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November Contractors Trials
15th Commissioned for service in Western Approaches Command.
20th Storing and fuel embarkation began.
29th Commenced Acceptance Trials in North Sea.
30th Passage to Rosyth
2nd Carried out Full Power Trials
3rd Accepted into RN service.
10th Sailed fro Greenock.
11th Arrived in Clyde,
15th First Deck Landing by an AVENGER aircraft.
18th 825 Squadron SEA HURRICANE and SWORDFISH aircraft embarked at sea off Cumbrae Light.
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January Nominated for support of anti-submarine operations in NW Approaches.
20th Flag Officer Carrier Training visited ship.
(Note: His assessment of the ship was poor..)
22nd Dragged anchor in Clyde and sustained structural damage in collision with HM Escort Carrier
February Under repair.
13th Ship docked for examination,
23rd Ship undocked on completion of repair
25th Resumed preparations for operational service in NW Approaches for support of anti-submarine
25th Carried out flying exercises during which two aircraft crashed.
(Note: These crashes were later found to be due to water infiltration into fuel.)
Other accidents were also found to be due to this contamination.)
March Ship ready for deployment.
2nd At Larne for meeting relating to planned operations.
3rd During flying exercises rating lost overboard by slipstream of aircraft taking-off.
9th Deployed with ships of 6th Canadian Escort group to carry out antisubmarine operations in NW
(Note: Ships in Group were HM Canadian Destroyer QU’APPELLE, HM Canadian Frigates
WASKESIU, OUTREMONT, HM Canadian Corvettes PRESCOTT and EDMUNDSTON.
10th Carried out search operations in conjunction with Canadian Escort Group.
Aircraft from ship hit by return fire from U-Boat sighted on surface.
(Note: One of aircrew died from injuries.)
11th Air search operations in continuation.
Supplied fuel to ships of Escort Group.
12th 6th Escort Group joined by 2nd British Escort Group
(Note: Ships in Group were HM Sloops STARLING, WHIMBREL, WILD GOOSE, MAGPIE
Aircraft from ship sighted U-Boat bu follow up operations by HMCS QU’APPELLE not
13th Under attack by submarine whilst refuelling HMCS QU’APPELLE but torpedo avoided by
prompt manoeuvring action.
14th Flying operations in continuation.
SWORDFISH search aircraft crashed into sea after night take-off due to petrol contamination,
Aircrew of three rescued by HMCS OUTREMONT.
15th Radar contact by search aircraft reported to ships of EG2 which carried out attask operation
sinking U653. For details see U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
16th Flying operations in continuation
Refuelled ships of Canadian Group.
Under torpedo attack after submarine contact but this failed,
17th Flying operations restricted by weather conditions
Disquiet amongst aircrew about frequent failure of depth charges to explode and continued
concern about petrol contamination.
(Note: Depth charge failures traced to incorrect assembly on untested weapons of modified
design.. This failure prevented sinking of three more U-Boats which had been attacked
by 825 Squadron, Only two of the 127 charges dropped had functioned.)
18th Flying operations in continuation.
Tests carried out to investigate depth charge failures,
19th Flying restricted by fog but the only contact investigated was not found.
SWORDFISH aircraft crashed due to petrol contamination and aircrew of three lost.
20th Flying restricted due to limitations of space in hangar to change type of aircraft required
for specific tasks.
21st Weather deteriorated and aircraft struck down.
22nd Flooding caused power failure and consequent loss of steering control.
Ship manoeuvred by main engines
Repair effected and normal steering possible.
23rd During flying operations SWORDFISH aircraft overran Flight Deck due to movement of ship
in extreme weather conditions. Crew rescued by HMCS WASKESIU.
HM Canadian Frigates CAPE BRETON and GROU joined Canadian Escort Group.
24th During continued flying operations with ship pitching heavily SWORDFISH aircraft crashed
on landing with two depth charges on racks. Crew able to escape from wrecked aircraft
before petrol ignited and depth charges exploded. One rating was killed by a splinter whilst
asleep in a compartment below the Flight Deck.
