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by Don Kindell

NAVAL EVENTS, JUNE 1941 (Part 2 of 2)
Sunday 15th – Monday 30th

Partly edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Adventure, cruiser minelayer (Navy Photos, click to enlarge)

on to Royal Navy Ships, July 1941

 

Note: all vessels and aircraft are British unless otherwise identified or implied - click for abbreviations

(for more ship information, go to Naval History Homepage and type name in Site Search)

 


Background Events - June-November 1941

Invasion of Russia, Malta Convoys, Japan prepares for war


 

 

1941

 

           

Sunday, 15 June

 

Light cruiser EDINBURGH and destroyer INGLEFIELD departed Iceland.

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Convoy OB.336 departed Liverpool, escorted by corvettes AGASSIZ and WETASKIWIN. The convoy was joined on the 16th by destroyers LINCOLN and SHIKARI. On the 17th, destroyers SABRE and VENOMOUS, catapult ship PEGASUS, corvettes ALISMA and SUNFLOWER, and anti-submarine trawlers LADY ELSA, MAN O.WAR, and NORTHERN DAWN joined the convoy.Minesweepers GOSSAMER, HAZARD, and HEBE were with the convoy on the 18th. The convoy was dispersed on the 22nd.

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Destroyer INTREPID arrived at Scapa Flow at 2359 from the Humber where she fitted TSDS equipment.

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Destroyer CHARLESTOWN arrived at Scapa Flow at 2230 to work up after refitting prior to rejoining the Minelaying Force at loch Alsh.

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Submarine THUNDERBOLT unsuccessfully attacked U.557 in 42-00N, 47-00W.

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British fishing vessel AUDACIOUS (7grt) was sunk on a mine in 51-28N, 00-51E. One crewman was rescued from the fishing vessel.

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Bombarding Sidon, Light cruisers PHOEBE and LEANDER and destroyers ILEX, HASTY, and ISIS off Syria were attacked by French bombers.

 

Destroyer ISIS was damaged by German bombing from a near miss at 1700.

 

The destroyer proceeded to Haifa, escorted by anti-aircraft cruiser COVENTRY.

 

Destroyer ISIS departed Haifa on 26 July, escorted by corvette HYACINTH, for Alexandria. The destroyer was able to depart Alexandria on 8 August for the transit of the Suez Canal.

 

Destroyer ISIS with destroyer NUBIAN arrived at Bombay on 27 September. Destroyer ISIS departed Bombay on 2 October for Colombo. Destroyer ISIS arrived at Singapore on 13 October for repairs.

 

The destroyer was still under repair at Singapore on 17 January 1942. On that date, she was damaged by Japanese bombing. The destroyer was towed in February by destroyer ELECTRA to Batavia arriving on 7 February and later in the month by British steamer MALANCHA (8124grt) ship to Colombo. Her repairs were completed in March.

 

Destroyer ILEX was also damaged by French bombing at 1900 and taken to Haifa.Party towed by destroyer HASTY and finally under her own power at daylight on the 16th.

 

Destroyer ILEX was towed from Haifa at 1800/28th by destroyer DECOY and escorted by anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE and destroyers HOTSPUR and NIZAM.

 

On arrival at Port Said, destroyer NIZAM proceeded to Alexandria.Anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE and destroyers HOTSPUR and DECOY returned to Haifa.

 

Destroyer ILEX departed Port Said on 20 July after temporary repairs and arrived at Aden on 24 July.She departed Aden on 15 September and proceeded to Mombasa with engine room problems. The destroyer arrived at Durban in November and departed on 5 February. The destroyer departed Simonstown on 11 February for Freetown and finally Charlestown, South Carolina, arriving on 14 March 1942. Repairs were completed in October.

 

There were only two minor injuries from the damage of the two destroyers.

 

Destroyer JACKAL was struck on the upper deck by a bomb which passed through the deck and into the sea. The bomb exploded in the sea causing superficial damage.

 

The destroyer spent no time out of service.

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German tanker LOTHRINGEN (10,746grt) surrendered when she was intercepted in Operation SALVAGE by light cruiser DUNEDIN and aircraft from aircraft carrier EAGLE of Force F in 19-49N, 38-30W.

 

The tanker was taken for British use and renamed EMPIRE SALVAGE.

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Battlecruiser RENOWN, aircraft carriers ARK ROYAL and VICTORIOUS, and destroyers FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FOXHOUND, FEORESIGHT, FORESTER, and HESPERUS departed Gibraltar for a position 49N, 29-30W.

 

Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS and destroyer HESPERUS were detached to return to the UK.

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Light cruiser EMERALD, which departed Basra on the 1st for Singapore, collided with light cruiser DAUNTLESS, which departed Singapore on the 15th, near Malacca Light.

 

Both ships were slightly damaged and repaired at Singapore. Light cruiser DAUNTLESS had one rating killed. Light cruiser EMERALD had twelve ratings and one Marine died of injuries.

 

Light cruiser EMERALD was under repair until 2 August.

 

Light cruiser DAUNTLESS arrived at Singapore on the 17th and was under repair until 13 August.

 

 

Monday, 16 June

 

Minelayers AGAMEMNON and MENESTHEUS with destroyers BRIGHTON, CASTLETON, ST MARYS, and WELLS departed Loch Alsh on the 15th.

 

Light cruiser AURORA departed Scapa Flow for anti-aircraft support on the 15th.

 

British minefield SN.66 in the Iceland Faroes field was laid on the 16th by Minelayers AGAMEMNON and MENESTHEUS covered by light cruisers AURORA, NIGERIA, and KENYA.

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Battleships KING GEORGE V and NELSON and destroyers BEDOUIN, INTREPID, JUPITER, NESTOR, PUNJABI, and ESKIMO were brought to one hour's notice on the report of two unidentified ships departing Brest.

 

When it was found these two ships were merchant ships, the notice was cancelled.

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Convoy OB.335 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers RIPLEY and SHERWOOD, sloop FLEETWOOD, and corvettes CELANDINE and NASTURTIUM. The convoy was joined on the 23rd by armed merchant cruisers CHESHIRE and DERBYSHIRE. The escorts were detached on the 24th. The convoy arrived at Halifax on 2 July.

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British steam trawler ATLANTIC (167grt) was damaged by German bombing three miles southeast of Eddystone.

 

The trawler returned to Plymouth on the 16th.

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French destroyer CHEVALIER PAUL was sunk by British aircraft near Latakia in 35-18N, 35-18E at 0400 as she attempted to carry supplies to Syria.

 

The attack was made by six British Swordfish of 815 Squadron. One was shot down and its crew of Lt  M.G.W. Clifford and Sub Lt P. Winter were taken prisoner.

 

The survivors from the destroyer were picked up by French destroyers VALMY and GUEPARD which also picked up the crew of the downed British aircraft.Six French sailors were lost in the destroyer and nine wounded.

 

The French destroyers were engaged at 0400 by destroyers JERVIS and KIMBERLEY and both French destroyers suffered some damage.

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Light cruiser NAIAD and destroyers KINGSTON, HAVOCK, and JAGUAR departed Alexandria to relieve light cruiser PHOEBE and destroyers GRIFFIN and DEFENDER.

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Submarine UNBEATEN unsuccessfully attacked a large, zigzagging liner south of the Messina Strait.

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Submarine CLYDE arrived at Gibraltar from patrol in the Mediterranean.She had on board seven Italian prisoners from Italian steamers STURLA (1195grt) and GIOVANNI BOTTIGLIERE (331grt).

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Convoy HX.133 departed Halifax, escorted by armed merchant cruiser WOLFE and destroyer ANNAPOLIS. Destroyer ST CROIX joined the convoy on the 17th. Destroyer ANNAPOLIS was detached on the 20th.

 

Convoy BHX.133 departed Bermuda on the 14th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant cruiser LACONIA. The convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.133 on the 20th and the armed merchant cruiser was detached.

 

On the 20th, destroyer OTTAWA and corvettes CHAMBLY, COLLINGWOOD, ORILLIA, and VIOLET joined and destroyer ST CROIX was detached. Corvette POLYLANTHUS joined on the 23rd. Destroyers MALCOLM, RIPLEY, SCIMITAR, and WATCHMAN, sloop FLEETWOOD, corvettes ARABIS, CELANDINE, GLADIOLUS, and NASTURTIUM, and minesweepers NIGER and SPEEDWELL joined on the 27th.Armed merchant cruiser WOLFE and the OTTAWA escort group were detached on the 27th.Sloop FLEETWOOD and corvettes GLADIOLUS were detached on the 27th. On the 29th, destroyer RIPLEY and corvette NASTURTIUM were detached. Destroyers MALCOLM, SCIMITAR, and WATCHMAN and corvette CELANDINE were detached on the 30th. In Home Waters, the convoy was escorted by destroyer ICARUS, catapult ship MAPLIN, and anti-submarine trawlers NORTHERN GEM, NORTHERN PRIDE, and NORTHERN WAVE. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 3 July.

 

 

Tuesday, 17 June

 

Light cruiser KENYA arrived at Scapa Flow from Iceland Faroes passage and covering minelay SN.66.

 

Light cruiser AURORA also arrived at Scapa Flow after covering SN.66.

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Heavy cruiser SUFFOLK and destroyer ACTIVE departed Iceland for the Denmark Straits patrol.

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Light cruiser HERMIONE arrived at Iceland from Denmark Straits patrol, refuelled, and was sailed for Scapa Flow.

 

Light cruiser HERMIONE arrived at Scapa Flow on the 18th.

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Destroyer LANCE departed Scapa Flow at 1100 to join Western Approaches following working up.

 

The destroyer arrived at Greenock at 0700/18th.

