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ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES of WORLD WAR 2

 

HOME FLEET, including Destroyers - April to July 1945

 

Transcribed by Don Kindell

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Home Fleet Operations September 1939 to April 1942

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

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WAR DIARY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HOME FLEET

 

APRIL 1945

(n.b. Summary of Operations at end of month)

 

1. HMS RODNEY (Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet.

 

1st-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

2. HMS RENOWN

 

1st

Left Far East for Scapa

 

14th

Arrived Scapa from Far East

 

15th

Left Scapa. Arrived Rosyth to give leave

 

15th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

Battleships attached to Second Battle Squadron for working up

 

 

 

3. HMS ANSON

 

1st

Sea – on passage to Scapa from Plymouth

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa to do preliminary work up

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

4. HMS DUKE OF YORK

 

1st-4th

Liverpool

 

4th

Left Liverpool for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa to do preliminary work up

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

ESCORT CARRIERS, ADMINISTERED BY REAR ADMIRAL COMMAND, FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON

 

 

 

5. HMS CAMPANIA

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

7th

Arrived Clyde for docking and leave, then to continue squadron Training under Flag Officer Carrier Training

 

 

 

6. HMS NAIRANA

 

1st

Scapa

 

1st-30th

Clyde. Reduced to 3/5 complement

 

 

 

7. HMS PREMIER

 

1st-17th

Clyde, boiler cleaning

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At Sea

 

 

 

8. HMS PUNCHER

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

20th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

21st

Arrived Clyde for docking and leave

 

21st-30th

Clyde

 

 

 

9. HMS QUEEN

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

12th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

10. HMS SEARCHER (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron)

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

16th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred to HMS NORFOLK.

 

12th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

11. HMS TRUMPETER

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

12th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

12. HMS VINDEX

 

1st-5th

Clyde, refitting

 

5th

Proceeded to Tail of Bank

 

17th

Flag of Rear Admiral Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from HMS DIADEM. Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

First Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

13. HMS NORFOLK (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron)

 

1st-12th

Rosyth, docking

 

12th

Left Rosyth for Scapa

 

13th

Arrived Scapa

 

16th

Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron transferred from HMS SEARCHER

 

13th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

14. HMS BERWICK

 

1st-15th

Scapa

 

15th

Left Scapa for Rosyth for docking and leave. Arrived Rosyth

 

15th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

15. HMS DEVONSHIRE

 

1st-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Cruiser Attached to First Cruiser Squadron for working up

 

 

 

16. HMS SUSSEX

 

1st-5th

Chatham

 

5th

Left Chatham for Scapa

 

6th

Arrived Scapa to do preliminary work up

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

17. HMS DIADEM (Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

1st-5th

Scapa

 

5th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

6th

Arrived Clyde

 

8th

Left Clyde

 

9th

Arrived Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

14th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to HMS VINDEX for Operation ROUNDEL.

 

21st

Left Clyde

 

22nd

Arrived Scapa

 

22nd-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

18. HMS BIRMINGHAM

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa to support destroyers in Operation INVECTIVE.

 

18th

Returned to Scapa

 

18th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

19. HMS BELLONA

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

18th

Left Scapa for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

20. HMS DIDO

 

1st

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa to cover Operation FOXCHASE

 

4th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation TRAMMEL

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

28th

Left Scapa for Rosyth for docking and leave

 

29th

Arrived Rosyth

 

29th-30th

Rosyth

 

 

 

21. HMS MAURITIUS

 

1st-30st

Liverpool, refitting

 

 

 

Polish Cruiser attached to Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

22. ORP CONRAD

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Chatham for docking

 

7th

Arrived Sheerness

 

7th-30th

Sheerness

 

 

 

Cruisers attached for working up

 

 

 

23. HMS BERMUDA

 

1st-11th

Clyde, refitting

 

11th

Left Clyde

 

12th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

12th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

24. HMS CLEOPATRA

 

1st-22nd

Clyde

 

22nd

Left Clyde for Scapa to do preliminary work up

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Fast minelayer temporarily attached for Operations

 

 

 

25. HMS APOLLO

 

4th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for minelaying near Oversay thence to Milford Haven

 

8th

Milford Haven, arrived

 

15th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation TRAMMEL

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola

 

26th

Arrived Faroes to fuel. Left Faroes

 

