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3rd Deployed with 19th Destroyer Flotilla
at Plymouth for convoy escort duties and anti
submarine operations in Channel and SW Approaches.
and SW Approaches convoy defence in continuation.
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January Deployed for convoy defence in
Western Approaches Command based at
7th Deployed with HM Destroyer VANOC and joined inward Convoy
as relief for two French warships as escort during passage
in SW Approaches to Liverpool.
8th HM Destroyers VENETIA, VOLUNTEER and HM Trawler ARCTIC
RANGER joined escort.
10th Detached from HG13 and took passage to
18th Deployed with HM Destroyer VANQUISHER and joined inward
Convoy HG18 to relieve
French warship as escort for remainder of passage to Liverpool from Gibraltar.
19th Detached from HG18 on arrival at
Liverpool and took passage to
March Western Approaches convoy
defence based at
Plymouth in continuation.
8th Deployed with HM Sloop
ROCHESTER, HM Destroyers VIMY and WITCH
to join inward
Convoy HG25F as
escort for passage into Liverpool from Gibraltar.
Relieved French warship.
9th HMS VIMY and HMS WITCH detached.
11th Detached from HG25F with HMS ROCHESTER on arrival at
Liverpool for Western
Approaches convoy defence.
(Note: Headquarters of Western Approaches Command had been
transferred to Liverpool and
some escorts had been transferred for detached service with
Home Fleet after German
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to I92 to conform with changes
introduced for all RN warships.
15th Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier GLORIOUS
with HM Destroyers DIANA and VETERAN
during passage from
Clyde to Norwegian coast.
7th Passage to join troopships returning
Norway delayed by
(Note: HM Destroyers ATHERSTONE, ANTELOPE, WITHERINGTON and
were also deployed.)
troopships and HM Cruiser VINDICTIVE in position 61N 6W and took passage to
Clyde as part of
8th Under air attack which was repelled.
See Naval Staff
History (HMSO, 2002) for details.
Atlantic convoy defence in NW Approaches.
convoy escort in continuation
for escort of HM Auxiliary Minelayers MENESTHEUS,
PRINCE and PORT QUEBEC during minelay in Northern Barrage with HM
Destroyers VANSITTART, WHITEHALL and
October Atlantic convoy escort in continuation.
of escort of Convoy HG47 with HM Sloop FOLKESTONE and HM Corvette GENTIAN.
Detached to Join HM Canadian Destroyer ST LAURENT in escort for
1st In action with U-Boats attacking
(Note: This convoy was subjected to a series of attacks and
U-Boats were involved and in all sank 10 merchant ships.
weaknesses in defence tactics used were exposed and corrected.
THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by Donald MacIntyre, Naval Staff History
and U-BOAT WAR IN THE
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convoy escort duty in continuation.
in hand at Liverpool for conversion to Long Range Escort.
details see BRITISH DESTROYERS by Edgar J March)
July . Under
completion of Post Refit trials worked-up for operational duties.
Resumed convoy defence duties in NW Approaches.
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January Atlantic convoy escort in continuation.
ACANTHUS (Ex HMS, later ANDENES ), EGLANTINE (Ex-HMS, later SOROY ),
Corvettes ROSE and POTENTILLA as 6th British Escort Group for Atlantic convoy
Convoy SC83 with corvettes of Group.
convoy escort with Group in continuation
to (Note: Surface warning radar Type 271 and HEDGEHOG Ahead Throwing Mortar fitted
July by this period. See RADAR AT
SEA by D Howse,
SEEK AND STRIKE by W.
Hackmann and THE
BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by D
Norwegian Corvette MONTBRETIA Joined Group.
Escorted Convoy ONS122 with Group.
13th Under series of
sustained attacks from LOHS Group of U-Boats.
23rd Intercepted radio transmissions from U-
Boat and obtained 'fix' on position with cross bearing on
fitted direction finding set in another escort.
Carried out attacks on submarine after detection by ASDIC (Sonar).
submarines damaged but four ships in convoy lost.
(Note: For details of improved capabilities using new radio
equipments see SEEK
BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS by J Terraine and RADAR AT
by D Howse.).
September Atlantic convoy escort in continuation with Group.
Destroyer FAME Joined Group.
of escort for Convoy SC1CW with ships of Group.
attack by ten U-Boats of WOTAN group.
15th Carried out
attacks on U607 after radar detection.
and sank U661 in position 53.42N 35.56H.
details see U-BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp
were no survivors.
major structural damage and had to leave escort.
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January Under repair.
Corvettes VERVAIN and KINGCUP joined Group.
completion of repair rejoined Group.
Escorted Convoy ONS165 with ships of Group.
17th Under attack by
U-Boats of TAIFUN Group.
U69 in position 50.50N 40.50W, again by ramming.
were no survivors.
FAME sank U201 during defence of this convoy.
above references. for details of new tactics and
weapons used in
the crucial 1943 convoy battles.
Atlantic convoy escort.
during this period for offensive operations in
Bay of Biscay.
were made in conjunction with aircraft against U-Boats in transit across
the Bay of Biscay to and from Atlantic convoy routes.
DERANGE - See CONFLICT OVER THE BAY by N Franks).
with HM Escort Carrier FENCER, HM Destroyers INCONSTANT,
Polish ORP GARLAND and Polish ORP BURZA as 8th Support Group to escort
military convoy to
Azores (Operation ALACRITY)
(Note: This operation was to establish air bases in the
October Deployment with 8th Support Group for ALACRITY in
completion resumed Atlantic convoy defence.
November Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
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for Atlantic convoy defence without significant engagements.
to (Note: Not deployed for support or escort during
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Atlantic and Home coastal waters convoy
from operational service and placed on the Disposal List.
February (Note: Other new escort ships were available and crew
released could be used to man these
vessels. This ship had already made a valuable contribution
to the winning of The Battle
Atlantic and like her sisters of WW1 vintage could be retired
and reduced to Reserve status.