Background Events - September-December 1940
packs in Atlantic, Blitz on Britain, Attack on Taranto, German raiders at sea
Friday, 1 November
Destroyer BULLDOG arrived at Greenock at 0930 for convoy WS.4A escort.
WS.4A departed the Clyde and Liverpool. This convoy was composed of
troopships WARWICK CASTLE (20,445grt), STIRLING CASTLE (25,550grt), SCYTHIA
(19,761grt), DUNEDIN STAR (11,168grt), HIGHLAND MONARCH (14,137grt), PORT
WYNDHAM (8580grt), CLAN LAMONT (7262grt), CLAN CHATTAN (7262grt) and
steamers CITY OF MANCHESTER (8917grt), MARTAND (8000grt), DELIUS (6065grt),
ABOSSO (11,330grt), DUCHESS OF RICHMOND (20,022grt), ALMANZORA (15,551grt),
AKAROA (15,130grt), MALANCHA (8124grt). The convoy was escorted by heavy
cruiser CORNWALL and armed merchant cruiser SALOPIAN and given local escort
by anti-aircraft cruiser CAIRO and destroyers OTTAWA, SKEENA, SAGUENAY,
BEAGLE, BULLDOG, HESPERUS which departed Greenock at 0200/2nd. The convoy
was also given local escort by destroyers HURRICANE, HARVESTER, GARLAND
which departed Liverpool.
Destroyer EXMOOR departed the Tyne at 0845 for Rosyth, but was delayed at
Rosyth due to mining of the port. She departed Rosyth at 1700/2nd and
arrived at Scapa Flow at 0715/3rd.
Destroyer QUORN departed Scapa Flow at 1030 for Lerwick to escort British
troopship ROYAL ULSTERMAN (3244grt) to Aberdeen.
arrival at Aberdeen at 1130/2nd, destroyer QUORN proceeded to Rosyth and
continued her passage to Sheerness to join the Nore Command.
BLACK SWAN, arriving with convoy FN.323, was mined in the Firth of Forth. No
one was killed.
sloop was towed to Rosyth, then to Dundee for repairs completed in mid
sloop PINTAIL, escorting convoy FS.323 with destroyers WATCHMAN and VERDUN,
was badly damaged by German bombing in the Thames Estuary. Her commanding
officer Lt Cdr T. H. Hill-Walker, Sub Lt E. C. Hopkins RNVR, eight ratings
were killed. Three ratings were wounded.
PINTAIL was under repair at London until mid February.
FS.325 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers VEGA and VIMIERA. The convoy
arrived at Southend on 3November.
FN.326 was cancelled.
sank British steamer EMPIRE BISON (5612grt), a straggler from convoy HX.82,
in 59‑30N, 17‑40W.
crew and a naval gunner were lost on the steamer.
British steamer LETCHWORTH (1317grt), in convoy FS.22, was sunk by German
bombing one cable west by north of Oaze Buoy and one cable south, southwest
of Mouse Light Vessel.
crewman was killed on the British steamer.
Minesweeping trawler TILBURYNESS (279grt, T/Skipper W. S. Hawes RNR) was
sunk by German bombing near East Oaze Buoy in the Thames Estuary.
ratings were lost. Anti-aircraft ship ROYAL EAGLE and tug SALVO rescued the
Auxiliary anti-aircraft ship ROYAL EAGLE (T/Lt Cdr E. F. A. Farrow RNR) shot
down a bomber during these air raids in the Thames Estuary.
British drifter TORBAY II (83grt) was sunk by German bombing off Downs.
steamer SANTA LUCIA (379grt) was sunk on a mine 3.6 miles 44° from Pile
crew were lost on the Dutch steamer.
Norwegian steamer HUNDVAAG (690grt) was sunk on a mine one to two cables
west of No. 1 Buoy (former S. Goodwin Lightship).
crewman was lost on the Norwegian steamer.
mine was laid by German torpedo boats 29/30 October in minefield designated
HX.85 departed Halifax at 1430 escorted by Canadian destroyer ASSINIBOINE
and auxiliary patrol vessels FRENCH and ELK.
1745, FRENCH departed the convoy and ASSINIBOINE departed the convoy at
BHX.85 departed Bermuda on 30 October escorted by ocean escort armed
merchant cruiser AUSONIA. The convoy rendezvoused with HX.85 on the 4th and
the armed merchant cruiser was detached.
escort was armed merchant cruiser RAJPUTANA. With the attack by German heavy
cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER on convoy HX.84, convoy HX.85 was diverted to Sydney
CB, where itarrived on the 9th.
cruiser AJAX, which departed Alexandria on 30 October, landed troops of the
2nd Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment at Suda Bay on the 1st.
cruiser AJAX was near missed by Italian bombing on the 1st.
Destroyers MOHAWK and NUBIAN examined Navarin Bay.
force departed Suda Bay on the 2nd, light cruiser AJAX and anti-aircraft
cruisers CALCUTTA and COVENTRY were taken under Italian bombing. Light
cruiser AJAX was again near missed.
ships arrived at Alexandria on the 4th.
Atlantic Fleet was redesignated the Patrol Force, United States Fleet.
designation remained until 1 February 1941 when the old name US Atlantic
Fleet was revived.
SLS.54 departed Freetown and arrived at Liverpool on the 26th.
Saturday, 2 November
was sunk by destroyer ANTELOPE, escorting convoy OB.237, northwest of
Ireland in 56‑26N, 10‑18W.
Destroyer ANTELOPE was damaged alongside U.31 while boarding her.
officers and thirty eight ratings were taken prisoner from the German
submarine. Two ratings were lost.
Destroyer ACHATES was also in the escort of convoy OB.237.
Destroyer ANTELOPE proceeded to Greenock for repairs. On 7 December, she was
moved to Glasgow to complete repairs completed on 24 December.
OB.238 departed Liverpool escorted by destroyers CASTLETON, VANQUISHER,
VISCOUNT, WHITEHALL and corvette FLEUR DE LYS. The escort was detached on
FN.324 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers VERDUN and WATCHMAN. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 4th.
FN.325 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers VANITY and WOLFHOUND. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 4th.
British minefield BS.44 was laid by minelayers TEVIOTBANK and PLOVER and
destroyers INTREPID and ICARUS.
Following the minelay, destroyer INTREPID was damaged on a mine off
Hartlepool. Both INTREPID's engines were damaged.
Destroyer INTREPID was repaired at Hartlepool in seven weeks.
Destroyer CAMPBELTOWN, while on trials after refitting at Devonport, was
damaged in a collision with Norwegian steamer RISOY (793grt).
Destroyer CAMPBELTOWN was repaired at Liverpool completing on the 24th.
merchant cruiser RANPURA was damaged by fire.
Destroyer DOUGLAS departed Scapa Flow at 1830 to search for a boat
containing four men in 58-34N, 1-32W.
Destroyer DOUGLAS arrived at Scapa Flow at 1500/3rd with twelve survivors
from minesweeping trawler WARDOUR (335grt) mined on 31 October.
Destroyers MASHONA and KEPPEL departed Scapa Flow at 0030 to meet armed
merchant cruiser LETITIA and troopships EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA and ANTONIA on
passage from Iceland to the Clyde.
ships safely arrived in the Clyde at 0815/3rd.
Destroyer VIMY arrived at Scapa Flow at 1715 after escorting Armed merchant
cruiser COMORIN to her Northern Patrol Station.
being delayed by engine room defects, Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed
Scapa Flow at 0040 to escort convoy EN.17 from the vicinity of Aberdeen to
Submarine TAKU (Lt J. F. B. Brown) attacked German tanker GEDANIA (8923grt)
fifty miles off the Loire in 46-54N, 3-50W, without success.
Submarine TIGRIS unsuccessfully attacked Italian submrine VENIERO off the
British tugs LEA (168grt) and DEANBROOK (149grt) were sunk on mines in the
crew were lost on tug LEA. The entire crew of tug DEANBROOK was lost.
tugs were raised for scrap.
Minesweeping trawler RINOVA (429grt, Chief Skipper T. Fraser RNR) was sunk
on a mine off Falmouth, 2.9 miles 154.5°, from St Anthony Light.
Fourteen ratings were lost in the trawler.
British drifter GOODWILL (28grt) was sunk on a mine in the Firth of Forth.
Battleship WARSPITE, aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, other units of the
Mediterranean Fleet arrived at Alexandria after supporting initial Crete
Submarine TETRARCH unsuccessfully attacked a steamer off Benghasi.
Destroyer KIMBERLEY was attacked unsuccessfully by Italian bombers in
cruiser NEPTUNE departed Lagos on patrol.
Sunday, 3 November
cruiser DESPATCH, escorted by destroyers VENOMOUS, VESPER, WINDSOR, which
had departed Sheerness on the 1st and picked up DESPATCH at Portsmouth,
arrived in the Clyde.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA departed Scapa Flow at 1000 to cover convoy
WN.29 from Pentland Firth to Methil.
WN.29 was under German air attack from 1821 to 1930.
British steamer KILDALE (3877grt) was sunk by German bombing in 57‑45N,
01‑45W from the convoy.
crew were lost on the British steamer.
British steamer EROS (5888grt) was damaged by German bombing in 57‑48N,
01‑54W from the convoy.
arrival at Methil, cruiser CURACOA proceeded to Rosyth to boiler clean.
Destroyers MASHONA and KEPPEL departed the Clyde at 1345 and arrived at
Scapa Flow at 0700/4th.
Submarine STURGEON sank Danish steamer SIGRUN (1337grt) in 58-59N, 10-21E in
convoy FN.326 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer VIVIEN and sloop
LONDONDERRY. The convoy arrived at Methil on the 5th.
FS.327 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers QUORN, WALLACE, WESTMINSTER.
The convoy arrived at Southend on the 5th.
British steamer WINDSOR CASTLE (19, 141grt) was damaged by German bombing in
steamer was escorted to the Clyde by destroyer BULLDOG.
Destroyer BULLDOG departed the Clyde on the 4th for Liverpool, arriving at
British steamer CAIRNGORM (394grt) was damaged on a mine in Bristol Channel.
Belgian fishing vessel VAN DER WEYDEN (132grt) four and a half cables 262°
from No. 4 Buoy, Milford Haven.
crew were lost from the vessel. There was only one survivor.
sank British steamer CASANARA (5376grt) in 53‑58N, 14‑13W.
crew were lost on the British steamer.
