House of Representatives Committees

Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade

The loss of HMAS Sydney

Chapter 5

Signals, Submarines and Speedboats

5.1    The issue of whether or not signals were sent from Sydney, and where those signals may have been picked up, has been one of the most widely debated issues of the inquiry. The principle areas of dispute are whether or not Sydney sent signals and whether or not those signals were received by Harman Naval Station outside Canberra. Also open to debate is the accusation that signals were sent and received, but not acted upon.

Signals Sent from Kormoran

5.2    It is widely accepted that Kormoran sent a Q signal2 after she had encountered Sydney. Evidence of this signal exists in the Archives, and it is not in dispute in this inquiry. This signal was probably sent for two reasons. First, Captain Detmers hoped that by sending the signal, he could dupe Sydney into thinking there was another suspicious ship in the area, and that Sydney would cease pursuit of Kormoran, allowing her to escape. Second, the Q signal was a way to '... inform Germany that the raider or the vessel sending it was in trouble'.3 Apparently:

5.3    In her book, Winter raised the point that 'a ship that knew enough to send "Q" signal was probably under Admiralty orders and could thus have expected to have a secret call sign'.5 The Q signal was designed to convince Allied ships that Kormoran was not the enemy and may have contributed to Captain Burnett's decision to bring Sydney in close. Even if Kormoran had been unable to supply the Straat Malakka's secret call sign, Captain Burnett may not have been convinced she was an enemy ship. According to Winter:

5.4    In evidence given to the Committee, Dr Kim Kirsner of the HMAS Sydney Foundation Trust, stated that:

5.5    Interviews undertaken by Mr David Kennedy with Mr Hans Linke, a wireless operator on the Kormoran, indicate that 'Kormoran jammed Sydney's signals. ... [Linke said] "we jammed by pretending to call other ships. Brazilians, neutrals, we called. We made wireless traffic that did not really exist" '.8

Signals Sent from Sydney

5.6     great many submissions to this inquiry addressed whether or not signals were sent from Sydney prior to, during and indeed after her encounter with the Kormoran. The issue is complicated by uncertainty about whether the messages attributed to Sydney were transmitted in plain voice (para 5.32), morse or encrypted code and the reports of signals are largely anecdotal.

5.7    A number of reports of signals believed to have been from Sydney have emerged, including:

5.8    With the exception of the 'Q' signal which has already been discussed above, the evidence for these signals is examined in this section. Verifying the source of the signal has proved difficult, as can be seen from the following comments. According to one submission, 'the puzzling radio communication question arising from the incident is the apparent lack of any official record of any message ever having been received in any form either in plain language or code from either ship in the encounter'.12

5.9    A corollary of this is that if signals were sent from Sydney before or during the action and received, why was a search for Sydney not sent out until 24 November,13 a full four days after her amended estimated date of arrival in Fremantle. The official version of events states that 'From Sydney herself, no word was ever received'.14

The Official Account

5.10    During wartime, radio silence would normally have been observed, and the official account reflects a belief that, upon meeting an unidentified ship and subsequently being sunk by it, the Sydney sent out no radio message to indicate its position or the trouble it was facing.

5.11    The Department of Defence drew attention to the fact that 'There were standard occasions for breaking radio silence when it was imposed, and one of them was contact with the enemy'.15 If no signal was sent from Sydney, as the Department of Defence asserts, this suggests several possibilities: that Captain Burnett must have been convinced that the ship it had encountered was not the enemy; or Captain Burnett did not have sufficient time to send a signal before Sydney's communications systems were inoperable; or finally, that at the time of the encounter between the two ships, Sydney was passing through what Barbara Winter refers to as a 'dead spot'.16

5.12    Mr James Eagles theorised that:

He went on to suggest that emergency aerials might have been rigged, depending on the level of damage sustained during the engagement.17

Mason's Claims and his Critics

5.13    Mr Robert Mason, a Naval writer posted to Harman, has stated that a message was in fact received at Harman on the evening of 19 November 1941, and that all staff present there that night were sworn to secrecy. Mr Mason was told a message had been received that the Sydney had a 'queer customer bailed up' and was attempting to identify her. There was another signal indicating Sydney was going to open fire. A further signal was lost as the two headsets had been left unattended for a short period.18 He claimed that the Naval Board knew Sydney was in trouble, but decided not to send out a search. Other staff present at Harman on 19 November 1941 have made submissions to this inquiry, refuting Mr Mason's account of what happened that night.

