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ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES of WORLD WAR 2

 

EASTERN FLEET - July to December 1943

 

Transcribed by Don Kindell

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EASTERN FLEET WAR DIARY

 

JULY 1943

Thursday, July 1st

 

 

Operation PLAYER

Cancelled; NEWCASTLE and RACEHORSE return to Kilindini; SUFFOLK and RELENTLESS to Mauritius to refuel; SUFFOLK to Kilindini. RELENTLESS to Durban

NORMAN, QUICKMATCH and ROTHERHAM

Arrived Tulear having escorted W S 30 to vicinity Comoro Is.

BENGAL and ORISSA

Escorting convoy B P 85 arrived Khor Kuwai

AGRA

Escorting convoy B M 56 left Bombay for Colombo

KUMAON and KATHIAWAR

Arrived Bombay from Seychelles

SOLVRA

Left Aden for Kilindini

 

 

Friday, July 2nd

 

 

CANTON

Escorting 2 transports arrived Kilindini from R/V with ALAUNIA at 007 deg. S.

SUFFOLK and RELENTLESS

Arrived Mauritius from Operation PLAYER

NORMAN, QUICKMATCH and ROTHERHAM

Left Tulear to search vicinity 27 deg. S, 40 deg E thence Durban

WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Escorting convoy M B 39 arrived Bombay from Colombo

CARTHAGE and NEPAL

Escorting one transport left Colombo. CATHAGE escorts transport to Kilindini. NEPAL breaks off at 70 deg E. to proceed to Seychelles for fuel.

SOBKRA

Left Diego Suarez to R/V ROSALIND July 4th at 09 deg. S.

BYMS 5, 6, 7, 8

Arrived Diego Suarez from Durban

 

 

Saturday, July 3rd

 

 

SUFFOLK

Left Mauritius for Kilindini

CANTON

Left Kilindini for Durban

LAUNCESTON and PUNJAB

Escorting P A 43 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

 

 

Sunday, July 4th

 

 

SUSSEX

Left Mauritius for Kilindini

BATHURST

Arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

DURBAN

Left Kilindini for Tulear and Simonstown

BENGAL and ORISSA

Escorting convoy P A 44 left Kuwai Bay

Italian Repatriation liner SATURNIA

Left Mogadishu for Port Elizabeth under safe escort

 

 

Monday, July 5th

 

 

RELENTLESS

Left Mauritius for Durban

BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy P B 46 arrived Bombay from Persian Gulf

BYMS 5, 6, 7, 8

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

MAURETANIA

Left Aden for Diego Suarez

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy B P 86 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

Submarine

Reported by American aircraft in position 12 deg. 35N, 43 deg. 50E at 1330Z/4

Ship reported sinking

In position 24 deg. 21N, 59 deg. 04E with naval vessel in attendance. Ship later reported as ALCOA PROSPECTOR (U.S.) with BENGAL standing by.

Italian repatriation liner VULCANIA

Left Djibouti for Port Elizabeth under safe conduct

 

 

Tuesday, July 6th

 

 

CARNATIC

Escorting convoy A P 35 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

SUFFOLK

Arrived Kilindini from Mauritius

Dutch Sub O 23

Arrived Colombo from patrolling Malacca Straits

POONA

Escorting convoy M B 40 left Colombo for Bombay

Harbour tug ALLIGATOR

Left Beira for Kilindini

CERES, BATHHURST and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P B 47 left Hormuz for Bombay

BENGAL

Now picking up survivors from ALCOA PROSPECTOR, torpedoed off Muscat, will proceed Karachi. ORISSA will take convoy to Aden

MICHAEL LIVANOS (Greek)

Reported sunk in Mozambique Channel 50 miles N. of Inhambane.

JASPER PARK

Torpedoed in position 32 deg. 52S, 42 deg. 15E

QUICKMATCH and QUIBERON

Left Durban to search for survivors of JASPER PARK

RELENTLESS

On passage Mauritius – Durban diverted to search for survivors from JASPER PARK

 

 

Wednesday, July 7th

 

 

SUSSEX

Arrived Kilindini from Mauritius

LAUNCESTON and PUNJAB

Escorting convoy A P 35 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

COMMANDANT DUBOC (FS)

Left Tamatave for Aden

SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA (FS)

Escorting 1 ship left Tamatave for Diego Suarez

ROSALIND

Arrived Diego Suarez having escorted LUCIA to 15 deg S. from Kilindini

FS DUQUESNE and TOURVILLE

Left Aden for Kilindini

CANTON

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

NEPAL

Arrived Seychelles from Colombo for fuel and left again for Kilindini

'SSSS'

From SS LEANA in position 25 deg. 06S, 35 deg. 33E

'QQQQ'

From U.S. PHILIP SCHUYLER in position 27 deg. 45S, 53 deg. 04E – sighted suspicious ship.

'SSSS'

From SS AMERICAN MANUFACTER in position 27 deg. 27 S, 106 deg. 29E – attack by U boat

RELENTLESS

Having picked up survivors is now proceeding Durban. Survivors from HYDRAIOS (GRK) landed in Portuguese East Africa at Zawara Point. Survivors from BREIVIKEN (NOR) landed in Inhambane.

ALCOA PROSPECTOR

not sunk being towed to Bandar Abbas

 

 

Thursday, July 8th

 

 

RELENTLESS

Arrived Durban from Mauritius

BYMS 5, 6, 7, 8

Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez

CAPETOWN

Left Colombo for Bombay

ROHILKAND

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

DURBAN

Arrived Tulear from Kilindini for fuel and left again for Simonstown

FS SUFFREN, LORRAINE and DUGUAY TROUIN

Left Aden for Kilindini

RELENTLESS

Left Durban to R/V EASTERN PRINCE in North Mozambique Channel and escort her to vicinity Beira, thence to Kilindini

ROTHERHAM

Left Durban for Beira

CAPETOWN

Reports suspicious object probably S/M periscope in position 07 deg 04N, 78 deg. 59E

 

 

Friday, July 9th

 

 

RANPURA

Arrived Kilindini having escorted one transport from Bombay to vicinity Kilindini

BYMS 5, 6, 7, 8

Left Seychelles for Colombo

Dutch Sub O21

Left Colombo for Exmouth Gulf

ALAUNIA

Arrived Bombay having escorted W S 30 B from vicinity Kilindini

NEPAL

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

Seychelles reports unidentified ship off Cape Tearney at 0030 hours. Naval Officer in Charge cannot identify ship. State of emergency later cancelled.

 

 

Saturday, July 10th

 

 

TAMWORTH and KUMAON

Escorting convoy B P 86 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

ALAUNIA

Escorting one transport left Bombay for Kilindini

ROHILKAND

Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez

BENGAL

Arrived Bandar Abbas having stood by torpedoed ship in Gulf of Oman. Survivors from SEBASTIEN CERMENO (Torpedoed 27th June) landed at Fort Dauphin

SS HOI HOW

Overdue at Tamatave from Mauritius. Search by air and sea forces reveal no trace. Ship presumed lost.

'SSSS'

ALICE F. PALMER sunk in approximate position 27 deg. South, 045 deg East by torpedo and gunfire

 

 

Sunday, July 11th

 

 

ROTHERHAM

Now to proceed with RELENTLESS and not to Beira. ROTHERHAM and RELENTLESS after escorting EASTERN PRINCE proceed Kilindini

SOBKRA

Arrived Diego Suarez having provided A/S escort to LUCIA in Northern Mozambique Channel.

CARTHAGE

Arrived Kilindini having escorted 1 transport from Colombo

LUCIA and MASTERFUL

towing 1 M.V. Escorted by FREESIA arrived Durban from Kilindini

CERES

Arrived Bombay from Bandar Abbas

U boat attack by aircraft in position 25 deg. 13S, 34 deg. 20E. Attack unsuccessful

Portuguese aircraft reports S/M north of Lourenco Marques

MARY LIVANOS

Torpedoed in position 15 deg. 40S, 40 deg. E 18 miles off shore

 

 

Monday, July 12th

 

 

FS DUQUESNE and TOURVILLE

Arrived Kilindini from Aden

SONDRA and R.F.A. BACCHUS

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

BURNIE, BATHURST and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P B 47 arrived Bombay from Persian Gulf

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy P A 45 left Bandar Abbas from Aden

Cable ship RECORDER

Left Seychelles for Kilindini

Italian Repatriation liner SATURNIA

Arrived Port Elizabeth under safe conduct from Mogadishu

HOEGH SILVERDAWN

Reported sunk by raider (German) in position 25 deg. S, 90 deg. E on 15th June

 

 

Tuesday, July 13th

 

 

DURBAN

Arrived Simonstown from Tulear and Kilindini

LAUNCESTON and PUNJAB

Arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden escorting convoy A P 35

ORISSA

Escorting convoy P A 44 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

CHITRAL

Escorting convoy B A 45 left Bombay for Aden

BOMBAY, KONKAN and BURNIE

Escorting convoy B P 87 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

RELENTLESS

Having failed to R/V EASTERN PRINCE arrived Kilindini from Durban, as ordered.

Aircraft from Pamanzi report A.S.V. contact probably S/M in position 18 deg. 52 S, 40 deg. 21E.

'SSSS'

CITY OF WINDSOR in position 12 deg. 24N, 50 deg. 20E attacked by S/M

Aircraft sighted submarine in position 24 deg 40N, 57 deg. 59E

Hudson attacked S/M in position 12 deg. 23N, 51 deg. 13E with depth charges – attack promising

Italian repatriation liners DUILO and GUILO CESARE

Under safe conduct left Djibouti for Port Elizabeth called at Aden en route

 

 

Wednesday, 14th July

 

 

CANTON

Left Durban for Kilindini route east of Madagascar

MAURETANIA

Arrived Diego Suarez from Aden

CERES

Escorting one transport left Bombay for Seychelles

ROHILKAND

Left Seychelles for Bombay

PUNJAB and LAUNCESTON

Escorting convoy P B 48 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay and Karachi

EMPIRE RAJA

Reports intercepting SSS from SS RAHMANI in position 14 deg. 52N, 52 deg. 06E at 0922/12th – torpedoed

NAPIER and RACEHORSE

Left Kilindini to R/V Force X and escort them to Kilindini

COMMANDANT DUBOC

Arrived Aden from Diego Suarez

ORISSA

Left Aden for Hormuz escorting convoy A P 36

CORNWALLIS and BARODA

Escorting convoy B M 57 left Bombay for Colombo

USS ROBERT BACON

Sunk in position 15 deg S. 42 deg E. at 0230 by submarine

 

 

Thursday, July 15th

 

 

MAURETANIA

Left Diego Suarez for Capetown route east of Madagascar

ROTHERHAM

Arrived Kilindini from Durban having escorted EASTERN PRINCE from 20 Deg S. to vicinity Beira

DEVON CITY (Boom Carrier)

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

KENYA

Left Colombo for Trincomalee

FS DUQUESNE and TOURVILLE

Left Kilindini for Durban route via Mozambique Channel

FS LORRAINE, SUFFREN and DUGUAY TROUIN

Arrived Kilindini from Aden

FS COMMANDANT DUBOC

Left Aden for Suez

The Commander in Chief, East Fleet with the Chief of Staff and the Secretary returned to Kilindini

 

 

Friday, July 16th

 

 

'SSSS'

From DUKE OF ATHENS in position 09 deg 05 North, 52 deg. 15 East – attack by submarine. DUKE OF ATHENS

 

not in Indian Ocean, now thought to be FORT FINLAY

RANPURA

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

QUICKMATCH and QUIBERON

Left Durban to R/V RESOLUTION and LORRAINE at approx. 20 deg. S and escort them to Durban

BYMS 5, 6, 7, 8

Arrived Colombo from Seychelles

Italian repatriation liner VULCANIA

Under safe conduct arrived Port Elizabeth from Djibouti.

 

 

Saturday, July 17th

 

 

ROBERT BACON (U.S.)

British Vice Consul Lumbo reports ROBERT BACON (U.S.) sunk by torpedo in position 15 deg. 25S, 41 deg. 13E

 

at 0035Z 14th July. 53 survivors picked up

RESOLUTION, LORRAINE (FS), NAPIER, ROTHERHAM and RELENTLESS

Left Kilindini for Durban

RACEHORSE and NEPAL

Left Kilindini to provide A/S escort to RESOLUTION and LORRAINE to 20 deg. S. thence return to Kilindini

KENYA

Arrived Trincomalee from Colombo

LAUNCESTON

Escorting Karachi portion of P B 48 arrived Karachi from Persian Gulf

1 unidentified Aircraft reported over Koggalla at 0001 hours and remained in vicinity for 30 minutes.

 

 

Sunday, July 18th

 

 

Cable ship RECORDER

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

Tug ALLIGATOR

Arrived Kilindini from Duran having called at Beira and Lindi

CAPETOWN

Arrived Bandar Abbas from Bombay

Survivors from unknown Norwegian ship sunk by Japanese submarine June 17th were landed on east coast of Madagascar. Later reported as SS FERNCASTLE

Red Air Raid warning Trincomalee

CITY OF CANTON

Reported sunk off Inhambane

 

 

Monday, July 19th

 

 

RANPURA

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

PUNJAB and LAUNCESTON

Escorting convoy P B 48 arrived Bombay

CORNWALLIS and BARODA

Escorting convoy B M 57 left Bombay for Colombo

 

 

Tuesday, July 20th

 

 

ORISSA

Escorting A P 36 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

BURNIE, BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy B P 87 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

Dutch Sub O 21

Arrived Exmouth Gulf from Colombo

FS DUQUESNE and TOURVILLE

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

LAUNCESTON

Arrived Bombay from Kilindini

ROHILKHAND

Arrived Bombay from Seychelles

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy P A 45 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

 

 

Wednesday, July 21st

 

 

BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy P A 46 left Bandar Abbas for Aden

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy A P 37 left Aden for Bandar Abbas

CARNATIC and MADRAS

Escorting convoy B P 88 left Bombay for Bandar Abbas

RANPURA

Left Diego Suarez escorting 1 transport to vicinity Dar es Salaam then proceeds Kilindini

KARACHI

Escorting convoy B P 87 ½ left Karachi for Persian Gulf

FS SUFFREN and DUQUAY TROUIN

Left Kilindini for Durban

CERES

Arrived Seychelles from Bombay and left again for Kilindini

LAUNCESTON

Escorting 2 ships left Bombay for Colombo

MAURETANIA

Arrived Capetown from Diego Suarez

ALAUNIA

Arrived Kilindini from Bombay

 

 

Thursday, July 22nd

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Wearing flag of C.S. 4 left Kilindini for Seychelles and Colombo

CANTON

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

RACHORSE and NEPAL

Returned Kilindini having escorted RESOLUTION and LORRAINE to vicinity 20 deg S.

LURCHER

Left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

FORT FRANKLIN

Sunk July 16th between Madagascar and Mauritius

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Left Diego Suarez via Nosi Be, Mayotte, Majunga, and Tulear.

 

 

Friday, July 23rd

 

 

RANPURA

Arrived Kilindini having escorted 1 transport from Diego Suarez to vicinity Dar es Salaam

CHITRAL

Arrived Aden having escorted B A 45 from Bombay

CORNWALLIS and BARODA

Escorting convoy B M 57 arrived Colombo from Bombay

 

 

Saturday, July 24th

 

 

CHITRAL

Escorting 1 transport left Aden for Kilindini

The Commander in Chief, flying his flag in SUSSEX left Kilindini with his staff for Colombo

Dutch Sub O 23

Left Colombo for patrol.

CERES

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

RESOLUTION, FS LORRAINE, NAPIER, ROTHERHAM and RELENTLESS

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

QUICKMATCH and QUIBERON

Returned Durban having provided A/S escort to RESOLUTION and LORRAINE from 20 deg. South

 

 

Sunday, July 25th

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Seychelles from Kilindini and left again for Colombo

SUFFOLK

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

LAUNCESTON

Escorting 2 ships arrived Colombo from Bombay

 

 

Monday, July 26th

 

 

SOLVRA

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

FALMOUTH

Providing additional A/S to C B 1, left Durban to Kilindini, escorting MASTERFUL, towed B P T 8.

NIZAM

Escorting convoy C M 43 (STRATHAIRD and STRATHMORE) left Durban to R/V SUFFOLK south of Mauritius

DESPATCH, QUADRANT and REDOUBT

Escorting convoy W S 31 left Capetown to R/V FROBISHER south of Mauritius

KIRRIEMOOR

Escorted by NORTHERN CHIEF and LE TIGRE left Durban for Tulear

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy P A 45 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

FS SUFFREN and DUGUAY TROUIN

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

 

 

Tuesday, July 27th

 

 

SUFFOLK

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini and left again to R/V NIZAM escorting C M 43. NIZAM proceeds Mauritius. SUFFOLK escorts convoy to Bombay

DUILO and GUILIO CESARE

Italian repatriation liners, arrived Port Elizabeth from Aden

ALAUNIA

Left Kilindini for Aden as escort to K A 8

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy B P 88 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

MMS 107

Left Durban for Diego Suarez

SHILLONG

Escorting convoy J C 16 left Colombo for Calcutta

 

 

Wednesday, July 28th

 

 

FROBISHER

Left Kilindini for Mauritius thence to R/V DESPATCH, QUADRANT, and REDOUBT with convoy W S 31 south of Madagascar.

 

 

Thursday, July 29th

 

 

Catalina sighted U boat in position 04 deg 58 North, 77 deg. 38 East 0330Z 29th July

'SSSS'

JUDAH P. BENJAMIN reports unknown ship torpedoed and sunk in position 27 deg. 41S, 52 deg. 25E.

