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on slipway during air raid on Glasgow. Build
and launch delayed.
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out in continuation.
to Free French Naval Force and renamed after
as FS LA COMBATTANTE.
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Shakedown and training at Tobermory.
passage to Scapa Flow on completion of
work-up with RA(D), Home Fleet at Scapa Flow
Home Fleet in continuation.
completion of work-up took passage to
Portsmouth via Irish Sea.
escort coastal convoy from Milford Haven.
from convoy and took passage to Portsmouth
to join 1st Destroyer Flotilla.
Flotilla for coastal convoy defence and
patrol in English Channel.
fire from shore batteries in Le Havre/Cap
Barfleur area during patrol.
in Channel in continuation.
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and patrol in Channel area with Flotilla in
E-Boats attacking shipping and assembled
MULBERRY Harbour units off Selsea
support of planned allied landings with
Force J of Eastern Task Force. See D Day
SHIPS for full details of all ships involved
in Operation NEPTUNE. (Note:
Bombardment Group E and allocated target
Beach Defences at Beny-sur-Mer with HM
Escort Destroyer STEVENSTONE of Flotilla.)
with HM Frigate STAYNER for patrol in
Channel to intercept E-Boats from Boulogne
carrying out reconnaissance and shipping
and engaged at close range a group of
E-Boats in position 18 miles south of Selsey Bill. E-Boat
S141 was sunk and another damaged. Subsequently
took part in running action against
retreating E-Boats with HMS STAYNER. (Note: It
was later determined from survivors that Lt
Klaus Donitz, son of the German naval commander
Admiral Donitz was one of the crew of this
E-Boat and had been lost when the
vessel was sunk).
in Channel off coast of Sussex to cover
landing exercise prior to allied
(Operation NEPTUNE). (For
details of activities prior to and during
see OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards,
IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO).
fire on radar contact with main armament and
obtained several hits (Note: The
target was later found to be HM MTB 732
which had been sunk with 16 of
company killed or missing and 15 wounded.
details see FRIEND OR FOE by P Kemp. The
numbers involved suggest that this MTB must
have been on special duty since normal number on
board would have been less than 31.)
Solent for briefing as part of Force J for
Normandy landings (Operation NEPTUNE). Served
Support Force E for JUNO Beach landings.
delayed for 24 hours.
from Solent with HMS STEVENSTONE, HM
Destroyer VENUS as escort for Assault Convoy J9
during passage to JUNO Beach through Swept
Convoy comprised: HM Frigate
LAWFORD, ten Landing Ships (Tank), five
and three US Navy Coastguard Cutters.)
out bombardment of shore defences during
completion deployed on for support and
General de Gaulle for visit to Beachhead
crew of USAAF LIBERATOR aircraft in Channel.
of support role off Normandy beaches when
- In action
against E-Boats from Le Havre attacking
patrols off coast of Normandy. (Note: HM
Escort Destroyer CATTISTOCK and HM Frigate
interception patrol involved in collision
and sustained damage. Taken in
hand for repair.
action against convoy off Fecamp sinking
three ships and setting two on fire.
German vessels evacuating Le Havre off Cap
This Operation was carried out with Light
Coastal Forces MTB. Two
merchant ships damaged.)
for transfer to 21st
Destroyer Flotilla based at Sheerness.
Flotilla at Sheerness and deployed for
English Channel and East Coast convoy
interception patrol duties.
for convoy defence in continuation.
included military convoys on passage to
survivors from ss STEEL TRAVELLER which had
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defence of convoys in Nore Command in
Atlantic convoys had been re-routed through
mine near East Dudgeon Buoy off Humber
estuary and sank quickly. 118
survivors were rescued by HM MTB 76 and 770
of ships company
their lives, including two RN
Mines had been laid in the
area earlier in the month.)
sinking is in some contention but the latest
record in WARSHIP LOSSES IN WW2 by D
Brown is substantiated by survivors who
doubt that ship was sunk by
midget submarine as recorded.. See
OF THE NARROW SEAS by P Scott, HOLD THE
P Smith and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
C Barnett for more details of
enemy operations in Nore Command during