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  HMAS Colac (J242/M05)
Bathurst class corvette

650 Tons (standard)
1,025 (loaded)

Ship History
Built by Mort's Dock and Engineering Company.

Wartime History

The ship returned to New Guinea waters in April 1944. Throughout the remainder of 1944 and the early months of 1945 she was operational on escort, patrol and transport duties as far forward as the Halmahera Group. In April and May 1945 Colac, in company with the sloop HMAS Swan and her sister ships HMA Ships Deloraine and Dubbo, provided bombardment support for operations in the Wewak area including Wewak, Muschu Island, Kairisu Island and Cape Samier.

During May 1945, proceeded to Bougainville to participate in operations to harass the enemy, destroy installations and prevent Japanese from evacuating Choiseul to Bougainville. On May 26, 1945 Colac was hit by two shells fired by Japanese shore batteries. The first shell killed two aboard and wounded two others, the first casualties suffered. The second shell hit at the waterline and caused the vessel to begin to take on water and settle by the stern. Immediately, the crew jettisoned stores and depth charges and proceeded to Blanche Bay but had to be taken under tow by Caledonian Salvor. After temporary repairs were made at Blanche Bay, Colac was towed to to Finschafen. Afterwards, taken to Sydney arriving on June 18, 1945 for further repairs until the end of the Pacific War.

On November 27, 1945 placed into reserve status. On February 20, 1951 recommissioned as a training ship for National Service Trainees and Naval Reserve personnel and operated in Australia for the next two years. On January 30, 1953 again placed into reserve service. In 1962 converted into a tank cleaning vessel until September 30, 1983.

Sinking History
On March 4, 1987 off Jervis Bay sunk as a target by a Mark 48 torpedo fired by HMAS Ovens at roughly Lat 34°49.2´ South, Long 151°32´ East.

Colac is recognized on a memorial plaque In memory of those who served HMA Ships [location unknown] dedicated by the RAN Corvette Associations of Australia in recognition of each of the 56 Australian built Second World War RAN corvettes.

Australian Navy HMAS Colac

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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