Background Events - June-November 1941
Russia, Malta Convoys, Japan prepares for war
Wednesday, 1 October
Heavy cruiser KENT, escorted by destroyer NORMAN, arrived at Scapa Flow at 1830 to work up after repairs.
Destroyer NORMAN arrived to carry out working up
Destroyer DULVERTON arrived at Scapa Flow at 0730 to carry out working up exercises.
Norwegian destroyer DRAUG departed Scapa Flow towing MTB.56 to Bergen for operation BAREFOOT.
The MTB sank
Norwegian tanker BORGNY (3015grt), en route to Trondheim escorted by two trawlers, off Bergen on the 3rd.
The MTB returned
to destroyer DRAUG which was standing off the port and they returned to
Lerwick, arriving on the 4th.
Convoy WS.12 with one ship departed Avonmouth on 29
September, seven ships from Liverpool on 29 September, and sixteen ships from the Clyde on 30 September. The convoy rendezvoused off Oversay on the 1st.
The convoy was composed of steamers CLAN CAMPBELL
(7255grt), EMPIRE TRUST (8143grt), HIGHLAND BRIGADE (14,134grt), SARPEDON
(11,321grt), PERSEUS (10,286grt), ALMANZORA (15,551grt), EMPIRE PRIDE
(9248grt), LEOPOLDVILLE (11,509grt), STRATHAIRD (22,281grt), EMPRESS OF
RUSSIA (16,810grt), EMPRESS OF CANADA (21,517grt), NARKUNDA (16,632grt),
CITY OF PARIS (10,902grt), ORMONDE (14,982grt), SAMARIA
(19,597grt), FRANCONIA (20,175grt), MENDOZA (8199grt), DUCHESS OF RICHMOND
(20,022grt), DOMINION MONARCH (27,155grt), HIGHLAND PRINCESS (14,133grt),
PRINCE BAUDOUIN (3050grt), ROYAL ULSTERMAN (3244grt), CLAN LAMONT (7250grt),
and PERTHSHIRE (10,496grt).
Steamer HIGHLAND PRINCESS was detached as convoy
Armed merchant cruiser CATHAY, minelayer AGAMEMNON, and destroyers
the convoy from 30 September to 4 October.
Destroyer SIKH escorted the convoy from 30
September to 5 October.
Destroyers BRADFORD, BADSWORTH, BRIGHTON, LANCASTER, and NEWARK
escorted the convoy from 1 to 3 October.
Anti-aircraft cruiser CAIRO and destroyers WHITEHALL, WITCH, and VERITY escorted the convoy from 1 to 4
Destroyer BEVERLEY escorted the convoy on 2 and 3
Destroyer BLANKNEY escorted the convoy from 1 to 7
Aircraft carrier ARGUS escorted the convoy from 30
September to 5 October, when she was detached to Gibraltar.
Heavy cruiser DEVONSHIRE escorted the convoy from 30 September to 12
October, when she was detached to Freetown. Heavy cruiser DORSETSHIRE escorted the convoy
from 12 to 14 October.
Destroyer ISAAC SWEERS departed Gibraltar on the 4th escorted the convoy on the 7th.
Destroyer GURKHA departed Gibraltar on the 3rd and escorted the convoy on the 8th.
Destroyers WRESTLER, VELOX, VIMY, and VANSITTART
and corvettes AMARANTHUS and ARMERIA escorted the convoy from 11 to 14
October, when the convoy arrived at Freetown.
The convoy departed Freetown on the 19th, less steamer NARKUNDA.
The convoy was escorted by destroyers VELOX and
WRESTLER and corvettes MIGNONETTE, ANCHUSA, and CALENDULA from 19 to 22
Heavy cruiser DEVONSHIRE escorted the convoy from 19 to 30 October. Heavy
cruiser DORSETSHIRE escorted the convoy from 19 October to 3 November.
Armed merchant cruiser DERBYSHIRE escorted the
convoy from 30 October to 3 November.
Steamers ULSTER MONARCH and ROYAL ULSTERMAN were
detached to Takoradi on the 21st. Steamer PRINCE BAUDOUIN was detached the
same day to St Helena, arriving on the 24th. The steamer departed the
same day and met armed merchant cruiser DERBYSHIRE the same day. The steamer
arrived at Capetown with the convoy.
Steamers STRATHAIRD, EMPRESS OF CANADA, DOMINION
MONARCH, EMPIRE PRIDE, LEOPOLDVILLE, MENDOZA, CLAN CAMPBELL, EMPIRE TRUST, PERTHSHIRE,
and SARPEDON arrived at Capetown on the 29th.
FRANCONIA, RICHMOND, EMPRESS OF RUSSIA, HIGHLAND BRIGADE, PERSEUS,
ORMONDE, and SAMARIA arrived at Durban on 3 November, escorted by armed merchant cruiser
On 5 November, steamers STRATHAIRD, LEOPOLDVILLE, MENDOZA, EMPIRE PRIDE, EMPIRE TRUST, PERTHSHIRE,
EMPRESS OF CANADA, and DOMINION MONARCH departed Capetown on 5 November,
escorted by armed merchant cruiser DUNNOTTAR
On 8 November, steamers SAMARIA,
PARIS, NIEUW AMSTERDAM from Durban, FRANCONIA, CLAN LAMONT, CLAN CAMPBELL, EMPRESS OF RUSSIA,
ALMANZORA, ASCANIUS from
MENDOZA, PERSEUS, NOVA SCOTIA from Durban, and DUCHESS OF RICHMOND departed Durban and rendezvoused at sea with the Capetown section.
On 8 November, battlecruiser REPULSE relieved armed
merchant cruiser DUNNOTTAR
CASTLE. The battlecruiser remained with the convoy until
14 November in 5-10S, 34-00E when battleship REVENGE joined the convoy. The
convoy arrived at Aden on 20 November.
On 17 November, steamers DOMINION MONARCH, EMPRESS
OF CANADA, DUCHESS OF RICHMOND, and PERSEUS were detached as WS.12 J in
6-05N, 52-30E. The convoy was escorted by light cruiser GLASGOW to Colombo arriving on 23 November.
Steamers DOMINION MONARCH and EMPRESS OF CANADA
departed Colombo on 24 November escorted by light cruiser GLASGOW.
in 6-14N, 92-00E, steamer AWATEA escorted by light cruiser DRAGON joined the
convoy and relieved light cruiser GLASGOW.
Light cruiser GLASGOW took steamer AWATEA to Colombo.
The convoy arrived at Singapore on 28 November.
When a Roc of 772 Squadron crashed near Crinan,
Argyllshire, T/Sub Lt (A) J. W. T. Cooper RNZVR, and Leading Airman J.
Stewart were killed.
British steamer SERENITY (557grt) was damaged by
near misses of German bombing in 51-29N, 4-45W, ten miles southeast by east
of St Goven's Light.
U.94 badly damaged British tanker SAN FLORENTINO (12,842grt) in 52-50N, 34-40W.
