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conversion to WAIR at
The identity WAIR was used for destroyers built during WW1 which were to be
for use as escorts with an improved anti-aircraft capability.)
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January Under conversion.
out post refit harbour trials
March (Note: One source records ships as part of escort for
outward Convoy OG24 on
formation in SW Approaches. This is to be confirmed as ship
was not in service.)
refit sea trials.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to L93.
for operational service as convoy escort in Rosyth Command..
Rosyth Escort Force and deployed for convoy defence and patrol in
August North Sea convoy defence and patrol in
1st During escort of
convoy with HM Destroyer WATCHMAN and HM Corvette PINTAIL off
Yarmouth in action
with aircraft and hit by bomb in bridge area.
of the ships company including the Captain were killed and none wounded.
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February Post repair trials.
North Sea convoy defence with Rosyth Escort Force.
April Rosyth Escort Force North Sea duties in
details of service in this period see STAND BY FOR ACTION by Cdr. Donald
THE BATTLE CF THE EAST
COAST by J P Foynes)
18th Escorted Convoy FS50 of 58 ships with HM
Destroyers VESPER and WOLSEY of the
(Note: HM Destroyers CAMPBELL, GARTH and HAMBLEDON of the
Destroyer Flotilla, HM Corvettes KITTIWAKE and WIDGEON from
were also deployed as escort.
19th In sustained action against E-Boats with
other escorts during which two of the mercantiles
and RFA WAR MEHTAR were sunk.
December North Sea convoy defence in continuation.
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January Rosyth duties in continuation.
for detached service with Home Fleet.
Deployed for screening duties with other destroyers of Home Fleet.
of screen for HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, HM Battleships KING GEORGE V,
OF YORK, HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM
Cruisers BERWICK and KENYA
with HM Destroyers ASHANTI,
BEDOUIN, ECH, ECLIPSE, FAULKNOR, FURY,
INCONSTANT, ICARUS, INTREPID, JAVELIN, LANCASTER, LEDBURY,
LOOKOUT, ONSLOW, PUNJABI, TARTAR, WELLS and WOOLSTON.
These ships were providing Distant Cover for passage of Russian Convoys PQ12
the returning QP9 because of the threat by the German
battleship TIRPITZ then in North
Norway. This was the first protective
deployment by a large number of Home Fleet major
details of all the Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA
THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield, ARCTIC CONVOYS
Woodhead and CONVOY! by P
release from Home Fleet detachment resumed East Coast convoy defence duty.
May East coast convoy defence based at Rosyth in
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coast convoy defence duties in continuation.
details of this type of service see THREE CORVETTES by N. Monsarrat
BATTLE OF THE NARROW
SEAS by P Scott) .
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East coast convoy defence in continuation.
This ship was not deployed for escort duty in support of the
(Operation NEPTUNE - See LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO).)
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coast convoy defence in continuation.
to (Note: During this
period German minelaying and attacks by SCHNORKEL fitted
in coastal waters were increased and additional ships were
deployed to reinforce escorts. See HOLD THE
SEA by P. Smith).
off and placed in Reserve after VE Day.