HMAS Toowoomba (J 157)
Minesweeper of the Bathurst class
|Navy||The Royal Australian Navy|
|Built by||Walkers Ltd. (Maryborough, Queensland, Australia)|
|Ordered||5 Jun 1940|
|Laid down||6 Aug 1940|
|Launched||26 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1941|
|End service||5 Jul 1946|
Decommissioned at Colombo, Ceylon on 5 July 1946 and transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy on the same day being renamed Boeroe.
Commands listed for HMAS Toowoomba (J 157)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Paul Hugill Hirst, RAN||19 May 1941||24 Jul 1942|
|2||T/Lt.Cdr. John Martyn, RANR(S)||25 Jul 1942|
|3||T/Lt. Terence Christy, RANR(S)||31 Jul 1942|
|4||Lt.Cdr. James Houston Simpson, RANR(S)||19 Aug 1942||Jan 1945|
|5||T/Lt.Cdr. Spence Bernard Komoll, RANR(S)||7 Feb 1945||14 Mar 1945|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Hunter Newby, RANR(S)||15 Mar 1945||6 Apr 1945|
|7||T/Lt.Cdr. Spence Bernard Komoll, RANR(S)||7 Apr 1945||6 May 1945|
|8||Lt. Howard Frank Goodwin, RANR||11 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).
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.
For the daily positions of HMS Virtue during the passage from Manus to Sydney see the map below.
- ADM 173/20291
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.