Charles John Stephenson, RAN

Birth details unknown

Ranks

1 Jan 1924 Cadet.
1 May 1928 Mid.
1 Sep 1930 A/S.Lt.
16 Mar 1931 S.Lt.
16 May 1933 Lt.
16 May 1941 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1948 Cdr.

Retired: 13 Jun 1960


Decorations

5 Jun 1952 OBE

Warship Commands listed for Charles John Stephenson, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Vendetta (D 69)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 Sep 194129 Nov 1941
HMAS Vendetta (D 69)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 Sep 194231 Mar 1943
HMAS Napier (G 97)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer15 Sep 19447 Oct 1944
HMAS Nepal (G 25)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer8 Oct 1944

Career information

We currently have no career / biographical information on this officer.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Vendetta (D 69)


4 Sep 1941
Around 1000C/4, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Port Said. (1)

5 Sep 1941
Around 1520C/5, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Port Said escorting the transport Salamaua (British, 6754 GRT, built 1920) to Famagusta, Cyprus where they arrived around 0940C/7.

HMAS Vendetta did not enter the harbour and set course to return to Port Said arriving there around 0730C/8. (1)

7 Sep 1941
In the early afternoon an enemy submarine had been sighted and reported by HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) in approximate position 32°40'N, 29°00'E. This was actually the Italian submarine Dagabur.

To search for this submarine, on the 8th, the destroyers HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) were sent from Alexandria, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) was sent from Port Said and HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) were sent from Haifa.

The hunt was abandoned on the 10th. HMS Hasty, HMS Havock, HMS Hotspur, HMS Kingston proceeded to Alexandria, HMAS Vendetta proceeded to Port Said and HMS Griffin and HMS Hero proceeded to Haifa. (2)

11 Sep 1941
Around 0750C/11, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) returned to Port Said from A/S operations. (1)

12 Sep 1941
The transport Salamaua (British, 6754 GRT, built 1920) departed Port Said for Famagusta. She is escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and the corvette HMS Salvia (Lt.Cdr. J.I. Miller, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR).

They arrived at Famagusta on the 14th. (1)

15 Sep 1941
The transport Salamaua (British, 6754 GRT, built 1920) departed Famagusta for Haifa. She is escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

They arrived at Haifa on the 16th. (1)

16 Sep 1941
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Haifa for Port Said where she arrived the following day. (1)

17 Sep 1941
Around 1745B/17, the transports Fouadieh (Egyptian, 1738 GRT, built 1923) and Anna Odland (Norwegian, 4980 GRT, built 1939) departed Port Said for Famagusta and Haifa respecively.

On departure from Port Said they were escorted by HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

Around 1015B/18, the Anna Odland was detached to Haifa.

The Fouadieh and HMAS Vendetta arrived at Famagusta around 0700B/19. (1)

19 Sep 1941
Around 0935B/19, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Famagusta for Haifa where she arrived around 1740B/19. (1)

22 Sep 1941
Around 1620B/22, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Haifa to go to the assistance of the A/S whaler HMSAS Southern Isles which was trying to salvage the hulk of the small Palestian merchant vessel Antar (385 GRT, built 1890) which had been attacked and heavily damaged by the Italian submarine Ascianghi. The hulk however later sank.

HMAS Vendetta returned to Haifa around 0715C/23. (1)

23 Sep 1941
The tankers British Colonel (British, 6999 GRT, built 1921) and Toneline (British, 811 GRT, built 1928) departed Haifa for Alexandria.

They were escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

They arrived at Alexandria on the 25th. (1)

29 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Alexandria for Haifa. (1)

30 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Haifa from Alexandria. (1)

2 Oct 1941
The destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and corvette HMS Hyacinth (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, DSC, RNR) departed Haifa for an A/S search as the A/S trawler HMS Lydiard (T/Lt. F.A. Seward, RNR) had attacked an A/S contact earlier in the day with possible success.

No further A/S contact was obtained and the hunt was abandoned the following day with HMAS Vendetta and HMS Hyacinth returning to Haifa. (3)

4 Oct 1941
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Haifa for Port Said. (4)

5 Oct 1941
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Port Said from Haifa. (4)

6 Oct 1941
The destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and corvette HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR) departed Port Said escorting a convoy to Haifa.

[No further information available on this convoy.] (5)

7 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600C/7, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and corvette HMS Erica (Lt.Cdr. W.C. Riley, RNR) parted company with the convoy and proceeded to Haifa arriving there around 1815C/7. (5)

8 Oct 1941
Around 0145C/8, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Haifa for an A/S patrol. (5)

9 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0600C/9, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) returned to Haifa from patrol. (5)

11 Oct 1941
Around 1645C/11, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Haifa escorting a convoy to Port Said where they arrived around 1200C/12.

[No further information available on this convoy.] (5)

12 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1455C/12, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (5)

13 Oct 1941
Around 1105C/13, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Alexandria from Port Said. (5)

14 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 14 to 19 October 1941, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) cleaned boilers at Alexandria. (5)

20 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600C/20, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Alexandria escorting a convoy to Port Said.