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Colombo from Seychelles and Kilindini wearing the flag of C S 4

SLUNA

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

SOBKRA

Left Diego Suarez for Mauritius

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P A 47 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

BATHURST, BALUCHISTAN and ROHILKAND

Escorting convoy B P 89 left Bombay for Persian Gulf.

 

 

Friday, July 30th

 

 

FROBISHER

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

CHITRAL

Escorting one ship arrived Kilindini from Aden

RACEHORSE and SORSRA

Escorting convoy M C 8 consisting of HONG SIANG, BALTAVIA, PHILOMEL, and HERON left Kilindini.

 

RACEHORSE and SORSRA escort convoy to vicinity Beira then return Kilindini

CERES

Escorting one ship left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

ALBATROSS

Escorting convoy B A 46 left Bombay to escort convoy to vicinity 55 deg. E then proceed Kilindini

BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy P A 46 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

Dutch Sub O 24

Left Colombo on patrol.

4 survivors from HOI HOW arrived Monte Video 27th July having been picked up by USS MORMACSWAN. Survivors report vessel was torpedoed and sank in 2 minutes. No other survivors. Sunk midnight 2nd/3rd.

AGRA and NETRAVATI

Escorting convoy B M 58 left Bombay for Colombo

SUSSEX

Wearing the Flag of the Commander in Chief arrived Colombo from Kilindini

WILLIAM ELLERY

Torpedoed 2115Z in position 33 deg. 00S, 36 deg. 00E, now proceeding Durban

 

 

Saturday, July 31st

 

 

Survivors from SS PEGASUS landed at Durban. Ship sunk by German U boat on 23/7 approximately 600 miles east of Durban

NEPAL

Escorting one transport left Kilindini for Durban

BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy A P 38 left Aden for the Persian Gulf

NIZAM

Located and picked up survivors from SS CORNISH CITY torpedoed at 0900C 29th in approximate position 27 deg 40 S, 52 deg E.

DURBAN

Left Simonstown for Durban

OSIRIS

Left Suez or Aden and Kilindini

KUMAON and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy P B 50 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

 

 

Part II

 

NARRATIVE

 

(A) GENERAL

 

1. Docking and repairs on Heavy Units

 

REVENGE taken in hand at Duran for short refit 21st June, completed 21st July, considerable boiler retubing carried out.

 

2. Docking and repairs of Cruisers

 

HAWKINS taken in hand at Simonstown on 12th June, expected to complete refit on 21st August.

 

DURBAN taken in hand at Simonstown 13th July for refit and retubing of forward condenser completed 31st July

 

3. Cruisers

 

HMS EMERALD joined the Eastern Fleet having provided escort for convoy W S 30 arrived at Capetown on 21st July

 

4. Destroyers

 

The disposition of the Eastern Fleet destroyers on the 1st July was as follows:

 

At Kilindini - NAPIER, RACEHORSE

 

NEPAL (on escort duty)

 

On South Atlantic Station operating - NORMAN, NIZAM, QUICKMATCH, QUADRANT, ROTHERHAM, RELENTLESS, QUIBERON, and REDOUBT

 

Lent to the Freetown Escort Force - FOXHOUND, BLACKMORE, CATTERICK

 

Detached - QUILLIAM, QUALITY, QUEENBOROUGH, QUAIL

 

The following alterations to the above state occurred during the month of July:

(i). ROTHERHAM and RELENTLESS were sailed from Durban on 9th to provide additional A/S escort for FS LORRAINE and RESOLUTION who sailed from Kilindini on 17th July for Durban. On arrival at Durban on the 24th, these two destroyers rejoined the S.A. Escort Force.

 

(ii) NAPIER also sailed from Kilindini as escort for RESOLUTION and FS LORRAINE for docking and repairs at Durban. It is intended that she shall return to Kilindini on completion about end of August

 

(iii) RAPID joined the Eastern Fleet arriving Capetown on 21st July as escort to W S 31

 

(iv) NEPAL sailed from Kilindini for Durban on 31st July. It is intended that she shall return to Kilindini after fitting her after torpedo tube mounting and boiler cleaning

 

(v) NIZAM sailed from Durban on 26th July for Australia and should arrived Gerald on 13th August. She will refit at Melbourne.

 

(vi) QUADRANT sailed .......

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(vii) BLACKMORE and CATTERICK have been allocated to C in C Mediterranean and FOXHOUND is to remain on the West African Station until she returns to U.K. for conversion to long legged escort vessel.

5. R.F.A.s and M.F.A.s

 

At the beginning of this year, there were 24 oilers on the station. Seven have been sent to the Mediterranean, leaving 17. Allowing for there always being three ships docking and six ships “stationary”, eight ships only are available to freighting oil from Abadan to the various bases. With reduced fleet now on the station, stocks can be maintained or nearly maintained, but any increase of the fleet, without increase of oilers, would result in a definite depletion of stocks at all bases. The disposition of the six “Stationary” ships is as follows:

One each at Diego Suarez

Seychelles

Colombo

Durban

 

Two at Kilindini

Of the two ships at Kilindini, R.F.A. EAGLESDALE is for oiling at sea exercises.

 

(B). CONVOYS

 

HMS SUSSEX arrived Mauritius on 3rd and sailed on the 4th for Kilindini arriving on the 7th. SUSSEX remained at Kilindini until the 24th when she sailed wearing the Flag of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet for Colombo, arriving on the 30th.

 

HMS SUFFOLK arrives Mauritius from Operation PLAYER on 2nd and sailed on the 3rd for Kilindini where she arrived on the 6th. She left Kilindini on 25th, fuelled at Diego Suarez on 27th and then on the 30th rendezvoused with C M 43 S.E. of Madagascar as escort to Bombay.

 

HMS NEWCASTLE returned Kilindini from Operation PLAYER on the 4th. NEWCASTLE sailed from Kilindini on22nd, called at Seychelles on 25th and arrived Colombo on 29th to await departure of NIEUW AMSTERDAM from Fremantle

 

HMS KENYA docked at Colombo whence she sailed on the 15th for Trincomalee where she remained awaiting departure of U S 20 from Australia

 

HMS FROBISHER after completion of turbine defects sailed Kilindini for Diego Suarez where she arrived 30th, thence to sail to Mauritius for fuel and to relieve DESPATCH as escort W S 31 to Bombay

 

HMS CERES sailed Khasab Bay 6th and escorted P B 47 to Bombay, arriving on 11th. CERES sailed as escort to AORANGI on 14th and escorted her to vicinity of Seychelles, CERES fuelled Seychelles on 21st and arrived Kilindini 24th, whence she sailed as escort to NEVASA for Diego Suarez on 30th.

 

HMS ALAUNIA escorted W S 30 to Bombay arriving 9th, left Bombay on 10th and met NEVASA on 10th and escorted her to Kilindini where she arrived on 21st. ALAUNIA sailed from Kilindini on 27th escorting K A 8 to Aden

 

HMS CHITRAL sailed from Bombay on 13th and escorted B A 45 to Aden where she arrived on 23rd, and sailed again as escort to SIBAJAK on 24th arriving Kilindini 30th.

 

HMS RANPURA escorted EASTERN PRINCE from Bombay and arrived Kilindini on 9th. She left Kilindini on 16th for Diego Suarez where she arrived on the 19th and left on 21st as escort for KHEDIVE ISMAIL to Dar es Salaam. She returned Kilindini on 23rd.

 

HMS CARTHAGE sailed Colombo on 2nd escorting SALWEEN and arrived Kilindini on 11th where she cleaned boilers.

 

HMS CANTON acted as escort for W S 30 until 1st July when she was relieved by ALAUNIA and proceeded to Kilindini arriving on 2nd. CANTON sailed from Kilindini on 3rd for Durban arriving on 7th. She left Durban on 14th with naval draft and stores and arrived Kilindini on 22nd.

(C) BASES

 

General

 

1. HOI HOW, who had been employed as a supply ship to the Island bases, administered by Flag Officer, East Africa was lost by enemy action during the month. She is to be replaced by HUNAN.

 

2. BDVs BARWIND and BARNABY are expected on station shortly, and BARSPEAR and BARHOLM at the end of the year.

 

3. Fifteen of the 30 36 ft. Harbour Launches (Petrol) which are to form a reserve at Bombay have been shipped from the UK and are due to Bombay about 24th August.

 

4. The question of the provision of bases for A/S escort vessels, which will be operating in the Eastern theatre in the future, is now under consideration.

 

Addu Atoll

 

5. At the present rate of installing refrigerators and Plan “R” it should be possible to release HMS HAITAN, the Base ship, in November.

6. SINGU, the water tanker at present at Addu Atoll is going to refit shortly. During her absence, APPLELEAF will take her place, and at the same time, the hulk BRITISH LOYALTY, now at Diego Suarez, is being prepared for towing to Addu Atoll where she will be established as resident hulk for oil, coal, and water.

 

7. R.N.A.S. GAN It is not now intended to complete No. 3 runway.

 

Colombo

 

8. Admiralty have approved the construction of a 400 ft graving dock.

 

9. The supply of skilled labour in Ceylon is now almost exhausted, and F.O. Ceylon has asked Admiralty for the immediate dispatch of a number of constructors, engineers, and electricians.

 

Diego Suarez

 

10. It has been decided that the control, administration, and ……………….shall be transferred from Commodore Durban to Flag Officer, East Africa

(n.b. damage to bottom of page obscuring text)

 

ESCORT FORCES IN THE NORTHERN INDIAN OCEAN

 

1. In order to facilitate the operation and administration of escort forces in the Northern Indian Ocean, Eastern Fleet, and RIN A/S vessels were pooled and the following groups were formed on 15th May.

 

2. The Arabian, Bengal, Ceylon Escort Force (Short Title ABCEF)

(a.) Bombay Group

 

BATHURSTs

 RAN

 BATHURST

 LAUNCESTON

 TAMWORTH

 RIN

 BENGAL

 BOMBAY

 MADRAS

 PUNJAB

 

BANGORS

 RIN

 BALUCHISTAN

 CARNATIC

 KATHIAWAR

 KHYBER

 KONKAN

 KUMAON

 ORISSA

 RAJPUTANA

 ROHILKAND

 

(b). Colombo Group

 

RIN Sloop HINDUSTAN
RIN Auxiliary SONAVATI
RNethN Minelayer WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

 

(c) In addition to the above two groups:
Sloop FALMOUTH and corvettes ASTER, MARGUERITE, TULIP, and VERBENA have been lent to the South Atlantic Escort Force

3. Coastal Anti Submarine Force (Short Title C.A.S.F.)

(a) West Coast Group (RIN)

 

 Old sloop CORNWALLIS

 Auxiliaries DIPAVATI, NETRAVATI, and 4 Basset Class trawlers

 

(b) East Coast Group (RIN)

 

Auxiliaries IRRIWADI, RAMDAS, ST ANTHONY, PANSY, KALAVATI, 6 Basset Class Trawlers

 

(c) Hormuz Group

 

Auxiliaries SEABELLE and PANGKOR

RIN Auxiliaries RATNAGIRI, HIRAVATI, and INVESTIGATOR

RIN Old sloop CLIVE

4. F.O. Ceylon operated A.B.C.E.F. and East and West Coast Groups as required for coastal A/S duties. He administers ships other than RIN

 

 

APPENDIX I

 

 

S.N.O.P.G operated Hormus Group and administers other (.n.b. bottom of page chopped).

 

 

 

APPENDIX II

 

SHIPS DETACHED FOR SERVICE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

The following ships have, during April, May, June, and July, been temporarily detached for service in the Mediterranean.

 

H.M.S. MAURITIUS

 

H.M.S. EREBUS

 

H.M.S. RAIDER

 

 

 

Gunboats (2)

SCARAB and COCKCHAFER

 

 

Sloops (4)

SUTLEJ (R.I.N.), JUMNA (R.I.N.), SHOREHAM, R.N.N. SOEMBA

 

 

Netlayer (1)

BRITTANY

 

 

R.A.N. BATHURSTs (8).

CAIRNS, CESSNOCK, GAWLER, GERALDTON, IPSWICH, LISMORE, MARYBOROUGH, WOLLONGONG.

 

 

Boom Vessel (1)

BARCLOSE

 

 

L.L. Whalers (12)

NEBULA, NIMBUS, PACKICE, RAINSTORM, SAHRA, SANTA, SARKA, SATSA, SILHOUETTE, SNOWDRIFT, SQUALL, STORMWRACK.

 

 

Dockyard Ships (1)

WAYLAND

 

 

R.F.A. Oilers (3)

GREEN RANGER, PEARLEAF, CEDARDALE

 

 

Chartered Oilers (5)

ATHELMONARCH, BUCCINUM, MARIT, (n.b. last two lost in margin.PE......CULA)

 

 

A.S.I.S. (2)

KHETI, PACHECO

 

 

N.S.I.S. (1)

BONIFACE

 

 

V.S.I.S. (also N.S.I.S.) (1)

RELIANT

 

 

Hospital Ships (2)

VITA, VASNA

 

 

Hospital Carrier (1)

OPHIR

 

 

 


 

EASTERN FLEET WAR DIARY

 


Area of operations, click to enlarge

 

 

AUGUST 1943

 

 

Sunday, 1st August

 

 

BOMBAY

Left A P 38 to pick up survivors from SS RAHMANI at Makalla, thence proceeds Bandar Abbas

POONA

Escorting M B 42 left Colombo for Bombay

U.S.N. WEST POINT

Left Capetown for Bombay

SOBKRA

Arrived Mauritius from Diego Suarez

NIZAM

Arrived Mauritius from Durban with survivors from CORNISH CITY and left again for Diego Suarez

FROBISHER

Left Diego Suarez for Mauritius

'SSSS'

MANGKALIHAT torpedoed in position 25 deg. S. 34 deg. E. Taken in tow, but later foundered.

FRITILLARY and JASMINE

Escorting convoy C B 2 left Durban for Beira

BARWIND

Left Durban for Diego Suarez

ROHILKAND

Arrived Karachi from Bombay with engine trouble and will not proceed to Persian Gulf with B P 89

 

 

Monday, 2nd August

 

 

DURBAN

Arrived Durban from Simonstown

ALAUNIA

Arrived Aden from Kilindini escorting convoy K A 8

SLUNA

Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez

NEWCASTLE

Wearing flag of C.S. 4 left Colombo to MOMP with NIEUW AMSTERDAM and VAN HEEMSKERK at 20 deg S. on August 7th.

SHENGKING

Left Colombo for Cocos – Keeling Island

CANTON

Left Kilindini for Seychelles and Addu Atoll

 

 

Tuesday, 3rd August

 

 

CITY OF ORAN

Torpedoed in position 13 deg. 29S, 41 deg. 7E. Later sunk. MASTERFUL standing by to pick up survivors

CERES

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini escorting one transport and sailed again independently fro Durban route through Mozambique Channel

FROBISHER

Arrived Mauritius from Diego Suarez and sailed again to R/V W S 31 and escort convoy to Bombay

MMS 107

Arrived Diego Suarez from Durban

TRIDENT

Arrived Aden from Suez

ROHILKIND

Left Karachi for Hormuz

BERAR

Escorting J C 16 arrived Calcutta from Colombo

 

 

Wednesday, 4th August

 

 

KENYA

Left Trincomalee to MOMP U S 20 at 20 deg. S and escort convoy to vicinity Addu Atoll, where convoy disperses. KENYA proceeds to Addu Atoll

EMERALD

Left Simonstown for Durban

BALUCHISTAN and BATHURST

Escorting convoy B P 89 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

NIEUW AMSTERDAM

Escorted by VAN HEEMSKERK left Fremantle for MOMP with NEWCASTLE August 7th at 20 deg. S.

TROMP

Escorting U S 20 left Fremantle for MOMP with KENYA at 20 deg S.

AGRA

Escorting convoy B M 58 arrived Colombo from Bombay

NETRAVATI

Escorting convoy J C 17 left Colombo for Calcutta

 

 

Thursday, 5th August

 

 

OSIRIS

Arrived Aden from Suez

REDOUBT

Left Mauritius for Durban

DESPATCH

Left Mauritius for Durban

AGRA

Escorting convoy MB 43 left Colombo for Bombay

DESPATCH, QUADRANT and REDOUBT

Arrived Mauritius for fuel having escort W S 31

QUADRANT

Left Mauritius for Diego Suarez

BATHURST and BALUCHISTAN

Escorting convoy P A 48 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

POONA

Escorting convoy M B 42 arrived Bombay from Colombo

BOMBAY and KONKAN

Escorting convoy A P 38 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting convoy B P 90 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

SUSSEX

Wearing the Flag of Commander in Chief left Colombo for Bombay

CANTON

Arrived Seychelles for fuel and left again for Addu Atoll

 

 

Friday, 6th August

 

 

FALMOUTH

Arrived Kilindini from Durban having escorted convoy C B 1 from to vicinity Beira

MASTERFUL

Towing 1 BPT arrived Kilindini from Durban with 86 survivors from CITY OF ORAN

SOBKRA

Left Mauritius for Diego Suarez

EMERALD

Arrived Durban from Simonstown

NEPAL

Escorting one transport arrived Durban from Kilindini

DURBAN

Left Durban for Kilindini

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P A 47 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

TAMWORTH and KUMAON

Escorting convoy P B 50 arrived Bombay from Persian Gulf

 

 

Saturday, 7th August

 

 

'SSSS'

From UMVUMA (GSDJ) in position 20 deg. 21 S, 57 deg. 14E being torpedoed. Later reported sunk.

