9 4 3
Contractors trials and commissioning.
Build completion and entered US Navy
to East coast of USA
as USS PYBUS
Transferred to Royal Navy and
commissioned as HMS EMPEROR.
20th August with Convoy HX253 to be
Arrived in Clyde.
HX253 arrived in Liverpool
on 4tt September)
Taken in hand at Belfast
modification to suit deployment for RN
included modification to petrol supply
carried out in all US
following loss of HM Escort Carrier
On completion of post refit trials
embarked 20 HELLCAT aircraft and
of 800 and 804 squadrons.
9 4 4
out work-up for operational service in Clyde
Deployment in Western Approaches command
Atlantic deployment in
source records one complete Atlantic
passage to Norfolk
Use of convoy
defence and transport of aircraft to
for Home Fleet service
Passage to Scapa
Flow on release
from Atlantic convoy defence.
Deployed with HM Escort Carriers
SEARCHER, PURSUER and FENCER and ships
to provide cover for passage of Russian
Convoy JW58 and to carry out attack on
battleship TIRPITZ in Altenfjord,
Norway (Operation TUNGSTEN)
Fleet ships included HM Battleship
Aircraft Carriers FURIOUS
VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers BELFAST,
ROYALIST, SHEFFIELD and JAMAICA
of 14 Fleet Destroyers.
details of all Russian Convoy operations
and attacks on TIRPITZ see CONVOYS TO
by RA Ruegg,
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield,
by R Woodman and CONVOY! by
Home Fleet TUNGSTEN deployment in
Detached from covering duty with HMS
ANSON, HMS FURIOUS, HMS VICTORIOUS,
Escort Aircraft Carriers PURSUER,
SEARCHER, STRIKER three cruisers and
destroyers to carry out attacks on
air cover during bombing attacks carried
out by HMS VICTORIOUS aircraft.
hits were obtained and battleship damage
four weeks repair.)
Return passage to Scapa
Flow with Home Fleet ships.
Sailed from Scapa
Flow with HMS ANSON, HMS
VICTORIOUS, HMS FURIOUS, HMS
and HMS PURSUER with Home Fleet
cruisers and destroyers
to carry out
further air attacks on TIRPITZ
Operation delayed by weather conditions.
Further delay due to weather made
Embarked aircraft carried out attacks on
Norwegian coastal shipping in Bodo
RIDGE ABLE. Three mercantiles sunk and another
Fleet duties in continuation.
Deployed with HMS SEARCHER and HMS
STRIKER to carry out attacks in N.Kristiansund
enemy aircraft were destroyed for loss
Vessel V5704 damaged and ships in
Deployed with HMS STRIKER covered by HM
Cruisers SHEFFIELD and ROYALIST with a
6 Home Fleet destroyers to carry out
attacks on shipping at Rorvik
(Operations POTLUCK ABLE and BAKER )
Returned to Scapa
Flow with Home
Deployed to provide air cover for
passage of outward joint convoy
inward joint Convoy SL158/MKS49
during Atlantic passages
release from Atlantic escort took
passage to join HMS TRACKER and HMS
Approaches to intercept U-Boats
attempting to attack
allied invasion convoys to
beaches in Normandy,
- For details of naval
activities prior to and during allied
by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN
NORMANDY, JUNE 1944
convoy defence duties on release from
Squadron 804 merged with Squadron 800 to
form single unit.
for service in Mediterranean and took passage to Malta.
(Note: WALRUS aircraft from 700 Squadron
Arrived in Malta
service with Mediterranean Fleet.
support of allied landings in South
Operation was under US
HM Cruisers ROYALIST and DELHI
with HM Escort Carriers
SEARCHER and PURSUER and nominated for
duty in Task Group 88.1.
Carried out joint
exercises in western Mediterranean
Embarked aircraft carried out patrols
over beachhead and made offensive strike
in support of
landings as required by Air Task Force
40 Sorties made for support of landings.
Embarked aircraft took part with those
from HMS KHEDIVE in attacks on Port Cros.
Sorties made including attacks on road
and rail traffic.
