ON THIS DAY, April 9 1942:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
HMAS Vampire, formerly of the famed Scrap Iron Flotilla, was sunk off the Coast of Ceylon.
With the Japanese navy steaming towards Ceylon, HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall were put to sea and were almost immediately sunk by Japanese bombers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
HMAS Vampire was sent out with HMS Hermes and ordered to get clear of Trincmalee, sailing on the night of 8/9 April. They made open waters and escaped the attack on the dockyard and attempted to return on the morning of 9th April.
On their way back, HMS Hermes was spotted by Japanese dive bombers and despite opening up with every available gun the Hermes was soon sunk. The Japanese then turned their attention to Vampire.
Vampire was able to shoot down one Japanese aircraft and damaged a number of others, but the Japanese were too many and several bombs struck the vessel which broke in half and sank in less than ten minutes. Commander Moran and eight crew members were killed or died of wounds.