Flying delayed whilst deck cleared. but restricted by weather conditions.
25th Resumed flying in deteriorating conditions.
One aircraft crashed into barrier on return.
(Note: Returning aircraft jettisoned depth charges before landing to prevent a repetition of
the explosion on 24th,)
26th Flying operations continued in rough weather which presented difficult landings,
One aircraft hit bridge on landing and was able to maintain control over the damaged aircraft
and land satisfactorily the second time.
Two further barrier crashes due to weather conditions
27th Ship withdrew from operations in late afternoon and took passage to Clyde
(Note: Weather conditions were unsatisfactory and loss of four aircraft as well as aircrew
together with the availability of fewer aircraft made the return necessary although it
had been intended that operations would continued for three weeks,)
28th Arrived in Clyde
(Statistics of air
operations: 825 Squadron
SWORDFISH: 100 Deck Landings (Day). 235 hours Flown
22 Deck Landings (Night) 40 hours Flown
SEA HURRICANE 46 Deck Landings (Day 36 Sorties
3 Sorties (Night) 1.5 hours
April Deployed for replenishment in Clyde.
16th Carried out price shoot.
17th Commenced Flying training
(Note: Aircraft hit bridge in during take-off
HURRICANE aircraft fitted with Rocket Projectiles to assist take-off. (RATOG)
During flying training SWORDFISH aircraft recently repaired after earlier damage, had an
engine failure after launch and ditched.
Aircrew were rescued by attendant destroyer,
24th Deployed for anti-submarine operations and sailed from Clyde escorted by HM Canadian
Frigates MATANE, STORMONT of 9th Escort Group.
27th Commenced anti-submarine air search operations in conjunction with HM Frigates
BICKERTON, AYLMER and BLIGH of 5th Escort Group.
(Note: Group had been supporting passage of Outward Convoy ONS233 and detached
to join ship for anti-submarine operations,
These ships were refuelled during subsequent joint operations.).
28th HM Canadian Frigates KEATS, KEMPTHORNE and GOODSON of 5th Escort Group
aircraft made force landing in sea after petrol failure.
Aircrew rescued by HMCS AYLMER.
30th Flying operations restricted by weather.
May Operation area transferred to new area where U-Boat was know to be deployed for
(Note: This was directed by Admiralty as a result of interception of wireless transmissions.
2nd Arrived in designated area and carried out flying operations based on interception
of wireless traffic by ships of Escort Group.
(Note: These proved to be erroneous and saturation air search operations failed.
3rd Weather conditions restricted use of SWORDFISH aircraft for searches.
4th Flying operations continued and some escorts refuelled.
5th Successful trials established that landing of aircraft could be carried during
refuelling of escorts,
Air search for U-Boat in continuation.
HURRICANE aircraft forced to ditch after engine failure. Despite drop of dinghies
and gallant attempts to effect a rescue neither of the crew survived one of whom.
died on board HMCS GOODSON after recovered unconscious from the sea.
6th U-Boat sighted after radar contact during intensive air operations nut target submerged
In low visibility conditions One SWORDFISH aircraft short of fuel managed to
land with desperate shortage of fuel.
Frigates of 5th Escort Group began search supported by air operations resulting in
sinking of U785 by HM Frigates BICKERTON, KEATS, AYLMER and BLIGH.
See U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp and HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR by P Kemp.
7th Despite extreme weather conditions further search operations for a second submarine
were flown until conditions force their suspension.
When flying resumed possible contact was made but subsequent attacks by ships of Escort
Group were unsuccessful.
8th Flying operations delayed when Lift to Flight Deck from hangar had a major defect.
Manual operation of lift used to transfer aircraft and limited flying resumed.
9th Despite poor weather conditions air search operations continued.
Ships of EG5 refuelled.
10th Three ships of EG5 detached and replaced by EG2 Sloops.
11th Air search operations in continued in support surface anti-submarine operations.