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Destroyer WINCHESTER arrived at Scapa Flow at 1630 to work up following repairs prior to join Nore Command.

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Submarine P.33 departed the Clyde for Gibraltar arriving on the 28th.

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Minelayer PLOVER, escorted by patrol sloop GUILLEMOT, laid minefield BS.58 off the east coast of England.

 

Minesweepers ELGIN, SUTTON, and ALBURY of the 4th Minesweeping Flotilla accompanied the minelay.

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U.43 sank British steamer CATHRINE (2727grt) in 49-30N, 16W.

 

Twenty four crewmen were lost on the steamer. Three crewmen were rescued.

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British steamer JIM (833grt) was damaged by German bombing off T.2 Buoy, Tyne. The steamer returned to the Tyne on the 18th.

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Admiral King transferred his flag to light cruiser NAIAD from light cruiser PHOEBE off Syria.

 

Light cruiser PHOEBE and destroyers GRIFFIN and DEFENDER arrived at Alexandria on the 18th.

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Minelayer ABDIEL departed Alexandria for Famagusta with Fleet Air Arm torpedoes and a small quantity of stores.

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The flag of Rear Admiral Cruiser Squadron 7 was transferred from damaged light cruiser ORION to light cruiser AJAX.

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A British Buffalo of 805 Squadron failed to return from a patrol over British ships northwest of Sidi Barrani.

 

LT K.L. Keith was taken prisoner, but died of wounds on the 26th.

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Ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE arrived at Gibraltar from Western Patrol.

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Dutch submarine O.24 unsuccessfully attacked a tanker off La Spezia.

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British steamer TOTTENHAM (4762grt) was sunk by German raider ATLANTIS in 7-38S, 19-12W.

 

Seventeen crewmen landed at Trinidad on 2 July.Twenty six crewmen were made prisoners of war.

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Armed merchant cruiser PRETORIA CASTLE captured Vichy steamer DESIRADE (9645grt) east of the Antilles.

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Petty Officer G.H. Fynn and Petty Officer S.G. Blatchford in a Walrus of 773 Squadron were lost when they failed to return to Bermuda after dummy attacks at sea.

 

 

Wednesday, 18 June

 

Destroyer IMPULSIVE departed Scapa Flow at 0200 for Immingham for refitting and installation of TSDS equipment.

 

The destroyer arrived at 1830

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Heavy cruiser CUMBERLAND arrived at Scapa Flow EN.route to refitting after duty in the South Atlantic and escorting convoy SL.76 with light cruiser SHEFFIELD.

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Light cruiser EDINBURGH arrived at Scapa Flow from Denmark Straits patrol.

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Light cruiser MANCHESTER and destroyer ACHATES arrived at Iceland from Denmark Straits patrol.

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Polish destroyer KUJIWIAK, working up, was attacked by German aircraft.

 

Machine gun from the aircraft set off the four inch ready use ammunition locker. One man was killed. The destroyer called at Dundee to repair and land the dead man.

 

The destroyer arrived at Scapa Flow to work up on the 20th.

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Destroyer BATH departed Scapa Flow at 1400 after working up practices and arrived at Liverpool at 1630/19th.

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Destroyer WINDSOR departed Dundee at 1430 on completion of repairs to continue working up practices.

 

The destroyer arrived at Scapa Flow at 2350.

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Destroyer INTREPID departed Scapa Flow at 2100 for Iceland to join the anti-submarine force operating there.

 

The destroyer arrived at Reykjavik at 1340/20th.

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Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Scapa Flow at 0630 and escorted convoy WN.41 from Pentland Firth.

In the afternoon, the ship transferred to convoy EC.34 covering this convoy until its arrival in Pentland Firth.

 

Ship ALYNBANK arrived at Scapa Flow at 2330.

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U.552 sank British steamer NORFOLK (10,948grt) in 57-17N, 11-14W. One crewman was lost on the steamer. The survivors were rescued by destroyer SKATE.

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British fishing vessel DORIS II (6grt) was sunk on a mine three cables southeast of Outer Bar Bell Buoy off Sheerness.

 

The crew of two were missing.

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Destroyers FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FORESIGHT, FORESTER, and FOXHOUND, returning to Gibraltar after escorting aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS away, attacked a submarine contact. U.138 was sunk by destroyers FAULKNOR and FORESTER seventy miles off Cape Trafalgar in 36-04N, 7-29W.

 

Destroyer FEARLESS picked up the entire crew of four officers and twenty three ratings.

 

The destroyers arrived at Gibraltar later that day.

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Destroyer WISHART departed Gibraltar to join troopship SCYTHIA and destroyer DUNCAN, arriving from Freetown.

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Ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE departed Gibraltar on Western Patrol in company with Norwegian steamer SYDHAV and destroyer FURY as local escort.

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French destroyers VALMY and GUEPARD bombarded British advanced positions in Syria for a short time.

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Australian sloop PARRAMATTA and British tug ST ISSEY and anti-submarine whaler SOUTHERN SEA returned to Alexandria from Mersa Matruh.

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British troopship GLENROY carried five lighters, some stores, petrol, and military personnel and netlayer PROTECTOR carried a full load of cased petrol to Mersa Matruh where it was unloaded on the 18th.

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Convoy SL.78 departed Freetown escorted by armed merchant cruiser ESPERANCE BAY to 27 June, sloop BRIDGEWATER to 21 June, and corvettes ARMERIA, ASHODEL, ASTER, and BURDOCK to 28 June.

 

Heavy cruiser SHROPSHIRE was with the convoy on 26 to 27 June. The cruiser was ordered to leave the convoy and position her self one hundred miles west of the convoy.

 

After further attacks on the 27th, armed merchant cruiser ESPERANCE BAY also left the convoy.

 

Corvette FLEUR DE LYS departed Gibraltar on the 27th and was with the convoy on the 29th. The convoy was ordered dispersed on the 29th and the corvette returned to Gibraltar.

 

On 7 July, destroyers CHELSEA, MANSFIELD, and VERITY, catapult ship PEGASUS, corvettes ARBUTUS to 11 July, BEGONIA, CONVOLVULUS, JASMINE, LARKSPUR, PIMPERNEL, and ROHODENDRON joined the convoy, and arrived at Liverpool on 12 July.

 

 

Thursday, 19 June

 

The Flag of A/Vice Admiral A T B. Curteis CB, Second in Command, Home Fleet, transferred his flag from light cruiser ARETHUSA to battleship PRINCE OF WALES.

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Rear Admiral E.N. Syfret CB, assumed command of 18th Cruiser Squadron on light cruiser KENYA. On the 20th, the flag was transferred to light cruiser EDINBURGH.

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Destroyers ECLIPSE and ECHO departed Scapa Flow at 2000 for Reykjavik to reinforce the anti-submarine screen for the cruisers on the Denmark Straits patrol.

 

The destroyers arrived during the afternoon on the 21st.

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Destroyer VANESSA was damaged by German bombing in the North Sea. The destroyer was then involved in a collision with anti-submarine trawler TURQUOISE (430grt).

 

The destroyer was towed to Yarmouth by destroyer VESPER. The destroyer received temporary repairs at Great Yarmouth from 19 to 30 June. The destroyer was then towed to the Thames and repairing at London to 15 April 1942.

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Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Scapa Flow at 1240 to meet convoy WN.42 in the Pentland Firth and escorted it to Methil where they arrived at 1900/19th.

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Minelayer PLOVER, escorted by destroyer COTSWOLD, laid minefield BS.59 off the east coast of England.

 

Minesweepers accompanied the minelay.

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Destroeyr WRESTLER departed Gibraltar for Freetown to join the South Atlantic Command.

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British steamer EMPIRE WARRIOR (1306grt), after breaking away from convoy HG.64 was sunk by German bombing two and three quarters miles off Guadiana Bar, Gulf of Cadiz, 37-06N, 7-24W. The entire crew were rescued by a Portuguese destroyer.

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Swedish steamer GUNDA (1770grt) after breaking away from convoy HG.64 was sunk by German bombing in 37-36N, 9-53W.

 

The steamer had been taken in tow by British steamer PETEREL, but later sank. The entire crew were rescued by the steamer and anti-submarine trawler IMPERIALIST.

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British steamer ELLENGA departed Singapore with forty three personnel. The steamer called at Penang on the 21st and embarked eighty three additional personnel. The steamer was escorted by light cruiser DURBAN to 85E.

 

 

Friday, 20 June

 

Light cruiser SHEFFIELD departed Scapa Flow to refit at Rosyth.

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Destroyer HAMBLEDON departed Scapa Flow at 0300 to meet steamers AMSTERDAM and LADY OF MANN off the entrance of Aberdeen at 1030.Steamer LADY OF MANN was detached off Duncansby Head to Kirkwall.Steamer AMSTERDAM was escorted to Lerwick, arriving at 2200.

 

The two ships departed Lerwick at 1030/21st and steamer LADY OF MANN joined at 1630. The ships arrived off Aberdeen at 2300. The destroyer then proceeded to Chatham for fitting of SA equipment prior to joining the Nore Command.

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Convoy OB.337 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers CHELSEA and VETERAN, catapult ship SPRINGBANK, and corvettes ARBUTUS, BEGONIA, LARKSPUR, PIMPERNEL, and RHODODENDRON. Destroyers MANSFIELD and VERITY and corvette JASMINE joined on the 21st. Destroyer VETERAN was detached on the 21st and destroyers MANSFIELD and VERITY on the 24th. The convoy was dispersed on the 28th.

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Minesweeping trawler RESMILO (258grt, Skipper R.D. Stephen RNR) was sunk by German bombing at Peterhead.

 

There were no casualties on the trawler.

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Minelayer TEVIOTBANK laid mines in the North Sea in minefield BS.64, escorted by destroyer MENDIP.

