she was fitted.] (1)

1 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Greenock (Tail of Bank) for Scapa Flow. (2)

2 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Scapa Flow from Greenock. At Scapa Flow she was to commence a work-up period. (2)

3 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow with her TSDS gear. (2)

7 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Boadicea (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target.

On completion of the A/S exercises both destroyers were joined by HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) for gunnery exercises which included night gunnery exercises in the evening. (2)

8 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target. (2)

10 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target.

On completion of the A/S exercises, HMAS Nestor conducted gunnery exercises. (2)

11 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted torpedo firing and gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

12 Mar 1941
In the morning HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Boadicea (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN) conducted torpedo firing exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

14 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted TSDS and AA gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow. (2)

17 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The destroyer HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and the escort destroyers HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth. (2)

21 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted RDF and fire control exercises in the Pentland Firth.

These were followed by A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target. (2)

24 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target. (2)

25 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow during which HMS L 23 (Lt. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) acted as target.

These were followed by gunnery exercises together with HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN). Later HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) for night gunnery exercises. (2)

26 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) departed Scapa Flow for torpedo firing exercises.

On completion of the exercises HMAS Nestor proceeded eastwards to make rendezvous with HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) coming from Port ZA (Loch Alsh) and HMS Circassia (A/Capt. E.V. Lees, RN) coming from the Clyde.

Rendezvous was affected around 1500A/26 and course was set for Reykjavik, Iceland. The two destroyers escorting the armed merchant cruiser. (2)

28 Mar 1941
HMS Circassia (A/Capt. E.V. Lees, RN), HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) arrived at Reykjavik.

The destroyers then fuelled at Hvalfjord before they departed again to join convoy HX 115 at sea which they did the following day.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy HX 115 ' for 17 March 1941.] (2)

1 Apr 1941
Around 1915A/1, HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow from escort duty, having parted company with convoy HX 115 near Cape Wrath earlier on this day. (3)

4 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN) conducted gunnery exercises in the Pentland Firth, these included night gunnery exercises in the evening. (4)

5 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) and HMS Liddesdale (Cdr. A.G. West, RN) conducted HA gunnery exercises in the Pentland Firth. (4)

7 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted AA gunnery exercises at Scapa Flow followed by LA gunnery exercises in the Pentland Firth. On completion of these exercises she set course for Glasgow but was soon recalled back to Scapa Flow. (4)

9 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Greenock where she was de-fuelled and de-ammunitioned. (4)

10 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) proceeded up river to the Fairfield shipyard for a post work-up refit and alterations to her radar outfit. (4)

29 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
With her post work-up refit completed, HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), proceeded down river to Tail of Bank where she was fuelled and ammunitioned. (4)

1 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Greenock for Scapa Flow. (5)

2 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Scapa Flow from Greenock. (5)

5 May 1941
Around 0815B/5, HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Eskimo (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Scapa Flow for Skaale Fjord, Faeroer Islands where they arrived to complete with fuel around 2030B/5.

On departure from Scapa Flow, RIX, rangefinding and inclination exercises, were carried out. (6)

12 May 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the morning, HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), conducted torpedo firing exercises in the Pentland Firth. On completion of the exercises she returned to Scapa Flow being required to screen capital ships during their exercises. (5)


Destroyer HMAS Quiberon (G 81)


22 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0740A/22, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Mers-el-Kebir for an A/S patrol in the bay. (7)

23 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0830A/23, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) returned to Mers-el-Kebir from A/S patrol. (7)

29 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0740A/29, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Mers-el-Kebir for an A/S patrol in the bay.

She was relieved around 1330A/29 by HMS Tartar (Cdr. St J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN).

HMAS Quiberon was then joined by HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and both destroyers then set course for Gibraltar. (7)

30 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0315A/30, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.

After having topped off with fuel they departed two hours later to join convoy WS 26 at sea.

They joined the convoy around 1700A/30.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 26 / KMF 8 ' for 24 January 1943.] (7)

6 Feb 1943
HMS Canton ( A/Cdr.(Retd.) R.J.E. Daintree, RN), HMS Cicilia (Capt.(Retd.) J.M. Scott, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), HMS Quadrant (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Farrington, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN), HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) and RHS Adrias arrived at Freetown with convoy WS 26.