SWORDFISH aircraft crashed on landing and went overboard due to erratic ship
movement. Despite rescue attempt by HMCS GOODSON there were no survivors.
12th Took passage to Clyde on completion of overnight air patrols.
14th Arrived in Clyde.
15th Began routine maintenance which included major investigation of the reasons
for petrol contamination.
(Note: This was successful and use of sea water instead of compressed air which had
caused contamination of the petrol due to temperature increase
June Clyde maintenance in continuation
Nominated for further anti-submarine support operation in NW Approaches.
21st Modified design SWORDFISH Mk III embarked from shore.
(Note: These aircraft were fitted with new design centimetric ASV Mk III radar
and Rocket Assisted Take-off Gear (RATOG) to improve take-off performance
and allow four depth charges to be mounted in good weather conditions.)
28th Prepared to resume anti-submarine operations.
29th Passage to Londonderry for deployment with 5th Escort Group.
July 1st Sailed from Moville with HM Frigates AWE, BULLEN, GOODALL and HM Canadian
Corvette ST THOMAS.
2nd Flying operations commenced.
3rd Rain and low visibility prevented flying.
HM Destroyer BULLDOG joined supporting warships.
4th Flying operations resumed during afternoon but marred by failures inn new radar sets.
(Note: This was due to poor design of cabling used for interconnection between units
and need for repair reduced availability of aircraft for search operations.)
5th Flying resumed in early afternoon.
Ship diverted to carry out out search for U-Boat which had attacked fishing trawlers
in position west of Cape Wrath about 870 miles from current search area.
(Note: Submarine involved was U11. For details see HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR.)
Two HURRICANE aircraft launched to carry out search of area where submarine was likely
to be on passage away from the trawler attacks,
(Note: These two were unable to return because of lack of fuel and landed near Thurso.
6th Air search operations in continuation..
Rocket projectile accidentally fired during testing by aircraft on Flight Deck
One rating was killed and another HURRICANE aircraft damaged.
Later another aircraft was unable to take-odd because of Water contamination in fuel.
(Note: This was traced to human error when water sea was directly fed into supply tanks.)
7th Flying operations resumed when 500 gallons of contaminated petrol had been removed and
had to be ditched.
One suspected contact was never confirmed.
8th Search area changed
9th Carried out air search operations until these were suspended due to weather conditions.
10th Supply hose parted during refuelling of HMS BULLEN.
Frigates of 5th EG detached.
HM Escort Carrier STRIKER joined to assist in search operations.
11th Air searches in continuation with HMS STRIKER
12th During air patrol submarine sighted and position passed to supporting corvette.
Landing conditions for return of SWORDFISH aircraft made difficult by poor visibility
One aircraft crashed on Flight Deck whilst landing and the fifth had to ditch due to lack
of petrol.. The aircrew were rescued by HM Frigate MANNERS after complex guidance
14th Arrived at Greenock.
15th Deployed in Clyde
4th Sailed from Clyde to carry out flying exercises.
5th Diverted to take part in anti-submarine operations as Force 31 and deployed with HM
Corvette MORPETH CASTLE
(Note: One source records HM Minesweeper PETROLA but this ship did not commission
in Canada as HMS LIONESS until December 1944.)
6th Joined by HM Frigates BAZELY, BURGES,
HM Canadian Minesweeper TILLSONBURG
and HM Trawler THIRLMERE
Flying operations restricted by bad visibility with landings controlled by an extempore
approach control radar system.
(Note: No positive submarine sighting was made.)
7th Returned to Clyde on release from search.
Passage to Scapa Flow to join Home Fleet.
(Note: Nominated for provision of air cover during passage of Russian Convoy JW 59 to
Kola Inlet and return Convoy RA59 from Kola Inlet to UK (Operation VICTUAL)
13th Deployed at Scapa Flow and took part in whaler races.
16th Flag of CS10 transferred to ship from HM Cruiser JAMAICA.
