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11 Jul 1938

  • HMAS Albatross was recommissioned into service at Sydney, Australia to take a crew to the United Kingdom to man the cruiser soon-to-be transferred to Australia as HMAS Hobart. Albatross would departed Sydney later on the same day. ww2dbase [Hobart | Sydney | CPC]
17 Apr 1940

  • RMS Queen Mary arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | Sydney | CPC]
5 Oct 1941

  • Allied convoy SC-48 departed Sydney, Australia for the United States. ww2dbase [Sydney | CPC]
7 Feb 1942

  • Japanese submarine I-25's floatplane conducted a reconnaissance mission on Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Sydney | CPC]
17 Feb 1942

  • Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, flying an E14Y floatplane from Japanese submarine I-25, flew over Sydney Harbor, Australia at 0430 hours, conducting a reconnaissance mission. He was back aboard I-25 by 0730 hours. ww2dbase [Nobuo Fujita | Sydney | CPC]
28 Mar 1942

  • RMS Queen Mary arrived at Sydney, Australia and disembarked 8,400 troops. ww2dbase [Queen Mary | Sydney | CPC]
31 May 1942

  • Japanese submarines I-22, I-24, and I-27 launched three midget submarines 7 miles off of Sydney, Australia. At 2235 hours, one was caught in torpedo nets and was scuttled by her own crew of two (both were killed in the process). The two others continued into Sydney Harbor. ww2dbase [Type A-class | Japanese Midget Submarine Warfare in World War II | Sydney | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 31 May 1942
Cruiser USS Chicago underway in Sydney Harbor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, before the Japanese midget submarine attack that took place later that night, May 31, 1942
1 Jun 1942

  • Two Japanese midget submarines entered Sydney Harbor in Australia in the final hours of the previous day. One of them, M-24, was able to fired two torpedoes at cruiser USS Chicago just after 0000 hours; missing the American cruiser, one of the torpedoes hit the breakwater, sinking nearby barracks ship HMAS Kuttabul (21 were killed, 10 were wounded). M-24 would be able to escape the harbor; her crew abandoned the midget submarine 13 miles north of Sydney but was never seen again. The other midget submarine was depth charged and destroyed by Australian auxiliary patrol boats HMAS Steady Hour, HMAS Sea Mist, and HMAS Yarroma at 0500 hours, killing both men aboard. ww2dbase [Sydney | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Jun 1942
A Japanese Ko-hyoteki class midget submarine raised from of Sydney Harbor the day after the submarine attack in Sydney Harbor, New South Wales, Australia, Jun 1 1942Japanese Type 98 torpedo that ran aground on Green Island in Sydney Harbor during the submarine attack 9 days earlier being prepared for recovery, Sydney, Australia, Jun 10, 1942. Note the sandbags.
9 Jul 1942

  • Destroyers USS Castor, Ralph Talbot, and Blue arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Ralph Talbot | Sydney | DS]
24 Dec 1942

  • Destroyers USS Lansdowne and Shaw in escort of the badly damaged cruiser USS New Orleans arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Shaw | New Orleans | Lansdowne | Sydney | DS]
2 Jan 1943

  • Destroyer USS Shaw departed Sydney, Australia bound for Wellington, New Zealand. ww2dbase [Shaw | Sydney | DS]
7 Mar 1943

  • Cruiser USS New Orleans (New Orleans-class) departed Sydney, Australia bound for Puget Sound, Washington, United States after being fitted with a temporary bow at Sydney. ww2dbase [New Orleans | Sydney | DS]
Photo(s) dated 7 Mar 1943
USS New Orleans underway from Sydney, Australia after being fitted with a temporary bow because she was struck by a torpedo in the Battle of Tassafaronga that blew off 150 feet of her bow.
23 Apr 1943

  • Destroyers USS Nicholas and USS Fletcher and tender USS Whitney arrived at Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Nicholas | Sydney | DS]
17 May 1943

  • Destroyer USS Helm arrived at Sydney, Australia for a week-long tender overhaul alongside USS Dobbin at Wooloomooloo Wharf. ww2dbase [Helm | Sydney | DS]
5 Sep 1943

  • USS Columbia set sail for Sydney, Australia. ww2dbase [Columbia | Sydney | CPC]
15 Jan 1944

29 Apr 1944

5 May 1944

15 Jan 1945

Photo(s) dated 15 Jan 1945
HMS Formidable berthed at the Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, circa Jan 1945
29 Jul 1945

Photo(s) dated 29 Jul 1945
Admiral Bruce Fraser and another officer watching HMS Duke of York entering Sydney Harbour, Australia, 29 Jul 1945
24 Aug 1945

Photo(s) dated 24 Aug 1945
HMS Formidable and HMS Implacable entering Sydney harbor, Australia, 24 Aug 1945
13 Oct 1945

  • HMS Formidable arrived in Sydney, Australia, disembarking 1,300 Australian troops and liberated prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Formidable | Sydney, New South Wales | CPC]
6 Dec 1945

Photo(s) dated 6 Dec 1945
QF 4.5-inch Mk III guns aboard HMS Formidable, Sydney harbor, Australia, 6 Dec 1945

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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