9 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Canton ( A/Cdr.(Retd.) R.J.E. Daintree, RN), HMS Cicilia (Capt.(Retd.) J.M. Scott, RN), HMS Corinthian (Cdr. E.J.R. Pollitt, RNR), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) and RHS Adrias departed Freetown escorting convoy WS 26.

15 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900AB/15, HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) at Porte Noire to fuel. After doing so they departed again around 1230AB/15 to rejoin convoy WS 26.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 26 / KMF 8 ' for 24 January 1943.] (8)

21 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2100C/21, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) arrived at Capetown to fuel.

They departed again around 0730C/22 to rejoin convoy WS 26.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 26 / KMF 8 ' for 24 January 1943.] (8)

25 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Ceres (Capt. C.C.A. Allen, RN), HMS Cicilia (Capt.(Retd.) J.M. Scott, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) and HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) arrived at Durban with the Durban section of convoy WS 26.

26 Feb 1943
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) commenced boiler cleaning at Durban. This was completed on 4 March 1943. (8)

27 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is docked in the floating dock at Durban. (8)

1 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is undocked. (9)

4 Mar 1943
Around 2300C/4, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Durban to search for survivors from ships torpedoed that had been in convoy DN-21. Four ships from this convoy were sunk and two had been damaged.

Around 1700C/5, HMAS Quiberon was joined by HMS Relentless (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Blackmore (Lt. H.T. Harrel, RN) and HMS Catterick (Lt. A. Tyson, RN) which had parted company with convoy WS 26 around 0530C/4.

Around 1730C/5, HMS Blackmore and HMS Catterick parted company to proceed to Durban as they ran low on fuel. They arrived at Durban around 1530C/6.

Around 2130C/5, HMAS Quiberon and HMS Relentless also departed the area to return to Durban where they arrived around 1200C/7. (9)

7 Mar 1943
Around 1800C/7, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Carthage (A/Capt.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, MVO, RN), seaplane tender HMS Albatross (A/Capt.(Retd.) S. Barry, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Quickmatch (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, DSC, RAN) departed Durban and proceeded northwards.

Around 1900C/9, HMS Albatross and HMAS Quickmatch parted company to proceed to Tulear, Madagascar where they arrived around 1200C/10. They departed again around 1515C/10 for Majunga where they arrived around 1215C/12. They departed Majunga around 1730C/12 for Kilindini where they arrived around 0830C/15.

HMS Carthage and HMAS Quiberon continued on to Kilindini where they arrived around 1000C/13. (10)

17 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700C/17, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Kilindini for Fremantle via Diego Garcia.

In the afternoon of 21 March, HMAS Quiberon fuelled at Diego Garcia from the RFA tanker Appleleaf (5891 GRT, built 1917). On completion of fuelling HMAS Quiberon departed Diego Garcia for Fremantle where she arrived around 1200H/29. (9)

29 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1800H/29, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Fremantle for Melbourne. (9)

1 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100K/1, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Port Melbourne from Fremantle. She is then taken in hand for refit. (11)

15 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 0255H/15, a fire is discovered in the foward mess deck on board HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) which is refitting at Port Melbourne. The fire was extinguished at 0430H/15.

A court of inquire was held on board the following day to determine the cause of the fire. (11)

26 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises in Port Phillip. On completion they departed for Fremantle. (12)

30 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1445H/30, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) arrived at Fremantle from Melbourne. (12)

31 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400H/31, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) departed Fremantle for Geraldton. On departure they conucted gunnery exercises. (12)

1 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0945H/1, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) arrived at Geraldton from Fremantle. After having topped off with fuel they departed for Diego Garcia around 1400H/1. (13)

9 Jun 1943
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) made a fuel stop at Diego Garcia before departing for Kilindini later the same day.

Late in the afternoon the destroyers parted company. HMAS Quiberon continued on towards Kilindini while HMAS Nepal was to make rendezvous with the submarine depot ship HMS Adamant (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.A. Laffitte, RN) en-route from Colombo to Kilindini via Addu Atoll. (13)

13 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1300C/13, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Kilindini from Diego Garcia. (13)

24 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400C/24, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Durban for gunnery exercises on completion of which, around 1700C/24 she joined the transports Argentina (American, 20614 GRT, built 1929) and Siboney (American, 6938 GRT, built 1918) to escort them to the south.