Sailed from Scapa Flow to join JW69 during passage from Loch Ewe with HM Cruiser
JAMAICA and HM Escort Carrier STRIKER
screened by HM Destroyers VOLAGE,
VERULAM, VIRAGO, WHIRLWIND,
WRANGLER, SCOURGE and Canadian
HM Destroyers CAPRICE, MARNE, MILNE, METEOR and MUSKETEER, joined.
(Note ; For details of all Russian convoy operations with details of all mercantiles and
warships involved see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg, THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B Schoefield, CONVOY ! by P Kemp, ARCTIC CONVOYS by
R Woodman and for submarine deployments HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR.)
Carried out flying exercises with HMS STRIKER.
17th Met JW59 and deployed within convoy.
(Note: Battleship ARCHANGELSK (Ex HM Battleship ROYAL SOVEREIGN on
passage to join Russian Northern Fleet was also included in the convoy.)
18th Carried out air patrols to intercept any enemy reconnaissance aircraft
19th Launched HURRICANE aircraft to intercept radar contact with WILDCAT fighters from
HMS STRIKER. No sighting made.
Nominated for provision of night air cover using ASV Mk III Hurricane aircraft with
improved radar performance.
20th Air search launched for interception of reconnaissance aircraft which was unsuccessful,
but sighted nine Russian ships on passage to join Northern Fleet based at Murmansk.
(Note: These ships were on Lend/Lease from USA and comprised Ex battleship
HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN and eight Ex USN destroyers which had been
on Lend/Lease to RN)
Russian ships joined JW59.
First indications of U-Boat activity by wireless transmissions.
21st HM Sloop KITE deployed for anti-submarine support sunk by torpedo from U344
14 survivors rescued by HM Destroyer KEPPEL but five died on board.
Intensive air search operations carried out with HMS STRIKER in support of surface
Anti-submarine deployments of escorts.
German flying boat intercepted and destroyed by STRIKER aircraft.
22nd Anti submarine patrol continued..
U344 sighted on surface by SWORDFISH aircraft and sunk by depth charge attack.
Several attacks made by patrolling aircraft despite intense return fire.
Neither rocket, depth charge or acoustic torpedo attacks by aircraft from both carriers
23rd Presence of several of submarines confirmed by aircraft searches after detection of
of transmitted radio signals.
Extensive patrols maintained with aircraft from HMS STRIKER.
Russian ships detached to make independent passage
24th Rocket hits during attacks by SWORDFISH from ship forced surface submarine to dive
and hunt continued by surface vessels.
Sonar contact established by HM Sloop MERMAID which resulted in the sinking of
concentrated depth charge operations by HM Sloop PEACOCK, HM Frigate LOCH
DUNVEGAN and HM Destroyer KEPPEL.
The submarine U344 never surfaced and was sunk by these attacks
For details see above references and U-BOATS DESTROYED.
25th Detached from JW59 on arrival at Kola Inlet and anchored off Vaenga Island
Flag or CS10 transferred to HMS JAMAICA
28th Flag of CS10 returned to ship.
Sailed from Vaenga with HMS JAMAICA and HMS STRIKER screened by HM
Destroyers MILNE, MARNE, METEOR, MUSKETEER and CAPRICE
Joined inward Convoy RA59A which had sailed earlier from Kola Inlet
(Note: Convoy Escort included HM Destroyers KEPPEL. WHITEHALL, HM Sloops
MERMAID and PEACOCK as Anti-submarine Striking Force with HM Frigate
LOCH DUNVEGAN, HM Sloop CYGNET, HM Corvettes CAMELLIA,
CHARLOCK and OXLIP to be DEPLOYED AS OUTER SCREEN..
29th Commenced flying operations after delay due to fog.
SWORDFISH patrol had radar contact and passed details to Striking Group.
30th Air search operations in continuation and followed up detection of submarine
(Note: Two returning aircraft crashed into Barrier.)
1st Aircraft from HMS STRIKER sighted submarine on surface in snow shower
Further indication of U-Boat deployments in vicinity of convoy.
