1 9 4 0
trials and commissioning.
aircraft carrier fitted with
(For details of
development and use of radar by RN See
RADAR AT SEA
by D Howse).
Joined Home Fleet and worked up
Deployed in Force C at Freetown with HM
NORFOLK for convoy
interception of supply ships and commerce
Searched for German battleship
SCHEER and other commerce raiders in
(See ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli
9 4 1
Transferred to Mediterranean
to replace HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS
which had been
seriously damaged in air attacks.
(See THE BATTLE
FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D MacIntyre).
Took passage to
Alexandria via Cape of Good Hope.
Deployed with East Indies Fleet
for support of military operations in
carried out off Mogadishu (Operation
On release from BREACH
continued passage to Suez.
Joined Mediterranean Fleet after delay
due mines which had closed Suez Canal.
Deployed with HM Battleships BARHAM,
VALIANT and WARSPITE, HM
YORK and destroyer
screen to cover passage of Convoy
Joined HMS WARSPITE and HMS BARHAM to
Successful torpedo attacks on Italian
cruisers resulted in
Battle of Matapan.
(See MATAPAN by
SW Pack and Naval Staff History).
Broke up air attacks on Fleet during
passage back to Alexandria.
Deployed with Fleet to
cover passage of Convoy ME7.
Provided cover during Fleet bombardment of
by HM Cruisers
ORION, PERTH (RAN),
AJAX and 4 Fleet destroyers (Force
illuminated shore targets
Aircraft shot down two Ju88 when Fleet was
attacked on return
Joined Fleet operation to cover transit of
Convoy MW7 from
military convoy from Sicilian Channel
Lack of fighter aircraft delayed sailing
to assist in defence
Under sustained air attacks during passage
to launch strikes
structural damage including X
Turret and Flight Deck
(For details of
naval activities in the Mediterranean see
THE BATTLE FOR
THE MEDITERRANEAN and
Naval Staff History.)
to USA via Cape of Good Hope for repair.
installation of additional radars carried
RADAR AT SEA).
to UK with HM Aircraft Carrier
In collision with
ILLUSTRIOUS whilst on passage (see
9 4 2
Returned to UK to prepare for
service with Eastern Fleet.
(Note : Radar
Type 281 to replace Type 279 installed
Two fire control
radars Type 265 fitted for anti-aircraft
Sea trials on radar
Passage to Indian Ocean as part of escort
for military convoy
East via Cape of Good
(Note : CinC
Fleet, Vice Admiral Sir James
take up appointment).
Sailed from Freetown.
Arrived at Capetown.
Joined Eastern Fleet.
(Note : This
ship was in need of extensive training of
group before she could
be an effective
Deployed with HMS WARSPITE, HM Aircraft
EMERALD and ENTERPRISE as Force A.
Searched for Japanese
force reported on passage towards
propeller and withdrawn from search
repair at Bombay.
On completion of repair took passage to
rejoin Fleet at Mombasa.
(For details of
naval activities in Indian Ocean in 1942
see RELUCTANT ENEMIES
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli
FLEET by J
Winton, OPERATION PACIFIC by Edwin
Naval Staff History.
Deployed NE of Madagascar to provide cover
air attacks during
(Operation IRONCLAD - See above
shot down Japanese HK6 seaplane after
detection by radar
to refuel in Seychelles.
Based at Kilindini for convoy defence
and operational sweeps in Indian Ocean.
Took part in Fleet training with HM
Battleship WARSPITE, HMS
GAMBIA during passage to Ceylon from
defence and interception duty with
Eastern Fleet in Indian Ocean.
Aircraft intercepted and
destroyed Japanese Flying Boat in Indian
Transferred to Mediterranean to replace
HMS INDOMITABLE and
passage to UK.
Embarked SEAFIRE aircraft before
sailing to Mediterranean.
Aircraft Direction facilities
provided to improve control of aircraft by
based on radar information.
Sailed for Gibraltar to provide air cover
landings in North Africa.