HMAS Quiberon parted company with the transports around 0700C/26 in position 38°10S, 32°04'E and set course to return to Durban where she arrived around 1000C/27. (13)

28 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) commenced boiler cleaning at Durban. (13)

30 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is docked at the Durban Dockyard. (14)

27 Aug 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Lt. G.J.A. Ashley-Brown, RAN) conducted AA gunnery exercises off Durban.

later in the day, after her return to harbour Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN, resumed command. (15)

28 Aug 1943
The heavy cruiser HMS Hawkins (Capt. J.W. Josselyn, DSC, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Durban escorting convoy WS 32.

The parted company with the convoy on 3 September and proceeded to Kilindini.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined convoy WS 32 / KMF 20 ' for 19 July 1943.] (15)

7 Sep 1943
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), which had commenced cleaning boilers at Kilindini on 4 September 1943 is ordered to halt boiler cleaning and to close up her boilers. (16)

8 Sep 1943
Around 1300C/8, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Kilindini for Durban where she is to complete boiler cleaning. (16)

12 Sep 1943
Around 1100B/12, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Durban from Kilindini. (16)

13 Sep 1943
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) commenced boiler cleaning at Durban. (16)

21 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) completed boiler cleaning at Durban. (16)

22 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0845C/22, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) departed Durban for Kilindini. (16)

26 Sep 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1530C/26, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Kilindini from Durban. (16)

28 Sep 1943
Around 0900C/28, the destroyers HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Kilindini for exercises.

Around 1800C/26, the submarine depot ship HMS Adamant (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.A. Laffitte, RN) departed Kilindini for Colombo. She was escorted by the destroyers HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN). They joined the other four destroyers shortly afterwards.

Around 0640CD/30, upon completion of an exercises, HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quality parted company to return to Kilindini where they arrived around 1430C/1.

Around 1800CD/30, HMAS Nepal parted company to proceed to Port Victoria, Seychelles to fuel. She rejoined around 0600D/2. HMAS Norman and HMAS Napier then parted company to fuel at Port Victoria. They returned around 1445D/3 when HMS Rapid proceeded to fuel at Port Victoria after which she was to return to Kilindini.

HMS Adamant, HMAS Norman, HMAS Nepal and HMAS Napier arrived at Colombo around 1030FG/8.

(17)

1 Oct 1943
Around 1430C/1, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Kilindini from escort duty.

Before entering harbour A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Osiris (T/Lt. M.H. Atkinson, RNR). (18)

3 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted A/S exercises off Kilindini with HMS Osiris (T/Lt. M.H. Atkinson, RNR). Upon completion of the exercises HMAS Quiberon joined the escort of convoy KR 3. (18)

12 Oct 1943
Around 1015C/12, HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Kilinidi for exercises.

Around 1600C/12, they were joined by HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN) and course was set to proceed to Aden. (18)

16 Oct 1943
Around 0830C/16, HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Aden from Kilindini. (18)

17 Oct 1943
Around 0600C/17, the escort carrier HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN) departed Aden for Bombay. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN). (19)

25 Oct 1943

Combined Convoy AB 18 / AP 50.

This combined convoy departed Aden in company on 25 October 1943.

Convoy AB 18 was made up of the following transports;
City of Lille (British, 6588 GRT, built 1928), Clan MacInnes (British, 4672 GRT, built 1920), Clement Clay (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Esperance (British, 5072 GRT, built 1923), Fort Buckingham (British, 7122 GRT, built 1943), Glenapp (British, 9503 GRT, built 1920), Heimvard (Norwegian, 4851 GRT, built 1930), Jalavihar (British, 5330 GRT, built 1911), Kohistan (British, 5884 GRT, built 1930), Kong Sverre (Norwegian, 7238 GRT, built 1941), Mahout (British, 7921 GRT, built 1925), Pasha (British, 5307 GRT, built 1919), Tjibadak (Dutch, 7083 GRT, built 1929) and William Whipple (American, 7181 GRT, built 1942).

