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Transferred to RN and commissioned at Brooklyn
as HMS BITER
out Trials and prepared for passage to UK.
SWORDFISH aircraft for transport to UK.
Canadian Convoy NA11 during Atlantic
passage to Clyde..
Arrived in Clyde
and disembarked aircraft
Taken in hand for
modifications to suit RN service.
Location to be identified.)
for support of planned allied landings
800 Squadron SEA HURRICANE aircraft and personnel.
Carried out work-up
for service in Clyde
SWORDFISH aircraft and personnel of 833
for duty with Central Naval Task Force.
Joined escort for military Convoy KMF1
for passage to Gibraltar
Squadron SEA HURRICANE aircraft and personnel embarked for TORCH support.
from convoy at Gibraltar and prepared for planned landings.
Deployed with HM Escort Carrier DASHER
and HM Fleet Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS
cover for landings at Oran.
TORCH. For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by C
Barnett, Naval Staff
History and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by
J de Winser.)
operations aircraft of 800 Squadron shot
down five Vichy D520 aircraft and
completion of Assault Phase released
from TORCH and nominated for return to UK.
Part of escort for military convoy
with HMS DASHER.
Detached from MKF1 on arrival in Clyde.
Deployed in Clyde
for support of convoy defence to be
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Continuation of Clyde
Atlantic convoy defence to be
For details of
deployment of submarines and weapons
for attack and defence
of Atlantic convoys see U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC (HMSO), SEEK AND
by W. Hackmann
and THE BATTLE
OF THE ATLANTIC
by D MacIntyre.)
Embarked nine SWORDFISH and
three MARTLET aircraft of 811 Squadron
personnel for operations
Deployment for convoy
defence to be confirmed.
operations with Support Group of
cover and support for passage of
Convoys HX234 and ONS4 under threat
Deployed with HM Destroyers PATHFINDER,
OBDURATE and OPPORTUNE of 5th
in search for U-Boats attempting attacks
SWORDFISH aircraft of 811 Squadron
sighted U203 which was then attacked and
PATHFINDER in position 55.05N 42.25W. 39
were rescued from U203
DESTROYED by P Kemp.
Deployment with 5th Support Group in
support of passage of Convoy HX237.
Group operations with 5th and 2nd
Support Groups, SWORDFISH aircraft of
attacked U-Boats of RHEIN Group in front
of HX237. U454 forced to submerge.
HX237 defence in continuation and under
fire from U403 which later was forced to
destroyers of 5th Escort Group.
SWORDFISH B of 811 Squadron sighted
U89 which was sunk by HM Frigate
and HM Destroyer BROADWAY of 2nd Escort
Group in position 46.30N
of Azores. There were no survivors from U89.
Supported defence of Convoy SC129
convoy defence in continuation.
Embarked Six SWORDFISH and six
MARTLET aircraft and personnel of 811
Convoy defence service in continuation.
Sailed from Clyde
with 7th Support Group to
provide support for passage of outward
ON207 during passage to Newfoundland.
Detached from support and took passage
for Atlantic convoy defence with 7th
Ships of 7th support Group were HM
Sailed from Argentia
with Group for provision of cover during
eastward passage of
Convoys SC146 and
These convoys were under threat of
attacks by SCHILL
U-Boat Group but
too few of
group were able to assemble until ships
convoys were too near
to British Isles. See HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR Vol2.
During cover operations a SWORDFISH
ditched alongside but damage was caused
wreckage and ship had to be withdrawn
Taken in hand for
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completion resumed convoy defence in
with Support Groups for provision of air
cover and anti-submarine patrol
convoy defence in continuation
Deployed in HM Escort Aircraft Carrier
Tracker for provision of anti-submarine
SWORDFISH and four WILDCAT aircraft and
personnel of 811 Squadron embarked.
air support for 7th and 9th Escort
Groups in SW Approaches
Ships in Group were HM Canadian Frigates
STORMONT and HM
provided for transit of outward Convoys
OS68 and ONS29.
During attempt by Ju290 to carry out
Glider bomb attack on
convoy enemy aircraft shot
WILDCAT aircraft of 811 Squadron
guidance information to enable
BEAUFIGHTER aircraft of 235 Squadron,
RAF to intercept
and destroy another JU290 attempting
Convoy defence operation in continuation
Provided air support in defence of
inward joint convoy SL150 and MKS41
deployment in Azores area
support of passage of Convoy SC156
with ships of 5th Support Group.
HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR Vol
Deployed with HM Sloop PELICAN and ships
of 7th Support Group to support 9th
Group near the Azores
Ship under attack by
later was sunk by ships of 9th Support
north of Azores in position
42 survivors were rescued from U448.
U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp and above
convoy defence in continuation for
support of convoys to and from Gibraltar
and West Africa.
Not detached for support of
allied landings in Normandy.
service as a Ferry Carrier.
Passage to Clyde
to Pay-off and to be taken in hand for
Squadron aircraft and personnel landed.
and de-stored at Greenock.
Taken in hand for conversion
was to be transferred to Ministry of War
Transport for deployment
Sustained serious and extensive damage
by fire at Greenock.
service as repair could not be
awaiting decision regarding
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Returned to US
Navy without repair.
Laid-up in Clyde.
US Navy control and transfer on loan to
after repair agreed.