Destroyer ACHATES attacked a submarine contact in 55-07N, 14-45W. Joined by
destroyer ACTIVE, there was no definite result.
destroyers proceeded to assist armed merchant cruisers LAURENTIC and
badly damaged armed merchant cruiser LAURENTIC (Captain E. P. Vivian Rtd),
which had departed Liverpool on convoy duty on 18 October, in 54‑09N,
torpedoed armed merchant cruiser LAURENTIC again some six hours later
Cdr (E) J. Lightfoot RNR, Midshipman C. D. Fisher RNR, forty seven ratings
were lost in the armed merchant cruiser.
survivors from steamer CASANARA and fifty two officers and three hundred and
sixteen ratings from armed merchant cruiser LAURENTIC were rescued by Armed
merchant cruiser PATROCLUS.
Aircraft carrier EAGLE, battleships VALIANT, RAMILLIES, MALAYA, the 7th
Cruiser Squadron arrived at Alexandria after supporting initial landings at
cruiser DRAGON departed Freetown.
Monday, 4 November
Battleships NELSON and RODNEY, anti-aircraft cruisers NAIAD (CS.15) and
BONAVENTURE, destroyers COSSACK (D.4), MAORI, MATABELE, ELECTRA, BRILLIANT
departed the Firth of Forth at 1615.
Destroyer PUNJABI departed Scapa Flow at 0630 to join Captain D.4 escorting
the Commander in Chief Home Fleet on battleship NELSON in the Firth of
British force arrived at Scapa Flow at 1400/5th.
Destroyer BULLDOG departed the Clyde for Liverpool arriving at 2100/4th.
destroyer PIORUN (formerly British NERISSA) was completed. Following working
up she operated in the 7th Destroyer Flotilla in the Home Fleet.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Scapa Flow at 0900 to cover convoy
WN.30 to the vicinity of Bell Rock.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA arrived at Rosyth.
OB.239 departed Liverpool, but due to the presence of German surface heavy
cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER in the North Atlantic, she proceededto Oban and did
not sail until 10 November.
FN.327 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers VEGA and VIMIERA. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 6th.
badly damaged armed merchant cruiser PATROCLUS (Captain G. C. Wynter Rtd),
which had departed Liverpool on 19 October for convoy duties and had picked
up the survivors of steamer CASANAREand LAURENTIC, in 53‑43N, 14‑41W.
torpedoed PATROCLUS again five hours later sinking her.
Captain Wynter, Lt R. S. Murchie RNR, T/Lt Cdr (E) G. J. Arney RNR,
T/Surgeon Lt Cdr J. B. Barr RNVR, T/Lt F. S. Piddocke RNR, T/Lt E.
Richardson RNR, T/Paymaster Lt J. Bryant, forty nine ratings were lost on
the armed merchant cruiser PATROCLUS.
Destroyers ACHATES and HESPERUS picked up the survivors from the three
ships; thirty three officers and two hundred and thirty ratings from
Aircraft carrier EAGLE developed defects to her machinery as a result of
near misses of Italian air bombing on 12 October.
caused her withdrawal from operation JUDGMENT.
cruiser AJAX and Australian light cruiser SYDNEY departed Alexandria to
embark troops at Port Said.
cruisers departed on the 5th carrying troops and one heavy anti-aircraft
AN.6, escorted by anti-submarine trawlers KINGSTON CRYSTAL (433grt) and
KINGSTON CYANITE (433grt), departed Port Said with British tankers ADINDA
(3359grt) and BRITISH SERGEANT (5868grt) and five steamers for Greece.
Tanker PASS OF BALMAHA (758grt) departed Alexandria and joined this convoy
trawlers broke down and destroyer DAINTY departed Alexandria late on the 4th
with anti-submarine trawlers KINGSTON CORAL (433grt) and SINDONIS (440grt)
to join the convoy. The convoy arrived on the 8th.
Destroyer DAINTY later joined the Main Fleet for the MB 8 operation.
Submarine TETRARCH damaged Italian steamer SNIA AMBA (2534grt) from a convoy
convoy had departed Tripoli 2 November with SNIA AMBA and PALLADE, escorted
by torpedo boat LA FARINA.
submarine claimed damaging steamer PALLADE, as well, but the steamer was not
Italian submarine BIANCHI was damaged by destroyer GREYHOUND and a London
flying boat near Gibraltar and put into Tangiers for refuge.
destroyers MAMELUCK, FLEURET, EPEE, LANSQUENET passed Gibraltar from west to
cruiser DIOMEDE departed Tortula.
SL.54 departed Freetown escorted by armed merchant cruiser ESPERANCE BAY to
25 November. Armed merchant cruiser SALOPIAN joined the convoy on the 22nd
to 25 November.
November, destroyers CALDWELL, WALKER, WESTCOTT, corvettes CANDYTUFT,
CROCUS, HEARTSEASE, HONEYSUCKLE, French sloop CHEVREUIL joined the convoy.
Destroyer CALDWELL was detached with the merchant cruisers on the 25th. The
convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 26th.
BS.8 departed Suez, escorted by sloop CLIVE. The convoy was joined on the
5th by sloop GRIMSBY. The sloops were detached when the convoy was joined by
light cruiser LEANDER, destroyer KINGSTON, slops FLAMINGO and INDUS. The
convoy was dispersed off Aden on the 12th.
Tuesday, 5 November
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK transferred from convoy WN.30 to convoy EN.19
off the Firth of Forth.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK escorted convoy EN.19 to Pentland Firth.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CAIRO arrived in the Clyde.
Hunt-class destroyer TYNEDALE was completed. Following working up, she was
assigned to the 1st Destroyer Flotilla in the Portsmouth Command.
British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow at this time were -
Battleships NELSON and RODNEY
Battlecruisers HOOD and REPULSE.
Aircraft carrier FURIOUS at Scapa Flow but due to repair to her rudders and
was not available. Her speed was limited to twenty three knots.
cruiser of the 18th Cruiser Squadron SOUTHAMPTON
Anti-aircraft cruisers of the 15th Cruiser Squadron NAIAD, BONAVENTURE,
PHOEBE, DIDO (DIDO unfit for sea after structural defects developed at sea
in late October).
Destroyer of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla under orders of Home Fleet BRILLIANT
Destroyer of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla ELECTRA
Destroyers of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla COSSACK and MAORI
Destroyers of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla SOMALI, MASHONA, MATABELE, PUNJABI,
Destroyers of the 12th Destroyer Flotilla KEPPEL and DOUGLAS
Destroyer of the 21st Destroyer Flotilla VIMY
Home Fleet units were
cruisers of the 1st Cruiser Squadron AUSTRALIA at the Clyde with machinery
defects, NORFOLK which arrived in the Tyne in late October to correct
structural defects completing on the 8th, SUSSEX and SUFFOLK which were
under long repairs to bombing damages.
cruisers of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron AURORA was detached and at Sheerness,
ARETHUSA was repairing minor collision damage in Tyne, GALATEA was repairing
mine damage Chatham, PENELOPEunder long repairs for grounding damage
sustained in Norway.
cruisers of the 10th Cruiser Squadron NIGERIA and KENYA working up and FIJI
repairing torpedo damage at Greenock.
cruisers of the 18th Cruiser Squadron MANCHESTER detached and at Humber,
NEWCASTLE detached and at Plymouth, EDINBURGH at Scapa Flow working up after
long refit, BIRMINGHAM refitting at Liverpool from 27 September to 27
Destroyers of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla under repairs ECLIPSE at Scapa
Flow, ECHO at Clyde, ESCAPADE at Troon.
Destroyers of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla under repair SIKH at Leith, ZULU
under repair at Rosyth, FAME at Rosyth aground.
Destroyers of the 6th Destroyer Flotilla under repair BEDOUIN at
Southampton, ASHANTI at Rosyth aground, TARTAR at Plymouth.
Destroyer of the 12th Destroyer Flotilla ANTHONY at Greenock.
Destroyers of the 1st Destroyer Flotilla on loan to Home Fleet operating in
the Western Approaches BEAGLE and BULLDOG.
Destroyer of the 4th Destroyer Flotilla operating in the Western Approaches
Destroyers of the 12th Destroyer Flotilla operating in the Western
Approaches AMBUSCADE, ARROW, ACTIVE, AMAZON.
FS.328 departed Methil, escorted by destroyer WINCHESTER and sloop EGRET.
Patrol sloop SHELDRAKE joined on the 6th. The convoy arrived at Southend on
sank British steamer SCOTTISH MAIDEN (6993grt) from convoy HX.83 in 54‑36N,
Sixteen crew were missing from the British steamer. The survivors from
SCOTTISH MAIDEN were rescued by destroyer BEAGLE.
HX.83 was at that time escorted by destroyers ACTIVE, ACHATES, BEAGLE,
HESPERUS, HURRICANE, WILD SWAN and corvette PICOTEE.
counter attack after the sinking of steamer SCOTTISH MAIDEN, destroyer
BEAGLE damaged U.123, which was able to return to Lorient.
British steamer HAIG ROSE (1117grt) was lost in Bristol Channel to unknown
1240, German heavy cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER sank British steamer MOPAN
(5389grt) in 52‑59N, 32-12W. Steamer MOPAN had departed Kingston, Jamaica,
was en route to England.
German battleship rescued the steamer MOPAN's sixty eight survivors.
1710, German heavy cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER attacked Convoy HX.84 of thirty
seven ships (Convoy Commodore Rear Admiral H. B. Maltby Rtd on British
steamer CORNISH CITY (4952grt) escorted by Armed merchant cruiser JERVIS
cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER sank armed merchant cruiser JERVIS BAY (Captain E. S.
F. Fegen (act)) at 2003 in 52-50N, 52-15W, British steamers MAIDAN (7908grt)
in 52‑28N, 32‑08W, TREWELLARD (5201grt) in 52‑27N, 32‑09W, KENBANE HEAD
(5225grt) in 52‑26N, 32‑34W, BEAVERFORD (10, 042grt) in 52‑26N, 32‑34W,
FRESNO CITY (4955grt) in 51‑47N, 33‑29W and damaged tanker SAN DEMETRIO
(8073grt) in 52‑48N, 32‑15W, steamer ANDALUSIA (3082grt) and troopship
RANGITIKI (16, 984grt).
