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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2003

HMS SCOURGE (G 01) -  S-class Destroyer including Convoy Escort Movements

HMS Saumarez, sister-ship (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge)

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S or SAVAGE-Class Destroyer ordered from Cammell Laird, Birkenhead with 5th Emergency Flotilla on 9th January 1941. The ship was laid down on 26th June 1941 as Yard No 1095. Launching was delayed until 8th December 1942 due to serious design problems and the late delivery of armament and fire-control equipment. She was the 11th RN ship to carry this name, introduced in 1779 and last used by a destroyer built in 1910 and sold in 1921. After a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 1942 she was adopted by the civil community of Bexhill, East Sussex. Completion date was 14th July 1943.

 

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

 

CRIMEA 1855 - DARDANELLES 1914-15 - ARCTIC 1943-45 - NORMANDY 1944

 

H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge: On a Field White. a cat-o-nine tails proper.

 

 

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

 

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1 9 4 3

 

July                         Contractors Sea Trials and commissioning.

14th        Accepted for service with 23rd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet.

 

August                  Worked-up with Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.

 

September             Joined Flotilla for Home Fleet screening duties and patrol

 

October

20th        Independent passage to Kola Inlet to escort returning merchant ships. (Operation FR).

 

November

                3rd          Escorted Convoy RA54A from Kola Inlet with H M Destroyers SAVAGE, SAUMAREZ

                                MILNE, SCORPION, MAHRATTA, MATCHLESS, MUSKETEER and WESTCOTT.

 (HM Minesweepers JASON and BRITOMART and HM Corvette EGLANTINE were

 also part of the Ocean Escort)

                10th        Detached from RA54A with Home Fleet destroyers

                23rd        Joined Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW54B with HM Destroyer SAUMAREZ,

 HARDY, SAVAGE, SCORPION, VENUS, VIGILANT Norwegian STORD.

 

December

                3rd          Detached from JW54B on arrival at approach to Archangel made independent passage

 with Home Fleet destroyers to Scapa Flow.

                10th        Deployed with Flotilla for Hone Fleet screening duties.

                20th        Part of screen for HM Battleship DUKE OF YORK and HM Cruiser JAMAICA providing

                                Distant Cover for Russian Convoy JW55B and returning Convoy RA55B.

                22nd       Detached to reinforce escort for Russian Convey JW55B after German battlecruiser

                                SCHARNHORST was known to be in area. Joined escort with H M Destroyers

                                IMPULSIVE, ONSLOW, ONSLAUGHT, ORWELL, HAIDA (RCN), HURON (RCN) and

                                IROQUOIS.

                30th        Detached from JW55B and rejoined HMS DUKE OF YORK and HMS JAMAICA for

                                return to Scapa Flow.

                                (For details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA

 Ruegg, ARCTIC CONVOYS by R Woodhead, CONVOY! by P Kemp,THE KOLA

RUN by D. MacIntyre and I Campbell and RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B. Schoefield.

 

1 9 4 4

 

January                  Resumed Home Fleet deployment with Flotilla.

                26th        Part of Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy JW56B with HM Destroyers MAHRATTA,

                                MILNE, MUSKETEER, OPPORTUNE, HURON (RCN) and METEOR.

 

February

                1st           Detached from JW56B on arrival at Kola Inlet.

                3rd          Joined Ocean Escort for return Convoy RA56 with JW56A and JW56B escorts.

                9th          Detached from RA56 with HM Destroyers INCONSTANT, MAHRATTA, METEOR,

                                MILNE, HURON, MUSKETEER and Norwegian STORD.

                11th        Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet.

 

March                    Home Fleet duties in NW Approaches in continuation.

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April

 

May                        Nominated for duty with ships of Flotilla in Force S during allied landings in

                                Normandy.

                                Allocated targets in Pre-Arranged Fire Plan - Beach defences East of Le Breech C.