QUADRANT

Escorting one ship left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

'QQQQ'

GUEDA in position 17 deg. 43S, 92 deg. 44S (probably NEWCASTLE escorting NIEUW AMSTERDAM)

'QQQQ'

Cancelled 1453

SUFFOLK

Escorting C M 43 arrived Bombay from R/V south of Mauritius

SUSSEX

Wearing the flag of Commander in Chief arrived Bombay from Colombo

MMS 107

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

SHILLONG

Escorting J C 18 left Colombo for Calcutta

NETRAVATI

Escorting J C 17 arrived Calcutta from Colombo

Convoy B A 46

Arrived Aden having been escorted by ALBATROSS from Bombay to vicinity of Socotra

BOMBAY, KONKAN and ROHILKAND

Escorting convoy P B 51 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

 

 

Sunday, 8th August

 

 

CANTON

Arrived Addu Atoll from Seychelles

CERES

Arrived Durban from Diego Suarez

ALAUNIA

Escorting convoy A B 9 left Aden for Bombay

ALBATROSS

Arrived Kilindini having escorting B A 46 from Bombay to east of Socotra

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy A P 39 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

 

 

Monday, 9th August

 

 

EFTHALIA MARI (GK)

Reported sunk in position 24 deg.21S, 48 deg.55E at 1850/5.

DESPATCH and REDOUBT

In company arrived Durban from Mauritius

CANTON

Left Addu Atoll to MOMP with NEWCASTLE and NIEUW AMSTERDAM S. of Addu Atoll. CANTON escorting NIEUW AMSTERDAM to 11 deg. (n.b. bottom of page chopped); CANTON escorted NIEUW AMSTERDAM to longitude 55E, then returned to Kilindini. NEWCASTLE fuelled at Addu Atoll, then returned to Kilindini)

INVESTIGATOR and HINDUSTAN

Left Colombo in company for Bombay

 

 

Tuesday, 10th August

 

 

EMERALD and REDOUBT

Escorting convoy C M 44 left Durban for Kilindini

NEPAL

Left Durban to provide local A/S escort for C M 44.

DURBAN

Arrived Diego Suarez from Durban having been diverted to call at Diego Suarez en route to Kilindini

MMS 107

Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez

AGRA

Escorting convoy M B 43 arrived Bombay from Colombo

SHILLONG

Arrived Madras from Colombo

SHAPINSAY

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

QUADRANT

Escorting one ship arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez

 

 

Wednesday, 11th August

 

 

LAHORE and SHILLONG

Escorting J C 18 arrived Calcutta from Colombo

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Addu Atoll having escorted NIEUW AMSTERDAM from MOMP 20 deg. S to MOMP with CANTON in vicinity Addu Atoll

DURBAN

Left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting convoy B P 90 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

HM S/M OSIRIS

Left Aden for Kilindini

BARWIND

Arrived Diego Suarez from Durban

RACEHORSE

Returned Kilindini having escorted M C 8 to vicinity Beira and then Kilindini portion of C B 2 from Beira to Kilindini

OSIRIS

Returned to Aden with engine defects, expects to sail again in 36 hours.

KHYBER and POONA

Escorting convoy B M 59 left Bombay for Colombo

BERAR

Left Calcutta for Colombo

KATHIAWAR

Arrived Colombo from Addu Atoll

 

 

Thursday, 12th August

 

 

NEWCASTLE

Left Addu Atoll for Kilindini wearing flag of C S 4.

TRIDENT

Arrived Colombo for Aden

WEST POINT

Arrived Bombay from Capetown

SORSRA

Returned Kilindini from escort duty

 

 

Friday, 13th August

 

 

REDSHANK

Left Durban in C B 3 for Diego Suarez

FROBISHER

Arrived Bombay having escorted convoy W S 31 from R/V in vicinity Mauritius

ALAUNIA

Escorting convoy A B 9 arrived Bombay from Aden

BOMBAY, KONKAN and ROHILKAND

Escorting convoy P B 51 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting convoy P A 49 left Bandar Abbas for Aden

BALUCHISTAN and BATHURST

Escorting convoy P A 48 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

NIZAM

Arrived Geraldton from Diego Garcia

DURBAN

Arrived Kilindini

 

 

Saturday, 14th August

 

 

MMS 107

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

ROHILKAND

Escorting convoy B M 60 left Bombay for Colombo

BARWIND

Left Diego Suarez for Seychelles

ORISSA and TAMWORTH

Escorting convoy B P 91 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

 

 

Sunday, 15th August

 

 

BATHURST

Escorting convoy A P 40 left Aden for Persian Gulf

FROBISHER

Sailed Bombay for Aden

CAPETOWN

Sailed Bandar Abbas for Aden

H M S/M OSIRIS

Left Aden for Kilindini

TRIDENT

Left Colombo to patrol Malacca Straits

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P B 52 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

 

 

Monday, 16th August

 

 

KENYA

Arrived Addu Atoll having escorted U S 20 from MOMP at 20 deg. South to dispersal point in vicinity of Addu Atoll

 

and left again for Kilindini

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Kilindini from Addu Atoll wearing Flag of C S 4

'SSSS'

GLUX HAVILDAR sighted S/M at 1550Z in position 9 deg. 57N, 64 deg. 06E.

KHYBER and POONA

Escorting convoy B M 59 arrived Colombo from Bombay

ALTAMAHA (U.S.N.)

Left Fremantle for Karachi

SUFFOLK

Left Bombay for Colombo and Trincomalee

U.S. WEST POINT

Left Bombay for Australian waters.

 

 

Tuesday, 17th August

 

 

CHITRAL

Left Kilindini to R/V EMERALD and convoy C M 44 and escort convoy to Aden. EMERALD proceeds Kilindini

 

escorting one ship

ALBATROSS

Sailed Kilindini for Tanga and Capetown

CANTON

Arrived Kilindini having escorted NIEUW AMSTERDAM from vicinity Addu Atoll to 55 deg. East. NIEUW AMSTERDAM

 

proceeds independently to Suez.

BALUCHISTAN

Escorting convoy A P 31 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Left Mauritius for Tamatave

MAID MARION

Arrived Aden from Suez

 

 

Wednesday, 18th August

 

 

REDOUBT and NEPAL

Arrived Diego Suarez for fuel having escorted C M 44 from Durban

REDOUBT

Left Diego Suarez for Kilindini escorting one ship

NEPAL

Left Diego Suarez to R/V ALBATROSS and escort her to vicinity Durban

ROHILKAND

Escorting B M 60 arrived Colombo from Bombay

SUFFOLK

Arrived Colombo from Bombay and left again for Trincomalee arriving same day.

KATHIAWAR

Escorting C X 6 left Colombo for Addu Atoll

 

 

Thursday, 19th August

 

 

MANELA

Arrived Kilindini from Bombay

BERAR

Arrived M B 44 left Colombo for Bombay

SORSRA

Escorting M C 9 left Kilindini to escort convoy to R/V off Beira thence return Kilindini

HINDUSTAN

Escorting C X 7 left Colombo for Addu Atoll

SHILLONG

Escorting J C 19 left Colombo for Calcutta

TRAVANCORE

Escorting P B 52 ½ left Karachi for Bombay

ORISSA and TAMWORTH

Escorting B P 91 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

BARWIND

Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez having been 24 hours overdue

CAPETOWN

Arrived Aden from Bandar Abbas

FROBISHER

Arrived Aden from Bombay

EMERALD

Escorting convoy C M 44 R/V with CHITRAL. EMERALD proceeds Kilindini. CHITRAL escorts convoy to Aden

 

 

Friday, 20th August

 

 

KENYA

Arrived Kilindini from Addu Atoll

C S 4

Transferred his flag from NEWCASTLE to KENYA

NEWCASTLE

Left Kilindini for Simonstown route through the Mozambique Channel

Dutch Ship VAN HEEMSKERK

Escorting ATREUS and 1 merchant ship left Fremantle for dispersal point Addu Atoll. ATREUS proceeds Colombo. VAN HEEMSKERK proceeds Addu Atoll

SUFFOLK

Left Trincomalee for Fremantle

FARA

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

SUSSEX

Wearing the Flag of the Commander in Chief, left Bombay for Kilindini

MADRAS and CARNATIC

Escorting convoy P B 52 arrived Bombay from the Persian Gulf

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting P A 49 arrived Aden from Persian Gulf

FROBISHER

Escorting one ship left Aden for Bombay

EMERALD

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

 

 

Saturday, 21st August

 

 

Catalina reports S/M destroyed in position 28 deg.20S, 42 deg. 40E

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

Escorting convoy P A 50 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

KATHIAWAR

Escorting K X 6 arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

TRAVANCORE

Escorting P B 52 ½ arrived Bombay from Karachi

MMS 107

Arrived Colombo from Seychelles

CAPETOWN

Left Aden for Suez

REDOUBT

Arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez escorting one ship.

 

 

Sunday, 22nd August

 

 

FALMOUTH

Left Kilindini escorting one ship to Aden

KATHIAWAR

Escorting one ship left Addu Atoll for Colombo

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting convoy A P 41 left Aden for Persian Gulf

NIEUW AMSTERDAM

Left Suez for Massawa and Durban

REDSHANK

Arrived Diego Suarez from Durban

HINDUSTAN

Escorting convoy C X 7 arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

SONDRA

Left Kilindini to R/V S/M OSIRIS a.m. 24th August and escort her to Kilindini

BATHURST

Escorting convoy A P 40 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

DURBAN

Left Kilindini for Seychelles

 

 

Monday, 23rd August

 

 

NEPAL

Arrived Durban from Diego Suarez

BALUCHISTAN

Escorting A P 31 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

QUADRANT

Will now escort ship direct to Colombo and will not proceed Seychelles

SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Escorting KIRRIEMOOR left Tamatave for Diego Suarez

KUMAON, KONKAN and INVESTIGATOR

Escorting B P 92 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

 

 

Tuesday, 24th August

 

 

BERAR

Escorting M B 44 arrived Bombay from Colombo

AGRA

Escorting B M 61 left Bombay for Colombo

RACEHORSE

Escorting convoy K R 6 (3 ships) left Kilindini for Colombo

HAWKINS

Arrived Durban from Simonstown

NIEUW AMSTERDAM

Left Massawa for Durban

 

 

Wednesday, 25th August

 

 

SUSSEX

Wearing the Flag of Commander in Chief arrived Kilindini from Bombay

OSIRIS

Escorted by SONDRA arrived Kilindini from Aden

CARTHAGE

Left Kilindini for Colombo

ALBATROSS

Arrived Capetown from Kilindini

ALAUNIA

Escorting B A 47 left Bombay for Aden

SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Escorting KIRRIEMOOR arrived Diego Suarez from Tamatave

DURBAN

Arrived Seychelles from Kilindini

 

 

Thursday, 26th August

 

 

FROBISHER

Arrived Bombay escorting one ship from Aden

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Simonstown from Kilindini

CHITRAL

Arrived Aden having escorted F M 44 from 05 deg. S to Aden

CROCODILE

Left Durban for Beira and Kilindini

KHYBER

Escorting B M 62 left Bombay for Madras

 

 

Friday, 27th August

 

 

SUFFOLK

Arrived Fremantle from Trincomalee

CHITRAL

Left Aden for Kilindini

 

 

Saturday, 28th August

 

 

ALTAMAHA

Arrived Karachi from Fremantle

HAWKINS, NORMAN, QUIBERON and RAPID

Left Durban escorting W S 32 to vicinity of Kilindini routed through the Mozambique Channel.

FROBISHER

Left Bombay for Colombo

FALMOUTH

Escorting one ship arrived Aden from Kilindini

DURBAN

Left Seychelles to R/V K R 6 and RACEHORSE to provide cruiser escort to Colombo

BENGAL and RAJPUTANA

Escorting A P 41 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

 

 

Sunday, 29th August

 

 

CARNATIC

Left Bombay for Colombo

ALSEY

Left Fremantle for Colombo

AGRA

Escorting convoy B M 61 arrived Colombo from Bombay.

D.S/M O 24

Arrived Colombo from patrol in Malacca Straits

KONKAN, KUMAON and INVESTIGATOR

Escorting B P 92 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

BARODA

Escorting B P 92 ½ left Bombay for Karachi

KATHIAWAR

Escorting X C 5 left Addu Atoll for Colombo

 

 

Monday, 30th August

 

 

SUFFOLK

Escorting U S 22 left Fremantle for Bombay

PUNJAB and MADRAS

Escorting B P 93 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

TOOWOOMBA, BATHURST and BALUCHISTAN

Escorting P B 53 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

AGRA

Escorting B M 61 arrived Colombo from Bombay

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

Escorting P A 50 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

FROBISHER

Arrived Colombo from Bombay

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Left Colombo for Madras

 

 

Tuesday, 31st August

 

 

MAID MARION

Left Aden for Kilindini

ORISSA and TAMWORTH

Left Aden fro Khor Kuwai escorting A P 43

ALAUNIA

Escorting B A 47 arrived Aden from Bombay

SUSSEX

Left Kilindini for Durban. Flag of Commander in Chief transferred from SUSSEX to CANTON

CERES

Left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Part II

 

NARRATIVE

 

(A) GENERAL

 

1. Docking and repairs of Cruisers

 

FROBISHER docked at Colombo on 30th August for repairs to breakwater and re-wooding of “A” bracket. Completed on 8th September

 

NEWCASTLE taken in hand for half yearly docking and minor repairs at Simonstown on 26th August. To complete on the 17th September

 

CERES de ratted and carried out minor repairs at Durban commencing on 8th August, completed on 25th August.

 

HAWKINS taken in hand at Simonstown on the 12th June for refit and completed 21st August

 

EMERALD taken in hand at Simonstown on the 27th July for minor engine repairs and boiler clean completed 3rd August

 

SUFFOLK half yearly docking at Bombay commencing 8th August, completed 15th August

 

2. Destroyers

 

The disposition of the Eastern Fleet destroyers on the 1st August was as follows:

At Kilindini - None

 

On escort duty:

 

With convoy M C 8 to Durban - RACEHORSE (parted company from convoy for Beira and returned to Kilindini)

 

With convoy W S 31 - QUADRANT, REDOUBT

 

With SIBAJAK to Durban - NEPAL

 

Lent to South Atlantic Station - NORMAN, QUICKMATCH, RELENTLESS, QUIBERON

 

Lent to Mediterranean - RAIDER

 

On passage to Australia - NIZAM

 

Detached - QUILLIAM, QUEENSBOROUGH, QUAIL, QUALITY

 

Refit in South Africa - ROTHERHAM, NAPIER

 

The following alterations to the above state occurred during the month of August:

 

(i). QUADRANT arrived Kilindini on the 10th ex Convoy W S 31. Sailed 23rd August with SS STRATHAIRD, arrived Colombo 30 August.

 

(ii) REDOUBT returned to Durban ex convoy WS 31. Sailed from Durban on the 10th August and with convoy C M 44 arriving Kilindini on 21st August.

 

(iii) RACEHORSE arrived Kilindini 11 August having parted company from Convoy M C 8 off Beira. Sailed from Kilindini 24th August as escort to convoy K R 6 to Colombo.

 

(iv) QUIBERON, NORMAN, and RAPID sailed from Durban as anti submarine escort to convoy W S 32 on the 28th August, thence to Kilindini, due 4th September.

 

(v) NIZAM Geraldton on 12th August, thence to Melbourne for refit.

 

(vi) ROTHERHAM commenced refit in South Africa on 6th August and due to complete on 30th September.

 

(vii) ROEBUCK and QUALITY joined the Eastern Fleet with RAMILLIES early September

 

(B). CONVOYS

 

HMS SUFFOLK who sailed from Diego Suarez on the 27th July to rendezvous with and escort Convoy C M 43 to Bombay, arrived at the latter port on the 7th August. After docking at Bombay, ship sailed to Trincomalee where she remained until the 20th, sailing thence and arriving at Fremantle on the 28th August, sailing from Fremantle as escort to Convoy U S 22 on the 30th.

 

HMS NEWCASTLE sailed from Colombo on the 2nd August to rendezvous with NIEUW AMSTERDAM in approximate lat. 20 deg. S, 90 deg. E and escorted her to the vicinity of Addu Atoll where she was relieved by HMS CANTON. After proceeding to Addu Atoll for fuel, NEWCASTLE returned to Kilindini

 

HMS KENYA sailed from Colombo on the 4th August to MOMP convoy U S 20 in approximate position 20 deg. S, 90 deg. E on the 9th August. Convoy was dispersed in the vicinity of Addu Atoll where KENYA proceeded to fuel before returning to Kilindini

 

HMS HAWKINS after completing refit at Simonstown on the 21st August HAWKINS proceeded to Durban, sailing from that port on the 28th August. Sailed with QUIBERON, NORMAN, and RAPID in convoy as Ocean Escort to convoy W S 32

 

HMS FROBISHER sailed from Diego Suarez on the 1st August to Mauritius when after fuelling, she sailed to rendezvous with convoy W S 31 and provided Ocean Escort to Bombay where she arrived on the 13th August. FROBISHER left Bombay on the 15th for Aden and sailed from Aden on the 20th, providing Ocean Escort to the ASCANIUS, arriving Bombay on the 27th.