H. W. Bartle RNR, Lt Cdr A. W. Driscoll RNR, Midshipman R. J. Owens RNR,
Midshipman W. E. Thiselton RNR, T/Lt N. E. Wood RNR, thirty five ratings
Captain Fegen, T/Lt (E) J. W. P. Barry RNR, T/Lt (E) D. H. J. Bigg RNR,
T/Cdr (E) J. H. G. Chappell RNR, Surgeon Lt Cdr T. G. Evans, MRCS, LRCP
RNVR, T/Sub Lt (E) R. L. Hall RNVR, T/A/Sub Lt (E) G. D. Green RNVR, T/Lt W.
Hill RNR, Midshipman C. C. T. Latch RNR, T/Lt Cdr (E) M. A. Leddra RNR, Lt
Cdr K. M. Morrison RNR, T/Lt (E) W. Newton RNR, T/Lt Cdr G. L. Roe RNR,
Gunner E. R. Stannard, T/Paymaster Lt A. W. Stott RNR, T/Paymaster Lt Cdr W.
E. White RNR, ninety seven RN ratings, thirteen RCN ratings were lost on the
armed merchant cruiser.
T/A/Sub Lt (E) H. M. Pattinson RNVR, nine ratings died of wounds.
ratings and two RCN ratings were wounded.
Swedish steamer STUREHOLM (4575grt) rescued sixty five survivors and three
bodies from JERVIS BAY. The steamer arrived at Halifax on the 12th. Most of
the survivors were transferred to Armed merchant cruiser COMORIN for return
British steamer GLOUCESTER CITY, from a dispersed OB.convoy rescued ninety
two survivors from the steamers - twenty five survivors from TREWELLARD,
twenty three survivors from SAN DEMETRIO, twenty survivors from KENBANE
HEAD, and twenty four from FRESNO CITY.
November, Greek steamer MOUNT TAYGETUS (3286grt) rescued a further twelve
crew from the FRESNO CITY.
steamer BEAVERFORD, all seventy seven crew were lost. On steamer MAIDAN, all
ninety one crew were lost. One crewman was killed on steamer FRESNO CITY.
Twenty three crew were lost on steamer KENBANE HEAD. Two crew were killed
and fourteen crew were missing on steamer TREWELLARD.
Steamer GLOUCESTER CITY arrived at St Johns on the 13th.
SC.10, fourteen ships escorted by Sloop FOLKESTONE, was one hundred miles
southeast of HX.84. The convoy was ordered away from the area of the attack.
HX.86 departing Halifax was immediately recalled.
BHX.66 departed Bermuda on the 3rd escorted by armed merchant cruiser
MONTCLARE, but returned to Bermuda on the 5th.
Battlecruisers HOOD and REPULSE, anti-aircraft cruisers PHOEBE, NAIAD,
BONAVENTURE of the 15th Cruiser Squadron, destroyers ESKIMO, MASHONA,
MATABELE, ELECTRA, SOMALI (D.6), PUNJABI departed Scapa Flow at 2330/5th to
German heavy cruiser SCHEER's last position, 52-50N, 32-15W at 2003.
battlecruiser HOOD, cruisers PHOEBE and NAIAD, destroyers SOMALI, ESKIMO,
PUNJABI proceeded to cover the approaches to Brest and Lorient.
Battlecruiser REPULSE, anti-aircraft cruiser BONAVENTURE, destroyers
MASHONA, MATABELE, ELECTRA continued towards German heavy cruiser ADMIRAL
SCHEER's last position.
Battleships RODNEY and NELSON departed Scapa Flow at 0700/6th with light
cruiser SOUTHAMPTON and destroyers COSSACK (D.4), MAORI, BRILLIANT, DOUGLAS,
KEPPEL, VIMY to cover the Iceland-Faroes Channel.
Battleship RODNEY was sent to escort HX.83 and once she was safe, HX.85 from
merchant cruisers CHITRAL, which was to the northwest of Iceland, CALIFORNIA
and WORCESTERSHIRE, which were to the south of Iceland, departed their
stations for the Clyde on the 8th.
cruiser SOUTHAMPTON replaced armed merchant cruiser CHITRAL on her Northern
merchant cruiser WORCESTERSHIRE joined the battleship NELSON group at
Submarine TRIDENT was ordered to patrol south of Belle Ile in the approaches
to St Nazaire.
Submarine USK was ordered to the Brest approaches.
Submarine TUNA off Gironde was relieved by submarine TIGRIS.
Submarine TUNA then proceeded to position off the Scilly.
Submarine TRIUMPH on passage to Gibraltar was ordered to a station in
Destroyers CHURCHILL, LUDLOW, LINCOLN, LEWES, recent additions to the Royal
Navy compliments of Lend Lease, had departed Halifax on 31 October and
refuelled at St Johns on the 3rd before beginning the Atlantic crossing.
destroyers intercepted signals from convoy HX.84 and rushed to its location.
However, they never made contact and only sighted one empty life boat.
destroyers went on without incident arriving at Belfast on the 9th.
Convoys HX.85 which departed Halifax on the 1st and HX.86 which departed
Halifax on the 5th were recalled to Halifax.
Destroyer STANLEY, also Lend Lease addition, which had departed Halifax on
the 1st and St Johns on the 5th and Canadian destroyer ST FRANCIS, Lend
Lease, departed Halifax to aid the convoy and escorted the convoy HX.85 back
to Nova Scotia.
November, battleship NELSON, light cruiser SOUTHAMPTON, destroyers COSSACK,
MAORI, BRILLIANT, DOUGLAS, KEPPEL, VIMY were between Iceland the Faroes.
Destroyers DOUGLAS, VIMY, BULLDOG rendezvoused with the Commander in Chief
at 1200/9th in 62-46N, 11-58W after refuelling at Skaalefjord.
Battlecruiser REPULSE, anti-aircraft cruiser BONAVENTURE, destroyers
MATABELE, MASHONA, ELECTRA were in 52‑45N, 32‑15W.
Australian heavy cruiser AUSTRALIA was at the Clyde with turbine problems,
probably a broken turbine blade, could not sail until 1749 on the 8th.
October, battlecruiser aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, heavy cruiser BERWICK,
light cruiser GLASGOW, destroyers ISIS, DUNCAN, FOXHOUND, liner PASTEUR had
departed Greenock to rejoin Force H.
Aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL arrived at Gibraltar with destroyers VIDETTE and
WRESTLER at 1315/6th, cruisers BERWICK and GLASGOW at 1430/same day, the
liner and destroyers at 1630 that day.
cruiser SHEFFIELD arrived from Azores patrol at Gibraltar at 0600/6th.
Battlecruiser RENOWN and destroyers ENCOUNTER, FORESTER, one other departed
at 0500/6th to escort convoys HG.46 and SL.53 in 40‑00N, 20‑30W at this
Officer Force H.transferred his flag to battleship BARHAM and after the
arrival of aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL on the 6th to her.
1225/6th in the Atlantic off Cape St Vincent, submarine UTMOST was
identified as enemy by destroyer ENCOUNTER.
Destroyer ENCOUNTER rammed submarine UTMOST. UTMOST proceeded to Gibraltar
arriving at 0800/7th.
Submarine UTMOST departed Gibraltar on the 30th for Malta, arriving on 8
December, was under repair until 2 February.
Destroyer ENCOUNTER was escorted to Gibraltar by destroyer FORESTER. They
arrived at 0800/7thThe destroyer was repairing until 23 November.
11th, Australian heavy cruiser AUSTRALIA relieved the RENOWN group of convoy
HG.46 and they arrived back at Gibraltar on the 12th.
November, battleship RODNEY was in 56‑30N, 28‑30W proceeding towards 45‑20N,
52‑00W to escort convoy HX.85.
Battlecruiser HOOD, anti-aircraft cruisers PHOEBE and NAIAD, destroyers
ESKIMO, SOMALI, PUNJABI were in 45‑50N, west of 20W.
Aircraft carrier ARGUS (Captain E. G. N. Rushbrooke), light cruiser
DESPATCH, destroyers VESPER, VENOMOUS, WINDSOR, which departed the Clyde on
the 7th, were in 53‑00N, 17‑00W.
Aircraft carrier ARGUS and light cruiser DESPATCH were in 45N, 19‑13W at
1300/11th. Light cruiser DESPATCH went to Gibraltar arriving on the 14th.
Destroyers WISHART and WRESTLER departed Gibraltar on the 11th and destroyer
VIDETTE departed Gibraltar on the 12th and joined aircraft carrier ARGUS
which went north to join heavy cruiser AUSTRALIA escorting convoys HG.46 and
SL.53 the convoy brought north by the RENOWN group. Aircraft carrier ARGUS
with destroyers WISHART, WRESTLER, VIDETTE arrived at Gibraltar later on the
14th for operation WHITE.
Destroyers MAORI, KEPPEL, BRILLIANT departed Skaalefjord at 1600/10th after
destroyers joined the Commander in Chief at 1200/11th in 62-46N, 11-58W.
10th, Anti-aircraft cruiser BONAVENTURE anddestroyer MASHONA searched
thearea of the HX.84 attack.
Destroyers BRILLIANT and VIMY arrived at Skaalefjord at 1300/11th to refuel.
Norwegian tanker SOLFONN (9925grt) of convoy HX.84 arrived in the Clyde on
British tanker ERODONA (6207grt), British steamer ANDALUSIA (3082grt),
British steamer CORNISH CITY (4952grt), British tanker JAMES J. MAGUIRE
(10525grt), British steamer DANAE II (2660grt), British steamer CASTILIAN
(3067grt), British steamer BRIARWOOD (4019grt), Norwegian steamer VAROY
(1531grt), British tanker ATHELTEMPLAR (8939grt), British steamer LANCASTER
CASTLE (5172grt), British steamer DAN-Y-BRYN (5117grt), British tanker
ATHELEMPRESS (8941grt), British tanker OILRELIANCE (5666grt), Norwegian
steamer HJALMAR WESEL (1742grt), Belgian steamer EMILE FRANCQUI (5859grt),
Belgian steamer PERSIER (5382grt), Swedish steamer DELHI (4571grt), British
steamer RANGITIKI (16698grt), Greek steamer ANNA BULGARIS (4603grt), British
oiler DELPHINULA (8120grt), British tanker CORDELIA (8190grt), British
steamer PACIFIC ENTERPRISE (6736grt), British steamer EMPIRE PENGUIN
(6379grt) of convoy HX.84 arrived independently at Clyde, Belfast, Oban,
Liverpool on the 12th.