- See above references and Naval Staff
with HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS FURIOUS in
Force H on arrival
Deployed 30 miles north of Algiers to
provide air cover during landings
Aircraft destroyed shore battery on Cape Matifu.
Aircraft of 820 Squadron sank U331 in
position 37.05N 2.24E
Submarine had already been under attack by
of 500 Bomber Sqdn,
surrendered but this was not known by
pilots of 820 Squadron.
Deployed in western Mediterranean
in support of military operations and for
9 4 3
Convoy defence in western
Atlantic and Mediterranean including
Mediterranean deployment in
Based at Algiers in
continuation and for interception of enemy
Transferred to Alexandria for convoy
defence in Eastern Mediterranean.
Convoy defence and
support of military operations.
diversionary operation north of Crete and
covered passage of convoys
Mediterranean for planned assault
Sailed from Malta with HM Battleships
VALIANT and WARSPITE
escorted by HM Cruisers
PENELOPE screened by six destroyers.
Deployed in Tyrrhenian Sea to
for military convoys from Alexandria
on passage in eastern
Under air attacks
Joined HM Battleships NELSON, RODNEY and
HM Fleet Aircraft
Cruisers AURORA and PENELOPE in Gulf of Sirte
of Sicily invasion against interference
Italian surface units.
HUSKY) - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
Provided air cover during landings and
Under attacks by Italian torpedo bombers
during which HMS
hit and had to
be withdrawn from operation (See RADAR AT
Based in Malta and provided
air cover for ships deployed off Sicily.
Support of military operations in
Joined covering force with HMS NELSON, HMS
VALIANT and HMS
ILLUSTRIOUS for air defence during
- See above references).
had replaced HMS INDOMITABLE - See above)
Deployed in support of
military operations off Italian coast.
Mediterranean operations and took passage
Deployed with Home Fleet
Provided Distant Cover for return
Convoy RA54 from Kola Inlet with HM
ANSON, HM Cruisers JAMAICA screened by HM
HAIDA (RCN), Norwegian STORD, US
destroyers USS CAPPS and USS
Home Fleet deployment in
9 4 4
Passage to UK for refit.
radar equipment modernised (Radar Types
281B and 79B fitted
order to provide
efficient cover at all altitudes.
radar fitted (Type 277 - See RADAR AT
Post refit trials
On completion embarked
aircraft and prepared for operational
Deployed with Home
Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
Launched unsuccessful air attacks on
TIRPITZ in Altenfjord
Aircraft Carriers INDEFATIGABLE and
by HM Battleship
DUKE OF YORK.
Target was obscured by smoke screen after
early warning of
MASCOT - See CONVOY !
by P Kemp).
Fleet deployment in continuation.
Prepared for air
attacks on TIRPITZ (Operation GOODWOOD
Repeated air attacks on TIRPITZ with HMS
HM Escort Carrier
NABOB. These were unsuccessful
Further air attacks on TIRPITZ with HMS
FURIOUS and HMS
Two hits were
Unsuccessful air attacks on TIRPITZ with
(Note : The
lack of significant success by Fleet Air
attacks resulted in the
decision to use
heavy bombers for this task).
record of Battle Honour NORWAY 1944 can be
traced for either
Nominated for service with
British Pacific Fleet after refit.
Taken in hand for refit at
Gibraltar with extensive machinery repair
9 4 5.
Passage to join 5th US Fleet for
air operations in Pacific.
Arrived at Sydney.
Passage to Manus to
join British Pacific Fleet.
for Joint RN/USN
flying operations in Task Force 57.
(Task Force 57
KING GEORGE V and Howe - Task Group 57.1.
Carriers INDOMITABLE, VICTORIOUS,
INDEFATIGABLE - Task
SWIFTSURE, GAMBIA (RNZN), BLACK PRINCE and
-Task Group 57-3
EURYALUS, HM Destroyers GRENVILLE, ULSTER,
and WAGER, HM Australian
QUALITY - Task Group 57.8.
Joined HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE,
INDEFATIGABLE in Task
Group 57.2 as replacement for HMS
Took part in air
operations to neutralise Japanese
airfields in Sakishima
Group during US
landings in Okinawa.
