Allied Warships

HMAS Parramatta (L 44 / U 44)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

HMS Parramatta during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantL 44 / U 44 
Built byCockatoo Docks and Engineering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) 
Ordered 1938 
Laid down9 Nov 1938 
Launched10 Jun 1939 
Commissioned8 Apr 1940 
Lost27 Nov 1941 
Loss position32° 20'N, 24° 35'E

HMAS Parramatta (A/Cdr. Jefferson Hirst Walker, MVO, RAN) was torpedoed and sunk by U-559 about 35 nautical miles north-east of Tobruk, Lybia in position 32º20'N, 24º35'E. There were 24 survivors but 138 men, including all officers, lost their lives.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 27 Nov 1941 by U-559 (Heidtmann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMAS Parramatta

Commands listed for HMAS Parramatta (L 44 / U 44)

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1Lt.Cdr. Jefferson Hirst Walker, RANJan 194027 Nov 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Parramatta include:

10 Feb 2005
The Reserve News edition dated 10 February 2005 holds a story told by Mr. Harold Moss. He is a survivor of the sinking of HMS Parramatta. You can review this story at this website (offsite link).

Please note it's in .pdf format so you will need Adobe Reader. You can download this program here (offsite link).

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 43.95)

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