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U.123 sank Portuguese steamer GANDA (4333grt) in 34-10N, 11-40W. Two crewmen and three passengers were lost on the steamer.

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Norwegian steamer SCHIELAND (2249grt) from convoy FS 520 was sunk by German bombing in 53-18N, 1-01E.

 

There were nine survivors from the steamer; one of which later died of injuries, picked up by destroyer MENDIP.

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British tanker INVERARDER (5578grt) was damaged by German bombing off the Isle of Wight.

 

The tanker was beached off Motherbank Buoy, Solent. The taken was refloated and taken to Southampton for repairs.

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British steamer ILSE (2844grt) was damaged on a mine on the west side of Hartlepool Approach Channel, in 54-41N, 1-20W. One crewman was killed.

 

The back of the ship was broken. The afterpart was taken to Middlesborough and a new forepart was built on.

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British steamer CORMOUNT (2841grt) was damaged by German aerial torpedoing off Outer Dowsing Light Vessel.

 

One gunner was killed on the steamer.

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U.203 sighted American battleship TEXAS, escorted by destroyer TRIPPE, off Iceland.

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Destroyers DECOY, HOTSPUR, and HAVOCK departed Alexandria for Haifa.

 

On the 21st destroyers HERO, KIMBERLEY, and JACKAL departed Haifa on relief for Alexandria.

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Submarine PARTHIAN departed Alexandria to patrol off Syria to destroyer Vichy warships.

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Submarine SEVERN unsuccessfully attacked a steamer off Palermo.

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Submarine TETRARCH unsuccessfully attacked a steamer off Lemnos.

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Italian submarine ONDINA sank Turkish steamer REFAH (3805grt) forty miles south of Mersin.

 

Twenty five crewmen and one hundred and forty two passengers were lost on the steamer.

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Italian steamer BUCCARI (4543grt) was lost in an explosion at Taranto.

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Destroyers FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FORESTER, and FOXHOUND departed Gibraltar to escort battlecruiser RENOWN and aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL into Gibraltar.

 

Destroyer FURY was ordered to part company with ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE and join the escort.

 

On the 22nd, Force H.arrived back at Gibraltar.

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British deperming vessels SPRINGTIDE and SPRINGDALE and naval trawler CANNA departed Gibraltar for Freetown with destroyer AVONVALE as local escort. Norwegian tanker NORVINN sailed and company and proceeded to the west.

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Convoy HX.134 departed Halifax, escorted by battleship REVENGE, armed merchant cruiser MALOJA, corvettes DAUPHIN and NAPANEE, and auxiliary patrol vessel RAYON D’OR. The corvettes and the patrol vessel were detached later that day.

 

Convoy BHX.134 departed Bermuda on the 19th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant cruiser ASCANIA. On the 23rd, the convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.134 and the armed merchant cruiser was detached.

 

On the 24th, sloops ABERDEEN and SANDWICH and corvettes HEPATICA, PRIMROSE, TRILLIUM, and WINDFLOWER joined. This group, including the armed merchant cruiser, was detached on 4 July. Corvette BITTERSWEET joined on 3 July and on 4 July, destroyers ROSBOROUGH, SALISBURY, and SHERWOOD, corvettes CARNATION, HOLLYHOCK, and NIGELLA, minesweepers BRITOMART and SALAMANDER, and anti-submarine trawler ST APOLLO joined. Destroyer BULLDOG joined on 5 July. Destroyer BULLDOG, sloop ABERDEEN, and corvette AUBRETIA were detached on 8 July. The remainder of the escorts arrived with the convoy at Liverpool on 9 July.

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Convoy SC.35 departed Sidney CB, escorted by armed merchant cruiser AUSONIA and auxiliary patrol boats RACCOON and REINDEER. The patrol vessels were detached on the 24th. On the 24th, sloop ABERDEEN and corvettes TRILLIUM and WINDFLOWER joined the convoy. The corvettes were detached on 4 August. On 4 August, destroyers BULLDOG and SALISBURY, corvettes AUBRETIA, CARNATION, HOLLYHOCK, and NIGELLA, and minsweepers BRITOMART and SALAMANDER joined the convoy.Minesweepers SEAGULL and SHARPSHOOTER joined on 7 July. Corvette PICOTEE joined on 8 July. On 8 July, sloop ABERDEEN and the minesweepers were detached. The convoy arrived in the Clyde on 9 July.

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Light cruiser MAURITIUS relieved heavy cruiser SHROPSHIRE in the 4th Cruiser Squadron at Colombo.

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American aircraft carrier WASP, heavy cruiser TUSCALOOSA, and destroyers ANDERSON and ROWAN departed Hampton Roads on neutrality patrol. The patrol concluded on 4 July at Bermuda.

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American submarine O.9 (LT H.J. Abbot) on a test dive southeast of Portsmouth, in 42-59N, 70-27W, is lost in an accident with the entire crew of Abbot, one other officer, and thirty two enlisted men.

 

 

Saturday, 21 June

 

Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS arrived in the Clyde after ferrying aircraft to Malta.

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Convoy OB.338 departed Liverpool. On the 22nd, destroyers MALCOLM, SCIMITAR, and WATCHMAN, catapult ship MAPLIN, corvettes ARABIS and VIOLET, minesweepers NIGER and SPEEDWELL, and anti-submarine trawlers NORTHERN GEM, NORTHERN PRIDE, NORTHERN SPRAY,and NORTHERN WAVE joined the convoy outside Liverpool. This group was detached on the 26th. On the 26th, destroyers NIAGARA and SAGUENAY, armed merchant cruiser RANPURA, and corvettes PICOU and RIMOUSKI joined. Destroyer NIAGARA was detached on 2 July. The convoy was dispersed on 3 July.

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Light cruiser HERMIONE was attached to the Western Approaches Command.

 

The light cruiser departed Scapa Flow for the Clyde to escort aircraft carrier FURIOUS on a ferry trip to Gibraltar.

 

On the 22nd, the ships with destroyers LANCE and LEGION departed the Clyde for Gibraltar.

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Light cruiser AURORA departed Scapa Flow to relieve light cruiser NIGERIA on patrol west of the Iceland Faroes minefield.

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Destroyer ARROW departed Chatham to rejoin the Home Fleet after repairs.

 

However, off Flamborough Head, the destroyer struck a mine at 2000 and was badly damaged.

 

Destroyer ARROW arrived at Middlesborough for repairs on the 22nd.

 

Repairs were completed on 20 November.

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Destroyer ELECTRA departed Scapa Flow at 1015 for Sheerness for refitting. The destroyer arrived at 1330/22nd.

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Sloop STORK departed Scapa Flow at 0530 for Rosyth on completion of working up exercises.

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Destroyer ANTHONY departed Scapa Flow at 1115 for Rosyth to clean boilers. The destroyer arrived at 1930.

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Destroyers ECLIPSE and ECHO arrived in Iceland. The ECHO departed that day to join heavy cruiser SUFFOLK on Denmark Straits patrol.

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Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Methil at 1130 and escorted convoy EC.35 to Pentland Firth, arriving at 0930/22nd. The ship then proceeded to Scapa Flow.

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Destroyer PYTCHLEY was escorting convoy FN.483 with destroyer VORTIGERN.

 

Destroyer PYTCHLEY was damaged by a mine two miles off Flamborough Head. There were no casualties.

 

Destroyer VORTIGERN towed the destroyer to the Tyne.

 

Destroyer PYTCHLEY was under repair until December 1942.

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Minesweeper PLOVER, escorted by destroyer EGLINTON, laid minefield BS.60 off the east coast of England.

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Canadian troop convoy TC.11 departed Halifax with liners ANDES (25,689grt), BRITANNIC (26,943grt), INDRAPOERA (10,825grt), PASTEUR (29,253grt), STIRLING CASTLE (25,550grt), and WINDSOR CASTLE (19,141grt).

 

Battlecruiser REPULSE, battleship RAMILLIES, and destroyers ASSINIBOINE, BUXTON, HAVELOCK, SKEENA, and ST LAURENT departed Halifax on the 21st.Battleship RAMILLIES was detached on the 27th. Destroyer ASSINIBOINE was detached on the 24th. Destroyer HAVELOCK was detached on the 27th. Destroyers SKEENA and ST LAURENT were detached on the 24th. The battlecruiser and destroyer BUXTON proceeded to England with the convoy.

 

Destroyers ACHATES, ACTIVE, ANTELOPE, INGLEFIELD, and INTREPID departed Iceland to meet TC.11 at 0100/25th. Destroyer ICARUS, detailed for the duty, was unable to proceed due to damaged propellers and was replaced by destroyer SHERWOOD. These destroyers and COSSACK and SIKH joined the convoy. On the 28th, Dutch cruiser HEEMSKERK joined the convoy on the 26th. Destroyer SHERWOOD was detached on the 28th. The rest arrived in the Clyde with the convoy at 0800/30th.

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British steamer GASFIRE (3001grt) was sunk on a mine ten miles east of Southwold in 52-19N, 1-59E.

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British steamer KENNETH HAWKSFIELD (1546grt) was sunk on a mine in 52-18N, 1-59E. One crewman was lost on the steamer.

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British steamer DORINE (3176grt) was damaged by German bombing off Sheringham.

 

The steamer arrived at Hartlepool on the 23rd.

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Norwegian steamer SKUM (1304grt) was damaged by German bombing near No. 57 Buoy.

 

The steamer was towed to Great Yarmouth and subsequently to London for repairs.

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German supply ship BABITONGA (4422grt) was scuttled when she was intercepted by Heavy cruiser LONDON at 02-05N, 27-42W, near St Paul Rocks.

