HMS Implacable
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Feb. 7, 2021

My brother (Ray) and I were born in Sydney, Australia during the decade following the end of WWII. Our parents met in 1945/6 when our father, who we believe served on board the HMS Implacable, docked in Sydney harbour. Here he met our mother and although they never married, they had a de facto relationship for several years then permamently separated shortly after my birth in 1953.

Soon after the break up in their relationship and being either unable or unwilling to take care of us, our father handed us over to the NSW Government Welfare department as abandoned children. Although in later years we found our mother, she refused to disclose any detail on our father hence we have not had any success in tracing his origins, background or heritage.

The only information our mother and/or the NSW Department of Social Services have been able to provide is that our father (Michael George Hanson? Also used alias Smythe) was believed to be a ‘deserter' from  HMS Implacable subsequent to her arrival in Sydney in December 1945.

Would MaritimeQuest be able to assist by advising how we may obtain a listing of the HMS Implacable's complement for that time period or alternatively a list of known deserters from the ship? Any advice or direction you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,
Terry Mosse-Robinson & Ray Marcelino (Hanson or alias Smythe)
Duffys Forest, NSW, Australia

Sept. 9, 2020

I'm attempting to find out what information I can about my Grandfather, Neil McColl, who served on board HMS IMPLACABLE from 1944 until 1947. He was a stoker, and I understand the stokers maintained a tight-knit community even after they demobbed. I'm hoping that someone may recall his name being mentioned or even have a photograph in which he is featured? Thanks very much and I look forward to hearing back from you soon!

D. McColl, RCN

June 30, 2020

I believe my father served on the Implacable in 1945. The story is he jumped ship in Sydney and went under an alias Micheal Hanson thou it's possible his real name was George Hanson. I never met my father and know nothing about him except possibly born northern Ireland 1922 or 23 maybe someone will remember him don't know what position he had in navy.

Thank you,
Raymond Smythe

Sept. 13, 2017

Would someone be so kind as to provide me with the date the HMS Implacable departed Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands in late September 1945.  With R.A.M.P.s onboard, the ship arrived at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii October 5, 1945.

Richard V. Horrell
WW2 Connections

May 10, 2017

Looking for Bertram James Jones, my father. DOB 27/1/1925, Romney Village, Wales, UK. Served Royal Navy WWII petty officer stoker s/n d/kx602781 on HMS Implacable. Married in Melbourne, VIC, Australia 1946. Any news or records would be much appreciated.

Bertram James Davis/Jones

Jan. 27, 2017

My father, Daniel Joseph Tyndall, was on HMS Implacable being a Japanese POW.  I am trying to trace any record of him anyone might have. He lied about his age to join the army but actually he was born in 1923.


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