 

HMS EMERALD arrived at Simonstown from U.K. during July. After docking proceeded to Durban, whence she sailed with Convoy C M 44 on the 10th August, being relieved in the vicinity of Diego Suarez on the 19th August by CHITRAL. On relief EMERALD proceeded to Kilindini

 

HMS DURBAN provided Ocean Escort for Convoy K R 6 to Colombo. Owing to her limited endurance DURBAN was unable to proceed to Kilindini to Colombo without fuelling. She was accordingly sailed independently to the Seychelles where she fuelled, rendezvousing with the convoy in the vicinity of Dennis Island on the 27th August. The convoy reached Colombo on the 3rd September

 

HMS ALAUNIA arrived at Aden with convoy K A 8 on the 2nd August and sailed from that port on the 8th August as Ocean Escort to Convoy A B 9, arriving at Bombay on the 13th. After boiler cleaning at Bombay, ALAUNIA sailed as Ocean Escort for STAFFORDSHIRE with troops arriving Aden on the 31st

 

HMS CHITRAL sailed from Kilindini on the 17th August to rendezvous with Convoy C M 44 and relieve EMERALD and REDOUBT who proceeded to Kilindini. CHITRAL with convoy arrived at Aden on the 26th August, CHITRAL returning thence to Kilindini

 

HMS CARTHAGE after boiler cleaning at Kilindini, CARTHAGE was held for the First Flight of the N.H.Q. of the Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet, sailing from Kilindini on the 25th August, and arriving at Colombo on 1st September

 

CANTON sailed from Kilindini on the 2nd August for Addu Atoll calling at Seychelles for fuel. CANTON left Addu Atoll on the 10th to relieve NIEUW AMSTERDAM (n.b. typo in report. Escort should read NEWCASTLE) as the Ocean Escort to Aden. CANTON parted company from NIEUW AMSTERDAM on reaching longitude 55 deg.E and returned to Kilindini, arriving on the 17th August

 

(C) BASES

 

General

 

1. BARWIND and BARNABY are being sent to Trincomalee to assist in laying of moorings.

 

2. Sixteen 61 ft. motor fishing vessels building at Simonstown have been allocated to the Eastern Fleet

 

3. KIRRIEMOOR is not now to return to the United Kingdom. She had been employed in collecting Boom Gear from Tamatave. After discharging at Kilindini she is to go to Diego Suarez to complete the A/S A/B boom there.

 

4. As a result of visits to Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles by B.G.S. and B.R.A., East African Command, some slight actuations in the proposed A.A. Defences have been suggested. These have been agreed to by the Commander in Chief Eastern Fleet.

 

Diego Suarez

5. The change in administration from Commander in Chief, South Atlantic to Flag Officer, East Africa took effect from 1st August

6. MANCHESTER CITY and REDSHANK are now at Diego Suarez to relay defective loops in the controlled minefield.

 

7. It has been approved to weight the partially laid A/T baffle at Port Nieuve.

 

Tamatave

8. KIRRIEMOOR has removed all the Boom Gear stored at Tamatave, and Admiralty have approved the abandoning of plans for underwater defences of the port and the Boom Depot.

 

Mauritius

 

9. The change in administration from Commander in Chief, South Atlantic to Flag Officer, East Indies took effect from 1st August.

 

Seychelles

 

10. As a result of the B.G.S. and B.R.A. East Africa Command, some modifications of the A.A. gun layout have been approved. These proposals, are as follows:

 

Heavy A.A.

4 guns, just south of N.E. Point

 

 

 

4 guns on the spur just south of the cemetery.

 

 

Light A.A.

3 guns on St Anne Island to protect the oil installations.

 

Ceylon

 

11. Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet visited Ceylon during the month and a report of proceedings 96 S/E.F. 682 of 23rd August has been forwarded.

 

(D). AIR

 

Eastern Area

 

1. During the month, a detachment of 8 Catalina amphibians was maintained in South Africa, and 4 Catalina flying boats were detached to Mombasa as reinforcements. A detachment of 4 Catalina Flying Boats was also maintained at Aden.

 

Northern Area

 

2. The flying boat detachment of 4 aircraft which was sent from Karachi to operate over the Gulf of Hormuz from Bahrein had to be withdrawn to Karachi as the bad climatic conditions affected both the serviceability of aircraft and the health of the crews. Monsoon conditions prevents the use of Masirah as an advance flying boat base and all flying boat operations in the North Arabian Sea were conducted from Karachi.

 

Western Area

 

3. A detachment of 8 Catalina flying boats has been maintained in South Africa, operating from Durban and Langabaan. Aircraft were detached to advanced based and were operated to meet the U boat threat in the Mozambique Channel, and South and East of Madagascar. To enable detachments to be made to the advanced bases at Tulear and Mauritius, 4 reinforcing aircraft from Ceylon were moved to the Western Area.

 

Southern Area

 

4. Aircraft, including detachments of Catalinas from Mombasa and Catalina Amphibians from Ceylon operated mainly to the eastward of Durban, and one U Boat, in cooperation with surface craft and Ventura aircraft of the S.A.A.F. resulted in the probable sinking of a U boat about 400 miles south of Madagascar.

 

5. The disposition of flying boats by areas are the end of August was as follows:

 

Eastern Area

26

 

 

Northern Area

18

 

 

Western Area

24

 

 

Southern Area

25

 

 

Australia

 2

 

 

Middle East

 5

 

(E). MINESWEEPERS

 

1. There has been no evidence of enemy minelaying.

 

2. The LL Whalers HINNOY and MAALOY after connecting in Karachi arrived Colombo on August 30th for working up.

 

3. M.M.S. 107 arrived Colombo on August 21st via Diego Suarez and Seychelles.

 

 


 

 

EASTERN FLEET WAR DIARY

 


Area of operations, click to enlarge

 

 

SEPTEMBER 1943

 

 

Wednesday, 1st September

 

 

CARTHAGE

Arrived Colombo from Kilindini with 1st party of Commander in Chief's Staff

NETRAVATI

Escorting 1 ship left Cochin for Colombo

SONDRA

With KIRRIEMOOR left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

 

 

Thursday, 2nd September

 

 

HONG SIANG

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

PANSY

Escorting 1 ship arrived Madras from Calcutta

EMERALD

Left Kilindini to R/V W S 32 and provide escort for Bombay portion of convoy.

ALTAMAHA

Left Karachi for Melbourne

TRIDENT

Left patrol and returns Colombo

 

 

Friday, 3rd September

 

 

CARTHAGE

Left Colombo for Aden and U.K.

DURBAN and RACEHORSE

Arrived Colombo from Kilindini with convoy K R 6

HINDUSTAN and WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Arrived Colombo having provided local A/S escort for K R 6

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Escorting convoy M A 1 left Madras for Vizagapatam

BARODA

Left Karachi escorting 1 ship to Bombay

ATREUS

Sailed Trincomalee for Colombo

BARWIND

Left Seychelles for Colombo

 

 

Saturday, 4th September

 

 

CALCUTTA

Arrived Vizagapatam from Calcutta

BATHURST

Escorting 1 ship arrived Colombo from Bombay

SHENGKING

Left Colombo for the Maldives

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Escorting one ship left Diego Suarez for Tamatave

BARWIND

Returned Diego Suarez with boiler defects

ANGBY

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

H.S. OPHIR

Arrived Colombo from Bombay

NETRAVATI

Escorting convoy J C 21 left Colombo for Madras

CUTTACK

Left Calcutta for Colombo

HAWKINS, NORMAN, RAPID and QUIBERON

Arrived Kilindini having escorting convoy W S 32 from Durban to R/V with EMERALD off Kilindini

POONA

Escorting one tanker arrived Bombay from Colombo

 

 

Sunday, 5th September

 

 

DEVON CITY

Arrived Trincomalee from Colombo

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

With convoy M A 1 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

SUSSEX

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

CARNATIC and KATHIAWAR

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

NORMAN and RAPID

Left Kilindini escorting convoy M C 9 A to Durban

RECORDER

Left Zanzibar for Kilindini

CALCUTTA

Left Vizagapatam for Colombo

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

With convoy M A 1 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

PUNJAB and MADRAS

With B P 93 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

CERES, SONDRA and KIRRIEMOOR

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

 

 

Monday, 6th September

 

 

DURBAN and QUADRANT

Left Colombo escorting one ship for Kilindini. DURBAN parts company for Seychelles

WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Left Colombo escorting one ship for R/V with BARODA, thence return Colombo

JACOB VAN HEEMSKERK

Left Addu Atoll to R/V U.S. ALTAMAHA and escort her to Fremantle

BENGAL, BURNIE and RAJPUTANA

Escorting P B 54 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

FALMOUTH

Escorting one ship left Aden for Kilindini

MAID MARION

Left Aden for Kilindini

SHROPSHIRE

Left Capetown for Durban

PUNJAB and MADRAS

Escorting P A 52 left Bandar Abbas for Aden

BARODA

Escorting one ship arrived Bombay from Karachi, sailed again to R/V WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN and one ship, thence return Bombay, escorting one ship

KATHIAWAR and CARNATIC

With M A 2 left Madras for Vizagapatam

BOMBAY

With B M 63 arrived Colombo from Bombay

WARINA

Arrived Trincomalee from Colombo

ATREUS

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

INTREGRITY

Left Colombo for Condenada

ORISSA and TAMWORTH

With B P 43 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

 

 

Tuesday, 7th September

 

 

BALTA

Arrived Colombo from Cochin

KHYBER

Left Male to proceed to assistance of LYMAN STUART in position 3 deg.30N, 75 deg.E.

ADMIRAL BOUVET (tug)

Left Diego Suarez for Mauritius

BOMBAY

Left Colombo for Madras

NETRAVATI

With J C 21 arrived Madras from Colombo

SHILLONG

Left Colombo to R/V one ship and return with her to Colombo

KUMAON

With P A 51 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

Tug SAMSON

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Escorting one ship left Tamatave for Diego Suarez

 

 

Wednesday, 8th September

 

 

FROBISHER

Left Colombo for Kilindini

NARBADA and ALAUNIA

Left Aden for Bombay with A B 10

KUMAON

Left Aden for Khor Kuwai with A P 44

ST ANTHONY

Escorting one ship left Cochin for Colombo

KATHIAWAR and CARNATIC

With M A 2 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

H.S. OPHIR

Left Colombo for Addu Atoll

ROHILKAND

Detached from M A 1 to search for crew of A/C in approx. position 20deg.41N, 90 deg.E thence proceed to Vizagapatam

LAUNCESTON

With M A 1 arrived Chittagong from Madras

KATHIAWAR and CARNATIC

With M A 2 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

SIMBRA

Escorting one ship left Aden for Mukalla thence to return Aden

KONKAN, KARACHI and BALUCHISTAN

Escorting B P 94 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

CHITRAL, CANTON and REDOUBT

With 2nd flight of Commander in Chief's staff left Kilindini for Colombo. After 24 hours CANTON proceeds ahead

QUIBERON

Left Kilindini for Durban

LURCHER and SONDRA

With M C 10, consisting of MANELA, BACCHUS, and RECORDER left Kilindini for Durban

LAUNCESTON

Left Chittagong for Vizagapatam

 

 

Thursday, 9th September

 

 

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Escorting one ship arrived Diego Suarez from Tamatave and left again for Dar es Salaam

ST ANTHONY

Escorting one ship arrived Colombo from Cochin

CARTHAGE

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo and sailed again same day for Aden

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 3 left Madras for Vizagapatam

POONA and BERAR

With B M 64 left Bombay for Colombo

Tug SAMSON

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

 

 

Friday, 10th September

 

 

S/M TRIDENT

Returned Colombo from patrol

WILLEN VAN DER ZAAN

Returned Colombo escorting one ship

ST ANTHONY

Escorting one ship left Colombo for Cochin

MAID MARION

Returned Aden owing to bad weather

H.S. OPHIR

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

BOMBAY

Arrived Madras from Colombo

LAUNCESTON

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

RANCHI

Escorting Karachi portion B P 94 arrived Karachi from Khor Kuwai

TEMPLAR

Left Suez for Aden

BARODA

Escorting one ship returned from R/V with WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

EMERALD

Arrived Bombay from Kilindini escorting W S 32

SUFFOLK

Escorting U S 22 arrived Bombay from Fremantle

SANDSTORM

Left Karachi for Bombay

 

 

Saturday, 11th September

 

 

H.S. OPHIR

Sailed Addu Atoll for Diego Garcia

MLs 439 and 475

Left Madras for Vizagapatam

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 3 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and sailed again for Madras

ROHILKAND

Returned Vizagapatam from searching for crew of crashed aircraft

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

With M A 3 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

DURBAN

Arrived Seychelles from Colombo and sailed again for Kilindini

BULOLO

Arrived Aden from Suez

BULOLO and KEREN

Left Aden for Bombay

BARNABY

Left Aden for Bombay

KHYBER

Returned Colombo having been searching for LYMAN STUART

Dutch Sub O 23

Left Colombo for Aden

CALCUTTA

Escorting one tanker left Colombo for Bombay

KATHIAWAR and CARNATIC

With M A 2 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Left Addu Atoll for Colombo

 

 

Sunday, 12th September

 

 

SHILLONG

Returned Colombo having escorted one ship from R/V

AGRA and BOMBAY

Escorting M A 4 left Madras for Vizagapatam

PANSY and NETRAVATI

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

RACEHORSE

Left Colombo to R/V CANTON at 70 deg.E and escort her to Colombo

CUTTACK

Left Colombo for Cochin

Dutch Sub O 24

Left Colombo for patrol in Malacca Straits

KHYBER

With C X 8 left Colombo for Addu Atoll

BARNABY

Returned Aden with cot case and sailed again for Bombay

H.S. ORANJE

Left Aden for Suez

ML 439 and 475

Arrived Vizagapatam

SHINGKING

Returned Colombo from Maldives

ANGBY

Returned Trincomalee from Colombo

ST ANTHONY

Arrived Cochin from Colombo

SANDSTORM

Arrived Bombay from Karachi

FALMOUTH

Escorting one ship arrived Kilindini from Aden

LURCHER

With MANELA ex M C 10 arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

 

 

Monday, 13th September

 

 

KATHIAWAR and CARNATIC

Returned Vizagapatam from Chittagong

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

With B P 94 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

SUFFOLK

Left Bombay for Kilindini

SORSRA

Left Kilindini for R/V QUADRANT escorting one ship. SORSRA escorts ship to Dar es Salaam and QUADRANT proceeds to Kilindini

MADRAS and PUNJAB

With P A 52 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

ALSEY

Arrived Colombo from Fremantle

POONA and BERAR

With B M 64 arrived Colombo from Bombay

FALMOUTH

Escorting one ship left Kilindini for Durban

H.S. OPHIR

Arrived Diego Garcia from Addu Atoll and sailed again for Mauritius

QUADRANT

Escorting one ship arrived Kilindini from Colombo

NORMAN and RAPID

Escorting M C 9 A arrived Durban from Kilindini

 

 

Tuesday, 14th September

 

 

SHILLONG

Escorting one ship left Colombo for Madras

MADURA

Returned Sandheads having escorted one tanker to Vizagapatam

AGRA and BOMBAY

With M A 4 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

AGRA

Left Vizagapatam for Madras

LURCHER and PLADDA

Left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

KARACHI

Left Karachi to R/V P b 56 and provide additional escort to Bombay

ALAUNIA and NARBADA

With A B 10 arrived Bombay from Aden

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

With P B 55 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

CUTTACK

Arrived Cochin from Colombo

SHROPSHIRE

Left Durban for Fremantle

Italian ship ERITREA

Arrived Colombo to surrender

BOMBAY and CARNATIC

With M A 4 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

With M A 3 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam

DURBAN

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

MASTERFUL

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

CUTTACK

Left Cochin for Bombay

ST ANTHONY

Escorting one ship left Cochin for Colombo

KUMAON

With A P 44 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

RAMILLIES

With NEPAL, NAPIER, QUICKMATCH, ROEBUCK, and RELENTLESS escorting C M 45 to vicinity Kilindini left Durban for Kilindini

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Left Chittagong for Vizagapatam

INTEGRITY

Left Vizagapatam for Colombo

 

 

Wednesday, 15th September

 

 

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 5 left Madras for Vizagapatam

CANTON

With part of 2nd Flight of Commander in Chief's staff arrived Colombo from Kilindini

RACEHORSE

Returned Colombo having provided A/S escort to CANTON from 70 deg. East

RAJPUTANA

With B M 65 left Bombay for Colombo

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

With P A 53 left Bandar Abbas for Aden

KHYBER

With C B 8 arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

CALCUTTA

Escorting one tanker arrived Bombay from Colombo

MADRAS and PUNJAB

Escorting A P 45 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

MMS 129

Left Cochin for Bombay

EMPIRE FAIRY

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

The Commander in Chief, flying his flag in HAWKINS left Kilindini for Colombo.

 

 

Thursday, 16th September

 

 

H.S. TJITALENGKA

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

AGRA

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

CHITRAL and REDOUBT

With remainder of 2nd Flight of Commander in Chief's staff arrived Colombo with Kilindini

ST ANTHONY

Escorting one ship arrived Colombo from Cochin

STAGPOOL

Left Kilindini from Diego Suarez

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

MMS 129

On passage from Cochin to Bombay anchored off Mangalore with engine trouble.