5.14    In support of Mr Mason's claims, the Committee was told by Mr David Kennedy that he interviewed Mr David 'Ron' Griffiths in 1997, who said:

5.15    Griffiths also said that he handed over to a senior WRAN at the end of his shift, telling her that he thought the message was something important. When he returned a couple of minutes later 'the headphones were on the desk and the WRAN was in the galley making coffee'.20 Both Harman and Cerberus logs are missing21 and there is no documentary evidence to suggest that signals either to or from Sydney were received.22

5.16    If anyone had heard a signal from Sydney it would most probably have been Harman, '... the most powerful wireless station in the Southern Hemisphere ...',23 (more powerful than stations in Western Australia) and there would have been at least two wireless ratings listening to the frequency set aside for enemy reporting. In the event of a signal being received, the signal would (normally) have been redirected to the Australian Commonwealth Navy Board (ACNB), which would have in turn forwarded it to the Admiralty in London.24

5.17    Mr John McArthur was convinced by Mr Mason's account of 19 November at Harman. In evidence to the inquiry, Mr McArthur stated that:

5.18    This claim is supported by Mr Kennedy. He submitted details of an interview with Kormoran wireless operator Hans Linke which:

5.19    Mr Kennedy's point about Mr Mason not actually hearing the message personally is important, and discussion on this possible signal is not always clear on this point.

5.20    Miss Marion Stevens, a WRAN present at Harman on the night Sydney sank, has refuted Mr Mason's claims, criticising them on a number of grounds. First, Miss Stevens states that 'no CAPTAIN or any other officer would authorize a message 'AM ABOUT TO OPEN FIRE'. The Kormoran would have been monitoring Sydney and a message like this one would give the Kormoran a distinct advantage to get off the first 'shell'.27 She also stresses 'the fact that the Transceiver in Sydney WAS THE LATEST AND MOST MODERN 'NAVY No 36' BUT IT WOULD ONLY HANDLE MORSE CODE ... Any R/T signals originating anywhere DID NOT ORIGINATE FROM THE SYDNEY'.28

5.21    This evidence is damning of claims made in the documentary 'No Survivors',29 in which it was stated that 'weak plain language signals [were] received from Sydney by RAAF personnel in Darwin. According to this programme, signals indicated that Sydney was on fire ... the message was passed on to Naval authorities but no searching aircraft were sent out because the Navy claimed that Sydney was not then overdue'.30

5.22    Mrs Daphne Wright, also present at Harman the night Sydney sunk, supports Miss Stevens' recollections. Mrs Wright's submission to the inquiry stated that:

5.23    Miss Stevens also rebuts the evidence of Mr David Griffiths about Cerberus, pointing out that there were no WRANS present at Cerberus until May 1943.32

5.24    One of the WRANS present at Harman the night of 19 November, Mrs Judy Saunders, initially supported Mr Mason's claims that a something significant happened that night. In a submission to the inquiry, Mrs Saunders stated that:

5.25    Mrs Saunders, in a supplementary submission, indicated that 'on reflection I realise my dating of the incident which occurred at Harman could be inaccurate ...'.34

5.26    Mr Alan Cohn was a Senior Coder in one of the four watches at Harman in November 1941. As such he was 'privy to all matters which occurred during a watch on which [he] was on duty'. It is Mr Cohn's 'considered opinion that no message was received by Harman from HMAS Sydney at or after her action with the German ship Kormoran'. Mr Cohn recollects calls going out from Harman for Sydney over several days, but to his knowledge there was no response.35

5.27    In the light of the evidence of four people intimately involved in monitoring of signals at HMAS Harman in November 1941, doubt must exist regarding the accuracy of Mr Mason's recollections about the timing and indeed nature of the signal.

Other Signals

5.28    Other claims that signals were received emerged after the war. According to PMG Officer Len Hall, stationed at the Hamelin Pool PMG repeater station at the time, late in the night of 19/20 November 1941 heavy telephonic traffic (between Fremantle and RAAF Pearce) took place on the line between Perth and Carnarvon,36 with that situation continuing for the next five or six days. Mr Hall, in an interview many years later, claimed 'he had heard a signal recording that Sydney opened fire first'.37

