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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2004

HMS SOMALI (L 33) -  Tribal-class Destroyer
including Convoy Escort Movements 

Edited by Gordon Smith, Naval-History.Net

HMS Tartar, sister ship (CyberHeritage, click to enlarge) return to Contents List 
 

1936 Programme Repeat TRIBAL-Class destroyer ordered from Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend, and laid down on 26th August 1936. She was launched on 24th August 1937 as the 1st RN warship to carry the name. Her build was completed on 7th December 1938. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of the county of Aberdeenshire. Original Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes was L33 but this was changed to F33 in December 1938. First ship of 2nd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet. to complete. For further details of this ship see THE TRIBALS by M Bryce. HMS SOMALI's pennant number changed from L 33,  to  F 33,  and finally  G 33.†

 

B a t t l e†† H o n o u r s

 

NORWAY†† 1940-41 - ARCTIC† 1941-42 - BISMARCK† Action† 1941 - MALTA CONVOYS 1942

 

H e r a l d i c†† D a t a

Badge† On a field Field Blue, issuant from the dexter a demi Koodoo proper

 

 

†D e t a i l s†† o f†† P r e - W a r   S e r v i c e

 

1 9 3 8

December††††††††††††† Contractors trials and commissioned for service as Leader of Flotilla.
††††††††††††††† 7th††††††††† Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.

1 9 3 9

January††††††††††††††††† On completion of Acceptance Trials took passage to Portland to work-up for

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet service.

 

February††††††††††††††† Passage to Lisbon to join ships of Home Fleet for courtesy visit and escorted

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† HM Submarine STARFISH.

††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† At Lisbon

††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Passage to Gibraltar with Home Fleet ships prior to joint exercises with

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ships of Mediterranean Fleet

††††††††††††††† 16th††††††† Damaged by Dutch liner SIBAJAK which had dragged her anchor and collided

††††††††††††††† with this destroyer whilst anchored at Gibraltar.

††††††††††††††† On completion of temporary repair by HM Dockyard, Gibraltar rejoined the

††††††††††††††† combined Fleet exercises.

March††††††††††††††††††† Passage to Portsmouth for completion of repair damage.

 

April†††††††††††††††††††††† Under repair by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth.

††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Resumed Flotilla duties on completion of repair.

††††††††††††††† (Note: 2nd TRIBAL Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet re-designated 6th Destroyer

††††††††††††††† Flotilla and comprised HM Destroyers ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, ESKIMO,

††††††††††††††† MASHONA, MATABELE, PUNJABI and TARTAR.)

May

††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† At Cherbourg with HM Destroyers ASHANTI, ESKIMO and MATABELE

††††††††††††††† of Flotilla for courtesy visit

††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Return passage to UK and resumed Flotilla programme.

June†††††††                Diverted from programme to provide assistance in rescue operations associated

††††††††††††††† with sinking of HM Submarine THETIS in Liverpool Bay

††††††††††††††† Resumed Flotilla exercise and visits programme when operations abandoned.

July†††††††††††††††††††††††† Passage to Portsmouth for routine docking

††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Taken in hand by HM Dockyard Portsmouth.

††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† On completion resumed Flotilla duties

 

August†                 Deployed with 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet.

††††††††††††††† Deployed for Anglo-French exercises in Atlantic.

††††††††††††††† Part of screen for major units during patrol in NW Approaches and North Sea

††††††††††††††† for interception of German warships during passage for attacks on shipping.

September†††††††††††† Home Fleet deployment in continuation.

 

 

D e t a i l s†† o f†† W a r†† S e r v i c e

 

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††††††††††††††† 3rd††††††††† Intercepted German freighter HANNA BORG 350 miles south of Iceland and placed

††††††††††††††† boarding party on board. Ship taken as Prize

††††††††††††††† (Note: This was first enemy mercantile to be captured during WW2)

††††††††††††††† Part of screen during further interception operations.

††††††††††††††† 26th††††††† Part of screen for Home Fleet ships covering the return of HM Submarine

††††††††††††††† SPEARFISH after damage during patrol in North Sea.