Twenty one crew and one gunner were lost on the
The tanker was sunk by US Coast Guard cutter
Flag Officer, Force H transferred his flag from
battleship NELSON to battleship RODNEY.
Battleship PRINCE OF WALES and destroyers LAFOREY, LIGHTNING, LIVELY, and
ORIBI departed Gibraltar for Scapa Flow,
arriving on the 6th.
Destroyer LIVELY was detached on the 4th and
returned to Gibraltar.
Light cruisers KENYA and
Gibraltar to return to the Clyde, arriving on the 6th.
The cruisers were ordered to search en route for an
enemy supply ship off the north coast of Spain.
Light cruiser EURYALUS and destroyers FARNDALE and
HEYTHROP departed Gibraltar for Freetown in company with British steamers PORT CHALMERS and MELBOURNE STAR bound for Buenas Aires.
Corvettes COREOPSIS and FLEUR DE LYS departed Gibraltar escorting tanker BENEDICK until dark on the 4th.
Submarine TALISMAN unsuccessfully attacked a convoy
of steamers LAURETTA and ARKADIA, escorted by torpedo boat LIBRA, off the Zea
Submarine P.34 departed Gibraltar for Malta.
Dutch submarine O.24 departed Gibraltar for patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Submarine THRASHER arrived at Malta from patrol in the Gulf of
Polish submarine SOKOL arrived at Malta from
patrol supporting Operation HALBERD.
Submarine RORQUAL departed Alexandria for Malta to return to the United Kingdom.
The submarine arrived at Malta on the 12th and Gibraltar on the 27th, laying two minefields en route.
Minesweeping whaler SOTRA was damaged below the
water line by gunfire at Tobruk.
One rating was wounded.
The whaler was able to departed Tobruk at 1900/2nd
with lighter A 9 and minesweeping whaler SOIKA.
The New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy became
the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Thursday, 2 October
Heavy cruiser SHROPSHIRE relieved heavy cruiser LONDON in 74-50N, 56-00E at 0500 in convoy QP.1.
Heavy cruiser LONDON returned to Archangel, arriving at 1530/3rd.
Destroyer ESCAPADE relieved destroyer ANTELOPE at 1700
in 70-00N, 13-00W in convoy PQ.1.
Destroyer ANTELOPE arrived at Seidisfjord at
1000/3rd to refuel. She departed at 1345 for Scapa Flow, arriving at 1700/4th.
Convoy ON.22 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers BROKE, MANSFIELD, and
corvette EGLANTINE, and anti-submarine trawlers COVENTRY CITY and KING SOL. Destroyer WOLVERINE joined on the 4th. These
escorts were relieved on the 7th by American destroyers DALLS, EBERLE, ELLIS,
ERICSSON, and UPSHUR. The American ships were detached when the convoy was
dispersed on the 15th.
T/Sub Lt (A) D. E. Smith RNVR, was killed when his
Walrus of 751 Squadron sank in River Tay.
British steamer SOUTHPORT (572grt) was damaged when she blown off the blocks
by German bombing in the Tyne Dock, South Shields.
U.562 sank CAM ship EMPIRE WAVE (7463grt) from convoy ON.19 in 59-08N, 32-26W.
Thirty crew were missing in one of the ship's
boats. One crewman died. T/Lt D. M. Bain RCNVR, en route to PRESIDENT III, was lost in the ship. The survivors were rescued
by US destroyer MEREDITH.
U.575 sank Dutch steamer TUVA (4652grt) in 54-16N,
26-36W. The submarine claimed sinking a second steamer.
One crewman was lost on the steamer.
U.431 sank British steamer HATASU (3198grt) 600
miles east of Cape Race.
Thirty four crew and six gunners were lost on the
Light cruiser EDINBURGH and destroyers COSSACK,
ZULU, PIORUN, and GARLAND departed Gibraltar
escorting British steamers LEINSTER and CITY OF DURBAN to England.
Light cruiser EDINBURGH, destroyer GARLAND, and Polish troopship SOBIESKI arrived in the
Clyde on the 10th.
Destroyers COSSACK and ZULU were detached en route
and met aircraft carrier ARGUS for escort to Gibraltar.
The Mediterranean Fleet was at sea from Alexandria for exercises.
The Fleet returned to Alexandria on the 3rd.
An Italian convoy of German steamers CASTELLON
(2086grt) and SAVONA (2120grt) departed Naples on 29 September escorted by torpedo boats CALLIOPE
and PEGASO for Tripoli.
On the 2nd, submarine PERSEUS sank steamer
CASTELLON 10 miles 311° from Benghazi in 32-30N, 19-09E. Attacks on steamer SAVONA were unsuccessful.
Submarine UTMOST made an unsuccessful attack on a steamer
in 37-53N, 12-05E.
Submarines TRUSTY and UPHOLDER arrived at Malta after patrol off Cape
Vito and Naples.
Anti-submarine trawler KLO reported being attacked
by a submarine off Alexandria.
Destroyers KANDAHAR and JAGUAR searching the area were unable to make
Anti-submarine trawler LYDIARD attacked a submarine
contact off Haifa.
The trawler was joined by destroyer VENDETTA and
corvette HYACINTH, without success. The destroyer and the corvette returned
to port on the 3rd.
A. S. I. S. ship CHURRUCA (1847grt) was sunk due to
an accidental explosion at Alexandria.
The cargo and the ship were later salved.
Convoy HG.74 departed Gibraltar escorted by destroyers FORESIGHT and FORESTER,
aircraft carrier AUDACITY, sloop DEPTFORD, and corvettes ARBUTUS,
CONVOLVULUS, COWSLIP, MARIGOLD, PENSTEMON, RHODODENDRON, and VETCH.
Destroyers FORESIGHT and FORESTER were detached and
destroyers DUNCAN and ROCKINGHAM departed Gibraltar on4 October and joined on the 6th.
Sloop ENCHANTRESS, escort vessel HARTLAND, and
corvette VERVAIN joined on the 8th.
Destroyer DUNCAN was detached on the 9th.
On the 8th, convoy SL.88 rendezvoused with the
Destroyer BLANKNEY and ocean boarding vessel CORINTHIAN
joined the convoy on the 9th and were detached on the 11th.
Destroyer ROCKINGHAM was detached on the 12th and
sloop ENCHATRESS was detached on the 17th.
The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 18th.
Japanese submarine I.61 was lost in an accidental
collision with a gunboat off Iki Island, 33-40N, 129-40E. The entire crew of seventy were
lost on the submarine.
In February 1942, the submarine was salved and
broken up at Sasebo.
Friday, 3 October
Aircraft carrier INDOMITABLE arrived in the Clyde to work up.
Light cruiser TRINIDAD was commissioned at Plymouth.
Destroyer VIVACIOUS was damaged by German bombing
in the North Sea.
The destroyer's steering engine was damaged.
Destroyer VIVACIOUS was repaired at Immingham
completing in November.
Destroyer MENDIP, escorting convoy FS.615, drove
off a German motor torpedo boat attack.
Convoy OS.8 departed Liverpool, escorted by sloop FLEETWOOD. The sloop was
detached off Freetown on the 25th.