5.29    Another signal supposedly received from Sydney in Darwin (as 'Sydney calling Darwin') was sent in plain language (i.e. unencrypted). Mr Gordon Laffer reportedly saw a file in RAAF intelligence records, indicating a message along the lines of 'Sydney calling Darwin. On fire fore and aft. Preparing to abandon ship ...', followed by a latitude and longitude. No record of the signal or the file can be found. The potential failure of people to properly identify signals is illustrated by an instance in which LCDR Ean McDonald RAN (Retd) advised the Committee that a similar signal was reportedly logged by HMAS Perth in Port Phillip Bay, about 25 November 1941. LCDR McDonald acknowledges that he realised later the signal could not have come from Sydney as it was some days after the ship was actually lost.38

5.30    In her book The Intrigue Master, Barbara Winter cites this signal, stating that 'the key is an entry in the South West Area Combined Headquarters Log for 1543 on 4 December 1941:

5.31    It has been accepted by many Sydney authors that this signal was not, as is widely believed, from HMAS Sydney, but rather, from the PMG Sydney.40 Mr David Kennedy has also raised the possibility that the signal may have been 'messages sent to wireless stations from a central authority about signals from HMAS Sydney. Basically, we appear to have Darwin and Singapore being informed of efforts to get signals from, or to, a distressed Sydney ...'.41

5.32    Other reports of plain voice distress calls attributed to Sydney have emerged from time to time. For example, Mrs Glenys McDonald recounts the recollections of a young girl living in the Port Gregory area who 'recalled a plain voice distress call from HMAS Sydney breaking into her evening radio programs'.42 However, in regard to these and other such claims, it is relevant to note the statement by Alaistair Templeton that 'Sydney did not even have an R/T capability, so any words heard were not from Sydney'.43

5.33    The Committee agrees with Dr Frame that:

Records of Signals

5.34    The process of intercepting radio communications was a hit and miss affair. A signal, even if not picked up in Australia, may have been picked up elsewhere, for example in London or Washington or Berlin.45 The Acting Director of DSD pointed out that navy signals intelligence operators in Australia would have been focusing not on signals from Australian ships, but on foreign signals. He added that 'If they did roll onto an Australian communication for some reason, they would keep going because their whole reason for being is to focus on foreign communications'.46

5.35    DSD's Acting Director went further when he stated that 'as a signals intelligence organisation, [DSD] would not collect signals intelligence against Australian platforms under any circumstances; therefore, if we were operating at the time [which was not the case], we would still have no records related to [the loss of Sydney] because that is not part of our function as a foreign intelligence collector'.47

5.36    As noted in Chapter 3, there is a large volume of signals packs in the custody of the Australian Archives that has not been examined. However, as Australian Archives has indicated:

5.37    The historical adviser to the Committee, Professor Peter Dennis, also inspected signal packs at the Australian Archives Melbourne office, without locating anything new by way of signal traffic (see para 3.10).

5.38    On balance, the Committee believes that it is likely that Sydney attempted to signal once the engagement was underway, but there is no evidence that the signals were received by naval or other authorities. The Committee can find no evidence that signals were received and were ignored deliberately by the RAN or by the Admiralty.

Theories of Third Party Involvement

5.39    The magnitude of the loss of Sydney and the ensuing debate on her fate has focused in large part on whether the engagement was as described by the German survivors or whether another explanation was more likely:

5.40    Since the loss of Sydney, there has been a proliferation of theories that Kormoran did not act alone. Among the suggestions put forward in this inquiry are that a Japanese submarine, an Italian submarine50 or a German U-boat51 were involved in or responsible for the sinking.52 The accusations levelled at the Japanese extend to claims that they murdered survivors from the Sydney so as to leave no trace of the battle and to cover up their involvement.53 Of these theories, the Japanese submarine theory is the most widely repeated, experiencing a resurgence in the aftermath of the publishing of Michael Montgomery's book in 1981. Until the publication of Montgomery's book, theories about a Japanese submarine had been largely ignored by mainstream commentators. As one person noted:

5.41    Notwithstanding Mr Montgomery's contribution to the theory that a Japanese submarine sank Sydney, the theory itself circulated many years earlier, soon after the ship was lost. According to one submission, 'The [Japanese submarine] rumour continues today. No one seems to know how it started, but it was supposed to have come from some-one who was on a ship in the Indian Ocean at the time of the battle'.55 Another submission asked:

5.42    It was suggested that probably in late December 1941 Radio Tokyo (sponsored by the Department of Naval Propaganda) was transmitting that a Japanese submarine was responsible for sinking Sydney. Evidence was given by the Western Australian Maritime Museum (WAMM) that in 1942 Radio Tokyo broadcast that Sydney survivors were being held in Japan, a story proved later to be false.57