The tug Empire Harry (British, 458 GRT, built 1943) was also part of the convoy.

The landing ship HMS Royal Scotsman (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN), tank landing ships HMS LST 180 (?) and the cable ship HMS Bulan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Donaldson-Palmer, RNR) were also part of this convoy.

On departure from Aden this convoy was escorted by the sloop HMIS Jumna (A/Cdr. I.B.W. Heanly, RIN), frigate HMS Kale (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RD, RNR) and the corvette HMS Rockrose (T/Lt. H.J. Makepeace, RNR).

Convoy AP 50 was made up of the following transports / tankers;
A.C. Bedford (British (tanker), 9485 GRT, built 1918), Bradford City (British, 7266 GRT, built 1943), British Fidelity (British (tanker), 8465 GRT, built 1938), British Sailor (British (tanker), 5576 GRT, built 1918), Charles Henderson (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Egero (Norwegian (tanker), 7590 GRT, built 1929), Esso Baytown (American (tanker), 7991 GRT, built 1937), Harry Lane (British, 7176 GRT, built 1942), Havkong (Norwegian, 9666 GRT, built 1937), Jalapa (American, 10195 GRT, built 1943), Juan de Fuca (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943), Mark Twain (American, 7176 GRT, built 1942), Samoa (British, 7219 GRT, built 1943), Santa Margarita (American, 6507 GRT, built 1942) and Thomas Pollock (American, 7176 GRT, built 1943).

On departure from Aden this convoy was escorted by the minesweepers HMAS Cessnock (Lt.Cdr. T.S. Marchington, RANR(S)), HMIS Madras (Lt. S.G. Karmarkar, RINR) and HMIS Punjab (T/Lt. V.V. Pogoretsky, RINR).

The convoys were to split on reaching longtitude 56°E.

Around 1600F/31, convoy AB 18 was joined by the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN).

Convoy AB 18 arrived at Bombay on 3 November 1943.

Convoy AP 50 arrived off Bandar Abbas on 3 November 1943.

26 Oct 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1200FG/26, HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN), HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Bombay from Aden. (19)

30 Oct 1943
Around 1245FG/30, the armed merchant cruiser HMS Canton (Capt. J.J.E. Barclay, RNR) departed Bombay for Kilindini. She was escorted by the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN).

Around 0300F/31, the destroyers parted company to join convoy AB 18 coming from Aden.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Combined Convoy AB 18 / AP 50 ' for 25 October 1943.] (20)

2 Nov 1943

Convoy AB 18A.

This convoy departed Aden on 2 November 1943.

It was made up of the following LST's;
HMS LST 180 (?), HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR), USS LST 209 (Lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR) and USS LST 261 (Lt. Lt. L.I. Reilley, USCG).

On departure from Aden the convoy was escorted by the corvette HMS Aster (Lt. W.L. Smith, RNR) and the minesweeper HMAS Lismore (T/Lt. L.C.G. Lever, RANR(S)).

Around 1500FG/6, the convoy was joined by the escort carrier HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) which came from Bombay.

The convoy arrived at Bombay around 1230FG/9. (21)

3 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), HMIS Jumna (A/Cdr. I.B.W. Heanly, RIN), HMS Kale (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Rockrose (T/Lt. H.J. Makepeace, RNR) arrived at Bombay with convoy AB 18. (22)

4 Nov 1943
Around 1100FG/4, the escort carrier HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) departed Bombay to make rendezvous with convoy AB 18A1.

Rendezvous was affected around 1500FG/6.

[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy AB 18A ' for 2 November 1943.] (23)

12 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) conducted bombardment exercises off Bombay. (22)

21 Nov 1943
Around 0730E/21, HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN, with Commodore S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN, on board), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Port Victoria, Seychelles.

After having fuelled, they departed around 1400E/21 for Kilindini. (22)

23 Nov 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400C/23, HMAS Napier (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Green, DSC, RAN, with Commodore S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN, on board), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Kilindini from Port Victoria, Seychelles. (22)

27 Nov 1943

Convoy CM 47.

This convoy departed Durban on 27 November 1943.

It was made up of the following (troop) transports;
City of Paris (British, 10902 GRT, built 1922), Empire Woodlark (British, 7793 GRT, built 1913) and Highland Brigade (British, 14134 GRT, built 1929).