2nd Patrol of three SWORDFISH aircraft sighted surfaced submarine and directed
Striking Group to position. Under fire from submarine and carried out rocket attacks
Followed up with depth charges but these failed to explode,
Ships of Striking Group carried out sustained anti-submarine attacks resulting in sinking
of U394. See U-BOATS DESTROYED and above references for details.
3rd No further U-Boat attacks but air search operations continued.
Ju88 German reconnaissance aircraft sighted by HURRICANE interception flight but escaped.
One SWORDFISH aircraft crashed into sea on fire after hitting bridge structure on landing
. Aircrew rescued by ships seaboat
4th HURRICANE aircraft crashed after being hit by stern of ship and hitting Barrier on landing
(Note: HURRICANE broke in two and hit other parked which were
5th Detached from RA59A and returned to Scapa Flow.
Took passage to Return to Greenock,.
6th Two SWORDFISH launched to carry out unsuccessful search for U-Boat reported in vicinity.
(Note: Only one was able to land on board and the other was diverted to land ashore.)
7th Arrived in Clyde after Squadron aircraft landed at Machrinhannish.
8th Deployed at Greenock.
825 Squadron left ship.
26th Ship dragged anchors and sustained damage to upper deck fittings after collision with
rms QUEEN MARY
(Note: This famous liner had just returned from USA with Winston Churchill and was
anchored downstream from ship.)
Docking for repair arranged in Clyde commercial shipyard
October 811 Squadron nominated for service on board in place of 825 Squadron.
(Note: Work-up flying programme for new Squadron had to be reduced until repair completed.)
Nominated for further detached service in Home Fleet for air support during passage
of Russian Convoy JW61 to Kola Inlet and return Convoy RA61 to UK
10th After repair completed deployed to carry out flying exercises for 811 Squadron in Clyde.
(Note: 813 Squadron included WILDCAT aircraft instead of HURRICANE fighters.)
21st Sailed from Clyde for Scapa Flow to rejoin Home Fleet for TRIAL.
22nd Flag of CS10 transferred and took passage from Scapa Flow with Flag of CS10
embarked to join JW61
HM Cruiser DIDO, HM Escort Carriers NAIRANA, TRACKER, Frigates of 21st and
24th Escort Group with screened provided by HM Destroyers NUBIAN and
UNDAUNTED of Home Fleet in company.
23rd Joined JW61
For details of main escorts see above references.
Six Ex US Navy PC Boats also took passage with JW61.
Carrier aircraft carried out anti-submarine patrols
26th Two SWORDFISH aircraft delayed in landing by weather conditions.
WILDCAT aircraft launched to intercept unknown aircraft which was found to be friendly.
28th SWORDFISH aircraft crashed into sea on return to ship..
Despite rescue attempts both of crew lost their lives.
Detached from JW61 on arrival at Kola Inlet after unscathed passage.
2nd Sailed from Kola Inlet to join return Convoy RA61 which had left previously
Avoided torpedo by speedy manoeuvre.
3rd SWORDFISH aircraft crashed into sea on landing
Only one of the two aircrew was rescued .
7th SWORDFISH aircraft using RATOG crashed into sea after take-off.
Aircrew were rescued.
(Note: One of RATOG rockets had not fired which caused crash.
Two WILDCAT aircraft broke loose from Lashings on Flight Deck due to violent
ship movement in sever roll of ship. One went overboard. and the other was damaged.
As a result further landings were restricted but two aircraft crashed during their return.
8th Detached from JW61 and returned to Clyde and Squadron aircraft flown ashore
(Note: It was decided that 811 Squadron required further work-up to improve their
Deployed on Clyde.
December Clyde deployment for flying training in continuation.
825 Squadron nominated to return to ship.
11th Squadron aircraft returned ship,
12th Deployed for flying exercises in Clyde area..
Nominated for detached service in Home Fleet in support of passage of Russian
Convoy JW63 to Kola Inlet and return Convoy to UK Operation GREYSTOKE).