5.43    Others submitted evidence to the inquiry which supported the theory of Japanese involvement in sinking Sydney. Mr J J Collins told the inquiry that:

5.44    Mr Collins also referred to an incident which occurred some weeks before Sydney was lost, in which Sydney received reports of a submarine in the Indian Ocean. Mr Collins was on board Zealandia at the time and the two ships had been together when Sydney received the report.60

5.45    Mr Collins also recounted the story:

5.46    Mr Bernard Eneberg also supports the involvement of a Japanese submarine:

5.47    Mr Eneberg theorised that the reason for the Japanese presence off the coast of Western Australia on 19 November 1941 was that the Germans and the Japanese had hatched an elaborate plan to transfer specialised Japanese communications personnel to Germany. Mr Eneberg suggested that:

Mr Eneberg believes that when Sydney interrupted the transfer, the Japanese were forced to open fire. The Committee considered this theory, but found it unconvincing. Japanese plans for war were well advanced and it appears most unlikely the Japanese would have chosen such an uncertain and dangerous route for transferring personnel to Germany. Again, there is a total lack of documentary evidence to support Mr Eneberg's theory.

5.48    One other possible source for the Japanese submarine theory is a series of sketches by Dr List (of the Kormoran), which many have suggested contain shorthand revealing Japanese involvement in the sinking of Sydney. However, 'Dr List has always maintained that there were no shorthand signs in the sketches'.64 The lines in the sketch have never been identified. Winter discussed the supposed 'shorthand' and noted 'the symbols are certainly not in any of the major German [shorthand] systems...'.65

5.49    In their book Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, James Rusbridger and Eric Nave briefly cite the Sydney/Kormoran encounter as evidence of Japanese involvement in World War Two prior to the attack on Pearl Harbour.66 It is their claim that 'on 19 November 1941 Japan commenced hostilities. Not against America or Britain, but Australia, when the German surface raider Kormoran met the Australian ... cruiser HMAS Sydney off the western coast of Australia and fought the most mysterious sea battle of World War Two'.67

5.50    Nave and Rusbridger cite as their source Michael Montgomery's book Who Sank the Sydney?. They also challenge several key theories which are accepted by many, namely that 'not a single body [from the Sydney] was ever found' and that 'since the Kormoran was not in a state to fire the last torpedo it must have come from another vessel'.68 Nave and Rusbridger also believe that by 24 November 1941 the Australian Naval Board 'were satisfied (although they had no absolute proof) that a Japanese I-class submarine had been operating in conjunction with the Kormoran and had sunk the Sydney'.69 No evidence is given by Nave and Rusbridger to support their claim.

5.51    Other submissions point to the presence of Japanese milk bottles in the possession of the Germans as somehow proving that a Japanese submarine was involved in the action. However, Kormoran was re-supplied by Kulmerland, which in turn obtained supplies from Japan. It is therefore not surprising that some of the items would have Japanese markings on them.70

Evidence Against Japanese Involvement

5.52    One of the difficulties facing researchers who support claims that a Japanese submarine was responsible for sinking Sydney is the lack of evidence of Japanese submarines in the area. Submissions stated:

5.53    The Department of Defence completely discounted the possibility of a Japanese submarine being involved. It believed that 'there is nothing which has provided any evidence for us to believe that [the Kormoran was supported by supply ships in an offensive role against Sydney] ... We have nothing that links the presence of a Japanese submarine to that action'.74

5.54    There is a striking lack of evidence to support the theory that a Japanese submarine was involved in, or responsible for, sinking Sydney. This, however, does not stop the theory from being stated.75 Mr John Doohan, of the End Secrecy on Sydney Group, told the Committee that:

5.55    Some suggested that evidence had been deliberately destroyed to cover up Japanese involvement. However, Mr Doohan suggested to the Committee that:

5.56    Research on the whereabouts of Japanese submarines on 19 November 1941 refutes the claim that a Japanese submarine was responsible for sinking Sydney. Much attention has focused on what are called the I-class submarines, and in particular submarine I-124.78

5.57    Submarine I-124, which was sunk in Darwin Harbour in January of 1942, has been rejected by others however as the reason for Sydney's loss. Specifically:

5.58    In his work on submarine I-124,80 Mr Tom Lewis notes concerns (raised by Mr Ed Ferrier), that Japanese submarine I-124, sunk in the waters off Darwin, may contain information which could shed light on the circumstances surrounding the loss of Sydney. He suggested that this accounts for the reluctance on the part of the Japanese to allow the investigation of the wreck of I-124 in Darwin Harbour.81 However, Mr Lewis states that 'there is no record of I-124 being in southern waters at that time'.82 Mr Lewis also cites the work of David Jenkins, who states that I-124 was 'in Japanese ports in early November preparing for operations in the South China Sea'.83