                                (Operation NEPTUNE - For details of naval activities prior to and during landings.

                                See OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards, LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June

                                1944 (HMSO).

                                Took part in preparatory exercises for assault operations.

 

June                        Joined HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ, KELVIN, VIRAGO, SCORPION, VERULAM,

                                SWIFT, SERAPIS, MIDDLETON, EGLINTON, Polish SLAZAK, Norwegian SVENNER

                                and STORD in Force S. Passage to Spithead.

                4th          Operation delayed 24 hours.

                5th          Joined Polish destroyer SLAZAK and HMS MIDDLETON as escort for Convoy S2

                                through swept channel.

                                (Convoy comprised 15th Minesweeping Flotilla, four Danlayers, two Minesweeping

                                Motor Launches and a Harbour Defence Motor Launch.

                6th          Carried out bombardment in accordance with Fire Plan.

                                On completion provided gunfire support in SWORD area.

                7th          Deployed on patrols to intercept enemy surface craft attempting to attack ships

                                in Eastern Task Force area.

.               9th          Deployed to reinforce patrols by HM Destroyers ONSLOW, ORIBI, OFFA and

                                ONSLAUGHT west of  Spout with HMS SERAPIS.

                16th        Escorted HM Cruiser ARETHUSA with HM Destroyer URANIA.

                                (Note:: HMS ARETHUSA was taking HM King George VI to Beachead area).

 

July                         On release from NEPTUNE rejoined Flotilla at Scapa Flow to continue screening and

                                patrol duties in NW Approaches.

 

August                  Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.

                8th          Participated in Home Fleet rehearsal for planned operation off Norway.

                10th        Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carrier INDEFATIGABLE, HM Escort Carriers

                                TRUMPETER and NABOB, HM Cruisers KENT and DEVONSHIRE with HM

                                Destroyers MYNGS, VIGILANT, SIOUX (RCN), VOLAGE, VERULAM, VIRAGO

                                and ALGONQUIN (RCN).

                                (Operation OFFSPRING - Aircraft minelay and shipping strikes between Lepsoy and

                                Haramsa Island)

 

September             Deployed with Flotilla for Home Fleet screening duties in NW Approaches.

                29th        Nominated for screening duties during shipping strike and aircraft minelay.

                                (Operation TENABLE later cancelled)

 

October                  Home Fleet Flotilla duties in continuation.

                23rd        Deployed with HM Destroyers SAUMAREZ and SERAPIS as screen for HM

                                Escort Carriers TRUMPETER, CAMPANIA and HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE as Force 2

                                (Operation HARDY - Air strikes on shipping and shore targets south of Lepsoy and

                                in Haramsfjord).

 

November

                2nd         Deployed as screen for HM Cruiser BERWICK and HM Escort Carrier CAMPANIA

                                with HM Destroyers CAMBRIAN, CAPRICE, CASSANDRA, SAUMAREZ and

                                SERAPIS for escort of ss EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA and as SCYTHIA during

                                passage to Murmansk. as Convoy JW61A

                                (Note: These ships were returning 11,000 Russian nationals who had been captured

                                during allied landings in Normandy whilst serving with Germany).

                6th          Detached from JW61A on arrival.

                11th        Joined screen for BERWICK and CAMPANIA to escort EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA

                                and SCYTHIA with same ships for return from Kola to UK as Convoy RA61A.

                17th        Resumed Flotilla duties on arrival of RA61A in Clyde.

                19th        Joined HM Cruiser DIADEM. HM Escort Carriers PREMIER and PURSUER with

                                HM Destroyers ZEALOUS, ONSLAUGHT and SCORPION in Force 3 as screen

                                during air minelay in Karm Sound (Operation HANDFAST).

                21st         Deployed with HM Destroyers ZEPHYR, ALGONQUIN (RCN). SIOUX (RCN)

                                and HM Cruiser DIDO as escort for HM Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE during air

                                operations to attack Norwegian coastal shipping. (Note: Two Norwegian and one

                                German freighter were sunk.)