(Note: No other aircraft carrier was deployed and availability of the ship was vital
to ensure safety of these two convoy
24th Fog delayed return to land Christmas Leave parties after exercises..
Arrived at berth despite weather conditions by skilful navigation.
28th Sailed from Clyde for Scapa Flow after problems in releasing cables.
31st Flag of CS10 transferred at Scapa Flow.
Took passage from Scapa Flow to join JW63 with HM Cruiser DIADEM and
destroyers of 23rd Flotilla.
Launched SWORDFISH aircraft for anti-submarine search after U-Boat reported
near Scapa Flow.
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1st Joined JW63 and took up station within Box.
3rd Launched two aircraft to intercept unknown aircraft detected approaching JW63.
This later was identified as a seaplane but not found.
WILDCAT aircraft launched for another search but not found.
(Note: Extempore aircraft radar equipment fitted for ship use to reduce risk of
collision whilst manoeuvring within convoy.).
6th Intensive search patrols flown in view of likely assembly of U-Boats near
7th Detached from JW63 on arrival off Kola Inlet after unscathed transit.
Took passage with destroyer escort to Vaenga Bay..
CS10 Flag transferred to HMS DIADEM
11th Flag returned to ship before sailing to join return Convoy RA63 escorted by HM Destroyers
ZAMBESI, ZEBRA, WALKER and WESTCOTT.
Launched aircraft to carry out anti-submarine search operations.
12th Air patrols maintained overnight in deteriorating weather conditions.
Aircraft crash on landing damaged barrier which prevented flying till repaired.
(Note: Heavy weather made steel deck dangerous for working parties and
accumulation of snow with ice made clearance essential.
13th Weather condition made flying impossible
Sustained slight damage to upper deck fittings in heavy weather
15th SWORDFISH aircraft launched during night to locate reported U-Boat without success,
16th Heavy gale caused some damage and flooding in ship.
Ships of convoy dispersed owing to weather conditions.
17th Made course for Thorshvn, Faeroes escorted by HM Destroyers SCORPION and SCOURGE.
(Note: Many ships of escort also sustained major weather damage with loss
serviceable equipment as well as structural damage.)
20th Flag transferred to HMS DIADEM.
Sailed from Thorshvn with HMS DIADEM and three destroyers.
21st Arrived at Scapa Flow and sailed for Greenock same day.
. 23rd Squadron flew off to Machrihannish
25th Began refit and docking period.
February Under refit.
2nd Ship docked for routine examination of underwater fittings.
April Shipyard work completed
5th Carried out post refit trials in Clyde.
8th 813 Squadron rejoined in Clyde estuary.
9th Commenced work-up for operational service in Clyde area.
Nominated fro detached service with Home Fleet in support of passage of Russian
Convoy JW66 to Kola Inlet and return Convoy RA66 to UK.
17th Flag of CS10 joined at Tail o the Bank and sailed to join JW66 which had already taken passage
from Clyde. See references.
(Note: Warships in company were:
HM Escort Carrier PREMIER, HM Destroyers ZEALOUS, ZEST, ZODIAC and
18th Met JW66 and deployed within convoy
HM Cruiser BELLONA joined convoy.
Launched one SWORDFISH and two WILDCAT aircraft to allow ships in convoy to become
familiar with types of aircraft in use for defence during passage.
22nd Carriers began air patrols after four days of inactivity
First anti-submarine patrol launched.
SWORDFISH RATOG gear failed and aircraft crashed into sea.
Crew rescued by HM Canadian Destroyer HAIDA.
23rd Patrol aircraft reported presence of submarine after detection by sonobuoy during patrol.
Later investigations were unsuccessful.
24th Russian Catalina aircraft intercepted by fighter from ship.
25th Detached from JW6 with HMS BELLONA and HMS PREMIER when Local
Eastern escort joined and moved to away to provide anti-submarine operations
whilst convoy entered Kola Inlet (Operation SONO-COOKE.)