5.59    Mr Lewis concluded that, following the publication of Montgomery's book, and other works, '... the myth of the Japanese submarine has slowly been accepted as factually based'.84 He believes that 'there is no basis for suggestion that a Japanese submarine and that includes I-124 was involved in the tragic loss of HMAS Sydney'.85 Mr Lewis also made a submission to the inquiry, in which he stated that 'I also wish to place on record my opinion that there was no "cover-up" '.86

5.60    Mr J J Collins told the Committee that, despite his belief that the Japanese were responsible, he had no proof of such a theory. He stated in evidence that:

5.61    The evidence suggests that all I-class submarines were able to be accounted for in locations other than off the coast of Western Australia on that date. If no I-class submarines could possibly have been responsible for sinking Sydney, the challenge to researchers now is to provide concrete evidence of the involvement of a particular submarine, rather than more generally proposing the theory of Japanese involvement. As Winter points out:

Pastor Wittwer

5.62    The Committee received evidence from Pastor Ivan Wittwer that, while attached to the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority in 1951, he met a man who claimed to be Gerhard Heinz Grossman, former gunnery officer on the Kormoran. This man told Pastor Wittwer that a Japanese submarine had been responsible for sinking the Sydney and that this fact had been covered up by the Germans.

5.63    Pastor Wittwer claimed that Grossman told him the fatal torpedoes were fired from a Japanese submarine, from a distance of about 2.5 miles. Grossman also told Pastor Wittwer that Sydney survivors were killed in the water by machine gun fire, and stated that the number of the Japanese submarine was camouflaged.89

5.64    Mr Bernard Eneberg supports Pastor Wittwer's claims, despite his doubts about Grossman, the man who recounted the story to Pastor Wittwer. He told the Committee that 'Pastor Wittwer is quite confident that whoever it was knew what he was talking about, and I would certainly go along with that. Whether the man was Heinz Grossman is up for argument, but he evidently knew what he was talking about'.90

5.65    Pastor Wittwer, in his submission to the inquiry, related details of his subsequent interview by ASIO.91 Having signed the Official Secrets Act, Pastor Wittwer claimed he was not able to release the information until 1982.92 ASIO has not denied the interview occurred, but advise that 'It is possible that such an interview took place and the record was subsequently destroyed prior to the operation of the Archives Act 1983' or perhaps that the 'records associated with the interview may have been transferred to the predecessor of the present day Department of Defence'.93

5.66    The Committee has no reason to doubt that Pastor Wittwer did have a conversation with a person purporting to be Heinz Grossman, and that he may well have been interviewed by ASIO about this matter. However, the Committee has serious reservations about the identity of the person claiming to be Grossman and hence his truthfulness is also suspect. As Pastor Wittwer himself acknowledged:

5.67    Given that the identity of the person claiming to be Grossman is not clear, the impact of his evidence is diminished, although there are those who still choose to believe his claims and/or the sentiments expressed by him.95 Suggestions were made in the inquiry that Pastor Wittwer harboured negative feelings the Japanese, which may have influenced his reaction to the information given to him by the man claiming to be a Kormoran survivor.96


5.68    The Committee was not convinced that a case has been made to show that the Japanese were responsible for sinking Sydney. Of all the submissions expressing support for the theory of Japanese involvement, none provided any hard evidence to prove Japanese involvement. The complete lack of any evidence in Japanese archives pertaining to Sydney also lessened the weight of the argument supporting Japanese involvement. Given that no Japanese submarine has been identified as being in the vicinity of where Sydney was sunk at the time of her loss, it is impossible to prove that the Japanese were involved in any way in sinking Sydney.

5.69    The Committee found that there is no evidence to support the involvement of a third participant in the engagement, whether it be a Japanese submarine, a German U-boat or an Italian submarine, as suggested in some submissions. The possibility of a third party being involved in the sinking appears to have had its genesis in the shock of the loss and the inability of people to accept that Sydney could be defeated in such a manner. It is unfortunate that the claims of third party involvement still continue to circulate in the absence of any substantive evidence.