††††††††††††††† Escorted HMS SPEARFISH to harbour with m Destroyers MASHONA and

††††††††††††††† MATABELE.

October††††††††††††††††† Present during visit by HM King George V to Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.

††††††††††††††† 14th††††††† Carried out anti-submarine search off Scapa Flow after sinking of HM Battleship

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ROYAL OAK by U47 whilst at anchor.

††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Present at Scapa Flow during first German air raid on the anchorage.

††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Escorted HM Battlecruiser HOOD with H M Destroyers ASHANTI, TARTAR

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and FAME to cover passage of convoy from Norway.

††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Deployed with Home Fleet during search for German battleship GNEISENAU

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and cruiser KOLN reported on passage into the Atlantic.

November

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Escorted HM Battleships NELSON and RODNEY to Clyde with HM Destroyers

††††††††††††††† MASHONA, ASHANTI and BEDOUIN when Home Fleet major units

††††††††††††††† were dispersed during improvement of anti-submarine defences at Scapa Flow

††††††††††††††† after sinking of HMS ROYAL OAK.

December

††††††††††††††† 6th††††††††† Escorted Force W to Ronaldshay, Orkneys.

††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Deployed with Flotilla as part of screen for major Home Fleet units covering

††††††††††††††† the passage of first Canadian Troop Convoy to UK (TC1).

††††††††††††††† (For details of naval activities in Home waters during 1939 see ENGAGE THE

††††††††††††††† ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett and Naval Staff History.

1 9 4 0

January††††††††††††††††† Deployed with Flotilla for Home Fleet duties in NW Approaches and North Sea.

††††††††††††††† Taken in hand for repair to turbines and evaporators at Middlesbrough by

††††††††††††††† Smiths Dock Company.

February††††††††††††††† Under repair.

March††††††††††††††††††† On completion of Post Refit trials and check on Degaussing equipment resumed

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† duty with Flotilla in Home Fleet.

††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Intercepted German steamer BUTT near Obrestad, Norway but failed to capture

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† her.

April

††††††††††††††† 7th .††††††† Deployed with AFRIDI, GURKHA SIKH, MOHAWK, ZULU, COSSACK,

††††††††††††††† KASHMIR, KELVIN, MATABELE, MASHONA and TARTAR, Polish

††††††††††††††† destroyers ORP GROM, BLYSKAWICA and BURZA as screen for HM

††††††††††††††† Cruisers GALATEA and ARETHUSA during search for German warships in

††††††††††††††† area north of position 48.30N 3.20E. (SOMALI, with MASHONA, MATABELE,

                TARTAR may instead of have joined Adm Forbe's main force on this date)

††††††††††††††† Operation cancelled and rejoined Home Fleet ships.

††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Search terminated and took passage to join ships of Home Fleet deployed in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† North Sea and preparing for an attack on German warships reported at Bergen.

††††††††††††††† 9th††††††††† Deployed with HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and SOUTHAMPTON as

††††††††††††††† screen with HM Destroyers MATABELE and MASHONA of 6th Flotilla and

††††††††††††††† AFRIDI, GURKHA, SIKH and MOHAWK of 4th Flotilla and took

††††††††††††††† passage to attack ships in Bergen.

††††††††††††††† Operation cancelled and rejoined Home Fleet

††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Took passage to Scapa Flow with Home Fleet screen.

††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Sailed from Scapa Flow with HM Destroyers MOHAWK, MASHONA,

††††††††††††††† MATABELE, SIKH and AFRIDI as screen for HMS SHEFFIELD and

††††††††††††††† HMS GLASGOW to carry out sweep of inshore waters off Norway.

††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Carried out unsuccessful search off Alesund for German ships

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Escorted mv CHOBRY and ss EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA during landings at

††††††††††††††† Namsos.

††††††††††††††† Deployed at Namsos to prepare for landings by parties from HMS SHEFFIELD

††††††††††††††† and HMS GLASGOW (Operation HENRY)

††††††††††††††† Expended all AA ammunition during intensive air attacks.

††††††††††††††† Embarked General Carton de Wiat for passage to Lillesjona.

††††††††††††††† (Note: The General was to take command of landings. For details see references).

