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|Andy in West Oz||Posted on Jan 12 2009, 09:39 PM|
PLB, that sounds like the article that featured in a recent Wartime magazine publilshed by the AWM.
|DirkPitt||Posted on Jan 12 2009, 06:22 PM|
| The enquiry is well underway and there are some computer graphics, damage diagrams and more photos at this link;
|pink little birdie||Posted on Sep 15 2008, 09:57 AM|
| I went to the National War Memorial on the weekend I found that the disply has not yet been updated. however there was an article on finding the Sydney and why searching for shipwreaks is hard (It discussed shipwreaks Australian waters but same principles for the rest of the world)
Will post them later.
|pink little birdie||Posted on Jun 4 2008, 02:45 AM|
| I have the DVD "The Hunt for HMAS Sydney" It has a funky book in it. the book has plans of the HMAS Sydney (II), photos from crew members, pictures of the sunk boat, pictures of the search. Details of the boat's sinking and finding
|DirkPitt||Posted on May 30 2008, 07:48 AM|
| Inquiry into Sydney sinking gets underway
May 31, 2008
Almost 67 years after the cruiser HMAS Sydney II was sunk in a battle with a disguised German raider off the Western Australian coast, the head of an inquiry into the WWII tragedy says that for the sake of the surviving relatives, its loss with its entire 645 crew can no longer go unexplained.
In opening the inquiry in Sydney today, Commissioner Terrence Cole, QC, said that for the first time his inquiry will attempt to find the answers and put to rest theories about the battle, including conspiracies theories such as an alleged cover-up and even a massacre.
The raider, the Kormoran, also sunk with the loss of 81 of its crew.
Commissioner Cole said the inquiry, which follows the discovery of the wrecks of both vessels in March will take evidence in Germany from at least four known survivors of the Kormoran crew, 307 of whom survived the encounter on November 19, 1941 and were made prisoners of war in Australia.
The inquiry will also comb naval intelligence records from the British Admiralty, US and Australian archives and even Japan, which entered the war within three weeks of the loss of the HMAS Sydney.
Commissioner Cole said experts in ship design will give assessments of 45 hours of videos and 1400 photographs taken by a submersible of the battle damage to both vessels and the prospects of the survival of any of the Sydney crew, while also trying to finally confirm if the remains of a sailor that was buried on Christmas Island in 1942 are indeed the only known remains of a HMAS Sydney crewman to ever be found.
"I anticipate there will also be evidence called regarding the international law of war and the conventions of war in 1941, and the aspects of the responsibilities of commanding officers and others at the time," he said in reference to long-held questions as to why the Sydney came to be so close to the Kormoran which was disguised as a neutral Dutch merchant ship.
"Whilst there were no survivors from the Sydney II after its engagement with Kormoran ... there still survive persons who served on Sydney II prior to that time. A number of such persons have been located and statements obtained from them and I anticipate taking evidence from those persons," said Commissioner Cole.
"Inquiries made in Germany have resulted in four survivors of the Kormoran indicating that they are willing to assist and one suggests that there may be a considerable number of other survivors from whom evidence might be obtained."
Commissioner Cole said the oldest Kormoran survivor was now aged 96 and, because of the frailty of his former crewmen, it would be necessary to take evidence in Germany in the coming two months.
"The inability to find Sydney II and the Kormoran (wrecks) for such a long period has resulted in various conjectures and hypotheses being advanced regarding the circumstances of the sinking, and the absence of survivors from Sydney II.
"These conjectures will be addressed, where necessary by oral and documentary evidence, and conclusions regarding them included in my report," he said in reference to speculation over the years that a then neutral Japanese submarine was also involved with the Kormoran in the attack on the HMAS Sydney II," he said.
Commissioner Cole said the inquiry - which is not expected to take in public evidence until late next year although investigators in the meantime will compile statements from survivors and experts - would finally sort "fact from fiction ... to solve what has been described as Australia's greatest maritime mystery".
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/05/30/1211654281394.html
|DirkPitt||Posted on Apr 8 2008, 05:39 PM|
| At the end of this 3 minute video, you can see how the Kormoran hid their guns ;
|Andy in West Oz||Posted on Apr 7 2008, 06:16 AM|
What is perhaps as amazing as finally finding the ship itself is the remarkable finds the ROV is filming. Truly phenomenal.
|DirkPitt||Posted on Apr 7 2008, 04:55 AM|
Photograph: One of Sydney’s 21-inch quadruple torpedo tubes lying upside down on the sea bed. Two torpedoes remain in their tubes.
|DirkPitt||Posted on Apr 7 2008, 04:54 AM|
Photograph: Without doubt the most chilling find in the debris field was the presence of five of Sydney’s life boats. Note Sydney’s official badge mounted on their bows.
|DirkPitt||Posted on Apr 7 2008, 04:52 AM|
This from the search director, David Mearns ;
The general absence of twisted and torn hull plating in the main debris field tells me that it is probable Sydney did not suffer any large explosion in her bow. It seems increasingly likely that Sydney’s bow, severely damaged and weakened by the torpedo strike, broke away with Sydney pointed on a heading of 140 degrees, and still possibly underway. All the evidence indicates that the weather and sea conditions worsened on the evening of November 19th and rough seas may have played a factor in Sydney losing her bow and finally sinking. A number of other WWII ships were torpedoed in the bow like Sydney but none lost their bows, nor sank. Desperately unlucky, Sydney appears to be the first.
Photograph: Sydney’s inverted bow was our first major discovery within the debris field.
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