The Leichtes Schnellboot (Light Speed Boat)

5.70    Several submissions examined the possible role of the Leichtes Schnellboot (LS-3),97 Kormoran's mine-laying speedboat which was 'specially constructed of light metal'98 and 'was 41 feet long, weighed 11 and a half tons ... and was capable of at least 45 knots'.99 It was armed with two mines able to be discharged vertically through tubes on the stern; plans for these type of vessels to carry two to four torpedoes were made but not implemented for this version (LS-4 on the raider Michel did carry torpedoes).100 It is important to note that this vessel was not a motor torpedo boat, as a number of submissions called it; it was not equipped with torpedoes, but rather with mines.101

5.71    A number of theories were put forward about the LS-3's possible involvement in the events of November 1941:

5.72    Mr Eagles is convinced that the role of LS-3 has been insufficiently examined to date, and believes that there exist many compelling reasons why Captain Detmers may have used LS-3.106 Mr Eagles told the Committee that:

5.73    Mr Eagles feels that during the interrogations of Captain Detmers and his crew, insufficient questions were asked about the significance of the LS-3.108 He believes that the Leichtes Schnellboot was laying mines near Sydney. He suggested that the inconsistency regarding the torpedo strikes on Sydney may be explained by the theory that LS-3 was using magnetic mines to force Sydney to turn, and that two mines exploded. Mr Eagles further suggests that the reason for the battle taking place 300 miles off the coast was that this was the limit of the LS-3's range, and that Captain Detmers had calculated this on the grounds that LS-3 might be needed to tow survivors to shore.109 Mr Eagles also maintains that part of the reason for secrecy about the role of the speedboat was 'not to attract any importance to it. They [Kormoran] were the first to use the LS boats'.110 This however, ignores the fact that other raiders already operating were fitted with similar boats.111

5.74    In his submission to the inquiry, Mr Michael Montgomery supported the second of Mr Eagles' claims, but with an apparently different destination for the LS-3. He stated that:

5.75    Mr John McArthur agreed with Mr Eagles and Mr Montgomery, supporting the theory that LS-3 played an important role in the confrontation between Sydney and Kormoran. Of concern to Mr McArthur was:

5.76    This opinion is supported by LCDR McDonald RAN (Retd) who claimed that 'the "shaven" group collected by Aquitania could well have been the crew of the MTB'.114

5.77    Contrary to these theories is evidence about the use of the LS-3 from Barbara Winter who notes in her book that the propeller of the boat was damaged in early 1941 and that it was not used after that, and that furthermore the boat was unable to be raised when Kormoran was being abandoned.115

5.78    It is apparent, however, that the theories of the use of the LS-3 are only speculative, with there being no agreement on whether it towed all of the boats for a period, whether it towed two boats to land (according to Michael Montgomery) or whether it towed the boat that was eventually picked up by Aquitania. The Committee felt that, without any evidence, it was impossible to determine if the LS-3 played any role either during or after the battle.

5.79    The Committee also rejects the claims that the LS-3 was used to shadow survivors of the engagement, and kill them as they floated in the water. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that this occurred, and the continued claims of such behaviour, as with so many unfounded claims about the whole Sydney-Kormoran engagement, are both malicious and distressing to family members of those lost on Sydney.