On departure from Durban the convoy was escorted by the light cruiser HMS Emerald (Capt. F.J. Wylie, RN).

Around 1100C/4, the destroyers HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) joined coming from Diego Suarez.

Around 1830C/6, HMS Emerald parted company to proceed to Kilindini.

The convoy arrived at Aden around 0700C/11.

3 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600C/3, HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Diego Suarez from Kilindini. (24)

4 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0515C/4, HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) departed Diego Suarez to make rendezvous with and join convoy CM 47.

The convoy was joined around 1100C/4.

For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy CM 47 ' for 27 November 1943. (24)

11 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0700C/11, HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Aden with convoy CM 47. (24)

13 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy AB 24.

This convoy departed Aden on 13 December 1943.

[The exact composition of this convoy is not clear to us for the moment and will require furter research.]

The repair ship HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN), tank landing ship Boxer (Lt.Cdr. G.B Herbert-Jones, RNR) and the tug HMS Aimwell were also part of this convoy.

On departure from Aden this convoy was escorted by the destroyers HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and the frigates HMS Derg (Lt. E.J. Binfield, DSC, RNR) and HMS Kale (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RD, RNR).

Around 1200DE/15, the destroyer HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) joined and commenced fuelling from HMS Recource.

Around 1700DE/15, the escort carrier HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN), destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Rapid (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, DSC and Bar, RN) and frigate HMS Plym (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. Foxall, RNR) made rendezvous with the convoy. They came from Bombay which they had departed, together with HMAS Nepal around 1500FG/12. HMS Rapid had joined the Battler group around 1415DE/15 having departed Colombo on 12 December 1943. HMS Plym actually did not join the convoy but proceeded independently to Aden where she arrived on 17 December 1943. HMAS Nepal proceeded to Kilindini where she arrived on 19 December 1943 escorting the troop transport Arundel Castle (British, 19118 GRT, built 1921) which she must have picked up at some point. HMS Battler, HMS Rotherham, HMS Rapid, HMS Roebuck, HMS Derg and HMS Kale arrived at Bombay with part of the convoy on 19 December 1943.

Around 1715DE/15, HMS Rescourse and the transport City of Lincoln (British, 8039 GRT, built 1938) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quality parted company with the convoy. The City of Lincoln parted company with these ships around 1400FG/20 to proceed to Colombo where she arrived on 21 December 1943. HMS Rescource, HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quality arrived at Trincomalee around 1200FG/22.

22 Dec 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1200FG/22, the repair ship HMS Resource (Capt.(Retd.) D.B. O’Connell, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Trincomalee. (25)

22 Dec 1943

Convoy CJ 9A.

This convoy departed Calcutta on 22 December 1943.

It was made up of the following LST's;
HMS LST 180 (?), HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), HMS LST 238 (?), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR) and USS LST 209 (Lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR).

On departure from Calcutta the convoy was escorted by the minelayer HrMs Willem van der Zaan (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Küller, RNN) and the auxiliary patrol vessel HMIS Kalavati (T/Lt. S. Gill, RINR).

Around 0730FG/25, the convoy escort was reinforced when the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) joined.

The destroyer HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN), which had been in company with HMAS Quiberon proceeded to Madras with HMS LST 180 and HMS LST 238 arriving there later on the 25th.

The convoy arrived at Colombo on 27 December 1943. (26)

23 Dec 1943
Around 1600FG/23, HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) departed Trincomalee for an A/S hunt off Madras as an enemy submarine had attacked convoy JC 30 and sunk a transport.

Around 1900FG/23, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Trincomalee also for an A/S hunt off Madras.

The destroyers joined company around 1100FG/24. They abandoned the A/S hunt around 2300FG/24 to make rendezvous with and join the escort of convoy CJ 9A. HMAS Quiberon joined the convoy around 0730FG/25. HMS Quality arrived at Madras later the 25th escorting HMS LST 180 (?) and HMS LST 238 (?) which had been detached from the convoy.

[For more info on this convoy see the event 'Convoy CJ 9A ' for 22 December 1943.] (27)

28 Dec 1943

Convoy MB 59A.

This convoy departed Colombo on 28 December 1943.

