Allied Warships

HMAS Toowoomba (J 157)

Minesweeper of the Bathurst class

NavyThe Royal Australian Navy
PennantJ 157 
Built byWalkers Ltd. (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia) 
Ordered5 Jun 1940 
Laid down6 Aug 1940 
Launched26 Mar 1941 
Commissioned9 Oct 1941 
End service5 Jul 1946 

Decommissioned at Colombo, Ceylon on 5 July 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on the same day being renamed Boeroe.
Boeroe was decommissioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1958.


Commands listed for HMAS Toowoomba (J 157)

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1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Paul Hugill Hirst, RAN19 May 194124 Jul 1942
2T/Lt.Cdr. John Martyn, RANR(S)25 Jul 1942

3T/Lt. Terence Christy, RANR(S)31 Jul 1942

4Lt.Cdr. James Houston Simpson, RANR(S)19 Aug 1942Jan 1945

5T/Lt.Cdr. Spence Bernard Komoll, RANR(S)7 Feb 194514 Mar 1945
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Hunter Newby, RANR(S)15 Mar 19456 Apr 1945
7T/Lt.Cdr. Spence Bernard Komoll, RANR(S)7 Apr 19456 May 1945
8Lt. Howard Frank Goodwin, RANR11 May 1945

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Notable events involving Toowoomba include:

11 Feb 1943

Convoy MC 4.

This convoy departed Aden on 11 February 1943 and arrived at Durban on 27 February 1943.

The convoy was made up of the transports City of Canterbury (British, 8331 GRT, built 1922) and Elisabethville (British, 8351 GRT, built 1922).

On departure from Aden the convoy was escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Hawkins (Cdr. M. Everard, RN) and the minesweeper HMAS Toowoomba (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Simpson, RANR(S)).

Around 0300D/14, HMAS Toowoomba parted company with the convoy for other escort duties.

Around 0800CD(-3.5)/18, HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.B. Crane, RN) took over the escort from HMS Hawkins which then set course to proceed to Kilindini.

The convoy arrived at Durban on 27 February 1943.

30 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) departed Manus for Sydney. She was escorted by HMAS Toowoomba (Lt. H.F. Goodwin, RANR).

For the daily positions of HMS Virtue during the passage from Manus to Sydney see the map below.



  1. ADM 173/20291

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

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