HMAS Dubbo (J 251)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Morts Dock & Enginering Co. Ltd. (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)|
|Ordered||24 Jan 1941|
|Laid down||13 Oct 1941|
|Launched||7 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||31 Jul 1942|
|End service||7 Feb 1947|
Decommissioned into Reserve on 7 February 1947.
Commands listed for HMAS Dubbo (J 251)
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|1||T/Lt. Arthur Godfrey William Thomas, RANR(S)||1 Jul 1942||4 Oct 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Norman Grant Weber, RANR(S)||4 Oct 1942||Apr 1944|
|3||Lt.Cdr. William John Charles Webb, RANR||Apr 1944||16 Jun 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Frank Willshaw Roberts, RANR(S)||19 Jun 1944||8 Nov 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Frank Willshaw Roberts, RANR(S)||6 Dec 1944||27 Aug 1946|
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Notable events involving Dubbo include:
12 Jan 1945
HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR) departed Fremantle for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Far East and 3rd in the South-West Pacific area). She was ordered to patrol off Singapore. She was also to perform air/sea rescue duties in that area. Before proceeding on patrol she conducted exercises together with HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) and HMS Tradewind (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN). Practice attacks were made on HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)), HMAS Inverell (Lt. A.I. Chapman, RANR(S)), HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN) and USS Hutchinson.
For the daily positions of HMS Spiteful during this patrol see the map below.
Both forces made rendezvous off Cape Wom around 0800K/10 and the 'Wewak support force' arrived off Wewak around 1300K/10.
After a preliminary run along the coast to search for the targets the sheduled bombardment commenced.
Around 1600K/10, the force retired to seaward for the night.
At 0630K/11, the 'Wewak support force' made rendezvous with the 'Wewak force' made up of the sloop HMAS Swan (Lt. W.J. Dovers, RAN) and minesweepers/corvettes Colac (Lt. K.J. Hopper, RANR(S)) and HMAS Dubbo (T/Lt. F.W. Roberts, RANR(S)) and the assault forces proceeded to their fire support areas. From 0730K/11, targets were successfully engaged to cover the assault on Red Beach. The bombardment was completed at 0840K/11.
After the landing the 'Wewak support force' retired to seaward.
Around 1230K/11, HMS Newfoundland obtained an A/S contact which was subsequently depth charged by HMAS Arunta. Both destroyers then continued to search the area during the afternoon but no further contact was obtained.
Around 1700 hours, HMAS Hobart and HMS Newfoundland carried out another bombardment after which the force was released and proceeded to Hollandia arriving there at 0700I/9. (7)
- File 184.108.40.206 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6851 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6416 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1871
- ADM 173/18791
- ADM 199/1870
- ADM 53/121909 + Report from HMAS Hobart
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.