On4 October, sloops BLACK SWAN and SANDWICH and naval trawler BURRA joined the convoy. Trawler BURRA was detached
on the 9th, sloop SANDWICH on the 20th, and sloop BLACK SWAN on the 25th.
On the 5th, sloop SCARBOROUGH joined the escort and was detached on the 21st.
Corvettes ARMERIA, ASTER, CYCLAMEN, and STARWORT
joined the escort on the 20th and escorted the convoy into Freetown, arriving on the 26th.
Corvette PEONY proceeded to Akrotiri Bay, Cyprus, to act as a Q ship against submarines.
German steamer YALOVA (3750grt), which had been
previously damaged by submarine TETRARCH on 28 September, was sunk by
submarine TALISMAN south of Piraeus.
Dutch submarine O.21 sank Vichy French steamer OUED
YQUEM (1369grt) off Sardinia, in 40-58N, 9-59E.
Submarine PERSEUS made an unsuccessful attack on a
steamer off Benghazi.
Submarine UTMOST arrived at Malta after patrol north of Messina.
German supply ship KLARA (ex-KOTA PINANG, 7277grt) was sighted north of the
Azores by light cruiser KENYA's Walrus aircraft in 42-26N, 24-30W.
The German ship was intercepted and sunk by the
Presence of submarine U.129 with the supply ship
made stopping for survivors inadvisable. Four boatloads of survivors were
left in company of the submarine, which picked up one hundred and nineteen
survivors. The survivors were transferred to a Spanish tug on the 6th.
Saturday, 4 October
Battleship KING GEORGE V and destroyers ASHANTI, MATABELE, and SOMALI departed Hvalfjord at 1300
for Akureyri. Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS, light cruiser PENELOPE and
destroyers ASHANTI, PUNJABI, and MATABELE in company.
The Ships arrived on the 5th.
Light cruiser AURORA departed Hvalfjord and
proceeded to Seidisfjord arriving the next day.
On the 5th, battleship KING GEORGE V and destroyers
SOMALI, BEDOUIN, and ESKIMO arrived at Akureyri and later departed that day
after a visit. The ships arrived at Seidisfjord on the 6th.
Light cruiser PENELOPE and destroyers PUNJABI, ASHANTI, and MATABELE arrived at Seidisfjord on the 6th to
refuel. Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS remained at sea.
The Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, transferred to
light cruiser AURORA on the 6th for passage to Scapa Flow.
On the 6th, battleship KING GEORGE V, aircraft carrier
VICTORIOUS, light cruiser PENELOPE, and destroyers ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ESKIMO, MATABELE, PUNJABI, and SOMALI
departed Seidisfjord for operation EJ.
Sub Lt (A) P. G. F. Dumas and Leading Airman M. S.
Eastment in a Fulmar of 809 Squadron were lost in a practice flight on the
Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS, escorted by battleship
KING GEORGE V, light cruiser PENELOPE, and destroyers SOMALI, ESKIMO, ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, MATABELE, and PUNJABI, launched aircraft
to strike at Bodo on the 8th.
Two steamers were reported damaged in the air
attack. Norwegian steamer HAAKON ADALSTEIN (710grt) was damaged in the
The only casualty in the operation was a slight
wounding of one of the air gunners.
Destroyer BEDOUIN lost two ratings overboard in
A sweep in Vestfjord by destroyers SOMALI and
MATABELE in Operation EJ was cancelled due to the lack of available
destroyers and poor weather. An inshore patrol north and south of Alesund by
destroyers SOMALI, MATABELE, ASHANTI, and ESKIMO was also cancelled.
Submarine P.35 was to support EJ, but was ordered
to patrol west of Utsire.
The Forces arrived back at Scapa Flow at 1000/10th. Destroyer PUNJABI arriving
Heavy cruiser LONDON departed
arrived at Scapa Flow on the 9th.
Convoy ON.23 departed Liverpool. The convoy was joined on the 5th by destroyers
MALCOLM, SARDONYX, and WATCHMAN, corvettes ARABIS, ARROWHEAD, CELANDINE,
DAHLIA, MONKSHOOD, and PETUNA, and anti-submarine trawlers LADY ELSA, NORTHERN
GEM, NORTHERN PRIDE, and NORTHERN WAVE. Destroyer SARDONYX and the trawlers were detached
on the 9th. Destroyers BROWADWAY and BURWELL and corvettes BRANDON, BUCHTOUCHE, COBALT, and GALt joined on the 10th.
Corvette BRANDON was detached later that day with destroyer MALCOLM
and corvette PETUNIA. Destroyer WATCHMAN and corvette CELANDINE were detached
on the 11th. Corvettes ARROWHEAD and BUCTOUCHE were detached on the 17th and
destroyers BROADWAY and BURWELL on the 18th. The convoy arrived at Halifax on the 19th with corvettes COBALT and GALT.
Destroyer HURWORTH departed the Tyne at 1250 for Scapa
Flow to carry out working
The destroyer called at Rosyth and departed at
1800/5th. Destroyer HURWORTH spent the night at Methil and departed at
0630/6th. She was delayed by thick fog and anchored in LochEribol at 1818 on
Destroyer EXPRESS departed the Humber at 1612 for Scapa
Flow to carry out working
up exercises after long repairs.
Minesweeper BRAMBLE departed Belfast for
Scapa Flow at 0400
to await the sailing of convoy PQ.2.
The minesweeper arrived at Scapa Flow at 0600/5th.
U.111 was sunk by Anti-submarine trawler LADY
SHIRLEY southwest of Teneriffe, 27-10N, 20-24N.
Four crew on the trawler were wounded by machine
gun fire from the submarine.
The commanding officer and five ratings were killed
in the submarine. Forty five survivors were picked up; one died of wounds.
Returning to Gibraltar, the trawler was met by destroyer LANCE on the
8th. The destroyer escorted trawler LADY SHIRLEY into Gibraltar, arriving on the 9th.
Submarine THORN departed Gibraltar for Malta, arriving on the 10th.
On the 3rd, a convoy of Italian tanker TORCELLO
(3336grt) and French steamer THEOPHILE GAUTIER (8194grt), escorted by torpedo
boats MONZAMBANO, CALATAFIMI, and ALDEBARAN, departed Salonika for Piraeus.
Submarine TALISMAN sank French steamer THEOPHILE
GAUTIER (8194grt) in the Aegean in Doro Channel, in 37-45N, 24-35E.
Submarine UPRIGHT arrived at Malta from patrol.
Submarine REGENT departed Malta on short notice to intercept an Italian convoy
east of Tripoli.
Polish submarine SOKOL departed Malta on short notice to search for a crew of a missing
Blenheim. The search was unsuccessful and the submarine arrived back at Malta on the 6th. The aircrew was later rescued off
A submarine was reported by aircraft north of
Bardia in 33-00N, 25-30E steering towards Alexandria.
Destroyers KIPLING, GRIFFIN, JUPITER, and HOTSPUR departed Alexandria on the 5th and were ordered to search the area.
