How many survivors: HMNS DE Ruyter
January 24, 2010
Dear Mr. Gregory,
I read a section of your website on the Battle of the Java Sea, 27/2/42 and in particular the section on HMNS
There is a reference to 345 casualties, may I ask, do you know how many survived or alternatively how many
Dutch Cruiser De Ruyter sunk at Battle of Java Sea.
Details of the ship. It lists her complement as 435 maximum, this would give us survivors of 90 odd, somewhere in the back of my mind I believe I have read of 111 survivors, the actual total is between 90 and 111.
Go to thisURL:
put it into Google.
It lists 2066 names alphabetically of all the Dutch sors killed or taken as POW's from the Battle of the Java Sea.
Should you feel inclined you could scroll down the list to count the De Ruyter survivors.
Hope this helps.
Firstly a big thanks for exceeding my expecations with all this information!
I filtered the excel sheet, once to the ship and second to the outcome and found:
which makes your 111
But also found 3 listed as survivors two of which had rescued by ss s-37 against their name.
Do you know what the L and F stand for?
No I cannot find what the L and F stand for after POW. S-37 was an old US Submarine, here is a picture of her.