BENGAL

With B P 95 ½ left Bombay for Karachi

BURNIE and TRAVANCORE

With B P 95 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

MAID MARION

Left Aden for Kilindini

TEMPLAR

Arrived Aden from Suez

H.S. ORANJE

Left Suez for Kilindini

KUMAON and KARACHI

With P B 56 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

 

 

Friday, 17th September

 

 

PANSY and NETRAVATI

Left Vizagapatam for Madras

SHILLONG

Escorting one ship arrived Madras from Colombo

RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Left Colombo for Bombay

MANELA

Left Diego Suarez for Tulear

KHYBER

With X C 6 left Addu Atoll for Colombo

POONA

Left Colombo for Cochin

JAY

Left Colombo for Trincomalee and returned same day with defects

SHENGKING

Left Colombo for Bombay

PANSY and NETRAVATI

Arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

H.S. OPHIR

Arrived Mauritius from Diego Garcia, and left again for Durban

SORSRA

Arrived Kilindini escorting one ship from Dar es Salaam

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

With M A 5 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

INTEGRITY

Arrived Colombo from Vizagapatam

FRITILLARY, TULIP, CAPE WARWICK, NORTHERN ISLES, NORWICH CITY and FREESIA

Escorting convoy D K 1 left Durban for Kilindini

BOMBAY and CARNATIC

With M A 4 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

 

 

Saturday, 18th September

 

 

NAUTILUS

With MMS 129 left Mangalore for Cochin

LURCHER and PLADDA

Arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez

MASTERFUL

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

KARACHI

Failed to R/V convoy P B 56 and returned to Karachi

SCOUT

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

BULOLO and KEREN

Arrived Bombay from Aden

CUTTACK

Arrived Bombay from Cochin

AGRA and IRRIWADI

With M A 6 left Madras for Vizagapatam

NETRAVATI and PANSY

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

ST ANTHONY

With M B 45 left Colombo for Bombay

BALTA

Escorting one ship left Colombo for Trincomalee

NEWCASTLE

Left Simonstown for Kilindini

ALAUNIA

Left Bombay to relieve ADRIA as Base Ship in Persian Gulf

BARODA

Escorting one ship let Bombay for Cochin

ANGBY

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

TAY and DERG

Left Durban to join FREESIA as additional escort to D K 1 to Kilindini

TEMPLAR

Left Aden for Colombo

SUFFOLK

Arrived Kilindini from Bombay

MADURA

With one ship left Calcutta for Chittagong

 

 

Sunday, 19th September

 

 

DURBAN

Escorting one ship left Kilindini for Seychelles and Colombo

RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Arrived Bombay from Colombo

BOMBAY and CARNATIC

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

POONA

Arrived Cochin from Colombo

SCOUT

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

BERAR

With J C 22 left Colombo for Madras

HOXA

Left Addu Atoll for Diego Garcia

H.S. MAUNGANUI

Left Fremantle for Colombo

NIEUW AMSTERDAM

Arrived Fremantle from Durban

KARACHI

Arrived Karachi from Persian Gulf and left again for Bombay

 

 

Monday, 20th September

 

 

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

Escorting M A 6 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Escorting M A 5 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

IRRAWADI and AGRA

With M A 6 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and returned again to Madras

RAJPUTANA

With B M 65 arrived Madras from Bombay

FROBISHER and QUADRANT

Left Kilindini to R/V RAMILLIES with C M 45. RAMILLIES and destroyers proceed Kilindini. FROBISHER escorts convoy to Bombay and QUADRANT provides escort for Aden portion

QUICKMATCH

Arrived Kilindini having provided A/S escort to RAMILLIES and C M 45 and left again to rejoin convoy and proceed Aden

SONDRA and SOBKRA

Arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez having provided escort to M C 10 and C B 5

FALMOUTH

Escorting one ship arrived Durban from Kilindini

ROCKROSE and JASMINE

Left Durban for Kilindini

VIRGINIA

Left Durban to overtake ROCKROSE and JASMINE thence proceed Kilindini

CANTON

Left Colombo for MOMP with HMS ADELAIDE and one ship on the 25th, thence escorts ship to Colombo

CHITRAL

Left Colombo for Durban

H.S. KARAPARA

Left Bombay for Basra

 

 

Tuesday, 21st September

 

 

The Commander in Chief, flying his flag in HAWKINS arrived at Colombo from Kilindini

SHILLONG and NETRAVATI

With M A 7 left Madras for Vizagapatam

Dutch Sub O 23

Arrived Aden from Colombo

FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Left Nosi Be in search of EMPIRE FAIRY, 48 hours overdue at Diego Suarez, thence proceed to Kilindini

POONA

Left Cochin escorting one ship to Colombo

PUNJAB and MADRAS

With convoy A P 45 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

HOXA

Arrived Diego Suarez from Addu Atoll

TRAVANCORE

Left Karachi escorting one tanker to Port Okha

'QQQQ – QQQQ'

CORNELIA P. SPENCER reports being torpedoed at 0430Z in position 02 deg. 08N, 509 deg. 10E

H.S. OPHIR

Left Mauritius for Durban

KUMAON and KARACHI

With P B 56 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

CERES, ROEBUCK and RELENTLESS

Left Kilindini for Aden

RAMILLIES, ROEBUCK, RELENTLESS and NAPIER

Arrived Kilindini from Durban having provided 1st leg of escort to C M 45

 

 

Wednesday, 22nd September

 

 

ATREUS and WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Left Colombo for Addu Atoll

EMPIRE FAIRY

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini, 48 hours overdue as she was leaking badly

LAUNCESTON and ROHILKAND

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

CHALLENGER

Left Seychelles for Colombo

BARODA and MMS 129

Left Cochin for Bombay

QUIBERON and QUALITY

Left Durban for Kilindini

ALAUNIA

Arrived Hormuz from Bombay

RAJPUTANA

Left Madras for Colombo

KARACHI

Left Karachi for Port Okha, and Khor Kuwai

BURNIE and BENGAL

With B P 95 arrived Khor Kuwai from Karachi and Bombay

 

 

Thursday, 23rd September

 

 

SOBKRA

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

SHILLONG and NETRAVATI

With M A 7 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras left again for Madras

ST ANTHONY

With M B 45 arrived Bombay from Colombo

STAGPOOL

Arrived Diego Suarez from Kilindini

BERAR

With J C 22 arrived Madras from Colombo

HOXA

Left Diego Garcia for Addu Atoll

ROHILKAND and LAUNCESTON

With M A 7 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

DURBAN

Escorting one ship arrived Seychelles from Kilindini

BALTA

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

With M A 6 arrived Vizagapatam for Chittagong and returned to Vizagapatam (n.b. as written – should read arrive Chittagong from Vizagapatam and returned to Vizagapatam)

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

With B P 96 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

 

 

Friday, 24th September

 

 

ADRIA

Left Bandar Abbas for Bombay

IRRAWADI and KALAVATI

With M A 8 left Madras for Vizagapatam

TRAVANCORE

Returned Karachi from Port Okha

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

With A P 46 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

DURBAN

Escorting one ship left Seychelles for Colombo

NETRAVATI and SHILLONG

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

ATREUS and WILLEM VAN DE ZAAN

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

NARBADA

Escorting RAMDAS and B M 67 left Cochin for Colombo

NORMAN

Left Durban for Kilindini

'SSSS'

ELIAS HOWE torpedoed in position 11 deg. 37N, 45 deg. 46E on 24/9

BURNIE and BENGAL

With P A 54 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

MADRAS and PUNJAB

With P B 57 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

DANAE

Left Suez for Aden

NEWCASTLE

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

MAID MARION

Arrived Kilindini from Aden

 

 

Saturday, 25th September

 

 

CERES

Arrived Aden from Kilindini

LISMORE

Left Suez for Aden

JAY

Left Colombo for Trincomalee

BALTA and RAJPUTANA

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

POONA

Left Colombo for Cochin and Bombay

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

With M A 6 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

NARBADA and RAMDAS

With F M 67 left Bombay for Colombo and Madras

HOXA

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

 

 

Sunday, 26th September

 

 

BARNABY and ST ANTHONY

Escorting B M 67 ½ left Bombay for Colombo

ROHILKAND and LAUNCESTON

With M A 7 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

GERALDTON, CESSNOCK and WOLLONGONG

Left Suez for Aden

S/M TACTICAN

Arrived Aden from Suez

CERES

Left Aden for Med and U.K.

IRRAWADI and KALAVATI

With M A 8 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and left again for Madras

BERAR

With one ship left Madras for Calcutta

ALSEY

Left Colombo for Addu Atoll

KARACHI

With one ship left Port Okha for Khor Kuwai

QUALITY and QUIBERON

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

Escorting M A 8 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

 

 

Monday, 27th September

 

 

KHYBER

Left Colombo escorting 1 tanker to Addu Atoll

KALAVATI and IRRAWADI

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 9 left Madras for Vizagapatam

BARODA and MMS 129

Arrived Bombay from Cochin

JUMNA

Arrived Aden from Suez

QUADRANT, QUICKMATCH, RELENTLESS and ROEBUCK

Arrived Aden from Kilindini with Aden portion of C M 45

DANAE

Arrived Aden from Suez

RAPID

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

ROCKROSE and JASMINE

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Arrived Colombo from Addu Atoll

SHOREHAM and TALLYHO

Left Suez for Aden

CAIRNS

Arrived Suez and left again for Aden

NIGELLA

Left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Tuesday, 28th September

 

 

FROBISHER

With Bombay portion of C M 45 arrived Bombay from Kilindini

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

With B P 96 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

EMERALD, RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Arrived Aden from Bombay with B A 48

TAURUS

Arrived Aden from Suez

NORMAN

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

DERG, TULIP, PRUDENT, TAY, NORTHERN ISLE, FREESIA, CAPE WARWICK, FRITILLARY and NORWICH CITY

With convoy D K A 1 arrived Kilindini from Durban

ADAMANT, NAPIER, NORMAN and NEPAL

Left Kilindini for Colombo

RAPID, QUALITY and QUIBERON

Left Kilindini to provide local A/S escort to ADAMANT

ROHILKAND

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

FALMOUTH, ASTER, STELLA POLARIS, WELLARD, INDIAN STAR and LADY ROSEMARY

Escorting D K A 2 left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Wednesday, 29th September

 

 

S/M TRIDENT

Left Colombo for Aden

S/M TEMPLAR

Arrived Colombo from Aden

RAMDAS and NARBADA

Arrived Colombo from Bombay with B M 67

ALSEY

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

NARBADA

With J C 23 left Colombo for Madras

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 9 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and left again for Madras

DANAE, RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Left Aden for Kilindini

LAUNCESTON and PATNA

With M A 9 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

KARACHI

Arrived Khor Kuwai from Port Okha

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

With M A 8 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

'SSSS'

In position 9 deg.26N, 71 deg.20E at 2020Z probably BANFFSHIRE

 

 

Thursday, 30th September

 

 

'SSSS'

YORK (USS) sighted periscope 1 deg 20N, 77deg 57E

RAJPUTANA

Left Colombo to search for survivors in position 9 deg. 35N, 71 deg. 18E from BANFFSHIRE who made

 

SSSS during night.

TAMWORTH and ORISSA

With P A 55 left Bandar Abbas for Aden

IRRIWADI and AGRA

With M A 10 left Madras for Vizagapatam

NETRAVATI and PANSY

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

ROEBUCK and LISMORE

With A K D 2 left Aden for Kilindini

LISMORE

Arrived Aden from Suez

TACTICIAN

Left Aden for Colombo

MADRAS and PUNJAB

Escorting P B 57 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

ADRIA and LAWRENCE

Arrived Bombay from Persian Gulf

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

Arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

FREESIA, FRITILLARY, NORWICH CITY, TAY, TULIP, ROCKROSE, JASMINE and RANPURA

With D K A 1 left Kilindini for Aden

 

 

Part II

 

NARRATIVE

 

 

(A) GENERAL

 

Transfer of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet's Headquarters

 

1. During September the Commander in Chief's Headquarters was transferred from Kilindini to Colombo. A first flight consisting of sufficient staff to take over the Station until the arrival of the main body left Kilindini on 25th August in H.M.S. CARTHAGE and arrived at Colombo on 1st September. The Deputy Commander in Chief remained at Kilindini until the 1st September when he left by air and arrived at Colombo on the 3rd September. The Colombo Headquarters took over the Station at noon F.G. on 4th September. The main body left Kilindini on 8th September in H.M. Ships CANTON and CHITRAL had arrived at Colombo on 15th and 16th September respectively. The Commander in Chief arrived at Colombo on 21st September in H.M.S. HAWKINS.

 

Redisposition of Escort Forces

 

2. By the middle of September there were clear indications that an increase in U boat activity in the Arabian Sea was to be expected.

 

3. To meet this threat, it was decided to put as much shipping as possible into convoy and to cover such shipping as still had to proceed independently by the establishment of approach positions outside focal areas, air patrols being provided to cover the routes between the approved position and the port.

 

4. This policy necessitated the institution of regular convoys between Durban, Kilindini, Aden (DKA, AKD), Aden, Bombay direct (BA, AD), and Colombo, Bombay (BM, MB) and the provisions of A/S escorts for these convoys. It was also necessary to allow for the increase of escorts for the convoys into and out of the Persian Gulf (PA, AP, PB, BP).

 

5. Arrangements had earlier been made for the institution of convoys on the Durban Kilindini route, and the first of these sailed from Durban on 17th September; since the threat on the Mozambique Channel was now reduced it was possible for some of the escorts allocated for these convoys to be made available for work with the Kilindini Aden portion. In addition, Commander in Chief, South Atlantic loaned 8 escort vessels for work on the Aden Bombay route. Further reinforcements were available by the return of 3 sloops and 5 Bathursts from the Mediterranean. These were allocated as follows – the 5 Bathursts to reinforce the Persian Gulf convoys, the 2 AA sloops to troop convoys in the Bay of Bengal to relieve 2 Bangors, these two Bangors with the third sloop to be used for the Bombay Colombo convoys.

 

6. The four coastguard cutters to come from the U.K. were earmarked for Kilindini. Four destroyers were allocated to the Aden Bombay escort force and FALMOUTH to Kilindini Aden force so that the escort forces are now established as follows:

 

Aden Escort Force for escort on the Aden Bombay route

 

QUADRANT

TAY

THYME

 

 

 

QUICKMATCH

DERG

NIGELLA

 

 

 

ROEBUCK

 

JASMINE

 

 

 

RELENTLESS

 

ROCKROSE

 

 Kilindini Escort Force for escort on Kilindini Aden Route

 FALMOUTH

 MAID MARION

 VIRGINIA

 TULIP

 FRITILLARY

 FREESIA

 (On arrival)

 SCRIVEN

 LANDGUARD

 LULWORTH

 BANFF

 

 A.B.C. Escort Force – reinforcements

 CESSNOCK

 CAIRNS

 WOLLONGONG

 LISMORE

 GERALDTON

 To reinforce Persian Gulf convoys on arrival.

7. It is intended that the new routine convoys should start early in October working on an eight day cycle with the exception of the DKA and AKD which will work on an alternate 10 and 11 day cycle. The convoys will include ships of speeds from 9 to 13 knots, ships outside these speeds proceeding independently making use of the approach positions mentioned above.

 

8. The redisposition of air forces necessary to meet the altered situation is dealt with under Air Operation.

 

(B). EMPLOYMENT OF EASTERN FLEET UNITS

 

SUFFOLK escorting U S 22 arrived Bombay 10th, sailed 13th for Kilindini arriving 18th

 

SUSSEX arrived Durban from Kilindini 5th, taken in hand for Dry Docking and refit 7th

 

NEWCASTLE docking and refitting at Simonstown. Sailed 185h for Kilindini arriving 24th. Hoisted flag of Rear Admiral, Eastern Fleet

 

KENYA at Kilindini for exercises, flew flag of Rear Admiral Eastern Fleet until relieved by NEWCASTLE

 

HAWKINS escorting W S 32. Relieved by EMERALD 3rd, arrived Kilindini 4th. Sailed Kilindini 15th with Flag of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet, arrived Colombo 21st

 

FROBISHER docked Colombo 3rd to 7th. Sailed Colombo 8th arriving Kilindini 14th. Sailed Kilindini to rendezvous with, and take over ocean escort from RAMILLIES fro C M 45 on 20th. Arrived Bombay with C M 45 B 28th.

 

EMERALD sailed Kilindini 2nd to rendezvous with HAWKINS 3rd and take over ocean escort to W S 32. Arrived Bombay 10th. Docked Bombay 11th to 15th. Sailed Bombay 23rd as ocean escort to BA 48 arriving Aden 28th

 

DANAE sailed from Clyde 2nd arrived Aden after passage through Mediterranean 27th, sailed Aden 29th for Kilindini

 

DURBAN escorting K R 6. Arrived Colombo 3rd. Sailed Colombo 6th with QUADRANT as ocean escort to NIEUW HOLLAND. Parted company with NIEUW HOLLAND and QUADRANT 10th, arrived Seychelles 11, sailed after fuelling for Kilindini, arriving 14th. Sailed Kilindini 19th as ocean escort for KHEDIVE ISMAIL. Called Seychelles for fuel 23rd to 24th, arriving Colombo 30th.

 

CERES arrived Kilindini 5th, sailed 21st for Aden arriving 25th, sailing 26th for Suez and United Kingdom via Mediterranean

 

RAMILLIES arrived Capetown from United Kingdom 6th. Sailed 7th arriving Durban 10th. Sailed Durban 14th in company with QUICKMATCH, RELENTLESS, ROEBUCK, NAPIER, and NEPAL as ocean escort to C M 45. Relieved as ocean escort to C M 45 by FROBISHER 20th, arriving Kilindini 21st.

 

ALAUNIA sailed Aden 8th as ocean escort to A B 10. Arrived Bombay 14th, sailed 18th arriving Hormuz 22nd for duty in Persian Gulf.