Minesweeper ABERDARE departed Alexandria with twelve torpedoes for the Fleet Air Arm at
After delivering the torpedoes, the minesweeper
relieved minesweeper BAGSHOT at Beirut.
Antisubmarine whaler WHIPPET (ex-KOS XXI, 353grt,
Lt A. R. J. Tilston RNR), towing a D lighter, was sunk by German bombing
in the Mediterranean.
The whaler was in company with minesweeping whaler
SVANA (286grt). Four survivors reached Tobruk in trawler SVANA. The remainder
of the crew returned in the D lighter to Mersa Matruh.
T/Sub Lt (E) A. Hodgson RNVR, lost on the whaler,
was the only fatality in the loss.
Anti-aircraft ship COVENTRY was withdrawn from the Suez Escort Force and
passed through the Canal for Alexandria.
This was in preparation in leaving for repairs at
New Zealand light cruiser ACHILLES departed Suva to search for raiders with Australian light cruiser
ADELAIDE and armed merchant cruiser MONOWAI.
Light cruiser ADELAIDE was detached on the 6th for escort duties.
Light cruiser ACHILLES and armed merchant cruiser
MONOWAI returned to Auckland
on the 10th.
Argentine destroyer CORRIENTES was sunk in a collision with heavy cruiser ALMIRANTE BROWN during fleet maneuvers off Tierra del Fuego.
Sunday, 5 October
Norwegian destroyer DRAUG and motor torpedo boat
MTB.56 departed Lerwick for Scapa Flow where they arrived later that day.
U.204 sank Panamanian steamer C. JON (744grt) in
48-30N, 13-00W. The entire crew was made prisoners of war.
British tanker TYNEFIELD (5856grt) was sunk by
mining in the Suez Canal.
Four crew were lost.
Italian tanker RIALTO (6099grt) was sunk by British 830 Squadron in
33-30N, 15-53E, eighty miles north, northeast of Misurata. Destroyer GIOBERTI
rescued 145 survivors.
The tanker was from a convoy of steamers VETTOR
PISANI, SEBASTIANO VENIER, FABIO FILZI, RIALTO and German REICHENFELS and ANKARA, escorted by destroyers DA NOLI, USODIMARE,
GIOBERTI, and EURO which had departed Naples on the 2nd for Tripoli andtorpedo boats from Tripoli CALLIOPE and
Convoy SL.89 departed Freetown escorted destroyer BRILLIANT and corvettes ASPHODEL,
CLEMATIS, CLOVER, COLUMBINE, and CYCLAMEN to 8 October.
On the 6th, destroyers VELOX and WRESTLER escorted
the convoy for that day only. Sloop WELLINGTON joined on the 8th to 25 October. Sloop STORK
joined the convoy on the 9th to 25 October. Escort vessels SENNEN and TOTLAND
escorted the convoy on the 21st only.
Destroyers BEVERLEY to 24 October and CROOME for
that day only joined the convoy on the 22nd. On the 23rd, destroyers
KRAKOWIAK and KUJAWIAK to 24 October and VANQUISHER and WITCH to 25 October
The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 25th.
Ocean boarding vessel MARON was attacked by U.67 at
27-59N, 18-39W. The vessel fired upon the submarine, which submerged.
Corvettes COREOPSIS and FLEUR DE LYS, which had
escorted tanker BENEDICK, were ordered to assist the boarding vessel.
On the 6th, corvette COREOPSIS developed engine
room defects and proceeded to Funchal.
The ocean boarding vessel and corvette FLEUR DE LYS
arrived at Gibraltar on the 8th. Corvette COREOPSIS arrived at Gibraltar on the 10th.
U.559 in operations northeast of Tobruk was
attacked by a "friendly aircraft" which dropped three bombs. No
damage was done.
Convoy HX.153 departed Halifax, escorted by destroyer ANNAPOLIS. The destroyer was relieved on the 7th by American
destroyers BERNADOU, DUPONT, LEA,
MACLEISH, and SAMPSON and corvette GLADIOLUS. The corvette was detached the
next day. The American group was relieved on the 13th by destroyers MALCOLM,
SARDONYX, and WATCHMAN, corvettes ARABIS, DAHLIA, MONKSHOOD, and SUNFLOWER,
and anti-submarine trawlers NORTHERN PRIDE and NORTHERN WAVE. Corvette MONKSHOOD was detached on the 16th and
the rest of the escorts on the 17th. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 19th.
Convoy SC.48, departed Sydney CB, by corvettes
BADDECK and SHEDIAC. Corvette GLADIOLUS joined on the 8th and corvettes
CAMROSE, MIMOSA, ROSTHERN, and WETASKIWIN on the 9th.
The convoy wasjoined on the 16th by American
destroyers PLUNKETT, LIVERMORE, KEARNY, and DECATUR from convoy ON.24, destroyer GREER
joined from other escort duties, and Destroyer BROADWATER and corvette ABELIA
from Reykjavik. Also joined on the 16th were destroyers
HIGHLANDER and RICHMOND, corvettes PICTOU and VERONICA, and anti-submarine
trawler ST APOLLO. Corvette PICTOU was detached later that day. Corvette
GLADIOLUS was lost on the 16th.
The initial escorts, less corvette ROSTHERN were
detached, and the American destroyers were detached. Corvette VERONICA was
also detached on the 17th.
On the 17th, destroyers AMAZON, BULLDOG, and GEORGETOWN, corvette HEARTSEASE, and anti-submarine trawlers
ANGLE and CAPE WARWICK joined.
On the 18th, destroyer BROADWATER was lost.
Destroyers HIGHLANDER and RICHMOND and corvette ABELIA were detached on the 20th,
destroyers AMAZON, BULLDOG, and GEORGETOWN and corvettes HEARTSEASE and ROSTHERN were
detached on the 21st, the anti-submarine trawlers on the 22nd, when the
convoy arrived at Liverpool.
Monday, 6 October
Battleship PRINCE OF WALES (flagship Vice Admiral A. T. B. Curteis CB, Second
in Command, Home Fleet) with destroyers LAFOREY, LIGHTNING, and ORIBI arrived
at Scapa Flow from Gibraltar.
Light cruisers KENYA and
in the Clyde from Gibraltar.
Destroyers ANTELOPE departed Scapa Flow at 1600 for Scrabser where she embarked the Trade
Mission Congress group for Archangel. The destroyer departed at 1855 for Seidisfjord to
refuel en route. On the passage, the destroyer developed a defect to her main
Destroyer NORMAN departed Scapa Flow at 2200/6th for Seidisfjord.
Both destroyers arrived at Seidisfjord at 2300/7th.
At Seidisfjord, the group was transferred to destroyer NORMAN.
Destroyer NORMAN departed Seidisfjord at 0700/8th
and arrived at Archangel at 1240/12th.
Destroyer ANTELOPE departed Seidisfjord for Scapa Flow on the 8th and arrived at 1530/9th.
Anti-aircraft cruiser NAIAD and destroyers AVONVALE
and ERIDGE passed through the Suez Canal en
route to Alexandria to operate with the Mediterranean Fleet.
