HMAS Lismore (J 145)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||4 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||1 Mar 1940|
|Launched||10 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||24 Jan 1941|
|End service||3 Jul 1946|
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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|1||Lt. Stanley Hamill Crawford, RANR(S)||Nov 1940||14 Feb 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Lancelot Claude Graham Lever, RANR(S)||15 Feb 1943||3 Jan 1945|
|3||T/Lt. David Simpson Thomson, RANR(S)||4 Jan 1945||Oct 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 February. HMS Cornwall was relieved by HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, CBE, RAN) around 1350GH/10 in position 05°40'S, 93°00'E.
Around 2000GH/11, the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) joined the escort and remained with it until 13 February.
At 1530GH/13, 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.
HMAS Hobart later also went on to Batavia but while en-route she was ordered to return to Oosthaven. (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)
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.
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).
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. (5)
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.] (6)
For the daily positions of HMS Vox during this passage see the map below.
- ADM 199/426
- ADM 53/116603 + ADM 199/426
- File 126.96.36.199 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6427 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- War diary of USS LST 21 for November 1943
- ADM 53/117007 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Quiberon for November 1943
- ADM 173/20343
- ADM 173/20354
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.