It was made up of the following LST's;
HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR) and USS LST 209 (lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR).

The repair ship (former LST) USS Achelous (Lt. W. Ringies, USNR) was also part of the convoy.

On departure from Colombo the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and the minesweeper HMIS Khyber (T/Lt. H.C.H. Berry, RINR).

During the night of 30/31 December 1943, HMIS Khyber parted company.

In the morning of 4 January 1944, the corvette HMS Rockrose (T/Lt. H.J. Makepeace, RNR) joined.

The convoy arrived at Aden on 5 January 1944. (28)

6 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The LST's, HMS LST 215 (Cdr.(Retd.) G.H.F. Owles, RN), USS LST 17 (Lt. H.B. Gallagher, USCGR), USS LST 21 (Cdr. T.W. Greene, USN), USS LST 25 (Lt. E.F. Macellus, USNR), USS LST 72 (Lt. J.A. Lombard, USNR), USS LST 73 (Lt. H.M. Crossan, USNR), USS LST 175 (Lt. E.J. Fitzgerald, USNR), USS LST 176 (Lt.(jg) J.A. Salt, USNR), USS LST 208 (Lt. A. Strickland, USNR) and USS LST 209 (lt. F.T. Ratchford, USNR) and the repair ship (former LST) USS Achelous (Lt. W. Ringies, USNR) departed Aden for the Suez Canal.

On departure from Aden they were escorted by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN).

The destroyer parted company around 0330C/7 and set course to return to Aden where she arrived around 0930C/7.

The LST's and repair ship arrived at Suez on 12 January 1944. (29)

8 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy AB 27A.

This convoy departed Aden on 8 January 1944.

It was made up of the troop transports;
Dunnottar Castle (British, 15007 GRT, built 1936) and Strathaird (British, 22281 GRT, built 1932).

On departure from Aden, around 1500C/8, the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN).

Around 1800C/8, the destroyer HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) joined coming from Aden having overtaken the convoy.

Around 0800E/11, the frigate HMS Bann (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RD, RNR) joined coming from Bombay. HMAS Norman then parted company to return to Aden.

Around 0800E/12, the escort carrier HMS Battler (A/Capt. F.M.R. Stephenson, RN), destroyer HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN) and frigate HMS Kale (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Houchen, OBE, RD, RNR) joined.

Around 1200E/12, HMS Battler and HMS Bann parted company to proceed to Port Victoria, Seychelles.

Around 1030FG/14, the convoy arrived at Bombay. (30)

15 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is docked at Bombay. Also boiler cleaning was commenced. (30)

22 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) is undocked. Also boiler cleaning was completed on this day. (30)

26 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100FG/26, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Bombay for Trincomalee.

On the 27th she was ordered to proceed to Cochin instead of Trincomalee. (30)

28 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0900FG/28, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Cochin from Bombay. (30)

31 Jan 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400FG/31, the aircraft maintenance carrier HMS Unicorn (Capt. H.L.St.J. Fancourt, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) departed Cochin to make rendezvous with HMS Renown (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral A.J. Power, KCB, CVO, RN, second in command of the Eastern Fleet) and her destroyer escort and then proceed to Trincomalee. (30)

16 Feb 1944
HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Pathfinder (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Hallifax, RN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. G.A. Cox, RNethN) conducted exercises off Trincomalee. (31)

16 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1830FG/16, HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Trincomalee for Colombo. (31)

17 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600FG/17, HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Colombo from Trincomalee. (31)

19 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy JA 1.

This convoy departed Colombo on 19 January 1944.

It was made up of the troop transport Scythia (British, 19761 GRT, built 1920) and the armed merchant cruiser HMS Alaunia (Capt. R.H.C. Crawford, OBE, RNR).

Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Roebuck (Cdr. J.T. Lean, DSO, RN) and HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN).

The convoy arrived at Aden on 26 February 1944.

27 Feb 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0830C/27, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Aden to overtake and join convoy AKD 16.

