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for convoy defence in Channel.
12th Escorted military convoy DB1 from Southampton
to Brest with HM Destroyer
Channel convoy escort duties in continuation.
to Withdrawn from operational duties and
modified for minesweeping duties.
completion resumed convoy defence duties.
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January Convoy escort deployment in
continuation in Home waters.
26th Transferred to Dover Command to assist
in evacuation of allied troops from
Dunkirk (For details see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Corelli Bamett, Naval Staff
History, NINE DAYS AT DUNKIRK by AD
Divine, and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser.)
in collision with HM Destroyer ICARUS and grounded with damage
June Under repair and resumed convoy escort in
Sustained damage during air raid on Portland.
Under repair and selected for service as an Anti-submarine escort.
On completion of modifications resumed Channel duties.
12th Embarked troops of No 3 Commando at Dartmouth for planned raid on Guernsey.
Passage with HM Destroyer SALADIN.
14th Returned to Dartmouth after
failure of operation.
details see COMMANDO STRIKE by K Massey.)
to Western Approaches Command for Atlantic convoy escort in
September Part of
escort for Convoy HX72 with ships of Group.
21st Under attack by
pack of six U-boats and drove off an attack by U32.
This was the first attack on an Atlantic convoy by a group of six
submarines. For details see HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair.)
October Atlantic convoy escort in NW
Approaches with ships of Group.
to For details of U-Boat deployments see above reference and
U-BOAT WAR IN
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convoy escort with Group in continuation
of escort for Convoy HX112 with HM Destroyers WALKER, VANOC,
SARDONYX and six FLOWER Class Corvettes, including
HMS BLUEBELL and HMS HYDRANGEA.
7th Sighted U100 on surface and carried
part in sinking of U100 in position 61.04N 16.30W with HMS VANOC
and HMS WALKER,
(Note: This German submarine was commanded by J Schepke who had
achieved distinction as a successful U-boat commander. He
one of the six survivors rescued. See U-BOATS DESTROYED by
April Atlantic escort with Group in continuation.
with 8th Escort Group as part of escort for Convoy HX133 with
HM Destroyer MALCOLM, WATCHMAN,
SARDONYX, HM Corvettes
ARABIS, NASTURTIUM, VIOLET and HM Minesweeper SPEEDWELL.
29th Took part in anti-submarine operations
with Group against U651 which
resulted in sinking of the submarine in position 59.52N
18.36W. 44 of the
crew of U651 were rescued..
July Atlantic convoy escort in continuation.
of escort for Convoy HX143 with HMS MALCOLM, HMS WATCHMAN
and six FLOWER Class corvettes of 8th Escort Group.
September Atlantic convoy escort with Group in
Deployed with Group for escort of Convoy ON30.
with Group for escort of Convoy HX160 for outward passage to
Mid-Ocean Meeting Point.
December Atlantic convoy defence with Group
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Transferred to 1st Escort Group in continuation of Atlantic escort duties.
at Londonderry with HM Destroyer SABRE and
with Group in continuation
to During this period the Group escorted 13
convoys many of which had no
December losses in transit. For details of tactics used
in defence and those used by
submarines as well as information about new weapons introduced
see THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by D Macintyre, CONVOY
COMMANDER, BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS by J Terrain
and SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann.)
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to 21st Escort Group and joined HM Destroyers SALADIN,
SKATE and SABRE for escort of UK-Iceland convoys.
escort with Group between UK and Iceland in continuation.
July Deployed as Stand-By Group based in Iceland
for reinforcement of escorts
of Atlantic convoy under attack by U-Boat Groups (Operation
damage in heavy weather conditions and withdrawn from operational
duty for repair. Passage to UK for
August Under repair.
(Note: Escort Group was disbanded during this period and
with new CAPTAIN Class Frigates built in USA under Lend-Lease.)
completion of repair and refit resumed operational service.
4th Deployed with HM Destroyers LANCASTER, SARDONYX and METEOR
escort for HM Auxiliary Minelayers AGAMEMNON, MENESTHEUS and
PORT QUEBEC during
Northern Barrage Minelay (Operation SN222B).
(Note: See Naval
Staff History (Mining) for details of Northern Barrage. HM
SCOTT was specially deployed for navigation duties
during this operation.)
Withdrawn for Atlantic escort duties.
(Note: This was due to her age and also the fact that new
ships were now
becoming available for ocean escort duties) Transferred to Plymouth
Command for Channel coastal convoy escort.
November Coastal convoy escort in
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Channel deployment in continuation.
with HM Destroyer WARWICK in search for submarine reported
in S W Approaches.
20th Carried out anti-submarine search
operations during which HMS WARWICK
was hit by T5 homing torpedo and sank very quickly when
detonated. Rescued 93 survivors from HMS
March Plymouth deployment for convoy defence
and patrol in continuation.
for escort duties in support of landing craft during exercises in
preparation for planned allied landings in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE)
26th During escort of convoy of US landing
ships on passage for landings on
Slapton Sands (Exercise TIGER) involved in collision with
LST and sustained
from Exercise and took passage to Plymouth for repair.
This poorly escorted convoy was later attacked by E-Boats which sank
several ships with heavy casualties. See LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
May Resumed coastal convoy deployment on completion
June Coastal convoy escort in continuation.
(Note: Did not take part in escort or support of landings in
convoy escort in continuation
from operation service and relegated to Training role based at
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Training duties in continuation.