 

CHITRAL arrived Kilindini 1st. Sailed Kilindini 8th with part of Second Flight of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet Headquarters Staff, arriving Colombo 16th. Sailed Colombo 20th for Durban arriving 1st October

 

RANPURA carrying out repairs at Kilindini. Sailed from Kilindini 30th with convoy D K A 1 for Aden and United Kingdom via Mediterranean

 

CARTHAGE arrived Colombo 1st with First Flight of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet Headquarters Staff. Sailed Colombo 3rd. Arrived and sailed Aden 9th. Arrived Suez 12for for passage to United Kingdom through Mediterranean

 

CANTON sailed Kilindini 8th with first part of Second Flight of Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet Headquarters Staff, arrived Colombo 15th. Sailed Colombo 20th to MOMP with ADELAIDE and take over ocean escort of SAMBRIDGE carrying important cargo of moorings for Trincomalee

 

FALMOUTH visiting Djibouti and Perim with Commodore, Aden, returning to Aden 3rd. Sailed Aden 6th as escort to ORDUNA arriving Kilindini 12th. Sailed Kilindini 13th with ORDUNA arriving Durban 20th. Sailed Durban 28th as escort to D K A 2 for Kilindini

 

RNethN JACOB VAN HEEMSKERCK arrived Addu Atoll 1st October (n.b. should read September) after escorting O W 6 to dispersal point in vicinity. Sailed Addu Atoll 5th to rendezvous with and act as ocean escort to ALTAMAHA on 7th, parting company off Fremantle 13th, arriving that port 14th.

 

SHROPSHIRE arrived Cape from United Kingdom 3rd, sailed 5th arriving Durban 7th. Held at Durban to be available for operations. Sailed Durban 14th, arriving Fremantle on 24th to join Royal Australian Navy.

 

QUADRANT arrived Colombo 1st escorting HMS CARTHAGE. Sailed Colombo 6th with HMS DURBAN as A/S escort to NIEUW HOLLAND, parted company with NIEUW HOLLAND on 13th off Kilindini, arriving there same day. Sailed Kilindini 19th to rendezvous with, and act as ocean escort to C M 45 on 20th, arrived Aden with C M 45 A 27th.

 

QUALITY arrived Simonstown 6th. Sailed 10th, arriving Durban 11th for boiler cleaning and repairs. Sailed Durban 22nd as A/S escort to HMS ADAMANT, parting company 30th, returned to Kilindini

 

QUIBERON A/S escort o W S 32, parted company 3rd, arriving Kilindini 5th. Sailed Kilindini 8th , arriving Durban 15th for boiler cleaning and repairs. Sailed Durban 22nd arriving Kilindini 26th. Sailed 28thth as A/S escort to ADAMANT parting company 30th, returning to Kilindini

 

QUICKMATCH sailed Cape 7th as A/S escort to HMS RAMILLIES arriving Durban 10th. Sailed 14th as A/S escort to HMS RAMILLIES parting company 19th arriving Kilindini for fuel 20th, sailing same day to rendezvous with C M 45 21st and act as A/S escort to Aden, arriving there 27th.

 

REDOUBT sailed Kilindini as A/S escort to HMS CHITRAL arriving Colombo 16th. Sailed 17th arriving Bombay 19th. Sailed Bombay 23rd as A/S escort to B A 48 arrived Aden 28th. Sailed 29th for Kilindini

 

RACEHORSE A/S escort to K R 6 arriving Colombo 3rd. Sailed Colombo 12th to rendezvous with CANTON 13th and escort her to Colombo, arriving 15th. Sailed Colombo 17th arriving Bombay 19th. Sailed 23rd as A/S escort to B A 48 arriving Aden 28th.

 

RELENTLESS sailed Durban 14th as A/S escort to RAMILLIES and C M 45 arriving Kilindini 21st, fuelled and sailed same day to rendezvous with C M 45 A 25th, arriving Aden 27th.

 

RAPID A/S escort to W S 32 parting company 3rd. Arrived Kilindini 5th. Fuelled and sailed same day as A/S escort to M C 9 A arriving Durban 13th. Carried out boiler cleaning, repairs, and docking, sailed Durban 23rd, arrived Kilindini. Sailed 28th as A/S escort to ADAMANT

 

ROEBUCK arrived Cape 6th, sailed 7th as A/S escort to RAMILLIES arriving Durban 10th. Sailed Durban 14th as A/S escort to RAMILLIES arriving Kilindini 21st, fuelled and sailed again same day to rendezvous with C M 45 A, arriving Aden 27th.

 

NAPIER refitting at Durban. Sailed 14th as A/S escort to RAMILLIES arriving Kilindini 21st. Sailed 28th as A/S escort to ADAMANT to Colombo.

 

NEPAL refitting at Durban. Sailed 14th as A/S escort to RAMILLIES arriving 21st. Sailed 28th as A/S escort to ADAMANT to Colombo

 

NORMAN A/S escort to W S 32 parting company 3rd arriving Kilindini 5th, fuelled and sailed same day as A/S escort to M C 9 A arriving Durban 13th. Carried out boiler cleaning and repairs, sailed 24th arriving Kilindini 28th. Fuelled and sailed same day as A/S escort to Colombo.

 

NIZAM refitting at Melbourne

 

BATTLER arrived Suez from Mediterranean

 

(C). BASES

 

10. Trincomalee

 

The outer boom has been completed and has been in operation since 28 September. The submerged net has also been laid.

 

(ii). Work on the baffles and moorings continues. Flag Officer Commanding Royal Indian Navy has been asked to hasten the supply of clumps for auxiliary vessels' mooring, as it appears that there may be a delay in completion if these clumps are not delivered soon.

 

(iii). The laying of the D.G. ranges is in hand.

 

11. Kilindini

 

(iv). The new berthing plan proposed by Flag Officer, East Africa has been approved. This provides for 16 corvettes or Bathursts and ten Hunts or frigates. Included in the above are berths for 6 destroyers.

 

(v). Commander F.J. Lambert, R.N. has been appointed C.D. and K.H.M., Kilindini. He is experienced in mooring work, and should be able to solve Flag Officer, East Africa's problems of mooring for A.F.D. XXIII.

 

12. Manza Bay

 

(vi). Admiralty have given approval for the following reductions in the Naval Defences of Hansa Bay:

 

(a). Controlled minefield. A system of non continuous watch keeping and care and maintenance to be adopted, so that although the field is not normally in operation, it can be put into commission for short periods.

 

(b). Indicator Nets to be weighed.

 

13. Diego Suarez

 

(vii). After visiting Diego Suarez during the month, Boom Defence Officer, East Africa has reported that the bad weather is having a bad effect on the boom and that in order to lay the second line of nets, and maintain the boom subsequently, more Boom Defence Vessels than are available would be required. It is intended therefore to abandon the laying of the second line of nets in the boom and to carry out such maintenance work as the two Boom Defence Vessels now there are capable. Protection for the dockyard and dock entrance y A/T baffles is under consideration.

 

14. Admiralty have approved the proposal that the development of the Boom Department should be limited to requirements for maintenance of booms during the war.

 

15. Mauritius

 

(ix). Naval Officer in Charge reports that, subject to replacement of materials lost in transit, two tanks of the Grand Port Oil installation are expected to complete in March 1944.

 

(x). Admiralty have approved the reduction of the Controlled Minefield at Grand Port to a care and maintenance basis.

 

16. Seychelles

 

(xi). Admiralty approval has been received to discontinue the construction of the Boom Depot.

 

(D). GUNNERY

 

17. H.S.B.P.T. No. 8 having arrived and been rigged at Kilindini, the first Battle Practice Target firing in the Eastern Theatre in December 1942 was carried out by KENYA on 3rd September.

 

(E). ANTI SUBMARINE

 

18. The beginning of September saw the arrival of a group of German U boats, estimated up to six in number, in the area southeast of Madagascar. It was considered a refuelling operation was intended in this area prior to depredations against shipping in the focal areas around ports, and in the shipping lanes, of the North Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. Dispositions of A/S escorts and air A/S forces was made accordingly, and the system of convoys reorganised to meet this impending threat.

 

19. On the 4th September, the Admiralty estimated that 4 or 5 German and 1 Italian U boat were within 200 miles of 34S, 47E bound East or East North East, and on the 10th September that 6 German and 1 Italian were unfixed in the South West Indian Ocean possibly within 400 miles of 30S, 57E. The northward trend of the German U boats now began to show and on the 13th September, a German U boat was plotted by poor D/F fix to be about 300 miles to the south of Mauritius, probably northbound.

 

20. Meanwhile, a Japanese submarine had entered the Indian Ocean and on 7th September fired torpedoed at the S.S. LYMAN STUART (U.S.) in a position 350 miles to the South West of Colombo. On the 9th September, the S.S. LARCHBANK was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese U boat in approximate position 07-38N, 73-12E. A second Japanese U boat was plotted by D/F fix to be within 250 miles of 04S, 85E on the 19th September. This position was to the South East of Ceylon.

 

21. On the 21st September, the S.S. CORNELIA P. SPENCER (U.S.) was torpedoed and sunk by a U boat 300 miles east of Mogadischio in position 02-08N, 50-10E. This incident indicated that the German U boats were moving northwards to operate off the approaches to the Gulf of Aden, and it was estimated that about four others were likely to be northward of 10S, also moving North.

 

22. On the 29th September, the S.S. BANFFSHIRE (British) was torpedoed in position 009-27N, 71-05E by a German U boat and it was considered that this U boat appeared to be proceeding towards Bombay and may operate off there and off Karachi. The S.S. SANDOWN CASTLE (British) reported sighting an enemy submarine on the same day in position 11-10N, 45-31E (Gulf of Aden).

 

23. On the 30th September, a report of periscope sighting was made by the S.S. YORK in position 1-20N, 77-07E. This may have indicated another German U boat which was proceeding towards Ceylon.

 

24. Thus, by the end of September, German and Japanese U boats were operating against shipping in the Northern Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

 

25. U boat attack on shipping – Summary (see overleaf).

 

Attacks on U boats – Reports

 

26. On the 26th September, H.M.S. ROEBUCK attacked a submarine contact near the position of 02-08N, 50-10E. No further details have been received.

 

27. U boat Attacks on Shipping

 

Date

Time

Ship

Position

Result

 

 

 

 

 

7/9

0435Z

S.S. LYMAN STUART (U.S.)

03-30N, 73-12E

Escaped Torpedo did not explode

 

 

 

 

 

9/9

0400Z

S.S. LYMAN STUART (U.S.)

07-25N, 73-12E

Escaped

 

 

 

 

 

9/9

1700Z

S.S. LARCHBANK (British)

07-38N, 74-00E.

Sunk. Torpedoed

 

 

 

 

 

21/9

0430Z

S.S. CORNELIA P. SPENCER (U.S.)

2-08N, 50-10E.

Sunk. Torpedoed

 

 

 

 

 

24/9

0320Z

S.S. ELIAS HOWE (U.S.)

11-37N, 45-46E

Sunk. Torpedoed

 

 

 

 

 

29/9

2010Z

S.S. BANFFSHIRE (British)

09-27N, 71-05E

Sunk. Torpedoed

  

28. Reported Submarine Contacts and Sightings

 

Date

Time

Position

Originator

Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

14/9

0800Z

07-20N, 66-49E

S/M 0.23

U/B sighted and chased. No result.

 

 

 

 

 

16/9

2130Z

24-31N, 58-30E

H.M.I.S. KARACHI

A/S Contact. Considered non sub

 

 

 

 

 

19/9

---

60 miles N.E. of Ormara

Civil Aircraft

Sighting. Probably whale

 

 

 

 

 

20/9

1222Z

11-53N, 47-22E

Aircraft

Considered U boat

 

 

 

 

 

23/9

---

vicinity of 02-08N, 50-10E

H.M.S. ROEBUCK

A/S Contact. No details

 

 

 

 

 

27/9

2115Z

36-30S, 44-40E

S.S. DAVID B. HUGHES

SSSS Signal. Considered Unlikely.

 

 

 

 

 

29/9

---

14-50N, 53-30E

H.M.S. QUADRANT

U boat sighted and attacked.

No results seen.

 

 

 

 

 

30/9

0617Z

11-40N, 45-31E

S.S. SANDOWN CASTLE

SSSS Signal. U boat sighted.

 

 

 

 

 

30/9

0405Z

01-20N, 77-07E

S.S. YORK

SSSS signal Periscope sighted.

 

29,. D/F Fixes of U boats

 

Date

Time

Position

Nationality

Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

3/9

2115Z

35-00S, 47-00E.

German

Reliable within 150 miles

 

 

 

 

 

17/9

1552Z

17-00N, 56-00E

Japanese

Reliable within 150 miles

 

 

 

 

 

19/9

1515Z

04-00S, 85-00E.

Japanese

Reliable within 250 miles

 

 

 

 

 

28/9

1555Z

08-00N, 51-00E

Japanese

Reliable within 100 miles

 

 

 

 

 

29/9

1613Z

10-00N, 86-00E.

Japanese

Reliable within 100 miles

 

(F). COMMUNICATIONS

 

30. Communications of the East Indies Station have undergone a very considerable reorganisation during the period under review.

 

31. Concurrently with the move of the Naval Headquarters of the Eastern Fleet from Kilindini to Colombo, Group V was converted to a Broadcast controlled from Colombo W/T. This follows upon recent introduction of the Indian Ocean Broadcast and the similar conversion of Group NU to a broadcast. Broadcast V is till the main operational broadcast for ships and authorities in the North West and South Western parts of the Station, while Broadcast NU caters for the Northwestern and South Western parts and is the main operational broadcast for submarines on patrol and temporarily also provided an additional line for Flag Officers traffic. The Indian Ocean Broadcast takes the place of Rugby for the promulgation to the Station General and Weather messages, basegrams, etc. Simultaneously with the introduction of Broadcast V, new fixed W/T services were opened, some others between Colombo and Basra, Basra and Aden, and Bombay and Aden, and between Colombo and Indian ports.

 

32. The recent abolition of a separate small W/T station to the South of the Mozambique Channel (Area J) has further simplified the W/T watch keeping arrangements for Eastern Fleet ships proceeding to and from ports in the South Atlantic Station.

 

33. Almost universally satisfactory reports of the new arrangements have been received, particularly from the Persian Gulf to which communications in the past have always been a weak link in the organisation.

 

34. The arrival of much W/T Plan 'R' material has enabled the new arrangements to be progressed and although no Plan 'R' Station is yet in commission, the organisation envisaged by that plan is rapidly being adopted.

 

35. The unfortunate state of W/T equipment in many U.S. merchant ships and the absence of a sufficiently high powered L/F transmitter in the East Indies prevents the fulfillment of the whole of the plan for reorganisation of the B.A.M.S. organisation for the area. As soon as the majority of such ships are fitted with H/F reception, it is the intention that Colombo W/T shall replace Rugby whose reception is unsatisfactory in the South Indian Ocean, as Zone Station for all areas concerned, ie. Areas 7A, 7B, 7C.

 

36. The transfer of the Naval Headquarters to Colombo from Kilindini went smoothly from the point of view of W/T traffic and organisation. Insufficient personnel to provide dummy traffic was the chief factor in the eventual decision not to attempt any W/T deception to cover the move. Accordingly, on 4th September, Service 100 (Kilindini to Admiralty) and 97 (Kilindini to Bombay) were closed down.

 

(G). AIR

 

37. During the month it was decided to redistribute the G.R. Squadrons operating in the Indian Ocean as the U boat threat had moved from the area south of Madagascar to the northern portion of the Indian Ocean, especially in the entrance to the Gulf of Aden, the Persian Gulf, and the approaches to Bombay.

 

38. Various searches were carried out during the month for survivors of torpedoed ships and air exercises were also carried out with H.M.S. HAWKINS and H.M.S. ADAMANT. Catalinas, Beauforts, and Hurricanes took part.

 

39. The distribution of G.R. Squadrons for September as follows:

 

Eastern Area

 

 

 

CEYLON

15 including one amphibian

 

 

MADRAS

7

 

 

BANGALORE

4

 

 

REDHILLS LAKE

3

 

 

COCONADA

2

 

 

Northern Area

 

 

 

KARACHI

11

 

 

MASIRAH

1

 

 

ADEN

4

 

 

Western Area

 

 

 

MOMBASA

7

 

 

KISUMU

3 (including one 1 Sunderland)

 

 

SEYCHELLES

1 Sunderland

 

 

DIEGO SUAREZ

1

 

 

PAMANZI

1

 

 

DAR ES SALAAM

3

 

 

Southern Area

 

 

 

DURBAN

14

 

 

DARLING

4 (amphibians)

 

 

LANGEBAAN

5

 

 

ST ALBANS

3 (amphibians)

 

The above distribution has since been altered and by September 30th a completely new layout was decided upon as follows'

 

Eastern Area

 

 

 

CEYLON

16

 

 

MADRAS

2

 

 

BANGALORE

5

 

 

REDHILLS LAKE

4

 

 

COCONADA

3

 

 

Northern Area

 

 

 

KARACHI

10

 

 

MASIRAH

1

 

 

ADEN

6

 

 

BOMBAY

3

 

 

SOCOTRA

4

 

 

Western Area

 

 

 

MOMBASA

9

 

 

PAMANZI

2

 

 

SEYCHELLES

3

 

 

KISUMU

3

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

3

 

 

DIEGO SUAREZ

1

 

 

EASTLEIGH

3 (G.R. Wellingtons) refitting.

 

 

MOGADISHU

3 (G.R. Wellingtons)

 

 

Southern Area

 

 

 

DURBAN

9 (3 are leaving)

 

 

LANGEBAAN

2

 

 

WALVIS BAY

1

 

 

ST ALBANS

1

 

 

ZWARTKOP

1

 

 

From Durban, 2 amphibians are proceeding to Socotra and 1 to Masirah.

 

 

(H). HYDROGRAPHY

 

40. A Hydrographic office was set up at Naval Headquarters of the Fleet Hydrographic Officer to control the promulgation of operational hydrographic information.