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French steamer CRITON (4564grt) was captured by Armed merchant cruiser CILICIA on 9 May off Freetownat 10-11N, 20-17W. The steamer was taken to Freetown arriving on 11 May.

 

The steamer joined convoy SL.78 on the 19th for passage to Belfast. The steamer fell out of the convoy and was returning to Freetown.

 

She was intercepted by French patrol vessel AIR FRANCE IV which ordered her to proceed to Konakri.

 

When the steamer made a radio report, the patrol vessel sank the steamer.

 

Ten crewmen were killed on the steamer.Twenty four crewmen and the armed guard from armed merchant cruiser QUEEN OF BERMUDA under the command of Sub Lt S.K. Stretton RNR, were interned at Konakri.

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Minelayer LATONA arrived at Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

 

The minelayer had departed England on 16 May and proceeded, via Capetown.

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Corvette ERICA arrived at Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Fleet.

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French destroyer VAUQUELIN arrived at Beirut at 0840/same mission as destroyer CHEVALIER PAUL had attempted earlier.

 

The destroyer had been sighted by British aircraft at 1340/20th in 35-56N, 29-25E. However, contact was lost and no attack was made.

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French hospital ship CANADA (9684grt) was intercepted by destroyer JACKAL in 34-12N, 31-05E at 1400.

 

ForceB of light cruiser NAIAD and destroyers DECOY, HOTSPUR, and HAVOCK supported the operation.

 

The hospital ship was taken to Haifa, escorted by destroyer JACKAL, for inspection and released on the 22nd.

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Submarine OSIRIS arrived at Gibraltar from Holy Loch after refitting at Chatham from 25 January to 10 May.

 

 

Sunday, 22 June

 

Destroyer HEYTHROP arrived at Scapa Flow at 1700 to work up.

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Naval trawler BEECH (540grt, T/LTA.P. Cocks RNVR) was sunk by German bombing at Scrabster.

 

Cocks was lost with the trawler.

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U.141 sank Swedish steamer CALABRIA (1277grt) from convoy SL.75 100 miles from Inishtrabull. Three crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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U.77 sank British weather ship ARAKAKA (2379grt) in 47N, 40W.

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British steamer BALZAC (5372grt) was sunk by German raider ATLANTIS at 12S, 29W. Two crewmen were killed and one died on the steamer.Forty five crewmen were made prisoners of war.

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Submarine THRASHER departed Gibraltar with supplies for Malta, arriving on the 29th.

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Submarine UNION sank Italian steamer PIETRO QUERINI (1004grt) south of Pantelleria in 36-11N, 12E.

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Submarine SEVERN unsuccessfully attacked a submarine in 40-44N, 14-20E.

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French destroyer VAUQUELIN, which arrived on the 21st from Toulon, was damaged by British bombing at Beirut.

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British tanker PASS OF BALMAHA (758grt) departed Alexandria escorted by sloops AUCKLAND and PARRAMATTA for Tobruk.

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Greek store ship ANTIKLIA (951grt) departed Alexandria for Tobruk, escorted by sloop FLAMINGO.

Due to air attacks on the tanker convoy, this group was ordered on the 25th to remain at Mersa Matruh.

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Destroyers WISHART and DUNCAN with troopship SCYTHIA arrived at Gibraltar.

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Destroyers FAULKNOR, FORESIGHT, FORESTER, FOXHOUND, and FURY departed Gibraltar on the 22nd to intercept a German supply ship sighted by ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE.

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Submarine THRASHER departed Gibraltar with stores for Malta and Alexandria.

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British deperming ship CORBRAE and anti-submarine whalers KOS 10 and KOS 11 departed Gibraltar for Freetown, with local escort of destroyer ERIDGE.

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The following ships were seized on the 22nd by Germany upon invasion of Russia.

 

Estonian steamer HILDUR (1856grt) at Stettin. Renamed RIMAGE.

 

Latvian steamer AUSEJKUS (1309grt). Renamed CORTELSBURG.

 

Soviet steamer DNESTR (3580grt). Renamed PERNAU.

 

Soviet steamer ELTON (1799grt). Renamed INSTERBURG.

 

Soviet steamer KAGANOVITCH (3663grt). Renamed LIBAU.

 

Soviet steamer KHASAN (3979grt). Renamed PALATIA.

 

Soviet steamer MAGNITOGORSK (3566grt). Renamed TROSTBURG.

 

Latvian steamer SPIDOLA (2833grt). Renamed RUDAU.

 

Soviet steamer TALLINN (4479grt). Renamed DITMAR KOEL.

 

Soviet steamer VOLGOLES (3946grt). Renamed CALMAR.

 

Soviet steamer hopper MAJA was built at Hamburg for Russia, completing trials on the 19th.

 

 

Monday, 23 June

 

Light cruiser NIGERIA arrived at Scapa Flow from Faroes Iceland patrol.

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Light cruiser MANCHESTER and destroyer ECLIPSE departed Iceland to relieve heavy cruiser SUFFOLK on Denmark Straits patrol.

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Minesweeping trawler NOGI (299grt, Skipper E.C. King DSC RNR) was sunk by German bombing in 52-57N, 1-28E off Norfolk.

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Convoy HX.133 was sighted by U.203.

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German supply ship ALSTERTOR was located on the 22nd by Ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE and a Catalina aircraft, but contact was lost. The supply ship scuttled in 41-12N, 13-10W after she was intercepted by destroyers FAULKNOR, FORESIGHT, FORESTER, FOXHOUND, and FURY of the 8th Destroyer Flotilla.

 

Survivors from the ship included seventy eight British prisoners from British steamers TRAFALGAR and RABAUL. The destroyers rescued the survivors from ship'S-boats.

 

The destroyers then proceeded to meet aircraft carrier FURIOUS arriving from the Clyde.

 

Submarine P.33, which had also been searching for the German ship was directed to continue her passage to Gibraltar.

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Dutch submarine O.24 arrived at Gibraltar from patrol in the Mediterranean.

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British steamer HULL TRADER (717grt) was sunk on a mine one mile 270° from No.57C Buoy, Cromer.

 

Eleven crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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British steamer TRELISSICK (5265grt) was sunk by German bombing 3˝  miles 114° from Sheringham Buoy, Cromer.

Two crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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British steamer CAMROUX II (324grt) was damaged on a mine one mile northeast of No.17 Buoy, Flamborough Head.

 

The steamer was towed to Immingham.

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British steamer TOLWORTH (1351grt) was damaged by German bombing in 53-05N, 1-25E.

 

The steamer was drydocked in the Tyne for repairs.

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French destroyer GUEPARD was engaged by light cruisers NAIAD and LEANDER and destroyers JAGUAR, KINGSTON, and NIZAM north of Beirut in 34-05N, 35-33E at 0148.

 

Destroyer GUEPARD was damaged by British gunfire.

 

Light cruiser LEANDER was struck by one shell which did not explode.

 

Destroyers JERVIS, HAVOCK, HOTSPUR, and DECOY were submarine hunting in the area.

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Following temporary repairs at Alexandria, light cruiser ORION departed Alexandria on the 23rd for Port Said to have her catapult reembarked.

 

The cruiser departed Aden for Simonstown on the 29th.

 

At Simonstown, her catapult was removed and installed on seaplane carrier ALBATROSS.

 

The light cruiser went across the Pacific and departed Balboa on 28 August.Cruiser ORION arrived at Mare Island on 5 September and was under repair until 15 February 1942.

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There was a German air raid on Alexandria from 0315 to 0510/23rd.

 

Battleship WARSPITE was slightly damaged by a near miss of a heavy bomb.Two bulges were flooded.

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Soviet submarine M.78 was sunk by U.144 east of Ventspils, Latvia, west of Windau.

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Soviet cruiser MAKSIM GORKI was mined in the Baltic.

 

The cruiser lost her bow back to A turret.

 

The cruiser was repaired at Leningrad.

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Soviet destroyer GNEVNY was sunk by a mine off Hango.

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Soviet destroyer BYSTRY was sunk by German bombing at Sevastapool.

 

The destroyer was later salved.

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Soviet submarine S.3 was sunk by German motor torpedo boats S.35 and S.60 off Stienort.

 

 

Tuesday, 24 June

 

Heavy cruiser SUFFOLK and destroyer ECHO arrived at Iceland from Denmark Straits patrol.

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Fast minelayer MANXMAN arrived at Scapa Flow to work up.

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Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Scapa Flow at 2300 and met convoy WN.44 in Pentland Firth.

 

At noon on the 25th, the ship transferred to convoy EC.37 off Buchan Ness.Sloop BLACK SWAN departed Scapa Flow at 1300/25th to provide additional protection for the convoy. In North Channel, the sloop was detached and proceeded to Belfast to join the Western Approaches following working up at Scapa Flow. The anti-aircraft ship transferred to convoy WN.45 at 0500/26th and provided cover to Methil where they arrived at noon on the 27th.

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Convoy OG.66 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers BATH and WALKER, sloop SCARBOROUGH, and ocean boarding vessel MALVERNIAN.

 

On the 25th, destroyer VANOC and anti-submarine trawlers CORDELLA, FANDANGO, MORRIS DANCE, NORSE, and SARABANDE joined the convoy. Corvette HYDRANGEA joined the convoy on the 26th.

 

The destroyers and the corvette were detached on the 29th. The ocean boarding vessel left the convoy on the 30th.

 

On 3 July, destroyers FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FORESTER, LANCE, and LEGION joined the convoy. On 4 July, corvette COREOPSIS and anti-submarine trawlers LADY HOGARTH and LADY SHIRLEY joined the convoy. Destroyers ERIDGE and FARNDALE joined on 6 July.

