9 4 2
Build completion and handed over to
US Navy at Hoboken Navy Yard, Pen.
Transferred to Royal Navy and
commissioned as HMS DASHER.
harbour engine trials damaged by fire
in hand for repair.
completion of repair embarked four
SWORDFISH aircraft for transport to UK
(Note: One source indicates these came
are were destined for 845
to Halifax to join inward Convoy HX207
Sailed for UK
as part of Convoy HX205.
Detached from HX205 on arrival of HX205
in hand for modifications in Clyde commercial shipyard to suit RN use for
for support of allied landings in North Africa
Embarked 12 SEA
HURRICANE aircraft and
personnel for 804 and 891 Squadrons.
Passage to Gibraltar
with military convoy to join
Central Naval Task Force.
(Note: HM Escort Aircraft BITER, HM
Aircraft Carrier ARGUS were also
HM Landing Ship (HQ) LARGS, HM Cruisers
AURORA and JAMAICA.
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C
Barnett , INVASION
by J de Winser and the Naval Staff
History for details.)
Deployed at Gibraltar
for briefing and preparation
Entered Mediterranean and provided air
cover for assault convoy on passage to Gibraltar..
During support of landings at Oran
with HMS BITER came under
attack by French
five of which were destroyed by the two
Launched further Reconnaissance and
Combat Air Patrols in support of TORCH
Released from TORCH and under repair at
Joined MKF1XG military convoy with HMS
BITER for passage to UK.
(Note: mv WARWICK CASTLE sunk by U413 during initial stage of
Detached from convoy on arrival in Clyde
Taken in hand in Liverpool
commercial shipyard for
(Note: These included enlargement of
Aircraft Direction Room but changes to
protection after loss of HMS AVENGER are
to be confirmed.)
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completion of post refit trials too
passage to join Home Fleet for support
to Kola Inlet.
12 SEA HURRICANE aircraft with personnel of 816 and 891 Squadrons.
Deployed for work-up at Scapa
with ships of Home Fleet.
Took passage to join JW53 with HM
Sustained major structural damage during
passage in atrocious weather.
passage to Dundee
escorted by BRAMHAM
SHEFFIELD was also seriously damaged.).
Passage from Dundee
Arrived in Clyde
to for Atlantic convoy
Whilst at anchor off Little Cumbraes
Island in Clyde estuary sank in about three
after an explosion caused by fire on
149 survivors were rescued out of a
complement of over 500.
(Note: The subsequent enquiry
established that the explosion was
caused by the
of petrol probably due to a cigarette.
The loss of this ship and
the earlier loss of sister ship HMS
AVENGER after being torpedoed
resulted in a separate
investigation into the standards for
of both petrol and explosives. These
were known to be below those
for other RN ships. As a result all US
built Escort Carriers which
service and those under construction
were modified. Particular attention
paid to the Aviation fuel distribution
change reduced the stowage capacity for
aviation fuel by about 50%