††††††††††††††† 16th††††††† Passage to replenish ammunition at Scapa Flow.

††††††††††††††† 21st†††††††† Deployed with HMS TARTAR for interception patrol in Trondheim Inner Leads,

††††††††††††††† to††††††††††† Detached as required for convoy defence and refuelling.

††††††††††††††† 28th

††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Embarked troops evacuating Andalsnes with HM Cruisers ARETHUSA, GALATEA,

††††††††††††††† SHEFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON, HM Destroyers MASHONA, TARTAR, SIKH,

††††††††††††††† WANDERER, WALKER and WESTCOTT.

May††††††††††††††††††††††† Deployed in support of Norwegian operations. Pennant No changed to G33.

††††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† At Andalsnes for further evacuation with HM Cruisers MANCHESTER and

††††††††††††††† BIRMINGHAM, HM AA Cruiser CALCUTTA, HM Destroyers INGLEFIELD,

††††††††††††††† DELIGHT, DIANA, MASHONA and HM Auxiliary AA Ship ULSTER PRINCE.

††††††††††††††† Damaged in air attacks and returned to Scapa Flow.

††††††††††††††† 2nd†††††††† Sustained slight damage when ss ISLE OF JERSEY came alongside

††††††††††††††† Embarked PRIMROSE Detachment of Royal MARINES at Alesund.

††††††††††††††† Return passage to Scapa Flow with 250 rescued personnel

††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Escorted troopship m CHOBRY to Narvik with HM Destroyers TARTAR and HOSTILE

††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Escorted HM Battleship RESOLUTION, HM Cruisers EFFINGHAM and AURORA to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ofotfjord with HM Destroyers HAVELOCK and FAME.

††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Provided naval gunfire support for landings at Bodo

.†††††††††††††† 14th††††††† On release from gunfire support during landings embarked Brigadier Fraser in command of

††††††††††††††† military operations in the area and took passage to Mo with French destroyer

††††††††††††††† FOUDROYANT

††††††††††††††† Damaged during sustained air attacks.

††††††††††††††† (For details of the disastrous operations of Norway which revealed weaknesses in defence

††††††††††††††† of ships against aircraft see NARVIK by D Macintyre, CARRIER GLORIOUS by J

††††††††††††††† Winton, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY and the Naval Staff History.

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† During return passage from Mo with Brigadier Fraser diverted to provide AA defence

††††††††††††††† during rescue operations in Vest Fjord after troopship CHOBRY had under air attack and

††††††††††††††† set on fire. Provided AA support during rescue operations.

††††††††††††††† Sustained damage from near miss by bombing attacks in Traen Fjord.

††††††††††††††† Withdrawn from Norwegian operations and took return passage to Scapa Flow escorted by

††††††††††††††† FOUDROYANT.

††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Repair arranged in Liverpool by Cammell Laird shipyard

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Took passage from Scapa Flow

June††††††††††††††††††††††† Under structural repair

to August††††††††††††† Twin 4in AA mounting fitted in X position and degaussing gear installed..

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Carried out post refit trials

September†††††††††††† On completion of trials rejoined 6th Flotilla as Leader for duty with Home Fleet for

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† screening of major Fleet units and patrol duties In NW Approaches and North Sea.

October††††††††††††††††† Flotilla duties in Home Fleet continued

to December††††††††† (Note: Home Fleet remained at Scapa Flow except when carrying interception

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and search operations.)

1 9 4 1

January††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet deployment in continuation.

February

††††††††††††††† 9th††††††††† Under repair at HM Dockyard Rosyth.

††††††††††††††† Aircraft and surface warning radar Type 286 fitted.

††††††††††††††† (For details of development and use of radar by RN see RADAR AT SEA by D House).

††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Resumed duties with Flotilla

March

††††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† Escorted ss PRINCESS EMMA and ea PRINCESS BEATRIX for raid by 3 and 4

††††††††††††††† Commando on Lofoten Islands with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, ESKIMO and TARTAR

††††††††††††††† of 6th Flotilla

††††††††††††††† (Task Force REBEL - Operation CLAYMORE - See THE WATERY MAZE by B

.†††††††††††††† Fergusson and SEIZING THE ENIGMA by D Kahn)

††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† During landing operations intercepted Norwegian Trawler KREBS off Svolvaer.

