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2nd Commissioned for service as HMS
: One source records name was not used until ship sailed for UK on 30th April.)
15th Build completion and sea acceptance
Trials and shakedown in continuation
18th Broke down on trials and taken to Staten Island for repair.
for ocean passage on completion.
30th Joined US military Convoy AT15 for
passage to Clyde.
: AT Series convoys comprised large passenger liners used
identity AT was used for convoys to Tobruk from Alexandria.)
arrival in Clyde taken in hand for modifications to suit RN service.
(Note : Work
done included lengthening of Flight Deck.)
for service with Home Fleet
On completion of
conversion worked-up for service in Clyde
August Work-up in continuation.
17th On completion embarked 825 Squadron SWORDFISH aircraft and
aircraft and personnel of 802 and 8783 Squadrons.
for defence of Russian convoy.PQ18
which sailed from Loch Ewe on 2nd.
9th Deployed as part of escort for Convoy
PQ18 during passage to Kola Inlet, screened
HM Destroyers WHEATLAND and WILTON. Operation EV)
For details of all Russian convoy defence deployments see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA
RA Ruegg, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield and CONVOY ! by
HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR Vol 2 for details of role of the ship and the
of her capabilities for this deployment.
13th HURRICANE aircraft launch delayed by
slow reaction to sudden air attack by
bombers and torpedo aircraft.
mercantiles were sunk and five aircraft lost in the sustained enemy onslaught
14th SWORDFISH aircraft sighted U589 in
process of submerging and reported the position.
: U589 was subsequently sunk by HM Destroyers ONSLOW, IMPULSIVE,
FAULKNOR. See references.
17th Detached from PQ18 with Fighting Escort
to join return convoy QP14 to provide air cover
passage to Loch Ewe.
20th Detached from QP14 with HM Cruiser
SCYLLA, HM Destroyers FURY, WHEATLAND
WILTON and returned to Scapa Flow. See references for details.
24th Disembarked Squadrons at Scapa Flow.
Fleet deployment in continuation.
for support of allied landings in North Africa (Operation TORCH).
22nd Embarked 802 and 883 Squadrons SEA HURRICANE aircraft and
personnel together with
Squadron SWORDFISH aircraft and personnel.
military Convoy KMS1G for passage to Gibraltar to join Eastern Naval Task
: HM Aircraft Carriers VICTORIOUS, FORMIDABLE and FURIOUS, HM Escort
Carriers BITER and DASHER was also deployed for support of TORCH.
Staff History and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
6th Entered Mediterranean and provided air
cover for assault convoy.
8th Deployed in support of landings at Algiers with HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD, SCYLLA and
in Force O.
10th Under repair in Algiers harbour.
four HURRICANE aircraft to HMS ARGUS.
12th Withdrawn from TORCH after end of
13th Joined military convoy MKF1 to provide
air cover during return passage to UK
15th During passage with MKFI in Atlantic torpedoed by U155.
caused fire and immediate explosion in bomb room which sank the ship very
position 36.15N 07.45W, west of Gibraltar
12 of ship's company survived. This ship was the largest warship sunk during
associated with TORCH. (Casualty
: The sudden sinking of this ship and the later loss of HMS DASHER a sister
Carrier resulted in an investigation into the safety standards for the stowage
petrol and bombs, known to be below those used for RN ships, required to
improved. As a result all US built Escort Carriers in
service and under
to suit RN use were modified.)