Submarine URSULA arrived at Malta from patrol south of Messina.
British steamer THISTLEGORM (4898grt), carrying
munitions, was sunk by German bombing in Anchorage F, inner channel Strait of
Four crew and five gunners were lost on the
Australian steamer SALAMAUA (6676grt) was damaged
by German bombing in the same attack.
Norwegian tanker NORFOLD (6370grt) was damaged by
German bombing at Ras Gharib.
British steamer SCALARIA (5683grt) was attacked in
the same attack, but was not damaged.
Convoy ST.5 departed Freetown, escottd by sloop MILFORD and corvettes BURDOCK, CROCUS, and MARUERITE. The
convoy arrived at Takoradi on the 11th.
Tuesday, 7 October
Light cruiser AURORA, carrying the Commander in
Chief, Home Fleet, arrived at Scapa Flow at
1000/7th from Seidisfjord.
The Commander in Chief transferred his flag to
battleship PRINCE OF WALES.
Aircraft carrier FURIOUS arrived at Philadelphia to refit.
The aircraft carrier returned to England in April 1942.
Destroyer ACTIVE, in the escort of convoy QP.1,
took anti-submarine trawler OPHELIA in tow when she developed a defect to her
boilers. The destroyer was ordered to take the trawler directly to
Due to bad weather, the ships were diverted to
Akureyri where they arrived on the 10th. The destroyer departed that day at
1230 for Scapa Flow, where she arrived at 0800/12th.
Destroyer LIGHTNING departed Scapa Flow at 1930 for Rosyth to carry out boiler cleaning
The destroyer arrived at 1430/8th.
Minelayer PORT QUEBEC, escorted by surveying ship SCOTT, laid minefield
U.502 damaged British whaling ship SVEND FOYN
(14,795grt), straggling behind convoy HX.152, in 60-37N, 21-44W.
The ship arrived at Iceland in tow on the 11th, assisted by corvette
SUNFLOWER. She was later towed to the Mersey for repairs.
Sloops SHOREHAM and FALMOUTH arrived at Suez from the
East Indies to
join the Suez Escort Force.
On a patrol over Sicily, a Fulmar of 800X Squadron force landed off Syracuse. Petty Officer A. Jopling and Lt J. S. Manning
were rescued and made prisoners of war.
Egyptian lighthouse tender AIDA was damaged by
German bombing at Zafarana, in the Gulf of Suez.
The tender was beached at Zafarana to avoid
sinking. There were no casualties in the tender.
A convoy of German steamers SALZBURG and TRAPANI, escorted by Italian destroyer SELLA and torpedo
boat CASTELFIDARDO, departed Suda for Piraeus.
On the 7th, submarine TALISMAN unsuccessfully
attacked this convoy in 35-45N, 24-08E.
Wednesday, 8 October
Destroyer ONSLOW departed Greenock at 0700 for Scapa
Flow to carry out working
The destroyer arrived at 2200 that evening.
Destroyer ORIBI departed Scapa Flow at 0900 carrying the Commander in Chief Home Fleet
The destroyer arrived back at Scapa Flow at 1430 that afternoon.
Convoy ON.24 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers AMAZON and BULLDOG,
corvettes ACONIT, DIANTHUS, and HEARTSEASE, and anti-submarine trawler NOTTS
COUNTY. Destroyer GEORGETOWN joined on the 10th. The destroyers, corvette
HEARTSEASE, and the trawler were detached on the 13th when the convoy was
joined by American destroyers DECATUR, GREER, KEARNEY, LIVERMORE, and PLUNKETT. Destroyer KEARNEY was detached on the 14th. Rest of the American
destroyers and corvettes ACONIT and DIANTHUS were detached on the 15th when
the convoy was dispersed.
Norwegian destroyer DRAUG and motor torpedo boat
MTB.56 departed Scapa Flow at 0900.
The destroyer proceeded to Grimsby and the motor torpedo boat proceeded to Dover.
Battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH and destroyers were at
sea exercising from Alexandria.
Submarine PORPOISE arrived at Gibraltar.
On the 11th, the submarine departed Gibraltar with supplies for Malta.
Anti-aircraft cruiser COVENTRY departed Alexandria for Port Said.
Anti-aircraft ship COVENTRY and Greek destroyer VASILLISA OLGA passed through
the Suez Canal on the 9th en route to India.
The cruiser provided anti-aircraft support for
steamers NEA HELLAS and INDRAPOERA. After calling at Aden to fuel on the 11th, the cruiser then sailed and
rejoined the ships.
Steamers NEA HELLAS and INDRAPOERA joined steamers
VOLENDAM and DUNERA at Aden
and departed on the 13th as convoy SW 10, escorted by armed merchant cruiser
CARTHAGE. Anti-aircraft cruiser COVENTRY departed Aden on the 13th and escorted a Norwegian tanker back
to Aden, arriving on the 14th.
Anti-aircraft ship COVENTRY departed Aden on the 15th with Greek destroyer VASILISSA OLGA.
The cruiser proceeded to Bombay for a refit, including fitting a new bow,
replacing a temporary bow from her December 1940 torpedoing.
The British cruiser and Greek destroyer both
arrived at Bombay on the 20th. The Greek destroyer departed on the
23rd for Calcutta for fitting of asdics.
Corvette PEONY attacked a submarine contact in
Destroyer VENDETTA, corvettes DELPHINIUM, SALVIA,
and HYACINTH, and two anti-submarine aircraft joined, but no further contact
The corvettes were recalled to Beirut on the 10th.
British steamer ROSALIE MOLLER (3963grt) was sunk
by German bombing in Anchorage H, Suez Canal.
Two crew were missing on the steamer. Australian
sloop PARRAMATTA rescued the survivors.
Italian steamer PAOLO Z. PODESTA (863grt) was sunk
by British 830 Squadron attack southwest of Favignana.
The steamer was in a small convoy of PAOLO Z.
PODESTA, a schooner, and two trawlers en route from Trapani to Tripoli, via Pantelleria.
Aircraft carrier ARGUS, detached from convoy WS.12,
arrived at Gibraltar from the Clyde, escorted by
destroyers COSSACK, ZULU, and SIKH.
Submarine RORQUAL laid fifty mines in the Gulf of
Athens in 37-22N, 23-52E.
Italian torpedo boats ALTAIR and ALDEBARAN were
lost on this minefield on the 20th.
Submarine PERSEUS arrived at Malta from patrol off Benghazi.
Submarine P.34 arrived at Malta from
Submarine THORN unsuccessfully attacked a steamer
and a destroyer in the Tyrrhenian
Dutch submarine O.21 arrived at Gibraltar after patrol in the Mediterranean.
Thursday, 9 October
Heavy cruiser LONDON arrived at Scapa Flow at 0830 from Archangel.
Destroyer OFFA embarked the party carried on the
heavy cruiser at 1000 and sailed with them for Scrabster.
The destroyer arrived back at Scapa Flow at 1330 that day.