British tanker SOVAC (6724grt) arrived in the Mersey on the 13th, British
steamer TREFUSIS (5299grt) arrived at Rothesay on the 13th, Swedish tanker
ST GOBAIN (9959grt) arrived at Liverpool on the 14th, Swedish steamer
STUREHOLM (4575grt) arrived at Halifax on the 12th, Norwegian steamer CETUS
(2614grt) arrived at Oban on the 13th, Polish steamers PUCK (1065grt)
arrived at Greenock on the 13th and MORSKA WOLA (3376grt), which had been
straggling from the start, arrived at Oban on the 13th.
British tanker SAN DEMETRIO (8073grt) arrived at Rothesay accompanied by
British tug SUPERMAN (359grt) and escorted by destroyer ARROW on the 16th.
Swedish steamer VINGALAND (2734grt) survived the attack, but was lost after
bombing damage of 8 November and a submarine attack on the 9th.
Battlecruiser REPULSE and destroyers MATABELE and ELECTRA arrived at Scapa
Flow for refuelling at 1100/11th.
Anti-aircraft cruiser BONAVENTURE and destroyer MASHONA arrived at Scapa
Flow at 1120/11th for refuelling.
battlecruiser HOOD, anti-aircraft cruisers PHOEBE and NAIAD, destroyers
SOMALI (D.6), ESKIMO, PUNJABI returned to Scapa Flow at 1400/11th for
Destroyer ESKIMO with weather damage to her asdic dome and her forecastle
deck plates buckled was under repair from repair ship MAIDSTONE at Scapa
Flow from 13‑16 November in the floating drydock.
Anti-aircraft cruiser BONAVENTURE departed Scapa Flow at 2300/11th to
continue to search for survivors. Armed merchant cruiser CHITRAL was also at
sea on this duty.
cruiser arrived back on the 19th. The anti-aircraft cruiser was weather
damaged and was repaired at Rosyth from 25 November to 4 December.
Anti-aircraft cruiser PHOEBE was weather damaged and was repaired at the
Clyde from 18 November to 14 December.
merchant cruiser LETITIA departed the Clyde at 1300/11th to continue
Northern Patrol duties.
Battlecruiser REPULSE, anti-aircraft cruiser NAIAD and destroyers SIKH,
MATABELE, MASHONA, PUNJABI returned to sea at 1330/12th to continue patrol
and cover the Northern Patrol.
Battlecruiser REPULSE and destroyers MATABELE, MASHONA, ASHANTI returned to
Scapa Flow at 0015/19th.
Battleship NELSON with destroyers BEAGLE, MAORI, BULLDOG, KEPPEL arrived at
Scapa Flow at 1630/13th.
Destroyer KEPPEL began boiler cleaning.
Battleship RODNEY arrived at Scapa Flow at 1400/23rd.
Submarine STURGEON attacked Norwegian steamer ULY (1200grt) off Lister
patrol in the Bay of Biscay, Submarine L.27 was damaged when her bridge was
wrecked by depth charges.
Submarine L.27 was able to return to Portsmouth on the 7th and was under
repair there until 21 January 1941.
destroyers JACOBI, ECKHOLDT, IHN, STEINBRINCK, RIEDEL departed Brest to
return to Wilhelmshaven for repairs.
destroyers had been involved earlier in an operation in the Bay of Biscay
towards Cape Finisterre, but mechanical problems forced cancellation of the
November, destroyers ECKHOLDT, IHN, STEINBRINCK arrived at Hamburg, Stettin,
Hamburg, respectively, for repairs. Destroyers JACOBI and RIEDEL were
repaired at Wilhelmshaven and Kiel, respectively.
MW.3 of British steamers WAIWERA (10, 800grt), DEVIS (6054grt), VOLO
(1587grt), RODI (3220grt) and tanker PLUMLEAF (5916grt) departed Alexandria
for Malta escorted by anti-aircraft cruisers CALCUTTA and COVENTRY,
destroyers DIAMOND, VAMPIRE, VOYAGER, WATERHEN, minesweeper ABINGDON.
Steamer BRISBANE STAR (11, 076grt), Royal Fleet Auxiliary BRAMBLELEAF
(5917grt), armed boarding vessels CHAKLA and FIONA, netlayer PROTECTOR for
Suda Bay travelled in company and was dropped off near Crete with
anti-aircraft cruiser CALCUTTA and destroyer VOYAGER.
Australian light cruiser SYDNEY and Light cruiser AJAX loaded troops,
ammunition, stores and departed Port Said for Crete.
cruisers disembarked their charges at Suda Bay and departed Crete. Cruiser
SYDNEY departed on the 6th and joined the Mediterranean Fleet at 1700/7th.
Cruiser AJAX departed later and joined at 1700/8th.
Submarine RORQUAL laid mines north of Tripoli in 34-14N, 11-56E.
Italian steamer CAFFARO (6476grt) was damaged on this minefield on 27
minefield was extended by submarine RORQUAL on the 9th.
Italian torpedo boats CALIPSO and FRATELLI CAIROLI were lost on this
minefield on 5 and 23 December, respectively, at Ras Misurata.
Wednesday, 6 November
Destroyers EXMOOR, CLEVELAND, PYTCHLEY departed Scapa Flow at 0815 escorting
aircraft carrier FURIOUS to Liverpool.
ships arrived on the 7th.
Destroyer CLEVELAND departed Liverpool later on the 7th and proceeded to
Portsmouth, arriving at 0900/9th.
Minesweeper ELGIN was mined near Sunk Light Vessel in 51-50N, 1-35E.
Screened by minesweepers NIGER and SPEEDWELL, the minesweeper was towed by
minesweeper GOSSAMER to Harwich.
British minefield BS.45 was laid by minelayers TEVIOTBANK and PLOVER and
destroyer ICARUS and IMPULSIVE.
FN.328 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers WALLACEand WESTMINSTER. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 8th.
FS.329 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers VANITY and WOLFHOUND. The
convoy arrived at Southend on the 8th.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK transferred from convoy EN.19 to WN.31 in
was attacked by German bombers off Duncansby Head.
British steamer CLAN MACKINLAY (6365grt) in convoy WN.31 was sunk by German
bombing in 58‑33N, 02‑53W.
crew were lost from the British steamer.
British steamer HARBOROUGH (5415grt) in convoy WN.31 was damaged by German
bombing nine miles 76° from Noss Head. She was taken in tow by tugs
BUCCANEER, BANDIT and ABEILLE 21.
Destroyer BULLDOG departed Liverpool at 1400 for Skaalefjord to refuel from
tanker MONTENOL and await orders. She arrived at 0900/8th.
Canadian destroyer OTTAWA and destroyer HARVESTER aided British steamer
MELROSE ABBEY (2473grt) which was being shelled by an Italian submarine
southwest of Ireland.
steamer escaped significant damage.
Destroyer OTTAWA fired five salvoes at the submarine before the submarine
dived. Destroyers OTTAWA and HARVESTER then conducted anti-submarine
operations. Latest appraisals indicate the submarine was Italian submarine
FAA DI BRUNO which was sunk.
Submarine STURGEON sank Norwegian steamer DELFINUS (1293grt) off Obrestad
Light in 58-34N, 5-37E.
Submarine CLYDE arrived at Holy Loch. The submarine proceeded on to
Devonport, arriving on the 18th.
Submarine CLYDE was under repair at Devonport from 22 November to 31 March.
Submarine UNIQUE departed Portsmouth for patrol off Cherbourg.
patrol, the submarine arrived back at Portsmouth on the 26th for A. S. T.
British steamer NALON (7222grt) was sunk by German bombing in 53‑57N,
entire crew of the British steamer was rescued.
British whaler SEVRA (253grt, T/Sub Lt F. B. Richards RNVR) was sunk on a
mine five and a half cables 154° from St Anthony Light off Falmouth.
were no casualties on the whaler.
British trawler GIRL HELEN (63grt) was sunk on a mine 10.75 cables 349° from
Tyne North Pier Light.
Swedish fishing vessel ELLY (52grt) was sunk on a mine twenty miles west of
crew were lost on the Swedish vessel.
Operation COAT, the Mediterranean Fleet with battleships WARSPITE and
VALIANT, aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS with three of EAGLE's aircraft
embarked, destroyers HYPERION, HASTY, HERO, HEREWARD, HAVOCK, ILEX of the
2nd Destroyer Flotilla andDECOY and DEFENDER of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla
departed Alexandria on Operation MB 8. Battleships MALAYA and RAMILLIES and
destroyers NUBIAN, MOHAWK, JERVIS, JANUS, JUNO of the 14th Destroyer
Flotilla departed Alexandria in Operation MB 8. This operation was to meet
reinforcements coming from the Western basin.
Cruisers YORK and GLOUCESTER also departed Alexandria in this operation.
Fleet also covered the movement of Convoys.
Destroyers in the Mediterranean Fleet, only VENDETTA, STUART, IMPERIAL
repairing at Malta did not participate in COAT.
cruiser ORION departed Alexandria for Pireaus to consult with the Greek
authorities. The cruiser also carried ammunition, bombs, ground crews for
cruiser arrived during the morning of 7 November.
BS.7 A departed Port Suden, escorted by sloop SHOREHAM. The convoy arrived
at Aden on the 11th.
Gunboat CRICKET departed Singapore escorted by light cruiser CAPETOWN for
Penang and Nancowry.
10th, the report of the OLE JACOB attack caused gunboat CRICKET to be
ordered to Nancowry and light cruiser CAPETOWN set off to search for the
20th, both ships were able to depart Nancowry to return to Penang to await
weather conditions in the Bay of Bengal to settle.
December, gunboat TARANTULA and British steamer GURNA (5248grt) departed
Singapore escorted by light cruiser DAUNTLESS.
ships arrived at Penang on 7 December and departed the same day with gunboat
CRICKET in company.
on the 6th and into 7 November, German armed merchant cruiser PINGUIN laid
forty mines in Spencer Strait near Melbourne.
concluded minelays by armed merchant cruiser PINGUIN and her auxiliary
on the 7th on the Bass Strait barrage laid by PASSAT was British steamer
CAMBRIDGE (10, 855grt) six miles east of Wilson's Promontory, Bass Strait.
crewman was missing from the British steamer. The survivors were rescued by
Australian auxiliary minesweeper ORARA which first attempted to tow
CAMBRIDGE, without success.