[No further information available on this convoy.] (5)

21 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0725C/21, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Port Said. She then entered the Suez Canal for southbound passage.

She arrived at Suez around 1635C/21 and after topping off with fuel she departed for Aden around 1840C/21.

HMAS Vendetta was to proceed to Singapore for a major refit. (5)

25 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1215C/25, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Aden. (5)

26 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0715C/26, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Aden for Bombay. (5)

1 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Bombay from Aden. (6)

2 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Bombay for Colombo. (6)

5 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Colombo from Bombay. (6)

7 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Colombo for Singapore. (6)

11 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Penang from Colombo. (6)

12 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Penang for Singapore. (6)

13 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Singapore from Penang.

At Singapore she was taken in hand for refit by the Singapore Harbour Board. (6)

29 Sep 1942
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) completed her refit at Melbourne. There was still work to be done later though at Sydney, which had mostly to do with the fitting of new equipment. (7)

2 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted basin trials at Victoria Dock, Melbourne. (7)

5 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted basin trials at Victoria Dock, Melbourne. (7)

11 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) proceeded from Victoria Dock to Williamstown where she embarked ammunition and the ship was fully fuelled. She then entered the Harbour Trust Dock for an inclining experiment. (7)

12 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) left dock and returned to Williamstown. (7)

13 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted post refit trials in Port Phillip. (7)

14 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted torpedo firing and full power trials in Port Phillip. (7)

15 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted gunnery and depth charge thrower trials in Port Phillip. She proceeded to Victoria Dock on completion for fumigation. (7)

16 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
While leaving Victoria Dock, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) collided with the dock wall. She then secured again for repairs which took about a week to complete. (7)

24 Oct 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Melbourne for Sydney. (7)

26 Oct 1942
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Sydney from Melbourne. She then went to Garden Island for the fitting of new equipment which could not be installed at Melbourne. (7)

12 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) proceeded from Garden Island to the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. (7)

22 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted D/G trials and compass swing trials at Sydney. (7)

23 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted RDF and steaming trials off Sydney. (7)

24 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted A/S and full power trials off Sydney. (7)

30 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruiser USS Phoenix (Capt. J.R. Redman, USN) and the destroyers HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Sydney for Brisbane. En-route exercises were to be carried out. (8)

31 Dec 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruiser USS Phoenix (Capt. J.R. Redman, USN) and the destroyers HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived in Moreton Bay. (8)

1 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) proceeded up river to Brisbane. (8)

3 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) proceeded down river from Brisbane to Moreton Bay. (9)

4 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises in Moreton Bay. (10)

5 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted torpedo firing and gunnery exercises in Moreton Bay. (10)

6 Jan 1943
HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted towing exercises in Moreton Bay on completion of which they went to sea for A/S exercises with USS Flying Fish (T/Cdr. G.R. Donaho) which were only completed in the afternoon of the 7th. (9)

8 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) returned to Moreton Bay from A/S exercises. Later this day she conducted gunnery exercises in Moreton Bay. (10)

10 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
On completion of the A/S exercises HMAS Warramunga (Cdr. E.F.V. Dechaineux, DSC, RAN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted torpedo firing exercises during which they acted as target for each other. During the exercises HMAS Vendetta's steering engine broke down. Temporary repairs were made at sea and HMAS Vendetta then set course to return to Brisbane. (9)

13 Jan 1943
During 13 and 14 January 1943, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted A/S exercises off Brisbane with USS Gato (T/Cdr. R.J. Foley, USN).

On completion of the exercises HMAS Vendetta returned to Brisbane on 15 January 1943 while USS Gato proceeded on patrol. (10)

15 Jan 1943
The light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.A. Showers, RAN) and the destroyers USS Patterson (T/Cdr. W.C. Schultz, USN) and HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted gunnery exercises off Moreton Bay. On completion of the exercises HMAS Vendetta returned to Moreton Bay early on the 16th. The other two ships remained at sea. (10)

17 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Brisbane escorting the submarine tender Sperry (T/Capt. R.E. Blue, USN).

HMAS Vendetta parted company with USS Sperry around 1800L/18.

USS Sperry then continued her passage towards Pearl Harbour unescorted.

HMAS Vendetta set course for Townsville. (10)

21 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Townsville from escort duty. (10)

22 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy TN 27.

This convoy departed Townsville on 22 January 1943.

It was made up of the transports; Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Katoomba (Australian, 9424 GRT, built 1913).

The convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

The convoy arrived at Fall River (near Gurney airfield), Milne Bay on 24 January 1943. (10)

26 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The transports Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Katoomba (Australian, 9424 GRT, built 1913) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) for Port Moresby. They were escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN). (10)

27 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The transports Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Katoomba (Australian, 9424 GRT, built 1913) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) and their escort, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN), arrived at Port Moresby. (10)

28 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The transports Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Katoomba (Australian, 9424 GRT, built 1913) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) and their escort, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN), departed Port Moresby for Townsville. (10)

30 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The transports Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Katoomba (Australian, 9424 GRT, built 1913) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) and their escort, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN), arrived at Townsville for Port Moresby. (10)

31 Jan 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) proceeded from Townsville to Cairns. (10)

1 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 1 to 9 February 1943, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN), cleaned boilers at Cairns. (11)

10 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Cairns escorting the RFA tanker Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) to Goods Island (Torres Strait) where they arrived on 12 February 1943.

