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on convoy escort duty in SW Approaches based at
Plymouth with 11th
8th Escorted Convoy
OB1 with HM Destroyer VIMY.
15th Escorted Convoy
OB5 with HM Destroyers VIMY and VIVACIOUS.
(Note: These were taking BEF to
defence in SW Approaches and
Atlantic in continuation.
details of German U-Boat activities in 1939-40 see U - BOAT WAR IN THE
(HMSO) and for RN activities ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY
by C Barnett).
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for convoy defence in Western Approaches Command in continuation.
14th Deployed with HM Sloop DEPTFORD as
escort for outward Convoy OG14 on formation
in SW Approaches and detached later same day.
3rd Deployed with HM Destroyers
WINCHELSEA, BROKE, HM Sloop ENCHANTRESS
as escort for outward Convoy OG17F on formation in SW
Approaches and detached later
11th Deployed with HM Sloops BIDEFORD and
LEITH as escort for outward Convoy
on formation in SW Approaches and detached on same day.
12th Joined HM Sloops ENCHANTRESS,
FOLKESTONE, HM Minesweeper GOSSAMER
and HM Submarine OTWAY in escort for inward Convoy HG18F
during passage in SW
15th Detached from HG18f on arrival at
Liverpool and returned to
Approaches convoy defence in continuation.
to Dover Command to assist in evacuation from continent.
Naval Staff History).
13th Assisted with evacuation at
Hook of Holland (Operation ORDNANCE)
in air attacks and towed to
UK by HM Destroyer JANUS.
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to I32 to conform with
changes to identities used by all RN ships.
completion of repair joined 21st Destroyer Flotilla based at Sheerness for
in Channel and SW Approaches.
duties in continuation including anti-invasion patrols.
11th Joined HM Destroyers JACKAL, ELECTRA and
VIMY for escort of ships of the 1st Minelaying
(HM Auxiliary Minelayers
PORT NAPIER, SOUTHERN PRINCE,
and MENESTHEUS during minelay in NW Approaches (Operation
details see Naval Staff History MINING).
3rd Deployed as part
of escort for military Convoy WS3A Slow during passage in SW Approaches.
5th Detached with
Local escort from WS3A Slow.
Approaches convoy defence in continuation.
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January Deployment in
Western Approaches in continuation.
to Harwich for North Sea convoy defence.
as escort for North Sea Convoy FN26
6th In action against E-Boats off
Lowestoft with HM Destroyer BERKELEY and
North Sea convoy
defence in continuation.
HOLD THE NARROW
SEA by P Smith and THREE CORVETTES
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North Sea convoy escort and patrol in
for conversion to Long Range Escort.
December (See V&W DESTROYERS by A Preston for details of
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in hand at Grangemouth for conversion.
completion of post refit trials joined 7th Escort Group.
with Group for convoy defence in NW Approaches.
details of Atlantic convoy defence developments in 1942-44 see ENGAGE THE ENEMY
CLOSELY by C Barnett, SEEK
AND STRIKE by Hackmann, and
U-BOAT WAR by C Blair)
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January Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
for detached duty with Force J during planned allied landings in
part in preparatory exercises with Force J in
NEPTUNE - See Naval Staff History
LANDINGS IN NORMANDY,
1944 (HMSO), OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards) and D
by J de Winser.
with Force J in Solent and prepared for escort of military convoys.
4th Operation delayed by 24 hours.
Convoy J14 with a Motor Launch for escort of following craft:
(Note: This comprised:
Landing Ship (Infantry) ROYAL ULSTERMAN. 12 Landing Craft
20 Landing Craft (Tank) four Landing Craft (Tank Mk
III) ; two Landing Craft
(Flak), one Landing Craft (Rocket) and one US Navy Coast Guard
5th Passage to JUNO Beach with Convoy
6th Arrived at lowering position at H Hour
Minus 30 Minutes.
7th Embarked Rear Admiral W G Tennant, CB,
MVO (Rear-Admiral (MULBERRY/PLUTO) for
visit to witness sinking of blockships
in SWORD Area (See above reference).
8th Deployed at
Portland for escort of EPL2 Series of
convoys of Landing Ships (Tank)
to Western Task Force area.
10th EPL2 Series Convoy
escort in continuation on daily cycle.
commercial mercantile convoy defence role and transferred to
on escort duty of mercantile convoys in
English Channel and the SW Approaches.
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escort and patrol duties in continuation.
to (Note: During this period Atlantic convoys were re-routed through the Channel.
minelaying by E-Boats and submarines intensified and additional escorts were
deployed for patrol and convoy defence.
details of operations against SCHNORKEL U-Boats see above references.)