HNMS Sumatra (40)
Light cruiser of the Java class
|Navy||The Royal Dutch Navy|
|Built by||Nederlandse Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (Amsterdam, Holland)|
|Laid down||15 Jun 1916|
|Launched||19 Dec 1921|
|Commissioned||26 May 1926|
|End service||30 Apr 1944|
On the outbreak of the war between Holland and Germany on 10 May 1940, HrMs Sumatra was stationed in Flushing, she left for England the following day.
The ship was given pennant number 40 by the British during the war.
Laid up at Portsmouth, England 6 November 1942.
Transferred to the Royal Navy on 30 April 1944.
Expended as blockship during the Normandy landings for Gooseberry 5 in position 147 degrees of the Quistreham lightship, distance 4500 meters and sunk in 7,5 meters water.
For HrMs Sumatra's full operational history see this website (offsite link).
Commands listed for HNMS Sumatra (40)
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|1||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Coenraad Hendrik Brouwer, RNN||1 Feb 1939||29 Jan 1941|
|2||kapitein ter zee (Capt.) Henri Jan Bueninck, RNN||29 Jan 1941||27 Jan 1942|
|3||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Johannes Jacobus Lukas Willinge, RNN||27 Jan 1942||17 Feb 1943|
|4||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Izaac Willem Reijnierse, RNN||17 Feb 1943||10 Mar 1944|
|5||kapitein-luitenant ter zee (Cdr.) Heinrich Witte, RNN||10 Mar 1944||30 Apr 1944|
|6||Capt. (retired) George Ernest Sutcliff, RN||18 Apr 1944||9 Jun 1944|
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Notable events involving Sumatra include:
24 Aug 1940
HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. B.C.S. Martin, RN) departed St.Helena to make rendez-vous at sea with the troopship Orion (23371 GRT, built 1935) and her escort the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Sumatra (Capt. C.H. Brouwer, RNN). The next day, August 25th, around 170 hours (zone -1), HMS Dorsetshire took over the escort of the Orion toward Capetown while HrMs Sumatra proceeded independently to Lobito, Portugese Africa (now Angola) before she continued on to Capetown as well. (1)
They departed again later the same day for Freetown, via Lagos, escorting the Dutch light cruiser HrMs Sumatra (Cdr. J.L. Willinge, RNN). (2)
21 Sep 1942
HrMs Sumatra (Cdr. J.L. Willinge, RNN), HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN) arrived off Lagos. The destroyers then in turn entered Lagos to fuel before all three ships continued on towards Freetown escorting the troopship Highland Princess (14133 GRT, built 1930). (2)
- ADM 53/112038
- ADM 187/21 + File 2.12.03.6773 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.