1 .    McDonald, G, Transcript, p. 295.
2 .    According to Richard Summerrell, ' "Q" messages (or more correctly QQQQ messages) were distress signals used by merchant vessels to indicate that they were being attacked by a disguised merchant raider' (Summerrell, op. cit., p. 29).
3 .    Olson, Transcript, p. 210.
4 .    ibid., pp. 208-9. GMT Greenwich Mean Time.
5 .    Winter, op. cit., p. 134.
6 .    ibid. Italics in original. See also Olson, Submission, p. 4204.
7 .    HMAS Sydney Foundation Trust, Transcript, p. 165.
8 .    Linke, in Kennedy, Submission, p. 3073.
9 .    Summerrell, op. cit., p. 29.
10 .    ibid.
11 .    ibid., p. 38; and Laffer, Statutory Declaration, in End Secrecy on Sydney, Submission, p . 2185.
12 .    Anderson, Submission, p. 126.
13 .    Even the date on which the search was sent out is unclear, and evidence has been received by the Committee which suggests that the official search was not sent out on 24 November, as officially reported, but on 23 November. This is discussed in more detail in Chapter 6.
14 .    Gill, op. cit., p. 453.
15 .    Department of Defence, Transcript, p. 42.
16 .    Barbara Winter writes 'As far as wireless reception in Perth and Fremantle is concerned, the area west of Carnarvon is a notorious "dead spot", especially by day' (Winter, op. cit., p.236). See also McDonald, E, Submission, p. 2613.
17 .    Eagles, Transcript, pp. 561-562.
18 .    Interview with Mason, in Kennedy, Submission, p. 962.
19 .    Kennedy, Submission, p. 965.
20 .    Griffiths, in Kennedy, Submission, p. 965.
21 .    Kennedy, Transcript, p. 453.
22 .    The Archives indicated that 'A total of 10 signals were transmitted to the Sydney after her departure from Fremantle. The last two signals [were] sent on 14 November ...' (Summerrell, op. cit., p. 32).
23 .    Sheedy, Submission, p. 2.
24 .    ibid., p. 3.
25 .    McArthur, Submission, pp. 2252-2253. Emphasis in original.
26 .    Kennedy, Submission, p. 2307. See also Kennedy, Submission, p. 965.
27 .    Stevens, Submission, p. 3925. Emphasis in original.
28 .    ibid., p. 3925. Emphasis in original.
29 .    Exhibit No. 20, 'No Survivors The Mysterious Loss of HMAS Sydney'. Prospero Productions, Fremantle, 1993.
30 .    McDonald, E, Submission, p. 2613.
31 .    Wright, Submission, p. 1123. Emphasis in original.
32 .    Stevens, Submission, p. 3927.
33 .    Saunders, Submission, p. 133.
34 .    ibid., p. 1977.
35 .    Cohn, Submission, pp. 3143-3144.
36 .    Exhibit No. 5, p. 93.
37 .    McDonald, E, Submission, p. 538.
38 .    ibid., pp. 534-536.
39 .    The Intrigue Master, p. 118, cited in Poniewierski, Submission, p. 298.
40 .    See also Templeton, Transcript, p. 471.
41 .    Kennedy, Submission, p. 4449.
42 .    McDonald, G, Submission, p. 169.
43 .    Templeton, Transcript, p. 472.
44 .    Frame, op. cit., pp. 189-190.
45 .    DSD, Transcript, p. 47.
46 .    ibid.
47 .    ibid., pp. 49-50.
48 .    Summerrell, op. cit., p. 32.
49 .    Denholm, Submission, p. 1256.
50 .    See for example Heazlewoods Solicitors, Submission, pp. 1346 and 1349. This submission contains a Statutory Delcaration by Mr V C Gambling, in which he states an Italian POW said that Kormoran opened fire and Sydney was crippled by a torpedo. However 'he didn't say his ship fired the torpedo but I think it did and he was concealing this from us' (emphasis added).
51 .    See for example Submissions, Nitschke, p. 1339, Gould, p. 2279 and Sharkey, p. 2955. Evidence was received by this Committee that 'No German submarine reached the Indian Ocean by [the time Sydney was sunk], owing to problems of supply of fuel and provisions' (Poniewierski, Submission, p. 2639).
52 .    Suggestions were also made that a French submarine was involved in sinking Sydney. According to Frame, Rear Admiral Crace, in his private diary of 26 November, commented that 'Naval Board think there is a possibility that a Vichy submarine escorting a Vichy ship has torpedoed [Sydney]' (Frame, op. cit., p . 5).
53 .    The claim that Sydney survivors were murdered in the water is discussed in Chapter 6.
54 .    Baker, Submission, p. 90.
55 .    Wilson, Submission, p. 3327.
56 .    Poniewierski, Submission, p. 3596.
57 .    ibid., p. 3596. See also Wilson, Submission, p. 3327.
58 .    Western Australian Maritime Museum, Submission, p. 4076.
59 .    Collins, Submission, pp. 131-132, and Collins, Transcript, p. 354.
60 .    Collins, Transcript, p. 354.
61 .    ibid.
62 .    Eneberg, Transcript, p. 424.
63 .    ibid., pp. 428-431, and Eneberg, Submission, pp. 2046-2047.
64 .    Winter, op. cit., p. 233.
65 .    ibid.
66 .    Rusbridger, J and Nave, E, Betrayal at Pearl Harbor, Summit Books, New York, 1991, p . 134.
