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  • From Howard Statham on Liverpool, Albert Dock. Refit for HMS Wallflower (K44)

    In 1944, Wallflower helped find and sink the U boat that sunk HMS Ganilly. I have a medal group from the Chief Engineman on Ganilly who went down with the ship on 5th July 1944 in the Channel..

    2020/11/15 at 4:10 pm
  • From Harry O"Neill on contact

    To Roy Terry, I note with interest that your father was a radio operator on HMS Wallflower..
    My father was the leading telegraphist. I am wondering if your father kept any notes or diaries. Maybe he made mention of my father in them. My father was Harold Albert O’Neill, known as Alec..

    2020/10/05 at 12:00 am
  • From henry liffen on - February 1942, Tjilatjap

    My father escaped on the Cote Gede too.

    2020/08/16 at 1:16 pm
  • From Anthony Wege on The Crew

    I have researched and authored two books about small AIF units in Singapore February 1942, the 2/4 Reserve Motor Transport Company and the 27 Independent Brigade Group Ordnance workshop. A few soldiers from both these units (24 from the 2/4 RMTC; 8 from the 27 IBGOW) sailed on Abbekerk from Java to Fremantle 27 Feb to 6 March 1942. Their names are in the appropriate book. Both books are in the National Library of Australia Canberra and the Australian War Memorial Canberra

    2020/07/19 at 3:52 am
  • From Wyley Smith on Pictures Tjilatjap evacuation

    Very interesting to see pics an read the stories of the Indonesian campaign, especially the Naval engagements near Java in early 1942. Similar problems today with poor communication or near total lack there of . Add to that of language differences to dramatically slow things up. Today we have near instantaneous interpretation.

    2019/09/19 at 4:42 pm
  • From Mardiharjo on Tjilatjap evacuees list

    Sayang bangkai kapal yang ditenggelamkan di pelabuhan cilacap sudah tidak ada.bekas-bekas pengeboman yang masih bisa dilihat mungkin tinggal pilar-pilar di stasiun kereta api cilacap,yang terletak tidak jauh dari pelabuhan .silahkan lihat di google

    2019/08/24 at 6:01 am
  • From Mardiharjo on - February 1942, Tjilatjap

    Saya lahir di cilacap,th.1954.sampai dengan th.tujuhpuluhan masih banyak bangkai kapal berserakan.sekarang sekali sudah dibersihkan untuk pengembangan pelabuhan

    2019/08/23 at 9:45 pm
  • From Klaus Friedrich on The Ship

    My uncle, the late Fritz Andreas, was machinist onboard the raider Atlantis.
    When it was sunk it was disguised as Abbekerk.


    2018/11/20 at 12:01 pm
  • From Pieter on Home

    Hi Peter One of my old friends born around 1935 told me yesterday, during a sporting event in Switzerland of all places, that he and his mother boarded the Abbekerk for that memorable trip from Singapore to Fremantle, leaving his father, a British Oficer, behind to fight the invaders. This prompted me to google the name of the ship and become familiar with Adriaan Kik’s fascinating memoirs Thank you, also on behalf of my friend Nigel.

    2018/08/20 at 3:42 pm
  • From Peter on Singapore under attack, Abbekerk lucky again


    Thank for your compliments.
    More on (the crago of) DM.01 can be found on and this is probably the source of several other accounts on the internet. On the individual ships not much can be found.
    What I know about Abbekerk’s cargo comes mostly of the crew memoires:
    The Hurricanes are mentioned by my father, Third Mate Visser, DEMS gunner MacNab and also Harry Tweedale from 232 squadron RAF. My father comparing Abbekerk with a modern day containership with two crated hurricanes on each of her 5 holds. Most sources only mention 54 (or 52) Hurricane’s aboard Sussex in DM.01. So it is unclear if the 10 aboard Abbekerk were extra or that in fact Sussex only carried 44.
    The AA guns are mentioned by all on board. No exact number only that some of them were put on deck as extra defence in England and later en route to Singapore. Lt G. North of the 35th LAA regiment was on board Abbekerk with 15 troops to man the guns. He mentions that the guns of the 35th were on board (but not if it were all of them or may be from other units as well).
    What is a bit of a mystery is why guns on deck and the 16 men of the 35th were only sent ashore by the time Abbekerk was in Oosthaven (Sumatra) and not already month earlier in Singapore with the rest of the 35th.

    The anti tank guns of the 85th are only mentioned as being part of DM.01. Since both my father and the Third Mate mention field guns and artillery as part of Abbekerk cargo I assume these are the guns of the 85th. Contrary to the Hurricanes and the Bofors I have not really researched these guns.