††††††††††††††† (Note: This ship was being used by German Navy as a patrol vessel. After brief

††††††††††††††† engagement the trawler was set on fire and grounded. Boarding party discovered

††††††††††††††† rotor disks used in the ENIGMA coding machine and some associated documents

††††††††††††††† which were found to be invaluable when studied by the Bletchley Park

††††††††††††††† codebreakers. KREBS was captured.

††††††††††††††† For details see BREAKING THE ENIGMA.)

††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Deployed with HM Destroyers BEDOUIN, MASHONA and MATABELE for Local Escort

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of military Convoy WS7 during passage in NW Approaches from Clyde.

††††††††††††††† 27th††††††† Detached from WS7 and resumed Home Fleet duties.

April†††††††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet deployment in continuation.

May

††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Deployed with HM Cruisers EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM, HM

††††††††††††††† Destroyers NESTOR, ESKIMO and BEDOUIN to intercept and capture the German

††††††††††††††† Weather Ship MUNCHEN

††††††††††††††† (Note: The operation was planned in order to obtain an ENIGMA coding machine.

††††††††††††††† Boarded enemy ship whose crew had abandoned the vessel after throwing the

††††††††††††††† ENIGMA machine overboard in a weighted bag. Documents were however

††††††††††††††† retrieved and found to include latest information on use of the Machine.

††††††††††††††† (See above reference).

††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Deployed as escort for HM Battleship RODNEY and mv BRITANNIC with HM Destroyers

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ESKIMO, TARTAR and MASHONA.

††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Detached to join rest of Flotilla as part of screen for Home Fleet major ships during search

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for German battleship BISMARCK after sinking of HMS HOOD.

††††††††††††††† (For details of the search operation and sinking of BISMARCK, The Naval Staff

††††††††††††††† History and BATTLESHIP BISMARCK by Mullenheim-Rechberg).

June††††††††††††††††††††††† Taken in hand for refit at Southampton by John I Thornycroft Ltd.

to††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Fire-control radar fitted (See above reference).

July

August††††††††††††††††† On completion rejoined Flotilla for Home Fleet duties.

††††††††††††††† 4th††††††††† Part of screen for HM Battleship PRINCE OF WALES during Atlantic passage to take

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Prime Minister, to Placentia Bay, Newfoundland for 'Atlantic Charter' Meetings.

††††††††††††††† 6th††††††††† Detached and returned to Scapa. Flow because weather conditions did not allow

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† the ship to maintain speed without structural damage.

††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier ARGUS and HM Cruiser SHROPSHIRE with HM

††††††††††††††† Destroyers MATABELE and PUNJABI for passage to Archangel.

††††††††††††††† Embarked RAF personnel.

††††††††††††††† (Operation STRENGTH - Delivery of Hurricane aircraft and RAF personnel).

††††††††††††††† (For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg,

††††††††††††††† CONVOY ! by P Keep, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B Schoefield and ARCTIC

††††††††††††††† CONVOYS by R. Woodman).

September†††††††††††† On completion of STRENGTH deployment resumed Hose Fleet duties with Flotilla.

††††††††††††††† 12th††††††† Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS during air attacks on Bodo.

††††††††††††††† 23rd††††††† Part of screen for HM Battleship KING GEORGE V during interception patrol.

October††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet Flotilla deployment in continuation

to†††††††††††

November

December

††††††††††††††† 8th††††††††† Embarked Soviet Ambassador at Invergordon for passage to Scapa Flow

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wore Soviet Flag during passage

††††††††††††††† 22nd†††††† Deployed with HM Cruiser ARETHUSA, HM Destroyers ASHANTI,

.†††††††††††††† BEDOUIN, ESKIMO. HM Escort Destroyers WHEATLAND, LAMERTON, Polish

††††††††††††††† ORP KRAKOWIAK and Polish ORP KUJAWIAK for support of raid by No 12

††††††††††††††† Commando on Lofoten Islands (Operation ANKLET).