67 .    ibid.
68 .    ibid.
69 .    ibid.
70.    See for example Winter, op. cit., p. 191.
71.    Loane, Submission, p. 2905.
72.    ibid., p. 200.
73.    Roper, Submission, p. 212.
74.    Department of Defence, Transcript, p. 29.
75.    The resilience of the Japanese submarine theory is remarkable. Most recently, in a paper to The Enigma Symposium 1998, Hugh Skillen put forward this theory, based largely on the 'Kitsche diary' that Michael Montgomery also used in his book (Skillen, H, 'A Personal Rapport with German raider Kormoran', in Enigma Symposium 1998 papers, Print in Black, Bath, 1998, pp. 132-138). It should be noted that Barbara Winter and Tom Frame have both rejected the diary as genuine, with Frame stating that 'the alleged diary was merely a German translation of an English magazine article written by the journalist Robert Close' (Frame, op cit., p. 136; see also Winter, op cit., pp. 226, 245-246). Skillen goes on to suggest that submarine I-8 was responsible for the sinking of Sydney, largely on the reputation of its commander as a 'war crime specialist' (Skillen, p. 137). No details of its prior movements leading up to November 1941 are given by Skillen. Winter places submarine I-8 patrolling 'south of Oahu before and during the attack on Pearl harbour' (Poniewierski, Submission, p. 320).
76.    End Secrecy on Sydney Group, Transcript, p. 275.
77.    Doohan, Transcript, p. 284.
78.    Winter stated that 'it should be noted that there was no such thing as an "I-Class" submarine, as the submarines with the "I" prefix were of different classes, as is indicated in good reference books on submarines. Japanese submarines had the prefixes "I", "RO" and "HA", on the pattern of an ancient poem that began "I-ro ha ni-ho-he-to" ' (Poniewierski, Submission, p. 319).
79.    Gascoyne Historical Society, Submission, p. 1280.
80.    Exhibit No 6: Sensuikan I-124 A History of the Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Submarine Sunk in Northern Territory Waters.
81.    ibid., p. 71.
82.    ibid., p. 72.
83.    ibid.
84.    ibid., p. 71.
85.    ibid., p. 73.
86.    Lewis, Submission, p. 135.
87.    Collins, Transcript, p. 350.
88.    Poniewierski, Submission, p. 319.
89.    Wittwer, Submission, pp. 3486-3487.
90.    Eneberg, Transcript, p. 421.
91.    See Wittwer, Submission, p. 3487.
92.    ibid., p. 3488.
93.    ASIO, Submission, p. 1771.
94.    Exhibit No. 43, p. 2.
95.    See for example, Eneberg, Submission, p. 2049.
96.    Mr David Kennedy told the Committee that Pastor Wittwer confided to him that '... he could have killed the Japanese who killed his cousin or uncle, and how he was having to struggle against these feelings'. Mr Kennedy felt that Pastor Wittwer 'had a serious personal problem to come to terms with over the loss of his relative and the Japanese' (Kennedy, Transcript, p. 459).
97.    Leichtes Schnellboot 3 was the updated model of the LS-1 and LS-2. See Eagles, Submission p. 2365 and p. 3618.
98.    Winter, op. cit., p. 26.
99.    Eagles, Submission, p. 2365.
100.    Conways Maritime Press, quoted in Eagles, Submission, p. 3618. Mr John Doohan, of the End Secrecy on Sydney Group has incorrectly stated that LS-2 and LS-3 were 'exactly the same' (Transcript, p. 254). This ignores the different engines used in LS-1 and LS-2, compared with LS-3, and the different fitout for laying of mines.
101.    For example, Mr James Eagles refers to the vessel at an MTB (motor torpedo boat), although in his submission he acknowledges that the LS-3 did not carry torpedoes (Eagles, Submission, p. 2394).
102.    ibid., p. 2368.
103.    ibid., p. 2394.
104.    McDonald, E, Submission, p. 553.
105.    McDonald, E, Transcript, p. 234. McDonald also raises questions about the use of the motor torpedo boat after the battle in a submission (McDonald, E, Submission, pp. 3173-3174).
106.    Eagles, Submission, p. 2368.
107.    Eagles, Transcript, p. 565. Barbara Poniewierski states in a submission that the LS-Boot on Kormoran was equipped to lay mines (not torpedoes), and therefore that Sydney cannot have been attacked by 'Kormoran's torpedo boat' (Poniewierski, Submission, p. 316).
108.    Eagles, Transcript, p. 568.
109.    Eagles, Submission, p. 2368.
110.    ibid., p. 2383.
111.    ibid., p. 3618.
112.    Montgomery, Submission, p. 638.
113.    McArthur, Submission, p. 2259. In fact, Frame mentions the LS-3 on p. 47 of his book; and Detmers refers to it on a number of occasions in his book: pp. 20, 30, 38.
114.    McDonald, E, Submission, p. 3174.
115.    Winter, op cit., pp. 58, 142.

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