 

Destroyers LEGION and LANCE were detached on 3 July, destroyer FAULKNOR on 5 July, destroyers FEARLESS and FORESTER on 6 July, and arrived at Gibraltar on 8 July with sloop SCARBOROUGH and anti-submarine trawlers FANDANGO, MORRIS DANCE, SARABANDE, CODRELIS, NORSE, and local escorts.

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U.203 attacked convoys HX.133 and OB.336.

 

Norwegian steamer SOLOY (4402grt) was sunk in 44-39N, 39-43W from convoy HX.133. The entire crew of the steamer were rescued.

 

U.203 also reported damaging one tanker and one steamer from convoy HX.133.

 

Eight hours later, British steamer KINROSS (4956grt) and Dutch steamer SCHIE (1967grt) were sunk in 55-23N, 38-49W from convoy OB.336. The entire crew of the British steamer were rescued.

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U.371 sank Norwegian steamer VIGRID (4765grt), straggling from convoy HX.133, in 55N, 41W.

 

Nineteen crewmen, four passengers, and one gunner were missing from the steamer.

 

American destroyer CHARLES F. HUGHES rescued fourteen survivors on 7 July.

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U.651 sank British steamer BROCKLEY HILL (5297grt), straggling from convoy HX.133, in 58-30N, 38-20W. The entire crew was rescued.

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British steamer LEVENWOOD (803grt) was damaged by German bombing off Tees Bay.

 

The steamer arrived at Hartlepool in tow on the 25th.

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Soviet submarines S.1, M.71, M.80, RONIS (ex-Latvian), and SPIDOLA (ex-Latvian) were scuttled at Libau.

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New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER and destroyers HASTY and JAGUAR shelled the Syrian coast north of Beirut at dawn on the 24th.

 

Minesweeper HARROW swept the coast off Sidon.

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Corvettes PEONY was sailed to Haifa and HYACINTH to Famagusta from Alexandria.

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The British Tobruk convoy was attacked by aircraft.

 

Tanker PASS OF BALMAHA was damaged by bombing and abandoned.

 

Sloop AUCKLAND (Cdr  M.S. Thomas DSO) was sunk in 32-15N, 24-30E at 1530.

 

LT (E) C.L. Meadley, thirty two ratings and the NAAFI manager were killed on the sloop. Three ratings died of wounds. Surgeon Lt  C.J. Robarts and seven ratings were wounded.

 

Sloop PARRAMATTA picked up the one hundred and sixty two surivours, including Cdr  Thomas, Lt  D.G.D. Hall-Wright, Lt A.P. Culmer, Lt  J.F. House, Surgeon Lt  C.J. Robarts, and T/A/Sub Lt P. Whitehead RNVR and proceeded to Alexandria, arriving on the 25th.

 

Australian destroyers VENDETTA and WATERHEN arrived to assist. They picked up the survivors from AUCKLAND. Destroyer WATERHEN took the PASS OF BALMAHA in tow and proceeded to Tobruk, screened by destroyer VENDETTA.

 

The tanker was unloaded on the 28th and escorted from Tobruk by sloop PARRAMATTA and anti-submarine whaler SOUTHERN MAID.

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Light cruiser NEPTUNE arrived at Simonstown.

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British seaplane carrier ALBATROSS was docked for refitting at Simonstown.

 

The refitting was completed on 4 August.

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Convoy HG.66 departed Gibraltar escorted by destroyers FARNDALE and WISHART, sloop FOLKESTONE, corvette AZALEA, Dutch submarine O.21, anti-submarine trawler STELLA CARINA, and three motor launches as additional local escort.

 

The trawler was detached later that day. Destroyer WISHART was detached on the 27th. Destroyer FARNDALE was detached on the 30th. Submarine O.21 was detached on 1 July.

 

On 4 July, the convoy was met by destroyers GARLAND, MAORI, SARDONYX, and WESTCOTT and on 5 July by destroyer ST ALBANS and corvettes FREESIA and MYOSITIS.

 

Sloop FOLKESTONE was detached on 8 July.

The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 9 July.

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German raider KORMORAN, approaching Madris to lay mines, encountered armed merchant cruiser CANTON.

 

The German ship escaped undetected, but the minelaying was cancelled.

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New Zealand light cruiser ACHILLES departed Wellington escorting British liner AQUITANIA (44,786grt) to Bass Strait.

 

On the 30th, the light cruiser joined liners QUEEN MARY (81,235grt), and QUEEN ELIZABETH (83,673grt) to form convoy US.11A.

 

 

Wednesday, 25 June

 

Light cruiser NIGERIA and destroyers BEDOUIN, TARTAR, and JUPITER departed Scapa Flow at 2100 on Operation EC to locate German weather ship LAUENBERG (344grt).

 

The ships proceeded to Skaalefjord to first refuel. The ships departed on the 26th.

 

On the 28th, weathership LAUENBURG was captured off Jan Mayen Island in 73-02N, 3-13W.After a thorough search of the vessel, weathership LAUENBURG was sunk by destroyer TARTAR.

 

The ships arrived at Scapa Flow after the operation on the 30th. Destroyers BEDOUIN and TARTAR at 1630 and destroyer JUPITER at 2200.

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Destroyer LIDDESDALE was damaged by German bombing in the North Sea, but had no time out of action.

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Minefield SN.70B Operation and Collision between HMS Kenya and HMS Brighton

 

Minefield SN.70B was laid by Minelayers AGAMEMNON and MENESTHEUS, escorted by destroyers BRIGHTON, CASTLETON, and WELLS.

 

The operation was covered by light cruisers KENYA and ARETHUSA which departed Scapa Flow on the 23rd. Light cruiser AURORA relieved ARETHUSA on the 25th. ARETHUSA went to Iceland Faroes patrol.

 

On the 25th, destroyer BRIGHTON came out of a dense fog and hit KENYA starboard side abreast B turret. No deaths are reported and there is no reference to any injuries. However, one man was reportedly thrown or jumped into the water, but was rescued.

 

KENYA proceeded to Scapa Flow, arriving on the 27th, and later to the Tyne for repairs.

 

BRIGHTON, whose bow was severely damaged, was escorted to Reydarfjord by AURORA and WELLS. Destroyer ECLIPSE sailed from Reykjavik to provide additional anti-submarine support for the minelayers.

 

Destroyer ECHO departed Hvalfjord to assist on the 25th and arrived on the 26th at Reydarfjord where the damaged destroyer and AURORA had arrived.

 

ECLIPSE arrived at Loch Alsh on the 27th after assisting the escort.

 

KENYA departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth on the 28th, arriving on the 29th.

 

On the 28th, BRIGHTON departed for the Clyde in tow of tugs MARAUDER and THAMES escorted by AURORA and ECHO. The escort ships were reinforced en route by destroyer LIGHTNING, which departed Scapa Flow at 1700/29th.

 

BRIGHTON, still under tow, detached in the North Minches. AURORA, LIGHTNING and ECHO arrived at Scapa Flow at 0200 on 1 July.

 

BRIGHTON arrived in the Clyde on 1 July without her bow, which had broken away en route.

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Minelayer TEVIOTBANK, escorted by destroyer WALPOLE, laid minefield BS.65 off the east coast of England.

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U.77 sank Greek steamer ANNA BULGARIS (4603grt) in 55N, 38W. The entire crew were lost.

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U.108 sank Greek steamer ELLINICO (3059grt) in 55N, 38W.

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U.75 sank an eastbound steamer west of Ireland. The steamer was observed to sink, but was not identified.

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U.108 sank Greek steamer NICOLAS PATERAS (4362grt), a straggler from convoy OB.336, in 55N, 38W. The entire crew were lost.

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Steamer DASHWOOD (2154grt) was sunk by German bombing in 52-59N, 1-52E. The entire crew were rescued.

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Trawler ISLE OF WIGHT (176grt) was damaged by German bombing off Scarborough.

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New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER and destroyers DECOY, HAVOCK, and NIZAM swept north of Beirut during the night of 25/26 June. At dawn on the 26th, the force bombarded the Damur area.

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Submarine PARTHIAN sank French submarine SOUFFLEUR off Beirut, in 33-49N, 35-26E at 1242.

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Australian light cruiser PERTH and anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE departed Alexandria at 1530/25th to relieve cruisers LEANDER and COVENTRY off Syria.

 

Cruiser CARLISLE had been in the floating dock at Alexandria from 21 to 25 June.

 

Light cruiser PERTH was only partially repaired from the Crete bombing damage.

 

New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER and Anti-aircraft cruiser COVENTRY off Syria were relieved by Australian light cruiser PERTH and Anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE on the 26th.

 

Cruisers LEANDER and COVENTRY departed Haifa and joined the Battle Fleet at sea. They returned to Alexandria on the 27th.

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Destroyers HASTY and JAGUAR departed Haifa to return to Alexandria.

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Submarine RORQUAL departed Alexandria on a supply run to Malta.

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Estonian steamer ESTONIA (1181grt) was seized by German forces.

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An Italian convoy of troopships ESPERIA, MARCO POLO, OCEANIA, and NEPTUNIA departed Naples for Tripoli, calling at Taranto on the 27th.

The convoy was escorted by destroyers AVIERE, GENIERE, GIOBERTI, and DA NOLI and was given cover by heavy cruisers TRIESTE and GORIZIA and destroyers CORAZZIERE and CARABINIERE. Destroyer ASCARI departed Messina on the 25th and joined the covering force.

 

Submarine URGE, already on patrol off Messina, and submarines UNBEATEN and UPHOLDER, at Malta, were ordered to intercept the convoy.When no contact was made, submarines UNBEATEN and UPHOLDER returned to Malta on the 27th.