††††††††††††††† Searched for shipping off Vestfjord during landings from HM Landing Ships PRINCE

††††††††††††††† ALBERT and PRINCESS CHARLOTTE. (See THE WATERY MAZE).

1 9 4 2

January

††††††††††††††† 11th††††††† Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy PQ8 with HM Cruiser TRINIDAD and HMS

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MATABELE.

††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Carried out Anti-submarine attacks on U454 after sinking of HM Destroyer MATABELE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† during the passage of PQ8. This failed because depth charge gear was inoperative due to

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ice.

††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Escorted Convoy OP6 with HMS TRINIDAD until dispersed on 28/1/43.

††††††††††††††† 28th††††††† Detached from QP6 and resumed Flotilla duties.

February††††††††††††††† Home Fleet duties in continuation.

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Detached to escort HM Auxiliary Minelayers AGAMEMNON, MENESTHEUS and PORT

††††††††††††††† QUEBEC for Northern Barrage minelay with HM Destroyers LANCASTER, WELLS and

††††††††††††††† VANQUISHER covered by HM Cruiser KENYA.

††††††††††††††† (Operation SN84. For details of minelaying operations see Naval Staff History (MINING)).

††††††††††††††† 20th††††††† Taken in hand for refit by Amos and Smith Ltd at Hull

March††††††††††††††††††† Under refit.

††††††††††††††† 30th††††††† Resumed Flotilla duties in Home Fleet.

April

††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Part of destroyer screen for HM Battleships KING GEORGE V and DUKE OF YORK,

††††††††††††††† HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS, HM Cruisers NIGERIA and KENT with HMS

††††††††††††††† BEDOUIN and HMS ESKIMO of Flotilla, as well as nine other Home Fleet destroyers

††††††††††††††† to provide cover for passage of Russian Convoy PQ14 to Kola Inlet and returning

††††††††††††††† Convoy QP10

††††††††††††††† 29th††††††† Joined escort for Convoy PQ15 with HM AA Ship ULSTER QUEEN, HM Destroyers

†††††††††††††††                BOADICEA, MATCHLESS, VENOMOUS, Norwegian ST ALBANS and HM Escort

†††††††††††††††                Destroyer BADSWORTH

†May

††††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† HM Destroyer PUNJABI of Flotilla sunk by HM Battleship KING GEORGE V in

††††††††††††††† collision during low visibility whilst providing cover for PQ15.

††††††††††††††† Convoy and escort attacked by Ju88 Dive Bombers.

††††††††††††††† 5th††††††††† Detached from PQ15 on arrival at Kola Inlet.

††††††††††††††† Remained in North Russian waters.

††††††††††††††† During this period had to leave Murmansk because of air raids.

††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Escorted damaged cruiser TRINIDAD returning from Murmansk after temporary repair

††††††††††††††† with HM Destroyers FORESIGHT, FORESTER and MATCHLESS.

††††††††††††††† (See THE SHIP THAT TORPEDOED HERSELF by F Pearce).

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† Closed HMS TRINIDAD and took off survivors when ship was abandoned.

††††††††††††††† (Note HMS TRINIDAD was sunk by HMS MATCHLESS

††††††††††††††† 15th††††††† One of those rescued was Rear Admiral Bonham Carter)

††††††††††††††† Took passage to Clyde with survivors from HMS TRINIDAD.

††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Disembarked survivors.

June††††††††††††††††††††††† Home Fleet duty with Flotilla in continuation

July

††††††††††††††† 1st†††††††††† Deployed as screen for HM Cruisers LONDON and NORFOLK, US Cruisers USS

††††††††††††††† TUSCALOOSA and USS WICHITA with US destroyers USS WAINWRIGHT and

††††††††††††††† USS ROWAN as the cruiser covering force for passage of Russian Convoy PQ17

††††††††††††††† and returning Convoy OP13.

††††††††††††††† (For full details of the premature Admiralty order to scatter Convoy PQ17 and its

††††††††††††††† passage see THE CONVOY IS TO SCATTER by J Broome ,THE DESTRUCTION

††††††††††††††† OF PQ17 by D Irving and ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodman.)

