26 Apr 1943

Colac1-126 April – ON THIS DAY in 1943 the RAN corvettes HMAS Colac (pictured) and Ballarat were escorting a convoy of five ships about 20 miles south east of Cape Byron when it came under attack by a Japanese submarine. The British ship MV Limerick was subsequently hit by a torpedo and sank. Efforts to locate and destroy the Japanese submarine failed athough Colac managed to rescue all but two of Limerick’s crew. RAN corvettes played an important role during World War II ensuring that Australia’s sea lines of communications and vital trade routes remained open.

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