Australian light cruiser ADELAIDE departed Sydney to search for the German
light cruiser arrived back at Sydney on the 10th.
on the 8th in 38-51S, 143-39E off Cape Otway on the Bass Strait barrage was
American steamer CITY OF RAYVILLE (5883grt).
crewman was missing from the American steamer.
on 5 December was Australian coastal steamer NIMBIN (1052grt) in 33‑15S,
crew were missing from the Australian steamer.
Thursday, 7 November
cruisers EDINBURGH and DIDO, the only available Home Fleet units at Scapa
Flow, were placed on one hour's notice from 0800 to 1543 after D/F reports
placed an enemy surface unit to the southeast of Fair Isle Channel.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK transferred from convoy WN.31 to EN.20 in the
vicinity of Aberdeen.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK escorted convoy EN.20 to Pentland Firth.
FS.330 departed Methil. The convoy arrived at Southend on the 9th.
Submarine SWORDFISH (Lt M. A. Langley) departed Gosport on the 7th to
relieve submarine USK on patrol off Ushant.
Submarine SWORDFISH struck a mine sinking off Portsmouth and was declared
lost on the 16th.
Langley, Lt H. A. Stacey, Lt A. F. Fry RNR, Sub Lt M. E. P. Ratcliffe,
Warrant Engineer H. T. Selway, the thirty six ratings of the crew were lost
wreck of SWORDFISH was found in 1983 putting to rest many theories as to her
British steamer HERLAND (2645grt) was sunk on a mine two cables 146° from
Nore Light Vessel.
Sixteen crew and two naval gunners were lost with the British steamer.
French minesweeping trawler POULMIC (O E Vibert, 350grt) was sunk on a mine
near Plymouth. Eleven crew were missing. Seven survivors were rescued.
bombers attacked convoy FS.28 in Barrow Deep.
British steamer ASTROLOGER (1673grt) was sunk by German bombing in 51‑32N,
entire crew of the steamer was rescued.
Steamer ASTROLOGER was beached on the 7th, but was wrecked in a gale on the
British steamer DAGO II (1993grt) was damaged by German bombing in 51‑32N,
British steamer MEDEE (2163grt) was damaged by German bombing 51‑10N,
EGRET shot down a Ju.88. Sloop EGRET sustained some casualties from a near
Minesweeping trawler WILLIAM WESNEY (364grt, A/T/Skipper F. J. Farrow RNR)
was sunk on a mine off Orfordness, in 51-53-48N, 1-33-36E.
rating was killed and four crew were missing on the British trawler. Two
accompanying trawlers and sloop SHELDRAKE rescued the survivors.
British drifter REED (99grt) was sunk on a mine in the Thames Estuary, in
T/Skipper G. E. Utting RNR, thirteen ratings were killed on the drifter.
T/Lt K. H. Empson RNVR, died of wounds on the 8th.
torpedo boats T.1, T.4, T.9, T.10 of the 1st Torpedo Boat Flotilla and T.6,
T.7, T.8 of the 2nd Torpedo Boat Flotilla departed Trondheim to strike at a
Convoy between Kinnaird Head and Smith Bank.
force crossed a British minefield forty miles off Kinnaird Head and T.6 was
mined and sunk.
torpedo boats T.7 and T.8 rescued the survivors.
German torpedo boat force returned to Trondheim without proceeding further.
H.with aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL. battleship BARHAM, heavy cruiser BERWICK,
light cruisers SHEFFIELD and GLASGOW, destroyers DUNCAN, GALLANT, GRIFFIN,
FAULKNOR, FIREDRAKE, FORESTER, FURY, FORTUNE, FOXHOUND, GREYHOUND, ISIS
departed Gibraltar on COAT.
F of Battleship BARHAM, heavy cruiser BERWICK, light cruiser GLASGOW,
destroyers GREYHOUND, GALLANT, GRIFFIN carried 2000 troops for Malta, then
were to go on to the Mediterranean Fleet for duty. The troops had been
brought from the UK in liner PASTEUR.
Destroyers FAULKNOR, FORTUNE, FURY carried 150 troops to Malta and travelled
with the BARHAM force. Following the disembarkation of the troops, these
destroyers returned to Force H.
Italian destroyers VIVALDI, DA NOLI, MALOCELLO were sent to intercept the
BARHAM force which was able to reach Malta safely.
French troops on cargo ships FORT LAMY (5234grt), CASAMANCE (5817grt),
NEVADA (5693grt) were landed at Libreville.
November, Vichy submarine PONCELET torpedoed Sloop MILFORD at Port Gentil
off Libreville, but the torpedo did not explode. The submarine was damaged
by sloop MILFORD and the air attack of one of heavy cruiser DEVONSHIRE's
Submarine PONCELET was scuttled at 0‑20S, 8‑50E and her crew was picked up
by destroyers FOXHOUND and FORTUNE.
November, sloop MILFORD transferred the PONCELET crew to Light cruiser
November, Free French sloops SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA and COMMANDANT DOMINE sank
Vichy sloop BOUGAINVILLE off Libreville.
10th, Libreville fell to Free French forces and on the 11th Port Gentil also
Royal Navy force, which included heavy cruiser DEVONSHIRE and light cruiser
DELHI, played no active role in the Libreville campaign, but did remain off
the port to assure that Vichy units from Dakar did not intervene.
Admiral J. H. D. Cunningham transferred his flag from heavy cruiser
DEVONSHIRE to light cruiser NEPTUNE after the Libreville campaign.
Friday, 8 November
submarine O.22, which departed Dundee on patrol on the 5th, was sunk by
German auxiliary submarine chasers UJ.117 (trawler UHLENHORST - 520grt) and
UJ.1102 (trawler WESTFALEN - 445grt) off Lindesnes.
last contact the submarine had with her base was at her departure from
British observer Sub Lt M. R. Jackson and two communications ratings were
lost with the Dutch crew.
OB.240 departed Liverpool escorted by destroyers AMAZON, ARROW, BURZA,
sloops ABERDEEN and ROCHESTER, corvettes CROCUS and HEARTEASE. Sloop
ROCHESTER was detached later day and destroyers AMAZON and BURZA ON 11
November, sloop ABERDEEN on 12November, the remainder on the 13th.
FN.329 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers WINCHESTER and EGLINTON and
patrol sloop SHELDRAKE. Destroyer WINCHESTER and sloop SHELDRAKE were
detached on the 9th. Destroyers CATTISTOCK and WALLACE joined on the 9th.
bombers attacked convoy FN.329 on the 8th.
ship/destroyer WINCHESTER (Lt Cdr S. E. Crewe Read) shot down two Ju.87
bombers in air raids on the Thames Estuary.
ship/destroyer WINCHESTER struck a mine one mile northeast of Swin Light
Vessel and had to anchor to make emergency repairs. While anchored, she was
damaged by near misses, but had no casualties.
ship/destroyer WINCHESTER was under repair at London until 6 June.
steamer AGAMEMNON (1930grt) was sunk seven cables 222° from Swin Light
crew were lost on the Dutch steamer.
British steamer FIREGLOW (1261grt) was damaged by German bombing southwest
of Swin Buoy in the Thames Estuary.
British steamer EWELL (1350grt) was damaged by German bombing in 51‑43N,
British steamer CATFORD (1568grt) was damaged by German bombing southwest of
Swin Buoy in the Thames Estuary. The convoy arrived at Methil on the 10th.
FS.331 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers CATTISTOCK and VIVIEN and
sloop LONDONDERRY. Destroyer QUORN and patrol sloop SHELDRAKE joined on the
9th. The convoy arrived at Southend on the 10th.
Italian submarine MARCONI was damaged by destroyer HAVELOCK off northwest
Ireland in 56‑01N, 17‑50W.
Minelayers SOUTHERN PRINCE, PORT NAPIER, PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS of 1st
Minelaying Squadron, joined by Minelaying cruiser ADVENTURE, escorted by
destroyers BATH, ST ALBANS, ST MARYS of the 57th Destroyer Division,
departed Loch Alsh to lay defensive minefield SN.44 northwest of Ireland.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK arrived at Scapa Flow at 1240 after escorting
anti-aircraft ship departed Scapa Flow at 1530 to cover convoy WN.33
eastbound from Pentland Firth.
Destroyer BEAGLE departed Liverpool at 0800 for Skaalefjord.
destroyer arrived at 1500/9th. After refuelling, the destroyer stood by to
Hunt-class destroyer SOUTHDOWN was completed. She arrived at Scapa Flow for
working up on the 17th.
Following working up, destroyer SOUTHDOWN was assigned to the 21st Destroyer
Flotilla operating in the Nore.
Minesweeper ELGIN was damaged by the explosion of an acoustic mine off Sunk
minesweeper was repaired at Lowestoft completing on 18 December.
British steamer EMPIRE DORADO (5595grt) was damaged by German bombing in
Anti-submarine trawler MAN O'WAR (517grt) assisted the steamer.
Swedish steamer VINGALAND (2734grt) of convoy HX.84 was damaged by German
bombing 55‑41N, 18‑24W.
steamer was sunk on the 9th by Italian submarine MARCONI.
Nineteen survivors were picked up by British steamer DANAE II (2660grt).
British whaler A. N. 2 (221grt) was sunk on a mine off Falmouth, 2950 yards
119° from Pendennis.
British tug MURIA (192grt) was sunk on a mine off North Foreland, in
were no survivors from the tug.
on the 8th, aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, escorted by heavy cruiser BERWICK
and light cruiser GLASGOW, launched an air raid on the Italian seaplane base
at Elmas near Cagliari. This airstrike was given the operation name of
Aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, light cruiser SHEFFIELD, destroyers DUNCAN,
ISIS, FIREDRAKE, FOXHOUND, FORESTER returned to Gibraltar on the 11th.
battleship PROVENCE, temporarily repaired of her Mer el Kebir damage,
arrived at Toulon escorted by French destroyers EPEE, FLEURET, HARDI,
Destroyer HARDI had arrived at Oran from Casablanca on 25 October.