27th

Arrived Milford Haven

 

 

 

Destroyers

 

 

 

Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

26. HMS ZAMBESI (Captain (D) Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation INVESTIVE

 

18th

Returned to Scapa

 

18th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

27. HMS ZEPHYR

 

1st-11th

Dundee, repairs

 

11th

Left Dundee for Scapa

 

12th

Arrived Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

14th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

28. HMS ZEALOUS

 

1st

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FOXCHASE

 

4th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for U-boat hunt in Minches, thence Clyde

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

29. HMS ZEBRA

 

1st-30th

Liverpool, docking

 

 

 

30. HMS ZENITH

 

1st-30th

Clyde, repairs

 

 

 

31. HMS ZEST

 

1st

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FOXCHASE

 

4th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde, carrying out U-boat hunt in Minches en route, thence Moville for fuel

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

32. HMS ZODIAC

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa from Plymouth

 

10th

Left Scapa for U-boat hunt

 

11th

Returned Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde carrying out U-boat hunt en route

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

Sixth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

33. HMS CAESAR (Captain (D) Sixth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st-30th

Detached to Commander in Chief, Western Approaches, and docking

 

 

 

34. HMS CAMBRIAN

 

1st-30th

Detached to Commander In Chief, Western Approaches

 

10th

Left Clyde to escort RENOWN to Scapa

 

14th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa for Greenock

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

 

 

35. HMS CAPRICE

 

1st-30th

Detached to Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

24th

Left Clyde for Scapa. Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa escorting ANSON, DUKE OF YORK, and SUSSEX, thence to Falmouth, being detached.

 

 

 

36. HMS CARRON

 

1st

Detached to Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

4th

Left Liverpool with DUKE OF YORK for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa escorting CAMPANIA to Clyde

 

7th

Arrived Clyde

 

10th

Left Clyde to escort RENOWN to Scapa

 

14th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa for Liverpool.

 

15th

Arrived Liverpool.

 

24th

Left Clyde for Scapa. Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa escorting ANSON, DUKE OF YORK, and SUSSEX thence to Falmouth on being detached

 

 

 

37. HMS CASSANDRA

 

1st-30th

Kola, repairs

 

 

 

38. HMS CAVALIER

 

1st-30th

Detached to Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

 

 

39. HMS CAVENDISH

 

1st-30th

Detached to Commander in Chief, Western Approaches

 

4th

Left Liverpool with DUKE OF YORK for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Clyde escorting CAMPANIA to Clyde

 

7th

Arrived Clyde

 

10th

Left Clyde to escort RENOWN to Scapa

 

14th

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa for Liverpool.

 

15th

Arrived Liverpool

 

24th

Left Clyde for Scapa. Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa escorting ANSON, DUKE OF YORK, and SUSSEX thence to Falmouth on being detached.

 

 

 

Seventeenth Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

40. HMS ONSLOW (Captain (D) Seventeenth Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FOXCHASE

 

4th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Sheerness

 

14th

Arrived Sheerness

 

14th-30th

Refitting

 

 

 

41. HMS OBDURATE

 

1st-10th

Tyne, refitting

 

10th

Left Tyne for Scapa

 

11th

Arrived Scapa to work up

 

11th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

42. HMS OBEDIENT

 

1st-4th

Humber, refitting

 

4th

Left Humber for Rosyth

 

5th

Arrived and left Rosyth

 

6th

Arrived Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for minelaying near Oversay

 

8th

Returned to Scapa

 

10th

Left Scapa for U-boat hunt

 

11th

Returned to Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Milford Haven to embark mines

 

14th

Arrived Milford Haven

 

15th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation TRAMMEl.

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

43. HMS OFFA

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa from Plymouth

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde, carrying out U-boat hunt en route

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

19th

Arrived Faroes to fuel. Left Faroes to rejoin convoy

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

44. HMS ONSLAUGHT

 

1st-30th

Belfast, repairs

 

 

 

45. HMS OPPORTUNE

 

1st

Left Clyde for Scapa

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Rosyth. Arrived Rosyth

 

5th

Left Rosyth for Scapa laying mines en route

 

6th

Arrived Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for minelaying near Oversay

 

8th

Returned to Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Milford Haven to embark mines

 

14th

Arrived Milford Haven

 

15th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation TRAMMEL

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

46. HMS ORIBI

 