16 Sorties flown
Embarked aircraft carried cut attacks on
retreating German columns for a 48 hour
LANDINGS IN SOUTH OF FRANCE (HMSO).
Replenished at Maddalena
Embarked aircraft carried out attacks
on targets in Rhone valley
Increased HELLCAT radius of operation
36 Sorties flown.)
Embarked aircraft flew 24 sorties
HELLCAT Aircraft failed to return
Embarked aircraft made 32 sorties
against shore targets.
Took passage to Maddalena
with ships of Task Group 88.1 to
Summary: 252 Sorties flown with loss of
DRAGOON and resumed RN control by CinC
for service in British Aegean Force for
support of allied re-occupation
in eastern Mediterranean.
Passage to Alexandria
British Aegean Force with HMS HUNTER,
STALKER, ATTACKER, SEARCHER,
Other ships in Force included HM
Cruisers ORION, AJAX,
BLACK PRINCE and COLOMBO, Destroyers of 24th Flotilla and
Class Destroyers. See
Naval Staff History and Military Staff
Arrived at Alexandria.
Sailed from Alexandria
with HMS PURSUER to provide
air cover during operations against
craft and carry out air attacks on
Air Attacks made near Milos
Carried out anti-shipping sweeps and
Air attacks carried out on transport in
Air attacks carried out on Rhodes.
Replenished at Alexandria.
Deployed for air attacks in Aegean
(Operation OUTING 2)
Carried out air
operations in Aegean
shipping attacks and shore attacks in
(Note: HELLCAT aircraft diverted to
Turkey when undercarriage inoperable.)
Returned to Alexandria
Sailed from Alexandria
Cruiser ROYALIST for further
operations in Aegean.
attacks on shipping off Salonika
the allied re-occupation of Greece.
During return passage to Alexandria
to refuel carried cut
further air attacks on Rhodes
Sailed from Alexandria
as part of Force 120 for
allied occupation of Athens
details see Military Staff History, Eastern Mediterranean).
Force 120 included HM Cruisers ROYALIST,
SIRIUS and COLOMBO, HM AA Ship ULSTER
QUEEN, HMS STALKER
TUSCAN, TYRIAN and Polish
Deployed for air
operations on passage to Athens.
Provided air cover
Embarked German Prisoners-of-War at Khios
dive-bombing attack on radar on Milos
destroying this target,
Deployed in support of operations
to re-occupation of. Milos
support included bombardment spotting
in support of operations to re-occupy Aegean
islands in continuation.
for return to UK
for refit prior to service
with East Indies Fleet
(Note: East Indies Fleet was formed on 22nd November when some ships of Eastern
to newly formed British Pacific Fleet.)
Provided cover for spotting aircraft
during bombardment of Milos
by HM Battleship
Passage to Gibraltar
escorted by Polish destroyer
at Newport, Mon. after landing 800 Squadron
in hand for refit and prepared for foreign
completion of post refit trials and
work-up resumed operational service.
Squadron aircraft and personnel before
to Trincomalee via Mediterranean to join 21st Aircraft Carrier Sqdn.
Arrived at Colombo
HM Escort Carriers BEGUM, EMPRESS, SHAH,
AMEER, KHEDIVE, SLINGER
in Eastern Fleet based at Trincomalee.
Eastern Fleet deployment with
for carrying out photographic
reconnaissance flights at ports in
as part of
Operation SUNFISH by East Indies Fleet
and AVENGER aircraft embarked to
Sailed from Trincomalee as part of
Force 63 for joint operation to carry
flights and a bombardments in the Andamans
Bombardment group comprised RN
battleship HMS QUEEN
battleship RICHELIEU and HM Cruiser
LONDON screened by HM
group comprised HM Escort Carriers
EMPEROR and KHEDIVE with HM
by HM Destroyers VENUS and VIRAGO.)
Bombardment group detached for attacks
by battleships and cruiser with
from the two CVE. During retaliatory air
two of enemy aircraft
shot down by
fighters from CVE.
Planned launch of
aircraft delayed by defect in
refuelled from Tankers of Force 70.