Destroyer CHARLESTOWN departed Loch Alsh at 1900 for Scapa Flow to carry out repairs to her oil tanks.
The destroyer arrived at 0700/10th.
Canadian troop convoy TC.14 departed Halifax with
steamers ANDES (25,689grt), AORANGI (17,491grt), CAPETOWN CASTLE (27,000grt),
MONARCH OF BERMUDA (22,424grt), REINA DEL PACIFICO (17,702grt), and WARWICK CASTLE
The convoy was escorted by destroyer ST FRANCIS
from 9 to 12 October, destroyer RESTIGOUCHE from 9 to 15 October, destroyers
HARVESTER and HAVELOCK from 9 to 17 October, destroyer SKEENA from 11 to 15
October, destroyer BUXTON from 11 to 17 October, destroyers HIGHLANDER and
BROADWATER from 14 to 16 October, destroyer SHERWOOD from 14 to 17 October,
anti-aircraft cruiser CAIRO and destroyer BELMONT from 15 to 17 October.
The convoy arrived on the 17th.
German fishing vessel GUNTHER (252grt) was lost
Light cruiser GALATEA departed Anchorage H (Towila)
for Suez with the survivors of ships sunk.
After landing the survivors, the light cruiser
passed through the Canal on the 10th for Alexandria.
Sloop FLAMINGO passed through the Suez Canal to return to Alexandria to rejoin the Mediterranean Fleet.
EX-US Coast Guard cutters/escorts TOTLAND and
SENNEN arrived at Gibraltar from Freetown escorting Norwegian tankers VANJA (6198grt) and
Corvettes AZALEA and SPIRAEA departed Gibraltar for Bathurst, escorting the 26th Motor Launch Flotilla. Tanker
LA CARRIERE departed in company and proceeded to the West Indies.
Motor Launch ML.244 later broke down and returned
Submarine PORPOISE departed Troon after refitting
on the 2nd arrived at Gibraltar on the 9th.
Submarines UNIQUE, UPHOLDER and Polish SOKOL
departed Malta on short notice to intercept a convoy between
Pantelleria and Lampedusa. UPHOLDER returned with generator problems.
Friday, 10 October
Heavy cruiser SHROPSHIRE was detached from convoy QP.1 at 1900 for Scapa Flow, where she arrived at 0015/11th.
Light cruisers KENYA and
Scapa Flow for the
Clyde where they
arrived on the 11th.
Convoy ON.25 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyer DOUGLAS. The convoy was
joined on the 11th by destroyers SALADIN, SKATE, and VETERAN, corvettes
ABELIA, and VERONICA, and anti-submarine trawlers ST ZENO and VIZALMA. The
trawlers were detached on the 13th and the corvettes on the 15th. The
destroyers were detached on the 16th when relieved by corvettes ALGOMA, CHAMBLY, MATAPEDIA, NAPANEE, ORILLIA, and PICTOU. Corvette PICTOU was detached later
that day. On the 19th, destroyer OTTAWA joined. The convoy was dispersed on the 24th.
Sloop LOWESTOFT departed
Harwich at 1200 for Scapa
Flow to work up after
The sloop arrived at Scapa Flow at 1300/12th.
U.126 sank British steamer NAILSEA MANOR (4926grt)
at 18-45N, 21-18W. The entire crew were rescued.
British steamer KYMA (3959grt) was sunk by mining
in 53-53N, 0-21E. The entire crew was rescued.
Faroes auxiliary fishing vessel FUGLOYGJIN (81grt)
was damaged by German bombing at Klaksvig.
The ship sank, but was later salved and returned to
Battleships BARHAM and VALIANT, light cruisers
AJAX and HOBART, and destroyers JERVIS, JAGUAR, JUPITER, KANDAHAR, GRIFFIN, HASTY, HOTSPUR, DECOY, AVONVALE, and ERIDGE
departed Alexandria to sweep westward.
At 1800, the fleet turned back to the eastward.
Destroyer JERVIS attacked a submarine contact at
0730 in 31-14N, 29-14E. The destroyer remained searching for three hours
The Battle Fleet returned to Alexandria at 1130/11th.
Landing craft tanks A.2 (Sub Lt E. L. Clark RNVR),
A 7 (Sub Lt A. C. Bromley RNVR), and A.18 (Sub Lt L. D. Peters RNVR), en
route to Tobruk from Mersa Matruh, encountered U.331 at 0520 near Ashaila
Rocks off Sidi Barrani.
U.331 slightly damaged Lighter A.18 in 31-10N,
26-42E. The lighter returned to Mersa Matruh, while the other two lighters
continued to Tobruk. Sub Lt G. S. Sinclair RNR, the group navigator in A.18 was wounded.
The lighters registered some hits on the submarine
with their pom poms, wounding two men in the forward gun crew, one later died
of wounds, and damaging the conning tower.
Destroyers HERO, NIZAM, and KIPLING departed Alexandria to join the battle fleet.
Destroyers KANDAHAR, GRIFFIN, JUPITER, DECOY, AVONVALE, and ERIDGE were detached
from the battle fleet at 1800 to sweep towards Bardia.
The destroyers returned to Alexandria at 1430/11th after an unsuccessful search.
Italian steamer CITTA DI SIMI (DDD - 25grt?) was sunk by submarine THUNDERBOLT twelve
miles from Cape Sidero, Crete, in 35-31N, 26-25E.
Submarine TRUANT departed Gibraltar for Malta, arriving on the 16th.
Ocean boarding vessel MARON departed Gibraltar for Western Patrol.
Convoy HX.154 departed Halifax escorted by destroyer ANNAPOLIS and corvette AMHERST. The corvette was detached the next day. American
destroyers CHARLES F. HUGHES, GLEAVES, LANSDALE, MADISON, and SIMPSON joined on the 12th. Destroyer
ANNAPOLIS was detached on the 13th. The American group was
relieved on the 19th by destroyers DOUGLAS, SALADIN, SKATE, and VETERAN,
corvettes ABELIA and VERONICA, and anti-submarine trawlers ST ELSTAN and ST
ZENO. Destroyers DOUGLAS and SKATE and the corvettes were detached on the
22nd. The convoy arrived at Liverpool on the 23rd.
American aircraft carrier YORKTOWN, battleship NEW MEXICO, heavy cruiser QUINCY, light cruiser SAVANNAH, and Destroyer Divisions 3 and 16 departed
Argentia for Casco Bay.
Encountering heavy weather, YORKTOWN, NEW MEXICO, QUINCY, SAVANNAH, RHIND, HAMMANN, ANDERSON, SIMS, MAYRANT, ROWAN, HUGHES, and TRIPPE arrived
at Casco Bay on the 13th. All thips suffered varying degrees of
Saturday, 11 October
Heavy cruiser SHROPSHIRE departed
Scapa Flow for
Sheerness for refitting.
The heavy cruiser arrived at Sheerness, escorted by
destroyers QUORN and VIVACIOUS, on the 12th, and was refitting at Chatham from 17 october to 16 February 1942.
Destroyer ELECTRA departed Scapa Flow at 1900 for Rosyth for boiler cleaning.