1st-30th

Humber, refitting

 

 

 

47. HMS ORWELL

 

1st

Left Clyde for Scapa

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Rosyth. Arrived Rosyth

 

5th

Left Rosyth for Scapa laying mines en route

 

6th

Arrived Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for minelaying near Oversay

 

8th

Returned to Scapa

 

13th

Left Scapa for Milford Haven to embark mines

 

14th

Arrived Milford Haven

 

15th

Left Milford Haven for Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation TRAMMEL

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

48. HMS MYNGS (Captain (D) Twenty-third Destroyer Flotilla)

 

1st

Left Scapa for Portsmouth for completion of D.C.T. and Fire Control.

 

3rd

Arrived Portsmouth

 

3rd-30th

Refitting

 

 

 

49. HMS SAVAGE

 

1st-17th

Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation INVECTIVE

 

18th

Returned to Scapa

 

20th

Left Scapa to escort PUNCHER to Clyde

 

21st

Arrived Clyde

 

22nd

Left Clyde for Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

50. HMS SCORPION

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation INVESTIVE

 

18th

Returned to Scapa

 

19th

Left Scapa for Hull to refit

 

20th

Arrived Hull

 

20th-30th

Refitting

 

 

 

51. HMS SCOURGE

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

15th

Left Scapa escorting RENOWN to Rosyth

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

17th

Left Scapa for Operation INVECTIVE

 

18th

Returned to Scapa

 

20th

Left Scapa to escort PUNCHER to Clyde

 

21st

Arrived Clyde

 

22nd

Left Clyde for Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

23rd-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

52. HMS SERAPIS

 

1st-30th

Humber, refitting

 

 

 

53. HNorMS STORD

 

1st-13th

Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde, carrying out U-boat hunt in Minches en route

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

54. HMCS ALGONQUIN

 

1st-30th

Canada, refitting

 

 

 

55. HMCS SIOUX

 

1st-6th

Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa escorting ORP CONRAD as far as Moray Firth, returning with SUSSEX to Scapa

 

6th

Arrived and left Scapa for Greenock

 

7th

Arrived Greenock

 

15th

Left Greenock for Canada to refit

 

19th

Arrived Canada

 

29th-30th

Refitting

 

 

 

Destroyers Temporarily Attached for working up

 

 

 

56. HMS BARFLEUR

 

22nd

Left Portsmouth for Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

57. HMS TUSCAN

 

22nd

Left Portsmouth for Scapa

 

23rd

Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

58. HMS TYRIAN

 

19th

Left Sheerness to shake down

 

20th

Arrived Scapa

 

25th

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

59. HMCS HAIDA

 

1st

Liverpool

 

4th

Left with DUKE OF YORK for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for Greenock

 

8th

Arrived Greenock to embark Russian Liaison Party for sub chaser group sailing with JW 66.

 

11th

Left Clyde with U.S.S.R. sub chaser group for Faroes

 

13th

Arrived Aultbea to fuel

 

14th

Left Aultbea to join JW 66 but was diverted to Scapa owing to weather.

 

15th

Left Scapa

 

16th

Arrived Faroes with Submarine Chasers

 

19th

Left Faroes to join JW 66

 

23rd

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

60. HMCS HURON

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa from Plymouth

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde, carrying out U-boat hunt en route

 

15th

Arrived Clyde

 

17th

Left Clyde for Operation ROUNDEL

 

19th

Arrived Faroes to fuel. Left Faroes

 

26th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

61. HMCS IROQUOIS

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Operation FOXCHASE

 

4th

Arrived Scapa

 

8th

Left Scapa. Arrived Rosyth to embark Russian Liaison Party for subchaser group sailing in JW 66

 

12th

Left Rosyth with U.S.S.R. subchaser group for Faroes

 

14th

Arrived Faroes

 

19th

Left Faroes to join JW 66

 

25th

Arrived Kola

 

29th

Left Kola for United Kingdom.

 

29th-30th

At sea

 

 

 

Destroyers temporarily attached for working up, etc.