At 1315C/27 she was recalled and ordered to return to Aden where she arrived around 1730C/27. (31)

1 Mar 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0830C/1, the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone (Capt. G.B.H. Fawkes, RN) departed Aden for Trincomalee. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN). The transport Margrete Bakke (Norwegian, 5478 GRT, built 1938) was also with them until 1445E/4 when she parted company to proceed to Karachi. (32)

9 Mar 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1500FG/9, HMS Maidstone (Capt. G.B.H. Fawkes, RN), HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) arrived at Trincomalee from Aden. (32)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Unicorn (Capt. H.L.St.J. Fancourt, DSO, RN) conducted AA gunnery exercises off Trincomalee during which she was escorted by the destroyers HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) and HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN). (33)

13 Mar 1944
Around 0730FG/13, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) departed Trincomalee to make rendezvous in approximate position 05°00'S, 77°25'E with the escort carrier HMS Ranee (A/Capt. J.S. Metcalf, DSC, RD, RNR) and light cruiser HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN) coming from Fremantle. (34)

15 Mar 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1730FG/15, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) made rendezvous with HMS Ranee (A/Capt. J.S. Metcalf, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMNZS Gambia (Capt. N.J.W. William-Powlett, DSC, RN).

Around 1800FG/15, HMNZS Gambia parted company to proceed to Colombo where she arrived around 1500FG/17.

HMS Ranee, HMAS Quiberon and HMS Queenborough arrived at Cochin around 0930FG/18. (35)

18 Mar 1944
Around 0930FG/18, HMS Ranee (A/Capt. J.S. Metcalf, DSC, RD, RNR), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) arrived at Cochin. (36)

18 Mar 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1700FG/18, the escort carrier HMS Shah (A/Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN) departed Cochin for Colombo. She was escorted by HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN). (37)

19 Mar 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2300FG/19, HMS Shah (A/Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN) arrived at Colombo from Cochin. (37)

31 Mar 1944
Around 2245FG/31, the destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) departed Trincomalee for Addu Atoll. (34)

2 Apr 1944
Around 1200FG/2, the destroyers HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) arrived Addu Atoll from Trincomalee.

After fuelling the departed for an A/S patrol to the south-west of Addu Atoll (03°00'S, 68°00'E) around 1800FG/2. (38)

4 Apr 1944
Around 1700FG/4, HMS Quilliam (Capt. R.G. Onslow, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan DSO, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) returned to Addu Atoll from patrol. (38)

5 Apr 1944
Around 0730FG/5, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Addu Atoll for Trincomalee. (38)

6 Apr 1944
Around 1900FG/6, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Trincomalee from Addu Atoll. The other detroyers had been detached for other duties while en-route. (38)

8 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) commenced boiler cleaning at Trincomalee. (38)

15 Apr 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) completed boiler cleaning at Trincomalee. (38)

24 Apr 1944
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) conducted depth charge trials at Trincomalee. The previous day four new depth charge throwers had been installed. (38)

26 Apr 1944
Around 0830FG/26, the escort carrier HMS Shah (A/Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN) departed Trincomalee for Bombay. She was escorted by HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN). (38)

30 Apr 1944
Around 1130FG/30, HMS Shah (A/Capt. W.J. Yendell, RN), HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN) arrived at Bombay from Trincomalee. (38)

4 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400FG/4, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) departed Bombay for Colombo. (39)

6 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0800FG/6, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Colombo from Bombay. (39)

21 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1415H/21, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) departed Fremantle for Williamstown. (39)

24 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1650K/24, HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) arrived at Williamstown from Fremantle. (39)

25 May 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) de-ammunitioned at Williamstown. (39)

28 May 1944
HMAS Quiberon (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) commenced a refit at Williamstown.

[No report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon is available for June 1944.] (39)

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  24. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943
  25. ADM 53/118459 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943
  26. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943 + War diary of USS LST 21 for December 1943
  27. ADM 53/116830 + ADM 199/643 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943
  28. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for December 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for January 1944 + War diary USS LST-21 for December 1943 + War diary USS LST-21 for January 1944
  29. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for January 1944 + War diary of USS LST 21 for January 1944
  30. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for January 1944
  31. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for February 1944
  32. ADM 53/119831 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  33. ADM 53/120665 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  34. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  35. ADM 53/119480 + ADM 53/120338 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  36. ADM 53/120338 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  37. ADM 53/120472 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for March 1944
  38. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for April 1944
  39. Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for May 1944

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


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