(Note: FAUST Group of U-Boats was known to be awaiting arrival .)
Both carriers launched SWORDFISH aircraft to lay sonobuoys across the swept Channel and
AVENGER aircraft to patrols ahead of outer screen.
26th Berthed in Vaenga Bay.
29th Sailed from Kola Inlet with return Convoy RA66.
(Note: Extensive anti-submarine operations were carried out by ships of 7th and 19th Escort
Groups on 28th to deal with the known assembly of at least 10 U-Boats.
U986 and U307 were sunk during this concentrated deployment to clear submarines
from the approaches.
HM Frigate GOODALL was sunk after being hit by a torpedo from U986 and had to be
abandoned. See references.)
May During passage of RA66 air patrols were maintained but there were no enemy air or submarine
3rd One Ju88 aircraft was intercepted by two WILDCAT fighters and damaged.
6th Detached from RA66 with HMS PREMIER and returned to Scapa Flow with four destroyers as
Passage from Scapa Flow to Clyde.
Deployed in Clyde and prepared for service in British Pacific Fleet as a Replenishment Carrier
with British Fleet Train.
For details of use and extent of Fleet Train see THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton and
WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO)
June Extensive changes made by reduction in number of ship’s company as ship was not to be
deployed as an operational aircraft carrier.
3rd Sailed from Clyde to Belfast to embark SPITFIRE and BARRACUDA aircraft by crane for
passage to Australia as deck cargo for replenishment in BPF.
FIREFLY aircraft were also embarked and stowed in hangar,
7th Returned to Greenock for final storing before departure.
(Note: Replacement drafts of naval personnel were embarked for passage to join ships in Far
East , together with staff of Drafting and Pay Office from Liverpool.
1st Took passage from Clyde for Sydney.
5th Entered Mediterranean.
10th Transit of Suez Canal.
14th Passed Aden.
21st Called at Colombo.
24th Called at Trincomalee
11th Disembarked BARRACUDA aircraft at Brisbane and sailed for Sydney.
12th Arrived at Sydney and disembarked passengers.
15th With the end of hostilities the need for a Replenishment Ship had ended and ship was required
for transport of stores and personnel .
20th Sailed from Sydney for the British Forward Base at Manus, Admiralty islands
Naval personnel were also embarked.
28th Called at Manus.
8th Arrived at Hong Kong after brief call at the US Navy Forward Base in Leyte.
14th Began embarkation of Australian prisoners of war.
17th British and other civilians released after end of hostilities embarked for passage.
18th Sailed from Hong Kong .
2nd Electrical failure during storm quickly repaired whilst in Tasman Sea,
3rd Arrived in Sydney and passages landed.
Taken in hand for improvement to ventilation system.
November Deployed for further transport of stores to Hong Kong
Passage to Hobart, Tasmania with new Governor.
December Passage to Hong Kong.
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January Embarked aircraft and vehicles at Hong Kong for transport to Japan.
Took passage to Hong Kong
February Returned to Sydney from Hong Kong
March Under refit at Sydney
Nominated for return to UK to Pay-off
HMS VINDEX returned to Plymouth to Pay -off. On return passage she was used to transfer documentation and office equipment from British Pacific Fleet administration centre, HMS GOLDEN HIND at Sydney to Ceylon. Whilst in Ceylon the ship was used to embark US aircraft supplied under Lease Lend and take them into the Indian Ocean where they were dropped into the sea. On completion her final duties were to carry gold bullion and the Greek Crown Jewels from Simons Town to UK. On passage she called at Mauritius and Durban before sailing to Britain with her valuable cargo welded into a ships magazine. This ship Paid-off on arrival at Plymouth and was reduced to Reserve status. She was laid-up at Rosyth until purchased in October 1947 by the Port Line from the Admiralty. It is therefore presumed the that the Admiralty must have bought the ship at some time during her war service. The cost of conversion back to trade for other mercantiles of this type was paid for by the Ministry of War Transport after the end of WW2.