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The Forgotten Flotilla – Tank Landing Craft – A talk by Michael Bendon, author

Tue 17 Oct, 2017, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Combined Services Club, Level 3, 5/7 Barrack Street
Sydney, NSW
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This presentation will address the research journey into vessels of ‘The Forgotten Flotilla’ listed as ‘lost, location unknown’ in the 1941 Mediterranean campaigns. It will also focus on the heroes who served in them.


While participating in the excavation of an ancient harbour city in western Crete in 2008, Michael developed a keen interest in a World War Two wreck near the harbour entrance lying in only a few metres of water.

The wreck along with others close by turned out to be Tank Landing Craft Mk1. These craft were prototype vessels developed by the British and first deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean in 1941. Despite the crucial support these craft provided in the Mediterranean campaigns, it was apparent that no one quite knew what became of them. They were The Forgotten Flotilla.

Michael’s research widened to encompass twenty of the TLC Mk1 lost and lead him through five countries. Because the TLC were classed as auxiliary vessels they were not tracked as closely as commissioned warships.

About the Author

Michael Bendon is an archaeologist and researcher based in Sydney. For more than 30 years, he has worked on numerous excavations around the Mediterranean, including sites in Israel, Egypt and Portugal, and has also directed a site in Germany.


Combined Services Club Level 3, 5/7 Barrack Street, Sydney


Public transport is recommended. The only parking in the area is pay parking.


Please gather in the level 3 lounge area from 05:00 PM. The Presentation & Discussion will run from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM.


Members are welcome to partake of the Clubs bar and snack facilities.


NHSA: 02 93592372 (Tuesday and Thursday), Non-members are welcome. Please advise us in advance Phone or e-mail: secretary@navyhistory.org.au


Tue 17 Oct, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Combined Services Club
Level 3, 5/7 Barrack Street
Sydney, NSW
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