August††††††††††††††††† Detached for escort of Hone Fleet units deployed in support of relief convoy from

††††††††††††††† UK to Sicilian Narrows (Operation PEDESTAL).

††††††††††††††† 10th††††††† Part of screen for HM Cruisers NIGERIA, KENYA and MANCHESTER with H M

††††††††††††††† Destroyers INTREPID, ICARUS, ITHURIEL, FURY, PATHFINDER, PENN,

††††††††††††††† LEDBURY, BRAMHAM, TARTAR, ESKIMO and ASHANTI in Force X.

††††††††††††††† 13th††††††† Stood by HMS MANCHESTER after she had been torpedoed and scuttled.

††††††††††††††† Rescued some survivors from ship but attempt to rescue more from beach was

††††††††††††††† prevented by shore fire and had to withdraw.

††††††††††††††† AA mounting damaged in air attacks.

††††††††††††††† Rescued survivors from the mercantile WAIRANGI sunk by bomb in earlier air attack.

††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Escorted HM Battleship RODNEY to UK with HMS ASHANTI on release from

††††††††††††††† PEDESTAL.

††††††††††††††† 25th††††††† Repair of damaged AA gun not possible because of forthcoming requirement.

September†††††††††††† Passage to Iceland with HM Cruiser SCYLLA and 14 Fleet destroyers for escort of

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Russian Convoy PQ18 (Operation EV).

††††††††††††††† 19th††††††† Joined 'Fighting Escortí for passage of PQ18.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Allocated to Force A with HM Destroyers ONSLOW, ONSLAUGHT, OPPORTUNE.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OFFA, ASHANTI, ESKIMO and TARTAR.

††††††††††††††† 16th††††††† Detached with HMS SCYLLA and other destroyers to join returning Convoy QP14.

††††††††††††††† 17th††††††† Part of Ocean Escort for QP14

††††††††††††††† 19th.†††††† HMS SCYLLA and HM Escort Carrier AVENGER detached in view of submarine

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† threat,

††††††††††††††† 20th††††††† Hit in Engine Room by torpedo from U703 and sustained major damage.

††††††††††††††† Five of shipís company were killed and four seriously injured.

††††††††††††††† With high possibility of saving ship, despite a severe list, taken in tow by HMS ASHANTI.

††††††††††††††† Eighty of ship's company first transferred to Rescue Ship HM Trawler LORD MIDDLETON

††††††††††††††† (Note: Tow operation was screened by HM Destroyers ESKIMO, INTREPID and

††††††††††††††† OPPORTUNE.

††††††††††††††† 24th††††††† Ship broke in two after 420 mile under tow in deteriorating weather.

††††††††††††††† 77 men were lost when ship had to be abandoned.

††††††††††††††† 35 rescued from the sea by HMS ASHANTI and HMS LORD MIDDLETON

††††††††††††††† included Lieutenant Cdr Colin Maud, RN Commanding Officer

††††††††††††††† (For full details see ARCTIC CONVOYS and Naval Staff History.)

 

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS SOMALI

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above 

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

26/10/39

26/10/39

NARVIK 1

31/10/39

31/10/39

04/11/39

04/11/39

ON 001/1

07/11/39

07/11/39

07/11/39

07/11/39

HN 001

10/11/39

10/11/39

10/12/39

unknown

TC 001

17/12/39

17/12/39

22/12/39

28/12/39

TC 002

30/12/39

30/12/39

31/03/40

02/04/40

ON 024/1

04/04/40

04/04/40

04/04/40

04/04/40

HN 024

07/04/40

07/04/40

08/01/42

11/01/42

PQ 008

17/01/42

17/01/42

24/01/42

25/01/42

QP 006

28/01/42

28/01/42

26/03/42

12/04/42

PQ 014

18/04/42

19/04/42

10/04/42

12/04/42

QP 010

18/04/42

21/04/42

10/04/42

28/04/42

PQ 015

05/05/42

05/05/42

02/09/42

09/09/42

PQ 018

17/09/42

21/09/42

13/09/42

17/09/42

QP 014

20/09/42

26/09/42

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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