 

 

 

62. HMS CARYSFORT

 

1st-6th

Left Scapa for Operation NEWMARKET

 

12th

Returned to Scapa

 

15th

Left Scapa escorting BERWICK to Rosyth

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

16th-30th

Scapa

 

 

 

63. HMS PETARD

 

1st

Scapa

 

2nd

Left Scapa for Tyne – defects

 

3rd

Arrived Tyne

 

3rd-30th

Tyne

 

 

 

Polish destroyers attached to the Home Fleet for working up

 

 

 

64. ORP GARLAND

 

2nd

Arrived Scapa from Plymouth to work up

 

15th

Left Scapa escorting RENOWN to Rosyth

 

16th

Returned to Scapa

 

27th

Left Scapa for Plymouth

 

29th

Arrived Plymouth

 

 

 

65. ORP PIORUN

 

1st-28th

Milford Haven, refitting

 

28th

Left Milford Haven for Londonderry for H/F D/F Calibration

 

30th

Left Londonderry for Scapa to work up.

 

 

Changes of Flag

 

The Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, Acting Admiral Sir H.R. Moore, KCB, CVO, DSO, was promoted to Admiral on 15th April.

 

The Rear Admiral Command, First Cruiser Squadron, Rear Admiral R.R. McGrigor, CB, DSO, was promoted to Vice Admiral on 1st April

 

The Flag of Rear Admiral A.E.M. Cunninghame Graham, CBE was hoisted in BERMUDA at 0800 on 7th April.

 

The Flag of Vice Admiral Sir F.H.G. Dalrymple-Hamilton, CB, was struck in DIADEM at sunset on 7th April at which time Rear Admiral Cunninghame Graham assumed command of the Tenth Cruiser Squadron; his flag being transferred to DIADEM at 0800 8th April.

 

Vice Admiral R.R. McGrigor assumed command as Second in Command Home Fleet.

 

First Cruiser Squadron - Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding First Cruiser Squadron was transferred from SEARCHER to NORFOLK on the 16th

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron - Flag of Vice Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron was transferred on 6th from DIADEM to VINDEX for Operation ROUNDEL.

 

 

Operations

 

Operation FOXCHASE, 3rd – 4th April

Object: The destruction of enemy shipping off S. West Norwegian coast between Lister Light and Stavanger

 

Forces taking part: (D 17) ONSLOW, ZEALOUS, ZEST, IROQUOIS, DIDO (A.A. support on return trip,)

 

Remarks: Convoy of 4 merchant ships with 3 escorts and 2 U-boats engaged. 1 M.V. probably torpedoed, 1 left on fire, 1 escort damaged.

 

Operation NEWMARKET, 6th-12th April

Object: The destruction of U-boat Depot ships at Kilbotn.

 

Forces taking part:

(C S 1) SEARCHER, PUNCHER, TRUMPETER, QUEEN, BIRMINGHAM, BELLONA

(D 17) ONSLOW, OFFA, SCORPION, SCOURGE, CARYSFORT, ZAMBESI, ZEALOUS, ZEST

 

Remarks: Bad weather at flying off position prevented strike taking place.

 

Operation ROUNDEL, 16th April – 6th May

Object: Safe passage of convoys JW and RA 66 to and from North Russia

 

Forces taking part:

(CS 10) VINDEX, PREMIER, BELLONA

(D 2) ZEPHYR, ZEALOUS, ZODIAC, ZEST, OFFA, STORD, HAIDA, HURON, IROQUOIS

7th Escort group CYGNET, LOTUS, OXLIP, BAMBOROUGH CASTLE, ALNWICK CASTLE, FARNHAM CASTLE, HONEYSUCKLE, RHODODENDRON

19th Escort group LOCH SHIN, LOCH INCH, GOODALL, ANGUILLA, COTTON

16 Russian Submarine Chasers

 

Remarks:

JW 66 arrived intact. 1 U-boat sunk by 19th Escort Group

RA 66 1 U-boat sunk – 1 probably sunk. GOODALL torpedoed and sunk.

 

Operation TRAMMEL, 17th-26th April

Object: To lay a deep minefield in the Approaches to Kola Inlet against U-boats lurking in the area for JW/RA convoys

 

Forces Taking part: APOLLO, OPPORTUNE, OBEDIENT, ORWELL, DIDO (A.A. escort)

 

Remarks: Mines successfully laid before arrived of JW 66. 1 U-boat sunk probably as a result of this minefield during departure of RA 66.

 

Operation INVECTIVE, 17-18th April

Object: To sweep through Leads between 58-06N – 58-55N, 06-10E. If no shipping encountered Radar Station in 58-37N 5-37E to be bombarded.