Off Goods Island, HMAS Castlemaine (T/Lt.Cdr. P.J. Sullivan, RANR(S)) was fuelled by the Bishopdale.

They all departed Goods Island on 13 February 1943 for Darwin where they arrived on 16 February 1943. (11)

18 Feb 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1325KL/18, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN), was ordered to proceed with despatch to position 10°09'S, 127°05'E where a Allied bomber had force landed.

Around 1420KL/18, HMAS Vendetta left Darwin to proceed as ordered. Speed was set to 25 knots.

At 0140KL/19, a flare was sighted 600 yards on the starboard bow and four survivors from the crashed aircraft were picked up in position 10°12'S, 127°10'E.

Course was then set for Darwin where HMAS Vendetta arrived around 1345KL/19. (11)

20 Feb 1943
The RFA tanker Bishopdale (8406 GRT, built 1937) departed Darwin for Townsville via Thursday Island.

She was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and the minesweeper HMAS Castlemaine (T/Lt.Cdr. P.J. Sullivan, RANR(S)).

They arrived off Thusday Island on 23 February 1943 where HMAS Castlemaine was detached.

HMAS Vendetta and the Bishopsdale arrived at Townsville on 26 February 1943. (11)

2 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) conducted exercises in Cleveland Bay. These included gunnery exercises. (12)

3 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy TS 18.

This convoy departed Townsville on 3 March 1943.

This convoy was made up of the chartered (for the RFA) tanker Aase Maersk (6184 GRT, built 1930) and the Australian Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Karumba (3798 GRT, built 1916).

On departure from Townsville the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

Around 1300L/4, the minesweeper HMAS Goulburn (Lt.Cdr. B. Paul, RANR(S)) took over the escort of the convoy. HMAS Vendetta was then detached taking over the escort of the transport Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935) which HMAS Goulburn had been escorting northwards from Brisbane.

Convoy TS 18 arrived at Moreton Bay on the 7th. HMAS Goulburn did not enter though as she was detailed for other escort duties. (12)

5 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) and the transport Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935) arrived at Townsville A.M. on this day. (12)

5 Mar 1943

Convoy TN 46.

This convoy departed Townsville on 5 March 1943.

It was made up of the transports; Maetsuycker (Dutch, 4131 GRT, built 1936) and Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Townsville the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

The convoy arrived at Port Moresby on 7 March 1943. (12)

9 Mar 1943

Convoy NT 5.

This convoy departed Port Moresby on 5 March 1943.

It was made up of the transports; Maetsuycker (Dutch, 4131 GRT, built 1936) and Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Port Moresby the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

The convoy arrived at Townsville on 10 March 1943. (12)

12 Mar 1943

Convoy TN 50.

This convoy departed Townsville on 12 March 1943.

It was made up of only one transport, the Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Townsville the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

The convoy arrived at at Fall River (near Gurney airfield), Milne Bay on 14 March 1943. (12)

15 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) for Townsville. (12)

17 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Townsville from Milne Bay. (12)

19 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy TN 56.

This convoy departed Townsville on 12 March 1943.

It was made up of only one transport, the Taroona (Australian, 4286 GRT, built 1935).

On departure from Townsville the convoy was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN).

The convoy arrived at at Fall River (near Gurney airfield), Milne Bay on 21 March 1943. (12)

22 Mar 1943
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Fall River (Milne Bay) for Townsville. (12)

23 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) arrived at Townsville from Milne Bay. (12)

24 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) departed Townsville for Cairns where she arrived later the same day.

While en-route, mails and personnel had been transferred near Palm Island to Australia (Capt. H.B. Farncomb, MVO, DSO, RAN). (12)

25 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
From 25 to 31 March 1943, HMAS Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. C.J. Stephenson, RAN) cleaned boilers at Cairns. (12)

31 Mar 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)

Convoy TN 64.

This convoy departed Townsville on 31 March 1943.

This convoy was made up of the transports; Duntroon (Australian, 10346 GRT, built 1935) and Wanaka (Australian, 2259 GRT, built 1938).

On departure from Townsville the convoy was unescorted.

On 1 April, near Cairns, the destroyer HMAS Vendetta (Lt.(Emgy.) D. Logan, RAN) joined.

The convoy arrived at Port Moresby on 3 April 1943. (13)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1941
  2. ADM 199/415 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1941
  3. ADM 199/415 + ADM 199/2546 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for November 1941
  4. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for November 1941
  5. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for October 1941
  6. ADM 199/2574
  7. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta from September to December 1942
  8. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta from September to December 1942 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Warramunga from 23 November 1942 to 3 January 1943
  9. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for January 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Warramunga for January 1943
  10. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for January 1943
  11. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for February 1943
  12. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for March 1943
  13. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for April 1943

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


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