 

41. A Staff Officer (H) was appointed to the Commander in Chief, Eastern Fleet staff at New Delhi to act as liaison officer between the Fleet Hydrographic Officer and the Director of Survey, Indian, and to advise the staffs of all three Services on hydrographic subjects including Beach gradients.

 

42. A Cartographer was sent out from the Middle East to assist and advice the Fleet Hydrographic Officer and the Director of Survey, India, on the production of charts.

 

43. H.M.S. CHALLENGER broke off her surveys in the Seychelles after completing the anchorages at Port Victoria and proceeded to Colombo to land the Fleet Hydrographic Officer prior to commencing further work at Trincomalee.

 

44. Much preliminary work was done towards organizing an efficient Hydrographic service for the future needs of the Eastern Fleet.

 

(J). MINESWEEPING

 

45. There has been no evidence of enemy minelaying.

 

46. It has been agreed with Commander in Chief, Levant, that in order to avoid long passages, M.M.S. 100 and 101 shall be retained in the Mediterranean, and that two LL/SA Whalers SANDSTORM and SHOOTING STAR, converting in India, be retained in the Eastern Fleet.

 

47. H.M.S. 145 was launched on September 28.

 

 

 


 

 

EASTERN FLEET WAR DIARY

 


Area of operations, click to enlarge

 

 

OCTOBER 1943

 

Friday, 1st October

 

 

RAMDAS

With M B 46 left Colombo for Bombay

BARODA

Escorting B M 68 left Bombay for Colombo

BERAR

Arrived Calcutta from Madras escorting 1 ship

NEPAL

Arrived Seychelles from Kilindini

CHALLENGER

Arrived Colombo from Seychelles

ST ANTHONY and BARNABY

With B M 67 ½ arrived Colombo from Bombay

KHYBER

Escorting one ship left Addu Atoll for Colombo

OKAPI

With J C 24 left Colombo for Trincomalee

CHITRAL

Arrived Durban from Colombo

BATTLER, LANDGUARD and SENNEN

Left Suez for Aden

BURNIE and BENGAL

With P A 45 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

GERALDTON, CESSNOCK, WOLLONGONG and SHOREHAM

Arrived Aden from Suez

QUADRANT and QUICKMATCH

With A B 15 left Aden for Bombay

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

With B P 97 left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

ST ANTHONY

Left Colombo for Cochin

'SSSS'

STORVIKEN torpedoed and sunk at 0900 in position 11 deg.45N, 48 deg. E. Survivors say submarine was Japanese

'SSSS'

TAHSINIA torpedoed and sunk at 1530Z in position 6 deg. 57N, 73 deg. 48E. attack made by two Japanese U Boats

 

 

Saturday, 2nd October

 

 

FROBISHER

Left Bombay for Colombo

'SSSS'

VERNON L. KELLOG at 1345Z sighted submarine in position 14 deg 29N, 80 deg. 36E.

TALLYHO

Arrived Aden from Suez

TAURUS

Left Aden for Colombo

LAUNCESTON and PATNA

With M A 9 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam.

IRRIWADI and AGRA

With M A 10 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and left again for Madras.

NORMAN and NAPIER

Arrived Seychelles from Kilindini for fuel and left again to rejoin ADAMANT and proceed Colombo

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

With M A 10 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

HATCHLING

Sunk in position 18 deg 46N, 71 deg 55E. No SSSS made. Survivors landed Bombay

QUIBERON and QUALITY

Returned Kilindini having provided local A/S escort to ADAMANT

BARWIND

Arrived Trincomalee from Seychelles having failed to go into Addu Atoll as ordered.

'SSSS'

NAWAB sighted submarine 2100Z in position 7 deg.18N, 78 deg.38E

BALUCHISTAN, KONKAN and KARACHI

Left Khor Kuwai for Bombay with P B 58.

 

 

Sunday, 3rd October

 

 

IRRAWADI and AGRA

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

O 24

Returned Colombo from patrol

KHYBER

Arrived Colombo from Addu Atoll

CANTON

Arrived Trincomalee having escorted SAMBRIDGE from MOMP at 90 deg. E to R/V with SCOUT off Ceylon

RAPID

Arrived Seychelles from escorting ADAMANT and left again for Kilindini

QUADRANT

Sighted submarine on surface at 1855 in position 14 deg 50N, 53 Deg. 30E. Attacked with depth charges, submarine submerged, no results seen.

CAIRNS

Arrived Aden from Suez

BURNIE and BENGAL

With A P 47 left Aden for Khur Kuwai

KENYA

With K R 7 left Kilindini for Colombo

QUIBERON and QUALITY

Left Kilindini to provide local A/S escort to K R 7

SUFFOLK

Left Kilindini for Durban

DERG

Escorting one ship left Kilindini for Aden

NIGELLA

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

NARBADA

Arrived Vizagapatam from Colombo

 

 

Monday, 4th October

 

 

OKAPI

Arrived Trincomalee from Colombo with J C 24

BRITISH LOYALTY, EMPIRE FAIRY, MASTERFUL and SOBKRA

 Arrived Seychelles from Diego Suarez being unable to make Addu Atoll

ST ANTHONY

Arrived Cochin from Colombo

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 11 left Madras for Vizagapatam

CARNATIC

Left Vizagapatam for Colombo

RAJPUTANA

Returned Colombo with survivors from BANFFSHIRE

FROBISHER

Arrived Colombo from Bombay

NIGELLA

Left Kilindini for Aden

BATTLER

Arrived Aden from Suez

LAUNCESTON and PATNA

Arrived Vizagapatam

DANAE, RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Arrived Kilindini from Aden

 

 

Tuesday, 5th October

 

 

PUNJAB and MADRAS

Left Bombay for local escort duty.

ST ANTHONY

Left Cochin for Bombay

RAMDAS

With M B 46 arrived Bombay from Colombo

ANNA KNUDSEN

Torpedoed at 0258 in position 14 deg.20N, 50 deg.47E

'SSSS'

BRITANNIA in position 24 deg.24N, 58 deg. 02E being torpedoed at 2230Z

NARBADA and ROHILKAND

With M A 11 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

TALLYHO

Left Aden for Colombo

LANDGUARD and SENNEN

Arrived Aden from Port Said

PANSY and NETRAVATI

With M A 11 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras and left again for Madras.

RAMDAS

With B M 69 left Bombay for Colombo

RAPID

Arrived Kilindini from Seychelles

HAWKINS

Left Colombo for MOMP in Australian waters

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

With M A 10 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam and left again for Vizagapatam

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

With B P 97 arrived Khor Kuwai.

 

 

Wednesday, 6th October

 

 

HOXA

With X C 7 left Addu Atoll for Colombo

IRRAWADI and KALAVATI

With M A 12 left Madras for Vizagapatam

RAJPUTANA

With C X 9 left Colombo for Addu Atoll

KHYBER

Made 3 attacks on suspected S/M contact in position 09 deg.38N, 76 deg 05E. No results

EMERALD

Left Aden for Kilindini

RAMILLIES, RACEHORSE, REDOUBT and RAPID

Left Kilindini for Durban

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

With B P 97 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

ORISSA and TAMWORTH

With P A 55 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

RELENTLESS and JUMNA

With A B 15 A left Aden for Bombay

 

 

Thursday, 7th October

 

 

OKAPI

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

EMILE BAUDOT

Left Colombo for Talaimannar

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

BRITISH LOYALTY, MASTERFUL and EMPIRE FAIRY

Left Seychelles for Addu Atoll

PANSY and NETRAVATI

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

PUNJAB and MADRAS

Returned Bombay from local escort

CARNATIC

Arrived Colombo from Madras

ADELAIDE

Left Fremantle with G. WASHINGTON for MOMP with HAWKINS 90 deg. E. ADELAIDE returns Fremantle

 

 

Friday, 8th October

 

 

ADAMANT, NAPIER, NEPAL and NORMAN

Arrived Colombo from Kilindini

KATHIAWAR and BOMBAY

Escorting convoy M A 12 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

NIGELLA

Arrived Aden from Kilindini

KONKAN

Escorting P B 58 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

QUADRANT and QUICKMATCH

Escorting A B 15 arrived Bombay from Aden

CLYDEFIELD

Arrived Bombay from Hormuz

IRRAWADI and KELAVATI

Left Vizagapatam for Madras

ST ZENO, NORTHERN CHIEF, COVENTRY CITY and HERTFORDSHIRE

Escorting D K A 3 left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Saturday, 9th October

 

 

CARNATIC and BARODA

Escorting M B 50 left Colombo for Bombay

DURBAN

Left Colombo for Aden

NEPAL, NAPIER and NORMAN

Left Colombo for Bombay

EASEDALE

Left Bombay for Abadan

RAJPUTANA

Left Addu Atoll for Colombo

ROEBUCK, SHOREHAM, GERALDTON, WOLLONGONG and NIGELLA

Escorting A B 16 left Aden for Bombay

TRAVANCORE

Escorting P B 58 ½ left Karachi for Bombay

RANPURA, TAY, ROCKROSE and FRITILLARY

Arrived Aden from Kilindini

TAMWORTH, ORISSA and CAIRNS

Escorting A P 48 left Aden for Khor Kuwai

MADRAS and PUNJAB

With B P 9 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

POONA and CALCUTTA

With B M 70 left Bombay for Colombo

TEMPLAR

Left Colombo on patrol

QUIBERON and QUALITY

Returned Kilindini after escorting K R 7 to MOMP

LISMORE

Arrived Kilindini escorting convoy A K D 2

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

Escorting P A 56 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

 

 

Sunday, 10th October

 

 

CANTON

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

PANSY and AGRA

Escorting M A 13 left Madras for Vizagapatam

DURBAN

Arrived Cochin from Colombo

KALAVATI

Arrived Madras from Vizagapatam

LANDGUARD, SENNEN and FRITILLARY

Escorting A K D 3 left Aden For Kilindini

TULIP, THYME, ASTER and FREESIA

Escorting D K A 2 left Kilindini for Aden. THYME left convoy and proceeded independently

EMERALD

Arrived Kilindini from Aden

Captain S 4

Moved into ADAMANT

VAN DER ZAAN

Left Addu Atoll for Colombo

TEMPLAR

Left for patrol duties, from Colombo

 

 

Monday, 11th October

 

 

RAMILLIES, REDOUBT, RACEHORSE and RAPID

Arrived Durban from Kilindini

NAPIER, NORMAN and NEPAL

Arrived Bombay from Colombo

MARIPOSA

Arrived Bombay from Rio de Janiero

BENGAL and BURNIE

Escorting P B 59 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

STELLA POLARIS, WELLARD and LADY ROSEMARY

Escorting A K D 2 left Kilindini for Durban

JALABAL

Torpedoed and sunk in position 11 deg. 40N, 75 de. 19E at 15340Z

FALMOUTH

Left Kilindini escorting A K D 2 remaining with the convoy as long as possible, returning to Kilindini by 15th October

 

 

Tuesday, 12th October

 

 

KENYA, SCOUT and RAJPUTANA

 Arrived Colombo escorting K R 7.

TAURUS and TACTICIAN

Arrived Colombo from Aden

ARTHUR P. DAVIES and 'SSSS'

attacked by submarine in position 18 deg. 50N, 72 deg East

JUMNA and QUICKMATCH

Escorting B A 50 left Bombay for Aden

NARBADA and ROHILKAND

Escorting M A 13 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

QUIBERON, QUALITY and ROTHERHAM

Left Kilindini for Aden

FROBISHER

Left Colombo for MOMP with GEORGE WASHINGTON

NORMAN, NAPIER and NEPAL

To carry out A/S patrol off Bombay

American SS ARTHUR P. DAVIES

Reports being attacked by a U boat in position 18 deg 35N, 71 deg 50 deg E at 1020Z. Aircraft striking force dispatched. No damage done to ship

 

 

Wednesday, 13th October

 

 

IRAWADI and KELAVATI

Escorting M A 14 left Madras for Vizagapatam

SCOUT

Left Colombo for Addu Atoll

HILDASAY

Escorting BURMA arrived Diego Suarez

RAMDAS

Left Colombo for Cochin

CHALLENGER

Left Colombo for Trincomalee escorted by RAJPUTANA

BULAN

Left Suez for Aden

 

 

Thursday, 14th October

 

 

CALCUTTA and POONA

Escorting B M 70 arrived Colombo from Bombay

CARNATIC and BARODA

Arrived Bombay escorting M B 50 from Colombo

RACEHORSE and REDOUBT

Arrived Simonstown for refit

TALLYHO

Arrived Colombo from Aden

RELENTLESS and CARNATIC

Escorting M B 50 arrived Bombay from Colombo

 

 

Friday, 15th October

 

 

SCOUT

Arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

TIA MARU

Repatriation ship arrived Marmugoa

HAWKINS

Arrived Addu Atoll from MOMP with GEORGE WASHINGTON

FROBISHER

Left Addu Atoll for MOMP thence to Bombay

DURBAN

Arrived Aden from Cochin

CANTON

Left Colombo for rendezvous with LURLINE thence Bombay

CALCUTTA and POONA

Escorting B M 70 arrived Colombo from Bombay

KATHIAWAR and KALAVATI

Escorting M A 14 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

H.S. ORANGE

Left Durban for Aden, routed through Mozambique Channel

INDIAN STAR

Left Kilindini for rendezvous and to escort D K A 3 to Kilindini

 

 

Saturday, October 16th

 

 

HAWKINS

Left Addu Atoll for Kilindini

DURBAN

Arrived Aden from Bombay

CESSNOCK, CAIRNS, TAMWORTH and ORISSA

Arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

J. VAN HEEMSKERCK

Left Fremantle escorting LURLINE to R/V with CANTON

PUNJAB, MADRAS and CESSNOCK

Escorting P A 57 left Khor Kuwai for Aden

PANSY, ROHILKAND and NARBADA

Escorting M A 15 left Madras for Vizagapatam

ARCTIC EXPLORER, LADY ELSA, NORTHERN ISLES and CAPE WARWICK

Escorting D K A 4 left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Sunday, October 17th

 

 

CALCUTTA and NETRAVATI

Escorting M B 51 left Colombo for Bombay

RELENTLESS

Left Bombay escorting MARIPOSA to R/V returning Bombay 18/10

ROEBUCK, SHOREHAM, GERALDTON, WOLLONGONG and NIGELLA

Escorting A B 16 arrived Bombay from Aden

DURBAN

Left Aden for Suez and U.K.

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

Escorting B P 99 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

ROTHERHAM, QUALITY and QUIBERON

Arrived Aden from Kilindini

FALMOUTH, LISMORE and MAID MARION

Left Kilindini to R/V and to take over escort of D K A 3 to Aden

NARBADA and ROHILKAND

Escorting M A 13 arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

KARACHI

Escorting P B 59 A left Karachi for Bombay

BURNIE and BENGAL

Escorting P B 59 arrived Bombay from Persian Gulf

KUMAON and TOOWOOMBA

Escorting P A 56 arrived Aden from Khow Kuwai

'SSSS'

SS NIZAM attacked by U boat in position 08 deg.55N, 74 deg. 48E. Two torpedoes fired and missed.

RAJPUTANA

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

CALCUTTA

Left Colombo for Bombay

NETRAVATI

Left Colombo for Bombay

 

 

Monday, 18th October

 

 

SCOUT

Escorting X C 8 arrived Colombo fro Addu Atoll

TACTITIAN

Left Colombo on patrol

PANSY and AGRA

Escorting M A 15 arrived Vizagapatam

KALAVATI and KATHIWAR

Escorting M A 14 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam

LAUNCESTON and VAN DER ZAAN

Escorting M B 51 A left Colombo for Bombay

KUMAON and TOOWOOMBA

Escorting A P 49 left Aden for Persian Gulf

THYME, DERG and TAY

With LST 238 and escorting A B 17 left Aden for Bombay.

CARNATIC, SHOREHAM and BARODA

Escorting B M 71 left Bombay for Colombo

AGRA

Left Vizagapatam for Madras

ST ANTHONY

Left Bombay to rendezvous with P B 59 and escort to Bombay

NORMAN and NEPAL

Left Bombay to rendezvous FROBISHER and GEORGE WASHINGTON and escort to Bombay

WOLLONGON

Left Bombay for Khor Kuwai

SHENGKING

Left Bombay for Cochin

NARBADA, ROHILKAND and PANSY

Escorting M A 15 left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

CAIRNS

Escorting P B 60 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

 

 

Tuesday, 19th October

 

 

ANGBY

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

TACTICIAN

Left Colombo on patrol

MONTAGU DOUGLAS

Left Mandapan for Colombo

STELLA POLARIS and WELLARD

Escorting A K D 2 arrived Durban

IRRAWADI and SHILLONG

Escorting M A 16 left Madras for Vizagapatam

CORNWALLIS

Left Bombay for Karachi

CUTTACK

Left Cochin for Bombay

BARBOURNE

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

 

 

Wednesday, 20th October

 

 

NEWCASTLE, EMERALD and DANAE

To encounter HAWKINS for exercise returning Kilindini 21st October. DANAE is to proceed to Manza Bay where

 

she will remain until 25th October thence to Kilindini

Tug MASTERFUL

Left Addu for Colombo

RAMDAS (HMS)

Unsuccessfully attacked by U boat at 0827A in position 10 deg 28N, 75 deg. 15E. search is being carried out.

OKAPI

Left Diego Garcia for Addu Atoll

LANDGUARD and SENNEN

Escorting A K D 3 arrived Kilindini from Aden

SS BRITISH PURPOSE

Torpedoed in convoy in position 11 deg. 49N, 74 deg.54E at 1730. HMS RAMDAS carried out search.