The destroyer arrived at 1015/12th.
Destroyer ORIBI departed Scapa Flow escorting British steamer LLANSTEPHAN
CASTLE to the Clyde.
Both ships arrived in the Clyde at 0815/13th. The destroyer departed the
Clyde that day to return to Scapa Flow.
Motor launch ML.288 was lost in heavy weather off
unsuccessfully attacked a German eastbound convoy off North Cape.
British steamer ICEMAID (1964grt) was damaged by a mine
off Orfordness near Shipwash Light Vessel off Harwich.
The steamer arrived at Harwich in tow on the 12th.
British hulk HAYTIAN was sunk by German bombing
three and a half cables north of Castleton Pier, Portland.
Norwegian motor vessel SILVA (127grt) was damaged
by German bombing at Klaksvig.
Estonian steamers EESTIRAND (4444grt) and KAISSAAR
(1893grt), carrying deportees from Tallinn to Leningrad, were damaged by German bombing off Wrangel Island.
Submarine P.31 arrived at Gibraltar from
Australian destroyer VENDETTA departed Haifa for Alexandria with a convoy.
An Italian convoy of steamers GIULIA (5921grt),
CASAREGIS (6485grt), NIRVO (5164grt), BAINSIZZA (7933grt), ZENA (5219grt),
and PROSPERINA (ex-French BEAUCE, 4869grt) departed Naples on the 8th escorted by destroyers GRANATIERE,
BERSAGLIERE, FUCLIERE, and ALPINO. Torpedo boat CASCINO joined from Trapani.
Steamer BAINSIZZA with defects returned to Trapani.
On the 11th, steamer ZENA was sunk by British 830
Squadron aerial torpedo in 34-52N, 12-22E, south of Lampedusa.
On the 11th, steamer CASAREGIS was sunk by British
830 Squadron aerial torpedo in 34-10N, 12-38E.
Aircraft carrier EAGLE with destroyers CROOME and WILD
SWAN and sloop COMMANDANT DUBOC arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine PORPOISE departed Gibraltar with stores
for Malta, arriving on the 17th.
Submarine P.31 arrived at Gibraltar after having departing Dundee on 30 September.
Anti-submarine trawlers LADY HOGARTH and STELLA
CARINA departed Gibraltar escorting Norwegian tanker VANJA westwards. The
trawlers then joined arriving tanker INVERLEE.
Convoy SC.49 departed Sydney CB, escorted by
corvette LETHBRIDGE. On the 13th, corvettes AMHURST, EYEBRIGHT,
MAYFLOWER, NANAIMO, and PRESCOTT joined and destroyer ST FRANCIS and corvette
KENOGAMI joined on the 14th. Destroyer ST FRANCIS and corvettes EYEBRIGHT and
KENOGAMI were detached on the 21st. Corvettes AMHURST, LETHBRIDGE, MAYFLOWER,
NANAIMO, and PRESCOTT were detached on the 22nd and corvettes HEATHER,
LOBELIA, and NARCISSUS joined. On the 23rd, destroyers BEAGLE, ROXBOROUGH,
SALISBURY, and SHERWOOD and anti-submarine trawler NOTTS
COUNTY joined. Destroyer SALISBURY was detached on the 24th. The remainder of the escorts arrived with
the convoy at Liverpool on the 27th.
Sunday, 12 October
Aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS and destroyers BEDOUIN
and ANTHONY departed Scapa
Flow at 1600 for the
En route, carrying out night landings, one Albacore
was lost with T/Lt (A) J. G. R. Flowers and Leading Airman W. M. James
The ships arrived in the Clyde at 1530/13th.
New Zealand Sub Lt L. E. Mitchell RNZN, was killed
when his Albacore of 778 Squadron from Arbroath crashed on take off.
Light cruisers AURORA and PENELOPE departed Scapa Flow for
arriving at 2200/18th.
Destroyer ECLIPSE departed Scapa Flow at 1330 to assist Soviet steamer SUKHONA
(3124grt), which been in convoy QP.1 and made a distress signal seven miles
north of the Orkneys.
Anti-submarine trawler VASCAMA escorted the steamer
to Kirkwall and the destroyer returned to Scapa Flow. There was no apparent reason for the distress
T/A/Sub Lt (A) E. H. Archer RNVR, and Leading
Airman W. M. James were killed when their Albacore of 817 crashed during
night practice near Dunino on a dummy attack on aircraft carrier VICTORIOUS.
German destroyer ECKHOLDT was damaged at Tromso in
a collision with a Norwegian steamer.
The destroyer was drydocked at Trondheim on the 22nd for twelve days of emergency repairs.
The ship then proceeded to Germaniawerft, arriving on 9 November for refit
German 2nd Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla with S 41, S
47, S 53, S 62, S 104, and S 105 attacked convoy FN 531 north of Cromer.
British steamer CHEVINGTON (1537grt) and Norwegian
steamer ROY (1768grt) were sunk in 52-59-36N, 1-52E.
Seven crew and two gunners were lost on the British
steamer. Three crew were lost on the Norwegian steamer.
Convoy escorts of destroyers WESTMINSTER, WOLSEY, and COTSWOLD were unable to damage to the
British steamer GLYNN (1134grt) was badly damaged
by German bombing 1½ miles 223° from
No. 5 Buoy, 52-35N, 1-56E. Two crew
were lost on the steamer.
The steamer was scuttled by a Royal Navy unit.
U.83 stopped Portuguese steamer CORTE REAL (2044grt) for inspection eighty miles west of
When it was established the steamer was carrying
contraband, the steamer was sunk. The entire crew were rescued.
Operation CULTIVATE, the relief of the Tobruk
Minelaying cruiser ABDIEL and destroyers HERO,
KIPLING, and NIZAM departed Alexandria for the first serial of the CULTIVATE operation.
Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH and VALIANT, light
cruisers AJAX, HOBART, and GALATEA, and destroyers JERVIS, JAGUAR, GRIFFIN, JUPITER, KANDAHAR, HASTY, HOTSPUR, DECOY, AVONVALE, and ERIDGE
departed Alexandria and proceeded westward.
At 1800, the cruisers and destroyers JERVIS,
JAGUAR, and JUPITER were detached to pass through position 33-00N, 24-30E at
midnight and rejoin the Fleet at daylight.
At daylight on 13th, the Fleet set course for Alexandria.
When a report was received at 1315 of three Italian
cruisers and six destroyers, the Battle Fleet turned westward.
No further contact was made with these ships.
At 1800, the cruisers and three destroyers were
again detached and rejoined at daylight on the 14th.
The Fleet arrived back at Alexandria at 1530/14th.
U.75 sank landing craft tanks A.2 (Sub Lt E. L.
Clark DSC, DSM RNVR) and A 7 (Sub Lt A. C. Bromley RNVR), which had departed
Tobruk on the 11th, in 32-08N, 24-56E.
