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HMS Anking WW2
« on: Saturday 28 February 09 17:47 GMT (UK) »
HMS Anking WW2

I have had terrible trouble trying to find anything detailed about this ship which was torpedoed by the Japenese in Java Waters 6.30am 4th March 1942.
I tried googling and no pictures and I couldnt find any close ups of the Chatham Naval Memorial which lists the fellow (James W Kent) I am trying to find more about.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 28 February 09 21:20 GMT (UK) »
There are odd bits about her if you look.  She was a depot and supply ship sunk by gun fire.

http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=19176
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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 01 March 09 13:40 GMT (UK) »
Thank you very much, its a site I have never come across and will be useful again
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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #3 on: Monday 28 December 09 10:32 GMT (UK) »
The HMS Anking a 3,470 Tonne Base and Accommodation or ‘Depot Ship’, was Sunk during a Japanese attack on a Allied Convoy on the 4th March 1942 with the loss of one officer and 25 ratings.

On the morning of March 4th between 0640 and 0800 280 miles south, southeast of Tjilatjap, Jawa. Japanese Admiral Kondo’s re-united force (Atago, Takao and Maya with Arashi, and Nowaki) encountered and eliminated an entire convoy escorted by the Australian sloop Yarra This convoy arrived at Tjilatjap on March 2nd, but acting on instructions, turned south for Fremantle without entering the harbor. 

Proceeding at 8.5 knots, they were sighted by Japanese aircraft on the afternoon of the 2nd, but no surface contacts followed, presumably because Kondo’s forces were otherwise occupied.  The 3rd passed without incident. However, at 0630 hours on the 4th, however, at sunrise, the Australian sloop sighted the masts of heavy warships to the north, northeast.   Her captain, Lieutenant-Commander Rankin, ordered the convoy to scatter while he stood out between them and the advancing Japanese, making smoke and opening fire with his 4” guns.  These efforts were gallant but ineffective. The cruisers launched two scout planes and pounded the sloop (Atago’s gunfire was particularly effective).  She was quickly set afire with a heavy list to port, but still in action.   The cruisers then engaged the depot ship HMS Anking and quickly sank her.   They then hit the minesweeper MMS51; followed by the tanker Francol sunk by the destroyers at 0730.  Yarra lasted for almost two hours.  The Yarra was the only ship left afloat, and with two destroyers were circling her and pouring fire into her she continues to fight back.

Hope this helps, two men from my local home town went down withthe Anking

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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #4 on: Monday 28 December 09 11:47 GMT (UK) »
Excellent, thank you very much and happy New Year!
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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #5 on: Monday 28 December 09 14:06 GMT (UK) »
With the outbreak of war with Japan, Naval movements in the waters around Java increased.  On 27 February orders were given to clear all remaining British auxiliary craft from Batavia (now Jakarta). H.M.S. Anking under the command of Captain J  P  L  Reid sailed in convoy for Tjilatap at midnight along with the tanker Francol and minesweeper MMS51, escorted by H.M.S. Yarra and the Indian sloop HMIS Jumna. Arriving off Tjilatjap at 11 am on 2 March, the ships were warned not to enter harbour., and the convoy was ordered to proceede ro freemantle at full speed as powerful Japanese forces were known to be operating in the waters south of Java.

Steaming steadily southeast at an average speed of 8.5 knots, the convoy made steady progress during the night of 2-3 March. Except for a faintly discerned shadowing aircraft sighted in the evening, there was no sign of the enemy. On the morning of the third two lifeboats were sighted. From these, Yarra picked up a number of exhausted survivors of the Dutch merchant ship Parigi, sunk by the Japanese two days earlier.

At 6.30 am on 4 March, as the sun rose the lookout in Yarra sighted the unmistakable topmasts of a Japanese heavy cruiser squadron to the north-east. The squadron consisted of Atago, Takao and Maya, each armed with ten 8-inch guns, and two destroyers. Immediately Lieutenant Commander Rankin made a sighting report, ordered the ships of convoy to scatter and, placing his ship between them and the enemy, laid smoke and prepared to engage. Yarra was outgunned and out-ranged, and the enemy ships were faster. Against such odds her task was hopeless, yet she kept fighting even as her convoy was overwhelmed and sunk, ship-by-ship.

H.M.S. Anking, which was carrying many RAN personnel was sunk first. Overwhelmed by many hits she was despatched in ten minutes. By then Yarra was on fire and listing heavily to port but still shooting. MMS 51 was on fire and was put down shortly after by a hail of close range automatic gunfire from one of the cruisers. The Francol took more punishment and still remained afloat, finally succumbing at about 7.30. Yarra, shattered by numerous hits, was the last to go. Soon after 8.00 am, Rankin ordered that the ship be abandoned. Minutes later he was killed when an 8-inch salvo hit the bridge. Leading Seaman R. Taylor, manning the last remaining gun, kept on firing until he too was killed, and the Yarra's guns fell silent. Her end, which came after close-range shelling by the two Japanese destroyers, was witnessed by 34 survivors on two rafts. All, except the Dutch captain of Parigi, were naval ratings

When Yarra sank, the Japanese made off to the north-east after picking up one boatload of survivors from Francol. A collection of boats, rafts and floats was left scattered over a wide area of sea. Towards evening, a passing Dutch vessel, Tawali, rescued 57 officers and men from Anking. However, in spite of frantic signals, she failed to sight two Carley floats, which held 14 men from MMS 51. For the next two and a half days they drifted about until picked up by the Dutch steamer Tjimanjoek on 7 March. Meanwhile Yarra's men, their numbers sadly reduced by wounds, exposure, and thirst, continued to drift helplessly. On 9 March 13 of the sloop's ratings were picked up by the Dutch submarine KlL..

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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 24 February 10 03:09 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to find info on my Uncle who possibly was on HMS Anking when she was sunk.  Do you know if there is a list of the crew at the time of her sinking.  I am not sure if he survived the sinking and taken captive by the Japanese.  Any info you may be able to assist me with would be appreciated.

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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 24 February 10 06:05 GMT (UK) »
I am trying to find info on my Uncle who possibly was on HMS Anking when she was sunk.  Do you know if there is a list of the crew at the time of her sinking.  I am not sure if he survived the sinking and taken captive by the Japanese.  Any info you may be able to assist me with would be appreciated.

Wendy, I am sure that I have a casualty list somewhere which would be a start.  Can you post or pm me his details, full name and service number would be great, and I will see what I can find.

Phil

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Re: HMS Anking WW2
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 24 February 10 06:28 GMT (UK) »
Hi Phil,

My Uncles name is Eric Wilde - SSX20700

Thanks