ICEBERG I- For details see TASK FORCE 57
by Peter C Smith,
ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET BY J
and Naval Staff
'suicide' aerial attacks by BAKA piloted
Withdrew from operational area with
ships of Task Force 57.
Arrived at Leyte
for R&R period.
Sailed for operational area with
ships of Task Force 57.
Cruisers EURYALUS and UGANDA (RCN) had
joined Task Group 57.5
of HMS ARGONAUT.
Task Group 57.8
then comprised HM Destroyers GRENVILLE,
URCHIN, URANIA, UNDAUNTED, KEMPENFELT,
WESSEX and HM Australian Destroyers
QUEENBOROUGH, QUICKMATCH and QUALITY.
Resumed flying operations off Sakishima
(Operation ICEBERG II
- See above references).
cover and fall of shot spotting during
bombardment of airfields by
KING GEORGE V and HOWE.
KAMIKAZE attacks aircraft crashed on
abreast Island structure.
destroyed and Boiler Room damage reduced
speed to 18 knots.
included 3 killed and 47 wounded).
of TF57 had been detached with HM
Battleships KING GEORGE V
and HOWE to
carry out bombardment of airfields at
additional protection to the three
FORGOTTEN FLEET and WAR WITH JAPAN
approaching to land-on during the KAMIKAZE
shot down by
close range 20mm Oerlikon (See ALARM
Full power restored.
operations with US carriers and
Sustained further damage after hit by
during renewed operations
Group. One fatal
(For full details see
A FORMIDABLE COMMISSION and above
Fire in hangar after CORSAIR aircraft
accidentally fired guns
30 aircraft were
destroyed or made unusable in this
Resumed air operations on Sakishima
shortage of aircraft.
Detached before completion of operations
and left operational
area for passage to
by HM Destroyers KEMPENFELT and WHIRLWIND.
On completion of
temporary repair at Manus took passage to
Repair and R&R in
Redeployed with HM
Aircraft Carriers IMPLACABLE and
VICTORIOUS as part of US
3rd Fleet in Task
(Note : US
Naval Command structure had been changed
British Pacific Fleet
as Task Force
KING GEORGE V (Flagship of Vice Admiral,
British Pacific Fleet.
HM Aircraft Carriers
FORMIDABLE (Flagship), VICTORIOUS and
(Note : HMS
IMPLACABLE was delayed by defect from
NEWFOUNDLAND (Flagship), BLACK PRINCE,
UGANDA (RCN) and
GRENVILLE, UNDINE, URANIA,
UNDAUNTED, QUIBERON (RAN), QUICKMATCH
(RAN), QUALITY (RAN), TROUBRIDGE,
Sailed with HMS VICTORIOUS and HMS
IMPLACABLE for operational area.
Joined ships of Third Fleet for Joint
RN/USN attacks in Tokyo
and Yokohama area.
Carried out first British attacks on
Japanese mainland and
provided air cover for
ships of TF37.
Combat Air Patrol (CAP) destroyed 3 AICHI
when Task Force 37
on passage to
refuel. One other was damaged.
(Note : HMCS
UGANDA withdrew from operations on relief
This was a
result of recent Canadian Government
regulation about service
personnel in the Japanese campaign
(See CANADIAN MILITARY
HISTORY Vol.4 No.2).
Deployed with US Task Group 38
Units for Joint air operations.
Attacked airfields and shipping in North
Hokkaido with HMS VICTORIOUS
HMS INDEFATIGABLE and
HMS IMPLACABLE. Cover was
major RN units of
attack on Onegawa
a CORSAIR piloted by Lieut. Robert
and sank the Japanese frigate AMAKUSA
ships. For this feat of bravery which cost
his life was awarded the VC
Air operations in continuation.
Returned to Manus with ships of British
Pacific Fleet to refuel.
(Note : Not
transferred to Task Group Unit 38.5 with
This was due to
the enforced withdrawal of TF37 ships
because of a shortage of
British tankers - See above references and