Clark, Bromley,Skipper J. C. Norton RNR, of A.2, T/Skipper J. R. Peel RNR, of A.7, twenty six ratings, an officer in the
Royal Engineers, four Australian soldiers, and two Italian prisoners of war
were lost. Only one crew survived; A/Petty Officer W. A. Henley, DSM, from A
7 was rescued the next day and taken prisoner by the submarine. The rating
taken to Piraeus and later to Germany.
Minelaying cruiser ABDIEL and destroyers HERO,
KIPLING, and NIZAM approaching Tobruk at 1950/12th saw oil and heard cries,
but were unable to search due to being already behind schedule.
Italian light cruisers DUCA D'AOSTA, EUGENIO DI
SAVOIA, and MONTECUCCOLI and destroyers VIVALDI, MALOCELLO, PIGAFETTA, DE
VERAZZANO, AVIERE, and CAMICIA NERA were to lay mines off Benghazi during the
night of 12/13 October.
However, the operation was cancelled when it was
found that the Mediterranean Fleet was at sea.
An Italian convoy of steamers BAINSIZZA (7933grt)
and NIRVO (5164grt) and German tug MAX BARENDT departed Trapani escorted by destroyers DA RECCO and SEBENICO and
torpedo boat CASCINO.
On the 14th, steamer BAINSIZZA was damaged by
British 830 Squadron torpedo attack in 34-15N, 12-12E.
The steamer was taken in tow by the German tug and
later by tug CICLOPE, escorted by torpedo boat POLLUCE which had come out
from Tripoli. The steamer sank the next day.
Submarine RORQUAL arrived at Malta after minelaying operations in the Aegean.
Polish submarine SOKOL arrived at Malta after patrol off Lampedusa.
Monday, 13 October
Heavy cruiser NORFOLK was at
During firefighting exercises on the hulk
INVERLANE, an explosion killed Lt W. J. Van De Kasteele, the cruiser's
gunnery officer, and four ratings. The ship's executive officer Cdr A. C.
Luce died of injuries on the 20th.
Destroyer SOUTHWOLD departed Portsmouth at 1000 for Scapa Flow to carry out working up exercises.
The destroyer arrivedat 1300/15th.
Minelayer PORT QUEBEC, escorted by destroyer LANCASTER, laid minefield
The Liverpool section of
convoy PQ.2, escorted by minesweepers SPEEDY and SEAGULL departed Liverpool at 1030 for Scapa Flow, arriving at 0730/16th.
Convoy OS.9 departed Liverpool escorted by French sloop COMMANDANT DOMINE which
was detached on the 24th.
On the 14th, sloops EGRET, FOWEY, and LEITH joined the convoy. The sloops were detached on 2 November for EGRET
and on 1 November for the other two. Also joining on the 14th were escort
vessels BANFF and FISHGUARD which were detached on 1 and 2
November, respectively, and corvettes HOLLYHOCK and STONECROP. Corvette
HOLLYHOCK arrived with the convoy on 5 November and STONECROP was detached on
Corvettes BURCOK, CLOVER, and NIGELLA joined on the
31st and arrived with the convoy at Freetown on 5 November.
Destroyers NAPIER and JACKAL passed the Suez Canal northbound to return to the Mediterranean Fleet
after being relieved in the Suez Escort Force by sloops FALMOUTH and SHOREHAM.
Motor torpedo boats MTB.68 and MTB.215 were ordered to patrol off Bardia to intercept
a reported submarine.
Anti-submarine trawler LOCH OSKAIG was attacked by
a German Focke Wulf aircraft in 38-15N, 9-59W. Seven crew were wounded and
considerable damage was done to the superstructure by cannonfire.
Submarine P.31 departed Gibraltar for Malta, arriving on the 20th.
Submarine THORN departed Malta on patrol and then to proceed to Alexandria.
Dutch submarine O.24 made an unsuccessful attack on
a steamer in the southern Tyrrhenian
Tuesday, 14 October
Destroyer LIGHTNING departed Rosyth at 0800 for
Scapa Flow on completion of boiler cleaning.
The destroyer arrived at Scapa Flow at 1730 that day.
Destroyer ACTIVE departed Scapa Flow for Hull at 1000 to carry out refitting.
The destroyer arrived at 1310/15th.
Destroyer ICARUS departed the Humber at 1555 for Scapa
Flow after refitting.
The destroyer arrived at Scapa Flow at 1745/15th.
Convoy ON.26 departed Liverpool, escorted by destroyers BEAGLE and SALISBURY, corvettes HEATHER and NARCISSUS, and
anti-submarine trawlers ARAB and LADY MADELEINE. The escorts were detached on
the 20th when relieved by American destroyers BABBITT, BADGER, BROOME, LEARY,
MAYO, and SCHENCK. The American destroyers were detached when the convoy
dispersed on the 29th.
Minesweepers HARRIER, HALCYON, SALAMANDER, and
BRITOMART departed Archangel for Seidisfjord.
unsuccessfully attacked German steamers MINONA and TUGELA and Norwegian
steamer HAVBRIS in 71-05N, 27-10E.
British drifter FORERUNNER (92grt, T/Skipper W.
Harmon RNR) was sunk in a collision in the Thames Estuary.
German light cruiser KOLN bombarded Russian positions on
German auxiliary patrol vessel UJ 1709 (fishing
vessel CARL KAMPF (600grt)) was sunk west of Lister by British bombing.
Corvette FLEUR DE LYS (Lt A. Collins RNR), after convoy duty with OG.75, was sunk by U.206
west of Gibraltar, just as the corvette was preparing to enter
Collins and one rating were killed.
Lt A. P. Godfrey RNR, T/Sub Lt N. Higgs RNVR, T/Lt C. M. Nicholls RNVR,
T/Lt J. G. Porter RNR, and sixty four ratings were missing.
Three survivors were picked up by a Spanish steamer
and later transferred to corvette COREOPSIS.
Corvettes DELPHINIUM, SALVIA, PEONY, and ERICA and
anti-submarine whaler PROTEA rendezvoused off Capa Gata at 0800 and carried
out an anti-submarine search of the area.
Anti-submarine whaler SOIKA and tug C 307 departed
Alexandria on serial 1 A of the CULTIVATE operation.
The tug returned to Mersa Matruh.
Italian torpedo boat PLEIADA was lost at Tripoli after heavy damage from British bombing on the
Ex-US Coast Guard cutters/escorts SENNEN and
TOTLAND departed Gibraltar to rendezvous with Armed merchant cruisers WOLFE,
MALOJA, and RANPURA in 42N, 28W and escort them to the UK.
On the 15th, destroyer CROOME departed Gibraltar to join the escort.
Submarines UNBEATEN, URGE, and UPRIGHT departed
Malta on short notice for an operation off Cape
The submarines arrived back at Malta on the 16th, having sighted nothing but a hospital
ship during the operation.
Submarine UNIQUE unsuccessfully attacked a steamer
in 40-26N, 14-20E.
New Zealand light cruiser ACHILLES relieved Australian light
cruiser ADELAIDE which was escorting a liner.
Cruiser ADELAIDE proceeded to Sydney.
Cruiser ACHILLES and the liner arrived at Auckland on the 16th.