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Commissioned for service as HMS EMPIRE
AUDACITY for service in Western
for convoy defence.
Acceptance and first of Class trials
in Clyde area.
Carried out first deck landing by
aircraft of 802 Squadron.
Renamed HMS AUDACITY. See
Trials including flying operations in
aircraft and personnel 804 Squadron.
Western Approaches Command for convoy
defence on UK-Gibraltar
Deployed with HM Sloop DEPTFORD, HM
Corvettes PENTSTEMON, MARIGOLD,
ARBUTUS and another corvette of 36th
Escort Group as
escort for outward
Convoy OG74. during
details of defence of Atlantic convoys see THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by
U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC
(HMSO) and HITLER'S U-BOAT
WAR by C Blair.)
Under attacks by
U124 and U201 during which a three mercantiles
aircraft launched after daylight and
drove off attacks by KONDOR aircraft,
one of which was
details see HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR by C
Blair, ALLIED CONVOY SYSTEM
and 1945 by A
Hague and BRITISH VESSELS LOST AT SEA
Rescue ship WALMER CASTLE was also sunk by an air attack.)
Arrived at Gibraltar
Three other of the 22 ships in this
convoy were sunk
with inward Convoy HG74 as part of
escort to provide air cover
during passage to
Detached on arrival of HG75 in
Deployed with escort of outward Convoy
OG76 to provide air cover during passage
Detached from OG76 on arrival at
(Note: Provided air cover for 10 days
and the embarked destroyed two FW200
aircraft attempting attacks on convoy
to await approval for sailing with
Convoy HG76 to
provide anti-submarine air patrols and
defence against enemy air reconnaissance
(Note: Known presence of assembly of
U-Boats to attack this convoy had
until an adequate escort could be
provided to ensure safe passage.)
BATTLE OF THE
by D Macintyre.)
Sailed from Gibraltar
with HM Sloops STORK and
DEPTFORD, HM Corvettes
and VETCH of augmented 36th Escort Group
as escort for return
BLANKNEY and HMS EXMOOR from Gibraltar
Flotilla were attached
Destroyer STANLEY to provide additional
for HG76 known to be
threat of heavy U-Boat attacks.
departure of HG76 was not accurately
reported by the agents in Algeciras
poor visibility when convoy sailed. See
1 by C
aircraft sighted U-Boat on the surface
and carried out depth charge attack
nightfall. See above reference.)
U-Boat Group SEERAUBER assembled for
attacks on HG76 with KONDOR support.
U131 sighted by MARTLET aircraft from
subsequently dived but, was located and
attacked by escort..
surfacing U131 was sunk by gunfire from
HMS STORK, HMS BLANKNEY,
and HMS STANLEY in
position 34.12N 13.35W. 35 of
MARTLET aircraft from ship was shot down
U434 sunk by Depth Charges from HMS
STANLEY and HMS BLANKNEY in position
survivors from U434 were rescued.
aircraft were driven off.
After sinking of HMS STANLEY by torpedo
from U574, submarine was rammed and sunk
by HMS STORK.
20 survivors rescued but five were
HMS DEPTFORD collided
with stem of
British survivors from HMS STANLEY were
KONDOR aircraft were destroyed.
mercantile was sunk by U108
aircraft driven off by ships'
Detached from convoy
at nightfall in view of likely U-Boat
aft by one torpedo fired by U571. Ship
steering disabled but maintained way.
construction was well able to withstand
single hit which did
structural damage and enough flooding in
for ship to settle
by the stem.
Some of ships
made second attack firing salvo of
torpedoes. These hit the ship, one of
storage tanks and caused massive
forward. Ship then sank quickly
survivors left in the sea for some hours
as rescue work
was only possible after escorts
attacks on U-Boats still in the area for
further attacks on HG76 ships.
survivors had been in the water for over
List - note
mercantile was sunk by U567
Details of the defence of HG76 are in
operations established without doubt
that the presence of an Escort-Aircraft
was an essential element for defence of
General Information and THE BRITISH
AIRCRAFT CARRIER by Paul Beaver.
NAVY ESCORT AIRCRAFT CARRIERS by D