BTW the RAN has never been the Australian squadron of the RN. The RAN was formed in 1911 and replaced the RN Australian squadron, along with the various colonial navies that had formed the Commonwealh Naval Forces.
Until 1942, the Royal Australian Navy was the Australian Squadron of the Royal Navy commanded by Rear Admiral John Gregory GRACE RN and Australia's navy was under the control of the Royal Navy in times of war
I grew up in Western Australia, a few hours south of where she disappeared without trace. Im now living in Canberra, and at the Australian War Memorial is the only piece of wreckage found, a dinged up, bullet holed Carley float.
My question is which of the two statements about the RAN is accurate,
RAN formed 1911 or until 1942 an RN Squadron? I believe the former to be correct.
Re the carley float, " a dinged up, bullet holed carley float", seems to provide some sort of explanation regarding the fate of HMAS Sydney's, crew, were they in fact machine gunned, dead men tell no tales. Maybe the recently exhumed body will provide further information, ie cause of death if a Sydney crew member. Maybe answers will be found, given the persistence of those interested, and indeed it would be a relief, in particular for any family left wondering, to know what actually took place
There has been a development in the HMAS Sydney story. In February 1942, three months after Sydneys loss, a carley float with one body aboard drifted ashore on Christmas Island. The body was unidentified and appeared to have been adrift for some time and was buried in the local cemetery but the exact location had been lost. This body has now been rediscovered and it is hoped that dental records etc may be able to confirm if he was one of Sydneys ships company.