Destroyers EPEE, FLEURET, MAMELUCK, LANSQUENET arrived at Oran on the 5th
from Casablanca, passing Gibraltar on the 4th.
were met in the local approaches by battleship STRASBOURG, heavy cruisers
ALGERIE, DUPLEIX, FOCH, light cruisers GALISSONIERE and MARSEILLAISE,
destroyers VOLTA, L'INDOMPTABLE, CASSARD, VAUTOUR, ALBATROS.
Saturday, 9 November
Destroyers EXMOOR and PYTCHLEY departed Liverpool at 0900 escorting British
steamer ADDA (7816grt) to the Faroes.
destroyers arrived back at Scapa Flow at 1000/13th.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK arrived at Scapa Flow at 2300 after escorting
convoy WN.33 to the area of Stonehaven.
OB.241 departed Liverpool escorted by destroyers HURRICANE, VETERAN,
WITHERINGTON and corvettes CLEMATIS and PRIMROSE. Destroyer VERITY joined on
the 12th and destroyer HURRICANE was detached on the 12th. The remainder of
the escort was detached on the 14th.
FN.330 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers VANITY and WOLFHOUND. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 11th.
FS.332 departed Methil, escorted bydestroyers VEGA and VIMIERA. The convoy
arrived at Southend on the 11th.
SC.11 departed St Johns at 1200 escorted by Canadian armed yacht ELK and
ocean escort, Sloop ENCHANTRESS.
Battleship RODNEY covered the convoy on 12 to 15 November. On 21 November,
destroyers OTTAWA, SAGUENAY, SKEENA, ST LAURENT joined the convoy. Destroyer
ST LAURENT was detached on the 24th. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the
bombers attacked convoys FN.330/FS.331 off Harwich.
vessel VANITY was escorting the convoys at that time. There was no damage in
British steamer BALTRADER (1699grt) was sunk on a mine in 51‑41N, 01‑18E.
crew were lost on the British steamer.
mine was laid by German torpedo boats on 29/30 October in minefield "Alfred.
British troopship EMPRESS OF JAPAN (26, 032grt) was damaged by German
bombing in 53‑54N, 14‑28W.
British steamer BEAL (504grt) was damaged by a mine off Tees.
British tanker SHELBRIT II (695grt) was damaged by German bombing alongside
Cleveland Wharf, Shoreham.
trawler VIVI (489grt) was sunk on a mine at Patras.
Italian submarine MARCONI sank Swedish steamer VINGALAND (2734grt), which
had been damaged by bombing on the 8th, in convoy HX.84 in 55‑41N, 18‑24W.
Six crew were lost from the Swedish steamer.
Finnish steamer MINERVA (2039grt) was sunk on a mine off the German North
Battleship RAMILLIES with destroyers ILEX, HYPERION, HAVOCK were detached
with convoy MW.3 for Malta.
cruisers of the 3rd and 7th Cruiser Squadrons were detached to sweep to the
northward during the day.
Swordfish of 815 Squadron forced landed near battleship WARSPITE. The crew
was picked up by destroyer JERVIS. This crash was later found to be due to
French liner PASTEUR departed Gibraltar, escorted by destroyer WISHART, to
return to Liverpool.
an unsuccessful attempt to scuttle herself, Vichy French armed merchant
cruiser CAP DES PALMES (3081grt) was captured off Libreville by Free French
sloop COMMANDANT DOMINE.
armed merchant cruiser ATLANTIS, poising as Armed merchant cruiser ANTENOR,
captured Norwegian tanker TEDDY (6750grt) in the Bay of Bengal in 5‑35N,
thirty two man crew from the Norwegian tanker landed in Japan on 5 December.
refuelled at sea from German tanker NORDMARK (7750grt) on 9 and 10 November.
American steamer CITY OF RAYVILLE was mined in 38-51S, 143-39E off Cape
Otway in the field laid by German minelayer PASSAT.
the third engineer was lost. The rest of the crew, nine officers and thirty
crew, escaped in two lifeboats to Apollo Bay.
Sunday, 10 November
Operating in the English Channel, destroyer CATTISTOCK was damaged by
splinters from German bombing. Acting Gunner W. J. Yates was wounded. She
was repaired in one day.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA departed Rosyth to cover convoy EN.22 from
Methil to Pentland Firth.
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Scapa Flow at 1500 to cover convoy
WN.34 to the vicinity of Stonehaven.
OB.239, which had departed Liverpool on the 4th, but was recalled and
arrived at Oban, departed Oban on the 10th escorted by corvette LA MALOUINE.
The escort was joined on the 11th by destroyers BROKE, MALCOLMand SARDONYX
and corvettes ANEMONE and ARABIS. On the 13th, destroyers MALCOLM and
SARDONYX were detached and the remainder of the escort of 14 November.
FN.331 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer WOOLSTON and sloop LOWESTOFT.
The convoy arrived at Methil on the 12th.
Anti-submarine trawler KINGSTON ALALITE (550grt, Skipper R. A. Read RNR) was
sunk by a mine off Plymouth, 5.7 cables 242° from Plymouth Breakwater Light.
ratings were lost on the trawler.
defence vessel MARCELLE (64grt) was sunk on a mine in Bristol Channel, in
crewman of a crew of five were lost on the boom defence vessel.
HX.86, which had been recalled outside Halifax on the 5th, departed Halifax
at 1430 escorted by Canadian destroyers ASSINIBOINE and RESTIGOUCHE and
auxiliary patrol vessel HUSKY.
1500/11th, the convoy was turned over to the ocean escort, Armed merchant
cruiser VOLTAIRE, which was detached on the 21st.
BHX.87 departed Bermuda on the 8th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant
cruiser LACONIA. The convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.86 on the 13th and
the armed merchant cruiser was detached. (n. b. this is the only BHX.convoy
to join a dissimilar numbered HX)
Destroyers CASTLETON, SARDONYX, VISCOUNT, WHITEHALL and corvettes CYCLAMEN,
HIBISCUS, RHODODENDRON joined the convoy. Destroyer WHITEHALL was detached
later that day. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 26th.
Swordfish of 819 Squadron crashed shortly after taking off from aircraft
carrier ILLUSTRIOUS. Sub Lt D. A. Wise, Sub Lt A. Mardel-Ferreira were
rescued by destroyer NUBIAN. This crash was later found to be due to
second Swordfish of 819 Squadron also was lost on this date to contaminated
fuel. Lt (A) W. D. Morford and Sub Lt (A) R. A. F. Green were rescued.
0715, the cruisers of the 3rd and 7th Cruiser Squadrons rejoined the Main
0730, destroyers VAMPIRE, VOYAGER, WATERHEN, DAINTY, DIAMOND, HYPERION,
ILEX, HAVOCK rejoined the Main Fleet. Destroyers MOHAWK, DEFENDER, JANUS,
JUNO, DECOY, HASTY, NUBIAN, JERVIS were then detached to refuel at Malta.
Battleship BARHAM, heavy cruiser BERWICK, light cruiser GLASGOW, destroyers
GRIFFIN, GREYHOUND, GALLANT, FAULKNOR, FORTUNE, FURY joined the Main Fleet
at 1015. Destroyers FORTUNE and FURY joined the screen and the rest of the
ships proceeded to malta to disembark troops and stores.
ME.3 of steamers MEMNON, LANARKSHIRE, CLAN MACAULEY, CLAN FERGUSON departed
Malta at 1330 escorted by battleship RAMILLIES, anti-aircraft cruiser
COVENTRY, destroyers DECOY and DEFENDER. Monitor TERROR and Australian
destroyer VENDETTA departed at 1400.
Destroyer MOHAWK rejoined the Main Fleet at 1435 and destroyer HERO was
detached at 1450 to Malta.
Battleship BARHAM, heavy cruiser BERWICK, light cruiser GLASGOW, destroyers
GRIFFIN, GREYHOUND, GALLANT departed Malta after landing troops and joined
the Mediterranean Fleet at sea.
Italian submarine CAPPONI attacked without success Battleship RAMILLIES at
forty miles southeast of Malta, in 34-33N, 16-08E.
Italian submarine TOPAZIO on the 11th made two attacks on the convoy without
success in 34‑32N, 16‑17E.
Monitor TERROR proceeded to Suda Bay for duty as a guard ship, arriving on
ME.3 arrived Alexandria during the morning of 13 November.
AS.5 of eight steamers departed Piraeus for Port Said.
11th, armed boarding vessels CHAKLA and FIONA departed Suda Bay and joined
this convoy. The convoy arrived at Port Said on the 15th, escorted by
destroyer WRYNECK and anti-submarine trawlers VICTORIAN and SINDONIS.
Gunboat APHIS shelled a suspected Divisional Headquarters at Sidi Barrani
during the night of 9/10 November.
Italian submarine BARBARIGO attacked a destroyer in 54N, 18W without
armed merchant cruiser ATLANTIS, still poising as Armed merchant cruiser
ANTENOR, captured the Norwegian tanker OLE JACOB (8306grt) in the Bay of
Bengal at 06‑29N, 90‑16E.
Signals from tanker OLE JACOB caused the dispatch of Australian heavy
cruiser CANBERRA, Light cruisers CAPETOWN and DURBAN, armed merchant cruiser
WESTRALIA, but none made any contact with the German ship.
OLE JACOB was renamed BENNO for German use and was detached on the 16th. She
arrived safely at Kobe on 6 December. Later on 19 July 1941, OLE JACOB
arrived at Bordeaux.
Monday, 11 November
Destroyer VEGA, escorting convoy FS.332, was mined off Sunk Head Buoy. She
was taken in tow by British tug ST MELLONS and taken to Harwich.
Destroyer VEGA was taken to the Humber on the 17th for repair. She departed
the Humber on 2 July 1941 by British tug STALWART for Sheerness arriving on
Destroyer VEGA was repairing until 14 November 1942.
Destroyer SOMALI (D.6) departed Scapa Flow at midnight 11/12 November for
boiler cleaning and repairs at Rosyth.
destroyer arrived at Rosyth at 1130/12th.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA arrived at Scapa Flow at 1030 after escorting
convoy EN.22 to Pentland Firth.
OB.242 departed Liverpool escorted by destroyers WANDERER, WARWICK, WILD
SWAN and corvettes CYCLAMEN and HIBISCUS. Destroyers WANDERER and WILD SWAN
and corvette CYCLAMEN were detached that day. On the 12th, destroyer CLARE
joined the convoy and remained with it until 14 November when she was
detached with destroyer WARWICK. The corvettes GARDENIA and NASTURTIUM were
with the convoy only on the 13th.