 

Forces Taking Part: SCORPION, SCOURGE, SAVAGE, ZAMBESI, BIRMINGHAM (support on return )

 

Remarks: No shipping encountered. Shore searchlights engaged with gun fire.

 

 


 

 

 

WAR DIARY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HOME FLEET

 

MAY 1945

(n.b. Summary of Operations at end of month)

 

1. HMS RODNEY (Flag of Commander in Chief Home Fleet.

 

1st-22nd

Scapa

 

22nd

Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

23rd

Arrived Rosyth

 

23rd-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

2. HMS RENOWN

 

1st-12th

Rosyth, giving leave

 

12th

Left Rosyth for Portsmouth to refit

 

14th

Arrived Portsmouth

 

14th-31st

Portsmouth

 

 

 

ESCORT CARRIERS, ADMINISTERED BY REAR ADMIRAL COMMAND, FIRST CRUISER SQUADRON. Administration transferred to Flag Officer, Carrier Training on 21st

 

 

 

3. HMS CAMPANIA

 

1st-4th

Clyde

 

4th

Left Clyde for Scapa

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for operation CLEAVER

 

8th

Returned to Scapa

 

20th

Left Scapa

 

21st

Arrived Clyde. Transferred to administration of Flag Officer Carrier Training

 

 

 

4. HMS NAIRANA

 

1st-15th

Clyde

 

15th

Transferred to administration of Flag Officer Carrier Training

 

 

 

5. HMS PREMIER

 

1st-6th

At sea with RA 66

 

6th

Arrived Scapa from Kola

 

20th

Left Scapa

 

21st

Arrived Clyde. Transferred to administration of Flag Officer Carrier Training

 

 

 

6. HMS PUNCHER

 

1st-15th

Clyde, docking

 

15th

Transferred to administration of Flag Officer Carrier Training

 

 

 

7. HMS QUEEN

 

1st

Left Scapa for operations JUDGEMENT and CLEAVER

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa to join JW 67 to Kola (Operation TIMELESS)

 

21st

Arrived Kola

 

23rd

Left Kola for the United Kingdom with RA 67

 

30th

Arrived Clyde. Transferred to the Administration of Flag Officer Training

 

 

 

8. HMS SEARCHER

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operations JUDGEMENT and CLEAVER

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

15th

Arrived Clyde to come under administration Flag Officer, Carrier Training

 

 

 

9. HMS TRUMPETER

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operations JUDGEMENT and CLEAVER

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde.

 

15th

Arrived Clyde to come under administration Flag Officer, Carrier Training

 

 

 

12. HMS VINDEX (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

1st-6th

At sea with RA 66 (wearing flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron)

 

6th

Arrived Scapa from Kola

 

7th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to DIADEM

 

14th

Left Scapa for Clyde

 

15th

Arrived Clyde to come under administration Flag Officer, Carrier Training

 

 

 

First Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

11. HMS NORFOLK (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron)

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation JUDGEMENT

 

6th

Returned to Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for Operation CLEAVER

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Bergen

 

15th

Arrived Bergen

 

21st

Left Bergen for Scapa

 

22nd

Arrived Scapa. Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

23rd

Arrived Rosyth

 

29th

Left Rosyth for Trondheim carrying troops

 

31st

Arrived Trondheim

 

 

 

12. HMS BERWICK

 

1st

Rosyth, docking

 

10th

Left Rosyth for Scapa

 

11th

Arrived Scapa from Rosyth

 

16th

Left Scapa for Trondheim

 

17th

Arrived Trondheim

 

24th

Left Trondheim

 

26th

Arrived Rosyth

 

29th

Left Rosyth for Bergen carrying troops

 

30th

Arrived Bergen

 

 

 

13. HMS DEVONSHIRE

 

1st-9th

Scapa

 

9th

Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

10th

Arrived Rosyth

 

11th

Left Rosyth for Operation KINGDOM

 

13th

Arrived Oslo

 

18th

Left Oslo for Copenhagen

 

19th

Arrived Copenhagen

 

24th

Left Copenhagen escorting PRINZ EUGEN and NURNBERG to vicinity of Heligoland

 

27th

Arrived Rosyth

 

27th-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

14. HMS DIADEM (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation JUDGEMENT

 

6th

Returned to Scapa

 

7th

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from VINDEX

 

9th

Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

10th

Arrived Rosyth

 

21st

(Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to BELFAST.

