Lieutenant Commander Robert Rankin
Robert Rankin was a naval officer in the Royal Australian Navy.
Rankin assumed command of the Yarra on 11th February 1942. While escorting a small convoy from Java to Australia they encountered a Japanese squadron. The Yarra fought hard but the convoy was quickly overwhelmed. Rankin gave the order to abandon ship however a direct hit on the bridge killed him a few minutes later.
Only 13 of the 151 on board were rescued.
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