FN.332 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer VIVIEN and sloop
LONDONDERRY. The convoy arrived at Methil on the 14th.
FS.333 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers EGLINTON and WATCHMAN. The
convoy arrived off Southend on the 13th.
bombers attacked convoy EN.23/WN 34 at 1352, 1745, 1751, 1802, 1834.
WN.34 was being covered by anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK which also provided
cover to convoy EN.23.
British steamer TREBARTHA (4597grt) in convoy EN.23 was sunk by German
bombing four miles southeast of Aberdeen.
crew were lost on the British steamer.
British steamer CREEMUIR (3997grt) in convoy EN.23 was sunk at 1751 by
German bombing ten miles southeast of Aberdeen.
six crew and the naval gunner were lost with the steamer.
British steamer HARLAW (1141grt) in convoy WN.34 was damaged by German
bombing off Aberdeen.
British steamer BALMORE (1925grt) was sunk by German bombing in 52‑00N,
entire crew of the British steamer was lost.
British steamer SKARV (158grt) was sunk by a mine in Bristol Channel.
British steamer ARDMORE (1023grt) was lost cause unknown on a voyage from
Cork to Fishguard.
bombers attacked convoys FN.332 and FS.333.
Norwegian steamer RAVNANGER (3371grt) was sunk by German bombing one to one
and half miles northeast of No. 20 Buoy, Middlesborough, in Tees Bay.
crewman was lost on the Norwegian steamer.
British steamers CORSEA (2764grt), CORDUFF (2345grt), and COLONEL CROMPTON
(1495grt) in a convoy were damaged by German bombing in Barrow Deep off
Escorting escort vessel VIVIEN (Lt Cdr F. H. Beattie) shot down one Junkers
bomber, sloop LONDONDERRY (Cdr J. S. Dalison) shot down another Junkers
bomber, tug ST MELLONS (T/Lt H. L. Forster DSC RNR) shot down a
British steamer PITWINES (932grt) was damaged by German bombing north east
British steamer GRIT (501grt) was damaged by mine two hundred yards
southwest, south of Margate Buoy.
Minesweeping trawler STELLA ORION (417grt, Skipper W. J. Barlow RNR) was
lost on a mine in the Thames Estuary, two cables 262° northwest of Shingles
were no casualties on the trawler.
British trawler IWATE (314grt) was damaged by German bombing thirty five
miles south by west of Old Head of Kinsale.
HX.85, which had originally departed on the 1st and was recalled on the 5th,
departed Sydney CB, escorted by Canadian auxiliary patrol vessel ELK. The
convoy was given ocean escort by Battleship RODNEY and armed merchant
cruiser RAJPUTANA, which were detached on the 21st.
November, destroyers MALCOLM and SABRE and anti-submarine trawlerVIZALMA.
The trawler was detached later that day. Corvette HELIOTROPE joined on the
23rd. Corvette CLARKIA joined on the 25th. The convoy arrived at Liverpool
on the 25th.
Destroyers WISHART and WRESTLER departed Gibraltar to rendezvous with
aircraft carrier ARGUS and light cruiser DESPATCH arriving from England.
Destroyers DUNCAN and FORESTER departed Gibraltar to meet battlecruiser
RENOWN returning to Gibraltar from escort duties in the Atlantic.
Swordfish of 819 Squadron from aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS forced landed
near light cruiser GLOUCESTER at 1400. The crew of Sub Lt A. F. Keith, Lt G.
R. M. Going, TAG H. Phillips was picked up by GLOUCESTER's whaler and was
transferred back to the carrier in the light cruiser's Walrus aircraft. This
crash was later found to be due to contaminated fuel.
FLEET AIR ARM ATTACK ON TARANTO
Taranto on this date were the following units of the Italian Navy.
Battleships - LITTORIO, VENETO, CESARE, CAVOUR, DUILO (DORIA was refitting).
cruisers of 1st and 3rd Cruiser Squadrons - ZARA, FIUME, POLA, GORIZIA,
BOLZANO, TRENTO, TRIESTE.
cruisers of 8th Cruiser Squadron - GARIBALDI and ABRUZZI.
Destroyer Division 7 - FRECCIA, STRALE, DARDO, SAETTA.
Destroyer Division 8 - FOLGORE, BALENO, FULMINE, LAMPO.
Destroyer Division 9 - ALFIERI, GIOBERTI, CARDUCCI, ORIANI.
Destroyer Division 10 - MAESTRALE, LIBECCIO, GRECALE, SCIROCCO.
Destroyer Division 11 - CAMICIA NERA and GENIERE.
Destroyer Division 12 - LANCIERE, CARABINIERI, CORAZZIERE, ASCARI.
Destroyer Division 13 - GRANATIERE, ALPINO, BERSAGLIERE, FUCLIERE.
Destroyer Division 16 - DA RECCO, USODIMARE, PESSAGNO.
Mediterranean Fleet detached at 1800 aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, heavy
cruisers BERWICK and YORK, light cruisers GLOUCESTER and GLASGOW, destroyers
HYPERION, HAVOCK, HASTY, ILEX for operation JUDGMENT, the carrier air strike
on the Italian Fleet at Taranto.
aircraft from 813 Squadron, nine from 815 Squadron (Lt Cdr N. W.
Williamson), six from 819 Squadron (Lt Cdr J. W. Hale), three from 824
Squadron from Aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS attacked the Italian Fleet at
anchor in Taranto Harbour.
N. W. Williamson and Lt N. J. Scarlett of 815 Squadron were shot down and
taken prisoner. Lt G. W. L. A. Bayly and Lt H. J. Slaughter of the 813
Squadron were killed.
Italian battleship CAVOUR was sunk and LITTORIO and DUILO were damaged.
cruiser TRENTO was struck by a dud bomb.
Destroyers LIBECCIO and PESSAGNO were damaged by near misses and FULMINE and
LANCIERE were attacked but not damaged.
cruisers ORION, AJAX, SYDNEY with destroyers NUBIAN and MOHAWK were detached
at 1310 to operate in the Otranto Strait. Twelve miles 315° from Saseno they
encountered an Italian convoy of merchant ships ANTONIO LOCATELLI (5691grt),
CAPO VADO (4391grt), CATALANI (2429grt), PREMUDA (4427grt) escorted by
torpedo boat FABRIZI and armed merchant cruiser RAMB III.
merchant ships were sunk in the engagement by The ships. Torpedo boat
FABRIZI was badly damaged by gunfire in an engagement with destroyer MOHAWK.
merchant cruiser RAMB III fired nineteen salvoes and then disengaged
Italian motor torpedo boats north of Valona, Cruiser Squadron 7, consisting
of light cruisers ATTENDOLO, EUGENIO, AOSTA, the 15th Destroyer Division
from Brindisi, Cruiser Squadron 8, consisting of light cruisers ABRUZZI and
GARIBALDI, with the 7th and 8th Destroyer Divisions from Taranto hastened to
intercept the British forces in Otranto Straits but was unable to make
large destroyers GUEPARD and VALMY arrived at Beirut.
armed merchant cruiser ATLANTIS captured British steamer AUTOMEDON (7528grt)
in the Bay of Bengal in 4‑19N, 89‑24W.
crew and a naval gunner were lost on the steamer.
Seventy five crew, one gunner, twenty one passengers were made prisoners of
Tuesday, 12 November
Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK arrived at Scapa Flow at 1530 after escorting
convoy EN.23 to the Pentland Firth.
Destroyers BRILLIANT and VIMY arrived at Scapa Flow at 1200 from the Faroes.
Minelayers SOUTHERN PRINCE, PORT NAPIER, PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS, AGAMEMNON
(on her first duty), escorted by destroyers ST ALBANS, BATH, ST MARYS, laid
FS.334 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers VERDUN and WOLSEY. The convoy
arrived at Southend on the 14th.
destroyer PIORUN (former British NERISSA) departed Greenock at 1500 to work
up at Scapa Flow. She arrived at 1400/13th.
Destroyers EXMOOR and PYTCHLEY departed Skaalefjord.
0906, the destroyers were ordered to return to the Faroes and await the
arrival of destroyer DOUGLAS to relieve them of the escort of steamer ADDA.
arrival of destroyer DOUGLAS, they departed and destroyers EXMOOR and
PYTCHLEY arrived at Scapa Flow at 1000/13th.
Destroyer ELECTRA departed Scapa Flow at 0900 for Aberdeen.
1500, the destroyer met British steamer BEN MY CHREE and escorted her to
Lerwick arriving at 0540/13th.
Destroyer ELECTRA returned to Scapa Flow arriving at 1200/13th.
Minelaying cruiser ADVENTURE laid mines east of Inishtrahull.
British steamer ARGUS (661grt) was sunk on a mine three cables 199° from
south Oaze Buoy.
gunner was lost on the steamer. Thirty three crew and one gunner were
British trawler LORD HALDANE (91grt) was lost in the vicinity of the Bristol
Channel to unknown cause.
second strike on Taranto by aircraft carrier ILLUSTRIOUS was cancelled at
1800/12th due to weather conditions in the Gulf of Taranto.
Battleship MALAYA, light cruiser AJAX, destroyers DAINTY, DIAMOND,
GREYHOUND, GRIFFIN, GALLANT were detached at 1830 to refuel at Suda Bay,
arriving at 1000/13th. The force, plus destroyer VENDETTA, departed that
afternoon for Alexandria.
cruisers YORK and BERWICK, both short on fuel, were sent directly to
Alexandria, arriving on the 13th.
result of the British raid on Taranto, the major warships were sent
Italian battleships VENETO, CESARE, DORIA with the 10th and 13th Destroyer
Division left Taranto for Naples.
Italian heavy cruisers ZARA, FIUME, GORIZIA, POLA with the 9th and 11th
Destroyer Divisions left Taranto for Naples.
Italian heavy cruiser TRIESTE and the 12th Destroyer Division left Taranto
Italian light cruiser BANDE NERE was transferred from Brindisi to Palermo
and light cruisers DI GUISSANO and DIAZ with fourteen destroyers were
transferred from Augusta to Palermo.