 

December              Home Fleet deployment with Flotilla in continuation.

 

1 9 4 5

 

January

                1st           Joined Russian Convoy JW63 with HM Destroyers INCONSTANT, MAHRATTA

                                MYNGS, SAVAGE, SERAPIS, ZAMBESI, ZEBRA, ALGONQUIN (RCN ),

                                SIOUX (RCN) and Norwegian destroyer STORD as screen for HM Cruiser DIADEM

                                and HM Escort Carrier VINDEX for passage to Kola Inlet.

                8th          Detached on arrival at Kola Inlet.

                11th        Joined escort for return Convoy RA63 with same ships

.               23rd        Detached on arrival at Loch Ewe with undetected passage, due to extreme weather

                                conditions which had scattered convoy and necessitated re-assembly.

 

February                Flotilla duties in Home Fleet.

                12th        Joined Force 2 as screen for HMS DEVONSHIRE, HMS PREMIER and HMS

                                PUNCHER with HM Destroyers CAVENDISH, CAVALIER and ZEBRA during

                                joint air minelay and a series of shipping strikes off Norway.

                                (Operation SELENIUM).

                21st         Deployed with HMS SAVAGE to reinforce escort of returning Convoy RA64 from

                                Kola Inlet.

 

.March                   Home Fleet duties with Flotilla in continuation.

                15th        Deployed as screen for HM Escort Carrier TRUMPETER with HMS SAVAGE and

                                joined the escort of Russian Convoy JW65 for passage to Kola Inlet.

                21st         Detached from JW65 on arrival.

                23rd        Joined escort for return Convoy RA65 as part of screen for HMS DIADEM, HMS

                                CAMPANIA and HMS TRUMPETER.

                30th        Detached with Home Fleet ships before convoy arrived in Scapa Flow.

 

April                       Deployed with Flotilla in NW Approaches.

                                (For details see CONVOY! by P Kemp and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE

                                CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett).

 

May                        Part of screen for HM Cruisers NORFOLK and DIADEM, HM Escort Carriers

                                SEARCHER, QUEEN and TRUMPETER during offensive operations off Norway

                4th          Part of Fleet screen during attack on shipping west of Narvik during which German

                                Depot Ship BLACK WATCH and U711 were sunk.

                                (Operation JUDGEMENT).

 

June                        Deployed with Flotilla in Home Fleet including support of reoccupation forces.

to August

 

 

P o s t   W a r   N o t e

 

HMS SCOURGE reduced to Reserve after VJ Day and was sold to the Netherlands in 1946. Renamed EVERTSEN in commemoration of a destroyer lost in the Java Sea on 1 March 1942. served as a destroyer until 1957 when she was converted for use as Fast Frigate and remained in commission until 1962 when she was scrapped in the Netherlands.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS SCOURGE

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

 

 

 

 

 

01/11/43

03/11/43

RA 054A

10/11/43

14/11/43

22/11/43

25/11/43

JW 054B

02/12/43

03/12/43

20/12/43

22/12/43

JW 055B

29/12/43

30/12/43

22/01/44

26/01/44

JW 056B

01/02/44

01/02/44

03/02/44

03/02/44

RA 056

09/02/44

11/02/44

24/06/44

24/06/44

FTM 017

24/06/44

25/06/44

31/10/44

02/11/44

JW 061A

06/11/44

06/11/44

11/11/44

11/11/44

RA 061A

17/11/44

17/11/44

30/12/44

01/01/45

JW 063

08/01/45

08/01/45

11/01/45

11/01/45

RA 063

18/01/45

21/01/45

17/02/45

21/02/45

RA 064

26/02/45

28/02/45

11/03/45

15/03/45

JW 065

21/03/45

21/03/45

23/03/45

23/03/45

RA 065

30/03/45

01/04/45

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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