 

In British air attacks on the convoy on the 25th, Sub Lt (A) D.A.R. Holmes and Leading Airman J.R. Smith were lost when their Swordfish of the 830 Squadron hit the side of the ship being attacked.

 

Liner ESPERIA received light damage from the air attacks.

 

Destroyer ASCARI arrived at Messina on the 29th. The convoy arrived at Tripoli on the 29th.

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Aircraft carrier FURIOUS, light cruiser HERMIONE, and destroyers LEGION and LANCE and destroyers FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, FORESTER, FOXHOUND, and FURY, which joined on the 24th, arrived at Gibraltar.

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Submarine OSIRIS departed Gibraltar for Malta with seventy tons of petrol.

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Dutch submarine O.23 departed Gibraltar for patrol in the Gulf of Genoa.

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American light cruisers PHILADELPHIA and SAVANNHA with destroyers LANG and WILSON departed Hampton Roads on neutrality patrol ending at Bermuda on 8 July.

 

 

Thursday, 26 June

 

Light cruiser EURYALUS was commissioned at Chatham.

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Convoy OB.339 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyer BROADWATER, sloop LEITH, and corvettes BITTERSWEET and FENNEL. On 2 July, destroyers RAMSEY and RICHMOND and corvettes COBALT and POLYANTHUS joined. Destroyer RAMSEY was detached on 3 July.Armed merchant cruiser WOLFE joined on 6 July. On 9 July, destroyers BURWELL and RICHMOND and sloop LEITH were detached. On 10 July, destroyer BROADWATER and corvette COBALT were detached. The convoy arrived at Halifax on 12 July.

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Destroyer WINCHESTER departed Scapa Flow at 1030 for the Clyde to form part of the escort for aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS to Scapa Flow.

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Destroyer HAMBLEDON arrived at Scapa Flow at 1830 from Chatham after fitting of SA equipment.

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Indian sloop JUMNA departed Scapa Flow escorting tanker WAR BHARATA to the Faroes.

 

The sloop arrived back at Scapa Flow at 0400/27th to problems with the tanker's machinery. The sloop sailed again at 1400 escorting tanker WAR PINDARI, which had taken the place of the original tanker.

 

After delivering the tanker, the sloop departed at 2300/28th escorting tanker WAR DIWAN and QUENTIN ROOSEVELT to Scapa Flow arriving at noon on the 30th.

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Minesweeping trawler TRANIO (275grt, T/LTA.L.G. Gillies RNR), in tow, was sunk by German bombing near No. 57 Buoy (Smith's Knoll).

 

There were no casualties on the trawler.

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Battlecruiser RENOWN, aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, light cruiser HERMIONE, and destroyers FAULKNOR, FORESTER, FURY, FEARLESS, and FOXHOUND departed Gibraltar.

 

Destroyers FEARLESS and FOXHOUND were relieved before the operation by destroyers LANCE and LEGION.

 

On the 27th, aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL flew aircraft off to Malta in Operation RAILWAY.

 

Force H.arrived back at Gibraltar on the 28th.

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Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH, WARSPITE, and VALIANT, light cruiser AJAX, minelayer ABDIEL, and destroyers KANDAHAR, GRIFFIN, HERO, JAGUAR, DEFENDER, KIMBERLEY, and HASTY departed Alexandria for gunnery and other exercises between Alexandria and Port Said.

 

Battleship WARSPITE was detached that afternoon for Port Said, escorted by destroyers KANDAHAR, GRIFFIN, and KIMBERLEY arriving at 2200/26th. The battleship transited the Canal and began the passage to the USA, via Colombo and Singapore.

 

Destroyers KANDAHAR and GRIFFIN then proceeded to Haifa to operate off Syria.

 

Destroyer KIMBERLEY rejoined the Battle Fleet.

 

On the 26th, light cruiser PHOEBE and minelayer LATONA joined the Fleet exercises.

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Submarine SEVERN sank Italian steamer POLINNIA (1292grt) was sunk southeast of Ischia in 40-05N, 12-08E.

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Submarine UTMOST sank Italian steamer ENRICO COSTA (4080grt) four miles from Cape Todaro in 38-07N, 14-37E.

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Submarine P.33 arrived at Gibraltar from the Clyde. On the 28th, the submarine departed for Malta.

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Convoy HX.135 departed Halifax, escorted by destroyer ST CROIX, sloop LONDONDERRY, corvettes BARRIE and MATAPEDIA, and auxiliary patrol vessel REINDEER. The corvettes and the patrol vessel were detached that day. The destroyer was detached on the 29th.

 

Convoy BHX.135 departed Bermuda on the 24th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant cruiser PRINCE DAVID. The convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.135/29th and the armed merchant cruiser was detached.

 

On 1 July, escort ships CULVER and HARTLAND joined the convoy and BANFF and FISHGUARD joined on 4 July.Minesweeper HUSSAR and corvettes ABELIA and ANEMONE joined on 6 July. Destroyers BROKE, DOUGLAS, SALADIN, and SKATE, corvette VERONICA, and anti-submarine trawlers ST ELSTAN, ST KENAN, and ST ZENO. Destroyers SALADIN and SKTA were detached on 10 July and the remainder of the escort on 11 July. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 12 July.

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British troopship NIEUW AMSTERDAM departed Suez with the King of Greece, members of the Royal Family, the Greek Prime Minister, other ministers and their families, British, Dutch, and Polish Ministers and families, 151 other passengers, five naval personnel, 1000 prisoners of war, and seventy five escorts.

 

The troopship was met by heavy cruiser CORNWALL on 3 July. They arrived at Durban on 7 July.

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British steamer MAREEBA (3472grt) was sunk by German raider KORMORAN at 8-15N, 88-06E.

 

Twenty six crewmen were lost and twenty five were rescued and made prisoners of war.

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Yugoslavian steamer VELEBIT (4153grt) was sunk by German raider KORMORAN in the Bay of Bengal.

 

Six crewmen were rescued; of which two died.Twelve crewmen were made prisoners of war.Seven were killed by the gunfire which sank the ship and seven crewmen were missing.

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Soviet destroyers MOSKVA and KHARKOV bombarded contanza, Rumania.

 

The bombardment was covered by cruiser VOROSHILOV and destroyers SMYSHLENY and SOOBRAZITELNY.

 

Destroyer MOSKVA was sunk by a mine as the destroyers retired. Destroyer KHARKOV was damaged by near misses of German bombing.

 

Destroyers SMYSHLENY and SOOBRAZITELNY escorted destroyer KHARKOV.

 

Cruiser VOROSHILOV was damaged by the explosion of a mine.

 

Destroyers BESPOSCHADNY and BODNY departed Sevastapool to join the cruiser and escort it back to port.

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During the night of 26/27 June, Soviet destroyer STOROZHEVOI was torpedoed by a German S-boat in the Irben Strait.

 

The destroyer was towed to Leningrad and repaired.

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Soviet submarine M.83 was scuttled at Libau.

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Soviet submarine M.101 or M.72 was torpedoed by U.149 in 59-20N, 21-12E.

 

Submarine M.101 was sunk.

 

Submarine M.72 was damaged and taken to Kronstadt.

 

There is dispute which Soviet submarine was hit by the German submarine and which was mined.

 

 

Friday, 27 June

 

Ships for Convoy WS.9B departed Avonmouth on the 27th, Liverpool on the 28th, and the Clyde on the 29th. The three sections rendezvoused at sea on the 30th.

 

Steamers TAMAROA (12,405grt), PULASKI (6345grt), ANSELM (5954grt, which returned with defects), ORONSAY (20,043grt), ATHLONE CASTLE (25,564grt), MONARCH OF BERMUDA (22,424grt), CERAMIC (18,713grt), CLAN FORBES (7529grt), ARUNDEL CASTLE (19,118grt), MATAROA (12,390grt), PAMPAS (5415grt), RANGITATA (16,737grt), and ELISABETH BAKKE (5450grt) composed the convoy.

 

Destroyer WELLS escorted the convoy from 29 June to 1 July.

 

Anti-aircraft cruiser CAIRO and destroyers ST FRANCIS, GARLAND, READING, PIORUN, VANQUISHER, WINCHELSEA, MAORI, and CASTLETON escorted the convoy from 29 June to 2 July.

 

Light cruiser EDINBURGH, which departed Scapa Flow on the 25th for the Clyde and arrived on the 26th, and destroyer WOLVERINE escorted the convoy from 28 June to 3 July.

 

Armed merchant cruiser CATHAY was with the convoy from 29 June to 4 July.

 

Armed merchant cruiser CHITRAL was with the convoy from 29 June to 7 July.

 

Light cruiser GALATEA and armed merchant cruiser MORETON BAY were with the convoy for the entire voyage to Freetown.

 

Destroyers WIVERN, WILD SWAN, and BRILLIANT and corvette ASPHODEL joined the convoy on 10 July and escorted it to Freetown, and arrived at Freetown on 13 July.

 

On 16 July, the convoy sailed escorted by destroyers BRILLIANT, VELOX, VANSITTART, and BOREAS from 16 to 18 July. Light cruiser GALATEA escorted the convoy through to Capetown.

 

Steamers CERAMIC, CLAN FORBES, PAMPAS, ELISABETH BAKKE, PULASKI, and RANGITATA arrived at Capetown on 27 July.Steamers ORONSAY, ATHLONE CASTLE, MONARCH OF BERMUDA, ARUNDEL CASTLE, TAMAROA, and MATAROA arrived at Durban on 30 July.

Steamers CLAN FORBES, PULASKI, PAMPAS, and ELISABETH BAKKE departed Capetown on 30 July escorted by armed merchant cruiser QUEEN OF BERMUDA. They rendezvoused with ORONSAY, ARUNDEL CASTLE, MONARCH OF BERMUDA, and ATHLONE CASTLE which sailed from Durban on 3 August escorted by light cruiser GALATEA, and arrived Aden on 14 August. The ships travelled independently to Suez.