    Best regards,

    2018/02/28 at 12:55 pm
  • From Walter Tuttlebee on Singapore under attack, Abbekerk lucky again

    Peter – Firstly, you’ve done a great job with this website & the info herein – well done.
    My father was a soldier in the British 85th Anti-Tank Regiment. He travelled to Singapore on the SS Narkunda. This was the only anti-tank regiment in this convoy which the Abbekerk accompanied. I’m trying to put together his story…

    In this article “Singapore under attack, Abbekerk lucky again” you mention the Hurricanes, the anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons being carried in & unloaded from the Abbekerk.

    In Archie Monro’s book “The Winston Specials: Troopships Via the Cape, 1940-43”, page 233, he states that:
    “The MT ship Sussex discharged 54 crated Hurricanes, the guns of an Anti-Tank and AA regiment, ammunition and stores all by the ship’s company as the native dock labour had disappeared, in the space of 5 days and nights and thereafter sailed to Australia”.

    It sounds the identical story, but a different ship
    (The Sussex was also part of the same DM1 convoy as the Abbekerk).

    Can you please point me to your original sources, so I can check them out.
    Many thanks.

    2018/02/27 at 5:36 pm
  • From John Wakeman on Home

    Thank you for your website. I have been reading a book about Qantas flying boats in WW2. The ship Abbekerk was mentioned so I looked for a bit more information. My father was in the 85 Anti tank regiment transported to Singapore in 1942. I noticed Walters post in 2013. My info of the 85 Anti tank was gained from the computer so Walter would probably have the same info. However it is good to know that someone has also researched the 85 Anti tank regiment. I would be willing to pass on any info I have.

    2018/01/16 at 12:09 am
  • From Peter on Liverpool, Albert Dock. Refit for HMS Wallflower (K44)

    Dear Harold,

    I’m sorry to hear you are disappointed in the way I have translated the website.

    The intention of this website is to keep the memory alive of all the men who sailed merchant ships and escorts during the war. As far as I know (and intended) , I have only spoken highly of the crew of HMS Wallflower. I can assure you that there is no intention to offend anybody.

    As you probably noticed this is a Dutch website en the translation into English has been a major undertaking since the website consist of over 125 pages. I am very grateful to everyone who helped me to make the website – almost entirely – bilingual. But since I am no professional translator, nor historian, I’m fully dependent of English speaking readers to help me with typical English (British if you like) details about ranks, names, designations, names of army units and even names of arms. But also the finer details of the English/British language.

    In the next major update of the website I will correct the error.


    2017/12/11 at 10:52 am
  • From Harold O'Neill on Liverpool, Albert Dock. Refit for HMS Wallflower (K44)

    I am disappointed with use of England and English here. My father was a Scot and he served on HMS Wallflower…Britain and British please

    2017/12/11 at 3:31 am
  • From Addy van Baar on Abbekerk's aftermath: the ships

    Stilletjes heb ik de gebeurtenissen en verhalen gelezen. Ben onder de indruk van de belevenissen.
    knap werk!

    2017/09/24 at 10:48 pm
  • From Jacques Nederpelt on Abbekerk's aftermath: the ships

    Mooi verhaal. Heb nog een kerst periode gevaren op de C3 versie als radio officier niets wetende van de illustere voorganger.

    2017/09/24 at 5:55 pm
  • From Rob Balde on Two lifeboats, 62 men, 700 miles from nearest shore

    Wat een goedgeschreven verhaal. Er gaat een hele wereld voor de lezer open. Zo ver overal vandaan…

    2017/08/27 at 9:59 am
  • From Kees Saman on Port of Spain, Trinidad. In too deep

    During those hazardous days crews were happy having survived the crossing of the Atlantic and having safely reached peaceful Trinidad while so many ships got lost.
    For that reason Trinidad was called “The Promised Land”.

    2017/07/23 at 10:59 am
  • From Dave Campbell on The Clyde, Glasgow, still at anchor

    Peter, This photo of Freighters at anchor is not in The Clyde Glasgow Scotland. It’s Bedford basin here in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada Hope this is not being too critical,as,I thought you should know,Regards,DaveDave Campbell

    2016/11/15 at 9:00 pm
  • From Peter on The Crew

    Beste Jos,
    Hartelijk dank voor je uitgebreide en gedetailleerde aanvullingen. Ze zijn inmiddels verwerkt in de lijsten hierboven.

    2016/11/13 at 9:14 am
  • From Jos Rozenburg on The Crew

    Mooie website, goed gedaan! Ik heb je eerder twee keer getracht te mailen over de update van de bemanningslijst tijdens de torpedering. Helaas zie ik die update niet terug op de website, weet dus niet zeker of je deze wel hebt ontvangen. Gegevens zijn afkomstig van het WO2 archief LOCK (Londense Collectie Koopvaardij) bij het NIMH (Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie), waarin alle gegevens van het NLD koopvaardij personeel tijdens WO2 zijn vastgelegd. De updated gegevens van 54 (van totaal 64) opvarenden van de Abbekerk worden inmiddels wel correct weergegeven op de website

    2016/11/06 at 9:28 pm