Aircraft launched for reconnaissance
over Penang, Port Swettenham and Port Dickson
which one enemy aircraft was shot down
and one carrier aircraft lost.
Took part in air
strikes at Emmahaven,
submarine chaser (Ch 7) was sunk and a
Returned to Trincomalee with Force 63.
HELLCAT and AVENGER supplementary
details see Naval Staff History and WAR
WITH JAPAN (HMSO).
Sailed with Eastern Fleet ships from
Trincomalee to Akyab
prior to provision of
air cover for
assault convoys on passage to Rangoon
Deployed with HM Escort Carriers HUNTER,
STALKER and KHEDIVE of Squadron
by HM Cruisers PHOEBE and ROYALIST.
Provided air cover during passage
landings at Rangoon
provided air cover.
Released from DRACULA and took passage
with ships of Squadron Sqdn.
to carry out
on Burmese coastal targets between Mergui
and Port Victoria.
Carried out air attacks with ships of
Squadron till 6th May.
Passage to Trincomalee
Arrived at Trincomalee.
Joined Force 61 which was formed after
report of Japanese warships on passage
Force 61 comprised HM Battleship QUEEN ELIZABETH,
French RICHELIEU, HM
ROYALIST and CUMBERLAND, Dutch cruiser TROMP, HM Escort
and EMPEROR of 21st Carrier Squadron
Destroyers SAUMAREZ, VENUS, VERULAM,
VIRAGO, VIGILANT of 26th
Flotilla and ROTHERHAM, TARTAR and NUBIAN of 11th Destroyer
Trincomalee with Force 61 to intercept
Force 61 refuelled from Force 70
Detached from Force 61 with ships of
Squadron to position 50 miles west of Six
Degree Channel to
carry out air search operations.
Aircraft from HMS SHAH operated from
ship because of defective catapult in
AVENGER aircraft launched for to carry
out search for Japanese ships.
Supply Ship KUROSHIO MARU and Submarine
Chaser No 57 sighted.
attack made by one AVENGER aircraft
which was hit by return fire and forced
into the sea.
Owing to a series of errors the crew
were not located
and their dinghy
ashore when the aircrew were captured.
WAR WITH JAPAN,
SINK THE HAGURO and Naval
search for these two ships was
unsuccessful and they escaped to Penang.
that morning an AVENGER aircraft
belonging to HMS SHAH but operating from
Japanese cruiser HAGURO and Japanese
KAMIKAZE which were
the afternoon by 3 embarked AVENGER
Only slight damage was
This sighting resulted in
a brilliant night torpedo action by
26th Destroyer Flotilla during which
HAGURO was sunk
SINK THE HAGURO by J Winton and Naval
Trincomalee with Fleet units.
Eastern Fleet deployment with Squadron
with HMS AMEER as part of Force 61 to
provide cover for a
Minesweeping Flotilla and launch air
in North Sumatra
was also part of Force 61
with HM Destroyers ROEBUCK
ESKIMO and VIGILANT
aircraft of 1700 Squadron and personnel
Embarked aircraft carried cut air
strikes during bombardments by HMS
and attached destroyers. Six
aircraft were lost.
Embarked aircraft launched for air
strikes with HMS AMEER on airfields at Kota
Raja and Lho
in NW Sumatra.
Japanese aircraft which approached shot
Trincomalee with ships of Force 61.
for cover of British landings in Malaya
Sailed with East
Indies Fleet to implement planned
Fleet commanded by Admiral, 3rd Battle
Setting up of
advanced base at Penang
JURIST delayed for 48 hours By General
(See Final Report by
Further delay imposed until Japanese
signed Surrender terms in Tokyo.
Arrived off Penang.
Pennant Number R307 was allocated for
signalling purposes to
US Navy identity for warships of this
Passage to landing area from Penang.
Provided air cover during landings
with ships of Squadron
Squadron ships engaged included HM
HM Escort Carriers
PURSUER, TRUMPETER and STALKER.
Battleship RICHELIEU with HM Cruisers CEYLON,
also took part. For details
of all ships in East Indies
on VJ Day see THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J
Winton and above references.
Deployed at Singapore
with ships of