EMPIRE GNOME

Left Suez for Aden

CHITRAL, TEVIOT, RAPID, BANN and TRENT

Escorting W S 33 left Durban for Kilindini

KARACHI and ST ANTHONY

Escorting P B 59 A arrived Bombay from Karachi

CONVENTRY CITY, NORTHERN CHIEF, ST ZENO, HERTFORDSHIRE and FRITILLARY

Escorting A K D 3 left Kilindini for Durban

LISMORE, FALMOUTH and MAID MARION

Escorting D K A 3 left Kilindini for Aden

JUMNA and QUICKMATCH

Escorting B A 50 arrived Aden from Bombay

 

 

Thursday, 21st October

 

 

'SSSS'

British tanker ATHELVIKING torpedoed by U Boat at 0350Z in position 24 deg. 36N, 57 deg. 43E.

EMILE BAUDOT

Arrived Trincomalee from Pamban

BOMBAY and KALAVATI

Escorting one ship left Vizagapatam for Chittagong

IRRIWADI and SHILLONG

Escorting M A 16 arrived Vizagapatam from Madras

RAMDAS

With damaged tanker BRITISH PURPOSE arrived Cochin

JAY

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

AGRA

Left Madras for Colombo

HAWKINS

Arrived Kilindini from Addu Atoll

LULWORTH, FREESIA and JASMINE

Escorting A K D 4 left Aden for Kilindini

TRESPASSER

Left Aden for Colombo

17th M.T.B. Flotilla

Arrived Tuticorin from Bombay

NORTHERN CHIEF, ST ZENO, COVENTRY CITY and HERTFORDSHIRE

Escorting A K D arrived Kilindini from Aden

 

 

Friday, 22nd October

 

 

RAMDAS

Escorting two paddle steamers left Cochin for Mandapam

LAUNCESTON and W. VAN DER ZAAN

Escorting M B 51 A arrived Bombay

ML 1104

Left Vizagapatam for Madras

BALUCHISTAN, KONKAN and WOLLONGONG

Escorting B P 99 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

CALCUTTA, NETRAVATI and CUTTACK

Escorting M B 51 arrived Bombay from Colombo

 

 

Saturday, 23rd October

 

 

SHOREHAM and CARNATIC

Escorting B M 71 arrived Colombo from Bombay

LIBBY and BRITISH ENERGY

Arrived Abadan

JAY

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

SCOUT

Escorting two ships left Colombo for Addu Atoll

EMILE BAUDOT

Left Trincomalee for Colombo

CAIRNS

Escorting P B 60 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

KARACHI

Escorting one ship left Bombay for Karachi

ORISSA, CAIRNS and TAMWORTH

Escorting P B 60 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

SONDRA

Escorting BURMA left Diego Suarez for Kilindini

 

 

Sunday, 24th October

 

 

DABCHICK

Left Suez for Aden

SUFFOLK

Left Durban for Kilindini

IRRAWADI and SHILLONG

Escorting M A 16 arrived Chittagong from Vizagapatam

'SSSS'

SS CONGELLA shelled and on fire in position 01 deg-02N, 71 deg. 14E at 1453Z

NARBADA and ROHILKAND

Escorting H C 1 left Calcutta for Chittagong

LAHORE

Escorting one tanker left Vizagapatam for Bombay

CORNWALLIS and TRAVANCORE

Escorting P B 60 B left Karachi for Bombay

CESSNOCK, PUNJAB and MADRAS

Escorting P A 57 arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai

BRITISH ENERGY

Left Abadan for Kilindini

 

 

Monday, 25th October

 

 

FROBISHER, NAPIER and NEPAL

Escorting G. WASHINGTON left Bombay. FROBISHER proceeds Seychelles. Destroyers return Bombay

KALAVATI and BOMBAY

Escorting convoy H C 2 for Calcutta for Chittagong

EMILE BAUDOT

Arrived Colombo from Trincomalee

AGRA, POONA, RAJPUTANA and BROOMDALE

Escorting M B 52 for AMERICAN ARROW left Colombo for Bombay

JUMNA, KALE and ROCKROSE

Escorting A B 18 left Aden for Bombay

CESSNOCK, PUNJAB and MADRAS

Escorting A P 50 left Aden for Persian Gulf

BURNIE and BENGAL

Escorting B P 100 left Bombay for Persian Gulf

GERALDTON

Left Bombay for Persian Gulf

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

Escorting A P 49 arrived Khor Kuwai from Aden

RAMDAS

Escorting two paddle steamers arrived Mandapam from Trincomalee

 

 

Tuesday, 26th October

 

 

CHITRAL, RAPID, TRENT, BANN and TEVIOT

Escorting W S 33 arrived Kilindini from Durban

KARACHI

Arrived Karachi escorting one ship from Bombay

SCOUT

Escorting X C 10 arrived Addu Atoll from Colombo

RAMDAS

Left Mandapam for Cochin

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

Escorting P B 61 left Khor Kuwai for Bombay

BATTLER, ROTHERHAM, QUIBERON and QUALITY

Arrived Bombay from Aden

NARBADA and ROHILKAND

Escorting H C 1 arrived Chittagong from Calcutta

QUADRANT

Arrived Aden from Bombay

STELLA POLARIS, DRANGEY, WELLARD and SPHENE

Escorting D K A 5 left Durban for Kilindini

 

 

Wednesday, 27th October

 

 

17th M.T.B. Flotilla

Arrived Madras from Mandapam

GAWLER

Left Suez for Aden

SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Arrived Diego Suarez from Tamatave

RAMDAS

Arrived Cochin from Mandapam

ROHILKAND

Arrived Calcutta from Chittagong

KATHIAWAR

Arrived Calcutta from Vizagapatam

TAY, DERG and THYME

Escorting A B 17 and with LST 238 arrived Bombay from Aden

FALMOUTH, LISMORE and MAID MARION

Escorting D K A 3 arrived Aden from Kilindini

KARAPARA

Left Bombay for Durban

CHITRAL, BANN and TEVIOT

Escorting W S 33 left Kilindini for Bombay

RAPID and TRENT

Escorting C M 46 left Kilindini for Aden

ROEBUCK and RELENTLESS

Escorting B A 51 arrived Aden from Bombay

OKAPI

Arrived Addu Atoll with survivors from shelled M.V. CONGELLA

KALAVATI and BOMBAY

Escorting H C 2 left Calcutta for Chittagong

VIRGINIA

Left Durban to overtake D K A 5 and proceed to Kilindini

 

 

Thursday, 28th October

 

 

KENYA

Left Colombo for Trincomalee

KARACHI

Escorting one ship left Karachi for Khor Kuwai

CANTON, NAPIER and NEPAL

Escorting LURLINE from MOMP arrived Bombay

RAMDAS

Escorting BRITISH PURPOSE left Cochin for Bombay

TAY and NIGELLA

Escorting B A 52 left Bombay for Aden

NARBADA

Arrived Vizagapatam from Chittagong

PATNA

Escorting two paddle steamers arrived Madras from Mandapam

LANDGUARD and SENNEN

Escorting D K A 4 left Kilindini for Aden

SUFFOLK

Arrived Kilindini from Durban

ARCTIC EXPLORER, LADY ELSA, CAPE WARWICK and NORTHERN ISLES

To rendezvous with D K A 4 and escort to Kilindini

Tug MASTERFUL and GNOMB

Arrived Aden from Mediterranean

SONDRA

Escorting HOUSTON left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

 

 

Friday, 29th October

 

 

CORNWALLIS

Left Bombay for Karachi

KENYA

Arrived Trincomalee from Colombo

ROEBUCK

Left Aden for Durban

NEWCASTLE, HAWKINS, DANAE, SUFFOLK and EMERALD

Left Kilindini for Diego Suarez

NORTHERN CHIEF, ST ZENO and HERTFORDSHIRE

Escorting A K D 3 arrived Durban from Kilindini

PANSY and KATHIAWA

Escorting H C 3 left Calcutta for Chittagong

QUADRANT and RELENTLESS

Escorting HIGHLAND BRIGADE left Aden for Kilindini

FRITILLARY, INDIAN STAR and COVENTRY CITY

Escorting A K D 3 arrived Durban from Aden

 

 

Saturday, 30th October

 

 

LAHORE

Escorting STAGPOOL left Colombo for Addu Atoll

CANTON

Left Bombay for Kilindini. QUALITY and QUIBERON provided A/S escort through the focal area

IPSWICH

Left Suez for Aden

STAGPOOL

Left Colombo for Addu Atoll

TRESPASSER

Arrived Colombo from Aden

BURNIE and BENGAL

Escorting B P 100 arrived Khor Kuwai from Bombay

FROBISHER

Left Seychelles for Durban

LAUNCESTON and NETRAVATI

Escorting B M 72 arrived Colombo from Bombay

RAJPUTANA, POONA and AGRA

Escorting M B 52 arrived Bombay from Colombo

 

 

Sunday, 31st October

 

 

WILLEM VAN DER ZAAN

Escorting NAVASSA left Colombo for Calcutta

ARCTIC EXPLORER, CAPE WARWICK, LADY ELSA and NORTHERN ISLES

Escorting A K D 4 left Kilindini for Durban

CORNWALLIS

Arrived Karachi from Bombay

TEMPLAR

Arrived Colombo from patrol

RAMDAS

Escorting 1 ship arrived Bombay from Cochin

LAWRENCE

Escorting P A 60 A arrived Karachi from Khor Kuwai

BOMBAY and KALAVATI

Arrived Calcutta from Chittagong

BALUCHISTAN and KONKAN

Arrived Aden from Khor Kuwai escorting P A 58

LULWORTH, JASMINE and FREESIA

Escorting A K D 4 arrived Kilindini from Aden

SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

Arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez

MANCHESTER CITY

Arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez

TOOWOOMBA and KUMAON

Escorting P B 61 arrived Bombay from Khor Kuwai

FALMOUTH

Escorting A K D 5 left Aden for Kilindini

ROBERT INGERSOLL

Unsuccessfully attacked by submarine in position 05 deg 25N, 80 deg. 54 E at 0030Z 'SSSS' sent

 

 

Part II

 

NARRATIVE

 

(A) EMPLOYMENT OF EASTERN FLEET UNITS

 

1.

HMS KENYA left Kilindini on the 3rd and arrived Colombo on the 12th escorting convoy K R 7

 

HMS HAWKINS left Colombo on the 5th to MOMP with U.S. GEORGE WASHINGTON on the 11th, relieved by HMS FROBISHER on the 15th and arrived Addu Atoll on the 16th.

 

HMS FROBISHER left Colombo on the 12th, rendezvoused with SS GEORGE WASHINGTON on the 15th, escorted her to Bombay arriving on the 20th. Left Bombay, escorting SS GEORGE WASHINGTON on the 25th. Arrived and left Seychelles for Durban on the 30th.

 

HMS CHITRAL left Durban on the 20th escorting W S 33. Arrived and left Kilindini for Bombay on the 27th

 

HMS CANTON arrived Trincomalee on the 2nd, after escorting SS SAMBRIDGE from MOMP. Left Colombo on the 15th to MOMP with SS LURLINE on the 20th. Escorted SS LURLINE to Bombay arriving on the 28th. Left Bombay for Kilindini on the 30th.

 

HMS RANPURA arrived Aden on the 8th escorting convoy D K A 1. Left Aden on the 14th for U.K. via Mediterranean

 

(B) CONVOYS

 

2.

K R 7 Left Kilindini on the 3rd October and arrived at Colombo on the 12th October, ocean escort being provided by HMS KENYA. Locally escorted from Kilindini by QUIBERON and QUALITY. Locally escorted to Colombo by SCOUT and RAJPUTANA

 

W S 33 and C M 46 Combined left Durban on the 20th escorted by CHITRAL, RAPID, TRENT, BANN, TEVIOT and arrived and left Kilindini on the 27th.

 

3. Routine Convoys

 

Routine sailings of A B – B A convoys on an 8 day cycle started this month, A B 15 leaving Aden on the 1st and B A 50 leaving Bombay on the 12th.

 

Escorts were provided from QUADRANT, QUICKMATCH, RELENTLESS, ROEBUCK, KALE, TAY, DERG, NIGELLA, THYME, and ROCKROSE.

 

Routine sailings of B M – M B convoys on an 8 day cycle began on the 9th, M B 50 leaving Colombo and B M 70 leaving Bombay on that day.

 

Owing to increased U boat activity on the West Coast of India, LAUNCESTON, NETRAVATI, and AGRA were withdrawn from the East Coast Escort Group so that the number of escorts for the B M – M B convoy could be increased from 2 to 3.

 

The last M A Troop convoy, M A 16, left Madras for Chittagong on the q9th. H C Troop convoys from Calcutta to Chittagong were then instituted sailing every 3 days. M C 1 left Calcutta on October 24th. 2 escorts were provided for each convoy.

 

4. Routeing

 

 Standard routines for AB – BA and A K D – DKA convoys were established during the month.

 

(C) BASES

 

Trincomalee

 

5. The C.M and H.D.A. Station was completed on 3rd October and is now in full operation. The controlled minefield has since been modified to take PVA, the sloops balanced, and one small guard loop covered covering the N.E. end of the channel.

 

6. A.F.D. XXIII, due to completed in January 1944, is now to go to Trincomalee instead of Kilindini

 

7. The shallow D.G. Range has been laid.

 

8. Water supply. It has been decided to make some alterations and modifications to the water and diesel oil pipe lines in order to increase the supply of water to No. 1 jetty.

 

9. Work on the baffles and moorings continue. The prospects of the timely supply of clamps are now more hopeful.

 

10. Due to loss of engines in transit, the completion of the “Z” lighters buildings at Calcutta, and destined for Trincomalee, will be delayed. This will cause difficulties in the transport of heavy stores and the disposal of sullage when the Fleet arrives.

 

Colombo

 

11. EMILE BAUDOT after laying a cable between Ceylon and India arrived at Colombo on 25th October. It is intended that she should start to lay the Colombo indicator loops on 1st November.

 

Addu Atoll

 

12. Acting Commander E.A.C. Ball, RN has been appointed Naval Officer in Charge, Addu Atoll to relieve Commander H.V. Briscoe, RN (Retd) who has been Naval Officer in Charge since February 1942.

 

13. ATREUS and ALSEY are now relaying the controlled minefields in all entrances.

 

Kilindini

 

14. A.F.D. XXIII is now to go to Trincomalee instead of Kilindini. A.F.D. XXXII, building in U.S.A., has been allocated to Kilindini,

 

Manza Bay

 

15. The Controlled Mining Station has been reduced to a care and maintenance basis.

 

Mauritius

 

16. The Controlled Mining Station at Grand Point has been reduced to a care and maintenance basis.

 

Diego Suarez

 

17. Consequent to the decision to reduce the Boom Depot Construction to war needs only, Flag Officer, East Africa has reported that all orders for machinery for the Boom Depot can be cancelled except for the Diesel Capstan and 6 ton mobile crane.

 

18. MANCHESTER CITY and REDSHANK completed relaying the modifying the controlled minefield during the month.

 

Seychelles

 

19. The floating pipe line has been moved to the S.E. fuelling berth were it is being rigged as a submerged pipe line.

 

General

 

20. MANCHESTER CIT is now at Kilindini pending further orders, and is refitting. REDSHANK will remain at Kilindini for care and maintenance of controlled minefields at Manza Bay and Diego Suarez.

 

(D). ANTI SUBMARINE

 

21. During the month, 5 German and 3 Japanese U boats were operating on the station. Six ships, totaling 25,833 tons gross, were sunk and 3 ships were damaged but reached port under their own power.

 

22. The U boat activity slackened towards the end of the month when 3 German U boats left the Station, Eastwards. One Japanese U boat was still estimated to be in the Mozambique Channel and it was this U boat which probably used its seaplane to make a reconnaissance of the Chagos Archipelago and Diego Suarez early in the month. One Japanese, after sinking a merchant vessel by gunfire in the vicinity of Addu Atoll, was estimated to be homebound and the third either still off the South West coast or homeward bound.

 

23. Of the two other German U boats, one was probably sunk by aircraft in the Gulf of Oman on 16th October, and the second was estimated to be in the Indian Ocean still and possibly approaching the Malabar Coast from the North West.

 

24. Six attacks were made by surface vessels on U boat contacts, although in two cases only was the presence of the U boat confirmed.

 

25. Full details of all U boat incidents and reports will be included in the C.B. 04199 series for the month of October 1943.

 

(E). AIR

 

26. On the 9th, a Catalina proceeded to Male to interview survivors of an unknown ship but was unable to land owing to swell.

 

27. A widespread search was carried out to the West of Addu Atoll in order to locate and destroy a U Boat which was thought to be in the area, but with negative results.

 

28. 244 Squadron attacked and sank a German U boat in the Gulf of Oman on 16th October in position 25-28N, 56-50E. This has since been confirmed by Admiralty.

 

29. A search was carried out for a U boat which attacked the S.S. NIZAM. Nil results.

 

30. An A/S Sweep was carried out by three Catalinas off the west coast of India for a U boat which sank (n.b. handwritten note. Ship only attacked) the S.S. BRITISH PURPOSE. Nil results.

 

31. Catalinas searched for and found survivors of the S.S. CONGELLA which was shelled and sunk by a U boat 140 miles N.W. of Addu Atoll.

 

32. During the month, thirteen Beaufighters arrived in Ceylon to re inforce the fighter defense of Ceylon.

 

 

 


 

 

EASTERN FLEET WAR DIARY

 


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