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Convoy OB.340 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers ASSINIBOINE and BULLDOG, corvettes AUBRETIA, CARNATION, HOLLYHOCK, and NIGELLA, minesweepers BRITOMART and SALAMANDER, and anti-submarine trawlers ANGLE, KING SOL, NOTTS COUNTY, and ST APOLLO. This section was detached on 3 July when destroyer HAVELOCK, sloop FLEETWOOD, and corvettes ALBERNI, CHAMBLY, COLLINGWOOD, and ORILLIA joined. The convoy was dispersed on 13 July.

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Heavy cruiser CUMBERLAND, escorted by HAMBLEDON and WINDSOR, departed Scapa Flow at 1030 to refit at Chatham.

 

The heavy cruiser arrived at Sheerness on the 28th.

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Destroyers LIGHTNING, ESKIMO, NESTOR, and KRAKOWIAK departed Scapa Flow at 1930 to search for a submarine reported by air in 59-20N, 4-04W.

 

The destroyers arrived back at 2200/28th.

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Destroyer ICARUS, with damaged propellers, departed Reykjavik at 1200 to meet convoy HX.133 and then proceed to Ardrossan to repair.

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Submarine L 26 grounded on the west coast of Mull.

 

The submarine was refloated on the 28th.

 

Submarine L 26 was repaired at Ardrossan from 8 July to 26 July.She was permanently repaired at Plymouth from 19 September to 5 February 1942.

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Minesweeping trawler FORCE (324grt, A/T/Skipper C.E. Smalley RNR) was sunk by German bombing off Great Yarmouth.

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U.70 damaged Dutch tanker TIBIA (10,356grt) from convoy HX.133 in 59-55N, 30-49W.

 

The tanker was repaired in the Tyne.

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U.69 sank British steamer EMPIRE ABILITY (7603grt) from convoy SL.78 at 23-50N, 21-10W. Two crewmen were missing from the steamer.

 

U.69 also sank British steamer RIVER LUGAR (5423grt) from this convoy at 24N, 21W.

 

Six crewmen from the steamer were rescued by corvettes BURDOCK and ARMERIA.

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U.556 and U.564 attacked convoy HX.133.

 

U.564 sank Dutch steamer MAASDAM (8812grt) in 60N, 30-35W.

 

Two passengers were lost on the steamer.

 

U.564 sank British steamer MALAYA II (8651grt) in 59-56N, 30-35W.

 

Thirty nine crewmen were lost and six were rescued from the steamer.

 

U.564 damaged Norwegian tanker KONGSGAARD (9467grt) in 60N, 30-42W.

 

The tanker arrived at Belfast Lough on 2 July.

 

U.556 was sunk by Corvettes NASTURTIUM, CELANDINE, and GLADIOLUS southwest of Iceland in 60-18N, 29-20W.

 

The commanding officer, four other officers, and thirty five were rescued.An engineer officer and four ratings were missing.

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U.123 attacked convoy SL.78.

 

British steamer P.L.M. 22 (5646grt) and Dutch steamer OBERON (1996grt) were sunk at 25-43N, 22-47W.

 

Thirty two crewmen were lost on the British steamer. Corvette ARMERIA rescued twelve survivors from the steamer.

 

Six crewmen were killed on the Dutch steamer.

 

The submarine claimed hitting a third ship, but no confirmation is available.

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Dutch steamer MONTFERLAND (6790grt) was sunk by German bombing in 52-47n, 1-50E. The entire crew were rescued.

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Italian submarine GLAUCO was sunk by destroyer WISHART, which just left convoy HG.66, west of Gibraltar in 35-06N, 12-41W.

 

Seven officers and forty four ratings were rescued from the submarine. The destroyer arrived at Gibraltar on the 28th.

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Destroyer FIREDRAKE departed Chatham after repairs to return to Gibraltar and duty with Force H.

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Submarine CLYDE departed Gibraltar westward for Operation VIGOROUS.Due to mistaken identity, she was attacked by destroyer AVONVALE in the Straits and sustained some damage. However, the submarine was able to continue on her mission.

 

The operation was a patrol in the area of the Canary Islands for a German supply ship, reportedly due to supply a German submarine on the 30th. Nothing was found and the submarine returned to Gibraltar on 5 July.

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Submarine OSIRIS unsuccessfully attacked a steamer in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Submarine TRIUMPH sank Italian submarine SALPA off Mersa Matruh in 32-05N, 26-47E.

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Italian submarine JANTINA unsuccessfully attacked Australian sloop PARRAMATTA in 31-34N, 27-28E.

 

The sloop counterattacked and was joined by destroyerSTUART, but the submarine was not damaged.

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Light cruiser NAIAD and destroyers KINGSTON, JERVIS, and HOTSPUR bombarded Damur at dawn on the 27th.

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Light cruiser MAURITIUS arrived at Mombasa after escorting convoy CM 11 to Aden.

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Observer Sub Lt (A) M.S.T. Broadwood of 700 Squadron, Petty Officer Airman H.D. Millington, Petty Officer Airman W.A.H. Peters, and Air Artificer 4/c T.G. Finan were killed in an air accident in Heavy cruiser EXETER at 13-38S, 42-02E in Mozambique Channel.

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Soviet submarine S.10 was torpedoed and sunk by German motor torpedo boats S.59 and S.60 in Irben Strait.

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Convoy SL.79 departed Freetown escorted by armed merchant cruiser DUNOTTAR CASTLE to 10 July and corvettes COLUMBINE, CROCUS, and CYCLAMEN to 5 July.

 

Ocean boarding vessel MARSDALE departed Gibraltar on 11 July and joined the convoy for passage to England.

 

On 14 July, the convoy joined convoy HG.67 for the passage to England, and arrived at Liverpool on 24 July.

 

 

Saturday, 28 June

 

Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS departed the Clyde escorted by destroyers CHARLESTOWN, ST MARYS,and WINCHESTER for Scapa Flow.

 

Destroyer ECLIPSE departed Loch Alsh at 2330/28th to join the escort.

 

Destroyer ESKIMO departed Scapa Flow at 0030/29th to meet the aircraft carrier.

 

The aircraft carrier, escorted by destroyers ESKIMO, ECLIPSE, and WINCHESTER, arrived at Scapa Flow at 1800/29th.

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Anti-aircraft ship ALYNBANK departed Methil at 1130 and joined convoy EC.38 off May Island.

 

The convoy was escorted to Pentland Firth and the ship arrived at Scapa Flow at 1130/29th.

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U.146 sank Finnish steamer PLUTO (3496grt) 100 miles NNW of the Butt of Lewis, 59-39N, 8-20W.

 

The steamer had been ordered by Heavy cruiser SUFFOLK to Kirkwall for inspection.

 

Eighteen crewmen were rescued by Armed boarding vessel NORTHERN DUKE.Twelve crewmen were lost.

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Italian submarine DA VINCI sank British tanker AURIS (8030grt) in 34-27N, 11-57W.

 

Thirty two crewmen were lost on the steamer. Destroyer FARNDALE departed convoy HG.66 to assist and picked up twenty seven crewmen.

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British steamer BARRHILL (4972grt) was sunk by German bombing in 52-50N, 1-46E. Five crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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Australian light cruiser PERTH and destroyers KANDAHAR, GRIFFIN, HAVOCK, and JERVIS carried out a T.S.D.S. sweep of Damur during the night of 27/28 June.

 

The light cruiser, supported by anti-aircraft cruiser CARLISLE and destroyers JERVIS, DECOY, HAVOCK, HOTSPUR, and NIZAM, bombarded Damur during the afternoon of 28 June.

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Submarine SEVERN sank Italian steamer UGO BASSI (2900grt) five miles 24° from Capo Monte Santi in the Gulf of Orosei.

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Submarine OSIRIS unsuccessfully attacked a steamer in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Italian light cruisers ATTENDOLO and DUCA D'AOSTA and destroyers PIGAFETTA, PESSAGNO, DA MOSTO, DA VERAZZANO, and DA RECCO laid mines in the Sicilian Channel.

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For RAILWAY 2, Aircraft carrier FURIOUS, light cruiser HERMIONE, and destroyers FEARLESS, FOXHOUND, LANCE, and LEGION departed at 1800/28th to feint to the west as ForceA. Destroyer LANCE was later moved to the battlecruiser RENOWN group.

 

As Force B, battlecruiser RENOWN, aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL, destroyers FAULKNOR, FURY, FORESTER, WISHART, and AVONVALE departed at 0130/29th. Destroyers WISHART and AVONVALE were detached after local escort duties.

 

The two groups proceeded to Malta in company.

 

Aircraft carrier ARK ROYAL flew twenty six Hurricanes off to Malta on 30 May.FURIOUS flew eight Hurricanes off to Malta.

 

The operation did suffer a mishap when one of the aircraft crashed into the bridge structure and started a fire on the flight deck.Two officers and one rating were killed. One other officer and two ratings died of injuries on the 30th.Two officers and four ratings later died of wounds.Ten ratings were seriously injured.

 

From aircraft carrier FURIOUS, A/Sub Lt (A) O.M. Wightman of 807 Squadron and A/Sub Lt (A) J.G. Biddle, P/T/Sub Lt (A)A.F. Hallett RNVR, and Sub Lt (A) C.D. Livingstone of 816 Squadron and one rating were killed. Surgeon Lt  D.A. Prothero, MRCS, LRCP, DA, and Sub Lt (A) F.W. Follows of 816 Squadron died of wounds on 1 July.Four RAF officers and four ratings, one of which died of wounds, were injured. The mishap prevented the last six aircraft from being flown off.