 

 

Left Rosyth for Copenhagen

 

23rd

Arrived Copenhagen

 

23rd-31st

Copenhagen

 

 

 

15. HMS BELFAST

 

1st-6th

Tyne, refitting

 

6th

Left Tyne for Rosyth, arrived Rosyth

 

6th-31st

Rosyth

 

21st

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from DIADEM

 

22nd

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred to BIRMINGHAM.

 

 

 

16. HMS BIRMINGHAM (Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron)

 

1st-5th

Scapa

 

5th

Left Scapa for Rosyth

 

6th

Arrived Rosyth. Left Rosyth for Operation CLEAVER

 

7th

Detached to Copenhagen

 

9th

Arrived Copenhagen

 

19th

Left Copenhagen

 

21st

Arrived Rosyth

 

22nd

Flag of Rear Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron transferred from BELFAST.

 

23trd

Left Rosyth for Bergen

 

24th

Arrived Bergen

 

24th-31st

Bergen

 

 

 

17. HMS BELLONA

 

1st-5th

At sea with RA 66

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa for Rosyth. Arrived Rosyth

 

16th

Taken in hand for docking

 

16th-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

18. HMS DIDO

 

1st

Rosyth. Left Rosyth for Operation CLEAVER

 

7th

Detached to Copenhagen

 

9th

Arrived Copenhagen

 

24th

Left Copenhagen escorting PRINZ EUGEN and NURNBERG to the vicinity of Heligoland

 

27th

Arrived Rosyth

 

27th-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

19. HMS MAURITIUS

 

1st-31st

Liverpool, refitting

 

 

 

Polish Cruiser attached to Tenth Cruiser Squadron

 

 

 

20.ORP CONRAD

 

1st-30th

Sheerness, docking

 

30th

Left Southend

 

31st

Arrived Scapa

 

 

 

Cruisers attached for working up

 

 

 

21. HMS BERMUDA

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

22. HMS CLEOPATRA

 

1st-3rd

Scapa

 

3rd

Left Scapa for Mediterranean

 

 

 

Destroyer Depot Ships

 

 

 

23. HMS VINDICTIVE (Commodore (D)

 

1st-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

24. HMS GREENWICH

 

1st-31st

Scapa

 

 

 

Destroyers

 

 

 

Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

 

 

25. HMS ZEPHYR (Captain (D) Second Destroyer Flotilla

 

1st-5th

At sea with RA 66

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa – arrived Rosyth. Left Rosyth for Operation CLEAVER

 

7th

Detached to Copenhagen

 

9th

Arrived Copenhagen

 

19th

Left Copenhagen

 

21st

Arrived Rosyth

 

29th

Left Rosyth for Trondheim escorting NORFOLK

 

31st

Arrived Trondheim

 

 

 

26. HMS ZAMBESI

 

1st

Left Scapa for Operation JUDGEMENT

 

6th

Returned to Scapa

 

7th

Left Scapa for Operation CLEAVER

 

10th

Returned to Scapa

 

14th

Left Scapa for Bergen

 

15th

Arrived Bergen

 

21st

Left Bergen for Scapa

 

22nd

Arrived Scapa

 

24th

Left Scapa to rendezvous with BIRMINGHAM thence to Bergen. Arrived Bergen

 

24th-31st

Bergen

 

 

 

27. HMS ZEALOUS

 

1st-5th

At sea with RA 66

 

5th

Arrived Scapa

 

6th

Left Scapa. Arrived Rosyth. Left Rosyth on Operation CLEAVER

 

7th

Detached to Copenhagen

 

9th

Arrived Copenhagen

 

15th

Left Copenhagen for Kiel

 

16th

Arrived Kiel

 

22nd

Left Kiel for Flensburg. Arrived Flensburg

 

27th

Left Flensburg for Rosyth via Kiel Canal

 

29th

Arrived Rosyth from Brunsbuttel

 

29th-31st

Rosyth

 

 

 

28. HMS ZEBRA

 

1st-24th

Liverpool, docking

 

24th

Left Liverpool for Scapa

 

26th

Arrived Scapa

 

26th-31st

Scapa