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with 16th Destroyer Flotilla at Portsmouth for escort of convoys taking
the BEF to France.
7th Escorted troop convoy to Cherbourg with HM Destroyer WREN.
12th Escorted Convoy
MB2 to Cherbourg with HMS
15th Escorted Convoy
DB2 with HMS WREN.
to mercantile convoy escort duty in SW Approaches and Channel
defence and anti-submarine patrol in SW Approaches in continuation.
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in Western Approaches continued.
to assist in evacuation of British troops and allied nationals from ports in Holland,
Belgium and France.
12th Embarked party of Royal Marines for
passage to Hook of Holland with HM Destroyer
15th Evacuated refugees from Amsterdam for passage to Dover.
21st Deployed for
evacuation from Boulogne with HM Destroyer KEITH and WILD SWAN.
26th Deployed to assist in evacuation of
troops from Dunkirk (Operation DYNAMO)
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett
Staff History (HMSO, 2002 )and BEF Ships by J de Winser).
31st Deployed for evacuation of troops from Dunkirk and made two trips.
Landed 670 at Dover from La Panne and Bray on first trip.
Landed 408 at Dover from Pier at Dunkirk on second trip with HM Destroyers
May Pennant Number for Visual Signalling purposes was changed to I75 to
conform with revision of these identities introduced for all
2nd Landed 630 troops at Dover from beaches
3rd Landed 957 troops at Dover from beaches
4th Landed 463 troops at Dover after last trip to Dunkirk beaches.
(Note: In all this ship carried 3,128 personnel to Dover during DYNAMO)
7th On release
from DYNAMO deployed for escort of North Sea convoys
based at Harwich.
11th During escort of Convoy FN19 off Great
Yarmouth with H M Destroyer WIVERN under
attack by six aircraft.
avoided by skilful manoeuvring.
out anti-invasion patrol in North Sea when not required for convoy dfence..
off Boulogne with HM Destroyer WILD SWAN.
to Western Approaches Command for convoy defence in Atlantic.
13th Escorted HM
Aircraft Carrier ARGUS to Gibraltar for Malta aircraft
to 1st Escort Group based at Londonderry for Atlantic Convoy defence.
escort of Convoy HX96 sustained damaged by mine explosion and taken in hand
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to Rejoined Group at Londonderry on completion.
defence in Western Approaches in continuation.
in collision with HM Submarine H31 and under repair for 2 weeks.
completion resumed Atlantic convoy defence with Group.
of escort of Convoy OB343.
of Iceland and returned to Londonderry for machinery repairs.
Group on completion and resumed convoy escort duty.
renamed B1 (1st British) and comprised HM Destroyers SHIKARI,
ROCKINGHAM, SABRE, KEPPEL,
LINCOLN and four FLOWER Class
details of Atlantic convoy defence see THE BATTLE CF THE ATLANTIC by Donald
ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett and U-BOAT WAR
IN THE ATLANTIC (HMSO)).
as escort for Convoy ONS21 with ships of Group.
in collision with HM Destroyer KEPPEL during escort of Convoy OS35.
Withdrawn from service for repair and conversion into Long Range
December Under repair and conversion at Greenock in
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repair and conversion
to Radar Type 271 for surface warning fitted.
March (Note: For details of development and use of radar in RN see
RADAR AT SEA by D
SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann, U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC
and HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair for details of weapons and tactics
used in the Battle of the Atlantic and Russian convoy defence.)
20th On completion deployed with Home Fleet
for escort of Russian Convoy.
28th Joined escort for Russian Convoy PQ15
with Home Fleet destroyers
5th Detached from PQ15.
21st Joined Ocean Escort for returning
27th Detached from QP12.
full details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A
Ruegg,, CONVOY! by
P Kemp, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by D. MacIintyre and
ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
Atlantic convoy defence duty.
to escort HM Aircraft Carrier FURIOUS for Malta aircraft delivery.
11th Escorted HMS FURIOUS in Western Mediterranean for aircraft delivery.
BELLOWS - See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY, MALTA
CONVOYS by R Woodman, Naval Staff History (HMSO, 2002) for
. Returned to Scapa Flow on
Nominated for escort duty with Russian Convoy PQ18 escort.
defect prevented joining convoy..
10th Deployed with HM Destroyers AMAZON,
BULLDOG, ECHO and ECLIPSE to establish
base for refuelling of destroyers escorting Convoys PQ18 and
from Home Fleet service for escort, of military convoys to Gibraltar for
planned allied landings in North Africa.
TORCH. See ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and Naval Staff History).
HM Cruiser VINDICTIVE and HM Depot Ship HECLA with HM Destroyer MARNE
during Atlantic passage to Gibraltar.
12th Detected U515 with Type 271 Radar Outfit
about 180 miles west of Gibraltar.
out hunt for submarine which fired full salvo of bow torpedoes at the two larger
VINDICTIVE avoided two after seeing their wakes
of the other torpedoes hit HMS HECLA but these did not sink her.
for U515 with HMS MARNE continued..
further torpedo attack by U515 both HMS MARNE and HMS HECLA were hit.
(Note: HMS HECLA sank soon afterwards with the loss of 279
structure of HMS MARNE was blown off but the ship remained afloat.)
out rescue of survivors from HMS HECLA and took HMS MARNE in tow.
tow of HMS MARNE obtained radar contact with submarine and carried out a series
depth charge attacks which drove off U515.
Relieved as escort, of HMS MARNE
by HM Corvette JONQUIL and took passage with 568
survivors to Casablanca.
details see HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR Volume 2 by C Blair.)
for escort of KMF convoys to Gibraltar.
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Atlantic convoy defence in continuation .
for convoy defence in western Mediterranean.
military convoys in Western Mediterranean.
Nominated for convoy escort during planned allied landings in Sicily.
April Passage to Clyde to join
military convoy WS29.
16th Joined WS29 with HM Destroyer
LAUDERDALE, HM Sloops WELLINGTON, WESTON,
GORLESTON, TOTLAND, HM Frigates EXE and NESS as Local Escort during
passage in NW Approaches.
HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE provided Ocean Escort with HM Destroyer RAPID.)
20th Detached from WS29 with Local Escort,
and returned to Clyde.
May Convoy defence of
UK-Gibraltar convoys in continuation.
to June Deployed in western Mediterranean for military convoy escort-.
9th Sailed from Alexandria with HM Destroyers WISHART and
WITHERINGTON as part
of escort for follow-up military Convoy MWF37 during passage
13th Detached from MWF37 on arrival at Syracuse and deployed off coast for anti
and anti E-boat patrol as well as naval gunfire support for
Support Force East for landings in Sicily (Operation HUSKY)
details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and Naval Staff History.)
August On release from HUSKY resumed
convoy defence duties in Mediterranean.
to Nominated for refit in UK.
to UK for refit in commercial.
November Under refit at Falmouth.
to December (Note: Age of this ship and it
significant operational service was a factor to be considered
when deciding that further refit was required.)
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January Future service under
to July Withdrawn from operational duties and converted
for service as a target ship for training of
aircrew in shipping attacks.
for duty as aircraft target ship and tender.
as Target Ship.
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January Air Target. Ship duty in continuation.
for support of allied re-occupation operations.
14th Escorted minesweepers with HM Destroyer
VALOROUS during clearance operations prior
to entry of allied ships into Kristiansund