 

The force returned to Gibraltar after the operation on 1 July.

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Submarines UNIQUE, UPRIGHT, UNIQUE, and UPHOLDER departed Malta to intecept French Vichy vessels expected to proceed to support Syria.

 

All, less UPHOLDER, arrived back at Malta without contact on 3 July.UPHOLDER arrived at Malta on 8 July.

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Anti-submarine trawlers LORD IRWIN and LAERTES and whaler GOS 7 departed Gibraltar for Freetown. Norwegian tanker SILDRA departed in company and set off for the west.

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Soviet destroyer LENIN was scuttled at Libau.

 

 

Sunday, 29 June

 

Heavy cruiser NORFOLK arrived at Scapa Flow after escorting convoy SL.77.

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Heavy cruiser CUMBERLAND arrived at Sheerness for refitting at Chatham completed on 11 October.

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Minelaying cruiser ADVENTURE arrived at Scapa Flow to work up after repairs for her January mining.

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Light cruiser KENYA began repairs for her collision and refitting in the Tyne.

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U.103 sank in error Italian steamer ERNANI (6619grt), which had departed Teneriffe to escape to Bordeaux, 450 miles west of Las Palmas.

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German attacks on convoy HX.133.

 

Destroyers MALCOLM and SCIMITAR, corvettes ARABIS and VIOLET, CAM ship MAPLIN, minesweepers NIGER and SPEEDWELL, and three anti-submarine trawlers joined the convoy.

 

U.651 sank British steamer GRAYBURN (6342grt) in 59-30N, 18-07W.

 

Thirty five crewmen were lost on the steamer.Eighteen crewmen were rescued.

 

U.651 was sunk by destroyers MALCOLM and SCIMITAR, corvettes ARABIS and VIOLET, and minesweeper SPEEDWELL in 59-52N, 18-36W. The entire crew was rescued.

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U.66 in attacks on stragglers from convoy SL.78 sank Greek steamer GEORGE J. GOULANDRIS (4345grt) at 29-05N, 25-10W and Greek steamer KALYPSO VERGOTTI (5686grt) at 29N, 25W. The entire crew of steamer GEORGE J. GOULANDRIS were rescued.

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U.123 sank British steamer RIO AZUL (4088grt) from convoy SL.78 at 29N, 25W. Two crewmen drowned, nine died on raft or later on rescue ship, and twenty two crewmen were missing. Fifteen crewmen were rescued.

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U.564 sank Icelandic steamer HEKLA (1215grt) in 58-20N, 43W.

 

Fourteen crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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British steamer CUSHENDALL (626grt) was sunk by German bombing in 56-57N, 2-03W. Two crewmen were killed on the steamer.

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British steamer SILVERLAUREL (6142grt) was damaged by German bombing in King George Dock, Hull.

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British steamer EMPIRE METEOR (7457grt) was damaged by German bombing in 53-05N, 1-30E.

The steamer arrived in the Humber on the 30th in tow.

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British tug EMPIRE LARCH (487grt) was damaged by German bombing off Great Yarmouth.

 

The steamer arrived at Great Yarmouth on the 30th

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Norwegian tanker LEIESTEN (6118grt) was damaged on a mine offB 3 Buoy, Barrow Deep.

 

The tanker arrived at Gravesend on the 30th in tow.

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Light cruiser NAIAD and two destroyers operated off Damur during the night of 29/30 June and carried out minor bombardments.

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Destroyer JERVIS was detached from operations off Syria to Alexandria.

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Destroyer DEFENDER and Australian destroyer WATERHEN, carrying supplies to Tobruk, were attacked by German bombers.

 

Destroyer WATERHEN was badly damaged at 2005.As destroyer DEFENDER approached to tow, a submarine was sighted close ahead of the destroyer.Anti-submarine attacks were conducted on Italian submarine TEMBIEN, but no damage was done.

 

The Australian destroyer was taken in tow by destroyer DEFENDER.

 

Destroyer WATERHEN capsized and was lost in 32-15N, 25-20E at 0150/30th.

 

There were no casualties on the destroyer.

 

Destroyer JACKAL departed Alexandria to assist destroyer WATERHEN, but when it was found she had been lost, she returned with destroyer DEFENDER.

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Submarine URGE unsuccessfully attacked an Italian GORIZIA heavy cruiser at 0914 in 37-55N, 15-35E.

 

Heavy cruiser BOLZANO was in the company of a second heavy cruiser and four destroyers.

 

The submarine was heavily counterattacked, but did not sustain damage.

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Submarine UTMOST unsuccessfully attacked an Italian heavy cruiser in the same force on that day.

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Destroyers WISHART and AVONVALE departed Gibraltar to meet arriving armed merchant cruiser CILICIA escorting troopship CAMERONIA from Freetown. The destroyers relieved the cruiser and took the troopship to Gibraltar, arriving on 4 July.

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Light cruiser DANAE arrived at Penang.

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Light cruiser DAUNTLESS arrived at Singapore.

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American aircraft carrier YORKTOWN, heavy cruisers QUINCY and VINCENNES, and destroyers WAINWRIGHT, HAMMANN, MUSTIN, and STACK departed Hampton Roads on neutrality patrol.Aircraft carrier YORKTOWN and destroyers WAINWRIGHT and STACK are detached on 10 July and arrived back at Hampton Roads on 12 July.

 

Heavy cruisers QUINCY and VINCENNES and destroyers HAMMANN and MUSTIN continued patrol and arrived at Bermuda on 15 July.

 

 

Monday, 30 June

 

Battlecruiser REPULSE, Dutch light cruiser HEEMSKERK, and destroyers COSSACK, SIKH, INGLEFIELD, ACHATES, ACTIVE, ANTELOPE, and INTREPID arrived in the Clyde at 0800 after escorting convoy TC.11.

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Convoy OB.341 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers ST ALBANS and WESTCOTT and corvettes AURICULA, FREESIA, HIBISCUS, MARIGOLD, MYOSOTIS, and PERIWINKLE. Corvette PERIWINKLE was detached on 4 July. The destroyers and corvettes FREESIA and MYOSOTIS were detached on 5 July. The convoy was dispersed on 6 July.

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Heavy cruiser NORFOLK departed Scapa Flow and arrived in the Tyne at 2200 for refitting.

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Heavy cruiser SUFFOLK departed Iceland to relieve light cruiser MANCHESTER on Denmark Straits patrol.

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Light cruiser ARETHUSA arrived at Scapa Flow after Faroes Iceland patrol.

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Destroyer CROOME departed Greenock at 1630 to work up at Scapa Flow, where she arrived at 1400 on 1 July.

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U.66 sank British steamer ST ANSELM (5614grt) in 31N, 26W.

 

Thirty four crewmen were lost on the steamer.

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Light cruiser DUNEDIN captured Vichy French steamer VILLE DE TAMATAVE (4993grt) east of St Paul.

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Dutch submarine O.23 sank Italian steamer CAPACITAS (5371grt) south of Livorna, seven miles off San Vincenzo in 43-06N, 10-26E.

 

The submarine unsuccessfully attacked a second steamer in the Ligurian Sea.

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Submarine TORBAY sank a caique off Cape Malea with artillery.

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German air attacks on a Tobruk bound convoy composed of Greek steamers MIRANDA (279grt) and Greek ANTIKLIA (951grt), which departed Mersa Matruh on the 29th escorted by sloop FLAMINGO, trawler SOUTHERN ISLE, and gunboat CRICKET.

 

The convoy was taken under attack by a large German bombing force from 1340/30th.

 

Sloop FLAMINGO was damaged by a near miss.

 

Gunboat CRICKET was severely damaged.She was towed back to Alexandria by sloop FLAMINGO and later tug ST ISSEY. On 2 July, gunboat CRICKET arrived at Alexandria in the tow of tug ST ISSEY.

 

Sloop FLAMINGO also arrived at Alexandria on 2 July.

 

The gunboat was judged to be a total loss.

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Greek cruiser GEORGIOS AVEROFF, destroyer PANTHER, torpedo boat SPHENDONI, submarine KATSONIS, and depot ship HIPHAISTOS departed Alexandria, escorted by Greek destroyers IERAX and AETOS, for the transit of the Canal.

 

These Greek ships were temporarily stationed at Suez.

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Ocean boarding vessels MARSDALE and MALVERNIAN were ordered to sweep to locate an unidentified freighted sighted by air on 25/26 June.

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Convoy HX.136 departed Halifax, escorted by armed merchant cruisers ASCANIA and CALIFORNIA, corvettes ARROWHEAD, CAMELLIA, EYEBRIGHT, and MAYFLOWER, anti-submarine yacht PHILANTE, and anti-submarine trawler KOS XX.

 

Convoy BHX.136 departed Bermuda on the 28th escorted by ocean escort armed merchant cruiser ASCANIA. The convoy rendezvoused with convoy HX.136 on 3 July and the armed merchant cruiser was detached.

 

On 4 July, destroyers BURNHAM and CHESTERFIELD, corvettes AGASSIZ and WETASKIWIN joined. Destroyer CHURCHILL joined on 6 July. On 13 July, the original escorts and those joining on 4, less trawler KOS XX, and 6 July were detached. Destroyers KEPPEL, SABRE, and SHIKARI, corvettes DIANELLA and KINGCUP, minesweeper HEBE, and anti-submarine trawlers LADY ELSA and WELLARD joined. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on 18 July.

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Light cruiser ENTERPRISE departed Colombo on patrol.

 

 

June, miscellaneous

 

Destroyers DECOY and DEFENDER joined in Tobruk reinforcement duties.

 
 

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