Battlecruiser RENOWN arrived back at Gibraltar after a sweep into the
Atlantic, escorted by DUNCAN and FORESTER. Flag Officer, Force H, returned
his flag to battlecruiser RENOWN on the 13th.
merchant cruiser CILICIA departed Gibraltar, escorted by destroyer FOXHOUND
as local escort, for the Western Patrol.
BN.8B departed Bombay carrying the troops from convoy WS.3.
Carrying troops were steamers ROHNA, RAJULA, EGRA, LANCASHIRE, INDRAPOERA,
SLAMAT, DILWARA, NEVASA, TAKLIWA, PRESIDENT DOUMIER, CHRISTIAAN HUYGENS.
Steamer KHEDIVE ISMAEL carried troops from convoy WS.3 C.
Steamers CLAN CAMERON and RHESUS carried stores and ammunition. The convoy
was escorted by armed merchant cruisers RANCHI and HECTOR at the start.
Cruiser RANCHI was detached on the 15th and cruiser HECTOR was detached on
cruiser SHROPSHIRE joined the convoy on the 16th.
Aden on the 18th, sloop PARRAMATTA joined the convoy escort. The sloop was
with the convoy until 21 November.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE and sloop FLAMINGO joined the convoy on the
19th and remained until 21 and 20 November, respectively. The convoy arrived
at Suez escorted by sloop GRIMSBY on the 23rd.
SL.55 departed Freetown escorted by armed merchant cruiser MORETON BAY to 2
November, armed merchant cruiser CILICIA, destroyers ACTIVE, ACHATES,
ANTHONY from convoy OB.250, anti-submarine trawler LADY MADELEINE joined.
German air attack on cruiser CILICIA caused no damage on the 30th, but one
rating was killed and six wounded by two near misses.
December, when destroyer SAGUENAY was torpedoed in convoy HG.47, destroyers
ACHATES and ANTHONY joined HG.47 and were relieved in convoy SL.55 by
destroyers VANSITTART and VETERAN from convoy OB.252.
December, all escorts were detached. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 2
BS.8A departed Suez. The convoy was escorted by sloops AUCKLAND and
PARRAMATTA until the convoy was dispersed on the 16th.
Wednesday, 13 November
Battleship REVENGE with destroyers GARLAND, OTTAWA, ST LAURENT departed the
Clyde and met destoyer HIGLANDER escorting liner LEOPOLDVILLE for Halifax.
Destroyer GARLAND in the escort sustained heavy weather damage and lost two
destroyer was repaired at Govan from 17 November, completing on 26 December.
cruiser NEWCASTLE, escorted at first by destroyers KELVIN and JERSEY,
departed Plymouth for Force H.
OB.243 departed Liverpool escorted by destroyers ACHATES and ACTIVE,
corvettes ASPHODEL and PICOTEE, anti-submarine trawlers LADY MADELEINE and
NORWICH CITY. The corvettes were detached on 17November and the remainder of
the escort on the 18th.
FN.333 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers GARTH and VIMIERA. The
convoy arrived at Methil on the 15th.
Minelayers SOUTHERN PRINCE, PORT NAPIER, PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS, AGAMEMNON
laid minefield SN.45 off the northwest coast off Ireland, escorted by
destroyers BATH, ST MARYS, ST ALBANS.
Destroyer DOUGLAS departed the Faroes at 1500 escorting British steamer ADDA
Destroyer DOUGLAS and the steamer arrived at Liverpool at 2207 on the 15th.
Destroyer COSSACK (Captain D.4) departed Scapa Flow at 0130 to raid Jan
Destroyer COSSACK was recalled and she arrived back at Scapa Flow at 2145.
raid was later carried out by anti-aircraft cruiser NAIAD.
Destroyer MASHONA was detached from the battlecruiser REPULSE screen at 1100
to return to Scapa Flow due to buckling of forecastle plates.
destroyer arrived at Scapa Flow at 1000/14th. At 0015/15th, the destroyer
departed Scapa Flow for repairs at Rosyth.
Destroyer ESCAPADE departed Greenock at 0830 after repairs.
Destroyer ESCAPADE arrived at Scapa Flow at 0900/14th.
Destroyer SOUTHDOWN departed Portsmouth at 1730 for Scapa Flow to work up.
heavy weather, the destroyer put into Dartmouth for shelter and to effect
destroyer was able to continue at 1745/14th for Scapa Flow.
Submarine TIGRIS sank French trawler CHARLES EDMONDE (201grt) sixty miles
west of the Gironde in 45-41N, 2-57E.
14th, the submarine attacked another trawler 100 miles west of Rochelle,
sank British steamer CAPE ST ANDREW (5094grt), which was under tow and
escorted by one destroyer, in 55‑14N, 10‑29W.
Fourteen crew and a naval gunner were lost on the British steamer.
British steamer EMPIRE WIND (7459grt) was sunk by German bombing in 53‑48N,
entire crew were picked up by destroyer ARROW.
British tanker LEON MARTIN (1951grt) was sunk on a mine 5.2 cables 202° from
St Anthony Point, near Falmouth.
Sixteen crew were lost on the British tanker.
Belgian steamer ANVERS (4398grt) in convoy WN.35 was sunk by German bombing
four to five miles northeast of Rattray Head, in 57-43N, 1-49W.
crewman was killed on the Belgian steamer.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA departed Scapa Flow at 0830 to cover convoy
WN.35 to the Firth of Forth. She was in the escort for this convoy at the
time of the attack.
British tanker BRITISH PRESTIGE (7106grt) was damaged by German bombing off
SC.12 departed at 1200 escorted by ocean escort Sloop LEITH.
November, destroyers VERITY and WITHERINGTON, sloop FOLKESTONE, corvettes
ARBUTUS and CAMELLIA joined the convoy. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on
Destroyer DECOY, which had just arrived from escorting convoy ME.3, was
bombed by Italian bombers in Alexandria Harbour and suffered heavy damage
W. J. Hurst RNVR, P/T/Surgeon Lt J. Gilbertson RNVR, six ratings were killed
and three ratings were wounded on the destroyer.
Destroyer DECOY departed Alexandria on the 25th for Malta arriving on the
28th for repairs. DECOY was under repair for ten weeks.
Destroyer DECOY was replaced in the 10th Flotilla by escort vessel WRYNECK.
Thursday, 14 November
Anti-aircraft cruiser CURACOA transferred to convoy EN.25 and proceeded with
this convoy to Pentland Firth.
Destroyer WINDSOR arrived at Scapa Flow at 2030 to refuel on passage from
the Clyde to Grimsby.
Destroyer WINDSOR departed Scapa Flow at 0900/15th.
British minefield BS.46 was laid by minelayers TEVIOTBANK and PLOVER and
Destroyer IMPULSIVE was in dock for vibration problems.
the minelay, minelayer TEVIOTBANK was attacked by German aircraft at
1730/14th. There was no damage.
FN.334 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer WATCHMAN and sloop EGRET.
The convoy arrived at Methil on the 16th.
FS.335 departed Methil, escorted by destroyer WOOLSTON and sloop LOWESTOFT.
The convoy arrived at Southend on the 16th.
was an unsuccessful attempt to refloat Destroyer FAME on the 14th. Heavy
swells prevented the successful operation.
Another attempt to refloat destroyer FAME on the 16th failed when the pumps
failed to control flooding.
British night raid on Berlin, two British naval officers were lost. Thirteen
bombers were lost on the raid.
P/T/Sub Lt (A) T. A. Neal, in a Whitley of 77 Squadron from Topcliffe, was
killed when his aircraft was shot down.
Lt (A) I. R. Webb, in a Whitley of 58 Squadron from Linton on Ouse, was
captured after his plane was shot down, but later died as a prisoner of war.
British steamer ST CATHERINE (1216grt), en route to join convoy WN.35, was
sunk by German bombing one quarter mile south of Outer Buoy, swept channel,
Fourteen crew and one passenger was lost on the steamer.
British steamer BUOYANT (300grt) was sunk on a mine off Skegness.
defence vessel RISTANGO (178grt) was lost when she fouled the Medway Boom,
British drifter SHIPMATES (82grt) was sunk by German bombing in Dover
British drifter THE BOYS (92grt) was lost in heavy weather in the Downs.
British steamer FAIRY (207grt) was damaged by a mine near Chequer Buoy, off
the mouth of the Humber.
British steamer FISHPOOL (4950grt) was damaged by German bombing 55‑00N,
Steamer FISHPOOL was assisted by Corvette GARDENIA.
HX.87 of sixteen steamers departed Halifax at 1000 escorted by Canadian
destroyers COLUMBIA and ST FRANCIS and auxiliary patrol vessel ELK.
1700/15th, the local escort turned the convoy over to the ocean escort,
Armed merchant cruiser ALAUNIA, which was detached on the 26th.
Destroyers BROKE and HAVELOCK and corvettes ANEMONEand MALLOW joined on the
26th. These escorts were detached to convoy HX.88 on the 27th. Destroyers
WITHERINGTON, HESPERUS, HURRICANE joined on the 27th. The convoy arrived at
Liverpool on the 29th.
HX.88 departed Halifax at 1505 escorted by Canadian destroyer ASSINIBOINE
and auxiliary patrol vessels FRENCH and HUSKY.
Canadian destroyer ASSINIBOINE turned the convoy over to Armed merchant
cruiser AUSONIA at 1500/15th. The armed merchant cruiser was detached on the
BHX.88 departed Bermuda on the 12th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant
cruiser MONTCLARE. The convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.88 on the 17th and
the armed merchant cruiser was detached.
November, destroyers SALADIN and SCIMITAR joined the escort. Destroyer BROKE
and corvettes ANEMONE, ARABIS, MALLOW joined on the 27th. Destoyer BROKE was
detached on the 28th and corvette ARABIS on the 29th. The convoy arrived at
Liverpool on the 30th.
Mediterranean Fleet arrived back at Alexandria at 0700 after COATS and
Aircraft carrier ARGUS escorted by destroyers WRESTLER, VIDETTE, WISHART
arrived at Gibraltar for operation WHITE.
Greek destroyer flotilla under Admiral Kavadias made a sweep through the
Otranto Strait and into the Adriatic Sea as far as the island of Sasseno. No
contact was made and the Greek force returned to port.
Egyptian steamer ZAMZAM (8299grt) was damaged by German bombing at
Norwegian tanker TEDDY (6750grt), which had been captured by German armed
merchant cruiser ATLANTIS on the 8th, was scuttled by the ATLANTIS.