September Serving with Home Fleet and
deployed on anti-submarine patrol duty in the SW
The deployment of aircraft carriers to carry out this role had been
as an offensive measure and assumed that the ASDIC equipment available
escorts was far more effective than was in fact the case.
patrol with a screen of two Home Fleet destroyers a wireless signal was received
ss KAFIRISTAN indicating that she was under fire from a German submarine.
carrying out a search for this merchant ship or any survivors, she came under attack
U29, hit by three torpedoes and sank quickly.
lives were lost including many Reservists and Pensioners. Some survivors were
by HM Destroyer ECHO. (Casualty
consequence of this loss and an unsuccessful U-boat torpedo attack on HM
Carrier ARK ROYAL on 14th September the policy of using aircraft
for A/S search and destroy patrols was abandoned.
details of this loss and the failure of German torpedoes see ENGAGE THE
CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).