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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2

by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2005

HMS LONDONDERRY (L 76) - Grimsby-class Sloop including Convoy Escort Movements  

 HMS Fleetwoodister-ship (Photo Ships, click to enlarge)

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GRIMSBY-Class Sloop ordered from HM Dockyard Devonport on 1st March 1934 under the 1932 Programme and laid down on 11th June 1934. The ship was launched by Mrs Noble on 16th January 1935 as the 1st RN ship to carry the name. Build was completed on 20 September 1935 and she sailed for service in the Red Sea on 30th of that month. The ship remained in the Red Sea until 1938 when she transferred to the South African Station. In February 1939 she refitted at Simonstown and was re-armed with new design twin 4in mountings. On completion she remained in the South Atlantic until being transferred to Freetown after the outbreak of war. Following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in February 1942 this Sloop was adopted by the civil community of Londonderry, Ulster.

 

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

ATLANTIC 1939-45 - NORTH SEA 1940 - NORTH AFRICA 1942-43 - NORMANDY   1944 - ENGLISH CHANNEL 1944-45

H e r a l d i c   D a t a

Badge: On a Field  White,.on a cross red,  a castle gold

 

M o t t o

Non recedam: 'No retreat'

 

 

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 3 9

 

September             On completion of post refit trials deployed in South

                                (Note: Particular attention was paid to enemy merchant attempting shipping back to

                                Germany and commerce raider became active

 

October

                11th        Transferred to Freetown and took passage from Simonstown.

                                On arrival deployed for local convoy escort and minesweeping.

                                (Note: The minesweeping task was later taken over by trawlers sent from UK) .

 

November              Nominated for transfer to Home waters for convoy defence.

                24th        Joined escort for Convoy SL10 on passage to Liverpool from Freetown.

 

December              Detached from convoy on arrival and took passage to Devonport for refit.

                                (Note: This was the first visit to UK since going to Red Sea in 1935.)

                12th        Taken in hand for refit by HM Dockyard Devonport and prepared for convoy defence

                                with Rosyth Escort Force.

 

1 9 4 0

 

January                  Carried out Post refit trials.

to                            On completion took passage to Rosyth.

February                Joined Rosyth Escort Force1

                                (Note: The twin 4in HA armament made this type of sloop invaluable on this convoy

                                route which had been subject to air attacks since September 1939).

 

March                    Deployed for East Coast convoy defence..

to                            Not detached for support of evacuation operations in Channel area. Pennant Number for April

 

May                        Pennant Number for visual signalling purposes changed to U76 .

                                (Note: This ship did not take part in the evacuation of allied troops and civilians

                                from Dunkirk and French Channel ports (Operation DYNAMO).)

                                East Coast convoy defence in continuation.

 

June                        Rosyth deployment in continuation.

to

November

 

December              Nominated for transfer to Western Approaches Command for Atlantic convoy defence.

                                Passage to Liverpool

                                Joined 1st AA Division based at Liverpool.

 

1 9 4 1

 

January                  Deployed in NW Approaches for Atlantic convoy defence

to                            Newfoundland Command for service in western Atlantic.

April

 

May                        Passage to St Johns and deployed for convoy defence.

 

June                        Convoy defend based at St Johns in continuation.

                                Nominated for return to Home waters

 

July                         Passage to Londonderry to join Sloop Division.

                                Deployed for escort of convoys to and from Freetown in Western Approaches.

 

August                  Freetown route convoy defence in continuation.

to                            Deployed with 42nd Escort Group

October                  (Note: Other ships in Group were HM Sloops WESTON, FOLKESTONE, WELLINGTON

                                and HM Cutters (Ex US Navy) SENNEN and TOTLAND.)

 

November              Part of escort for Convoy OS12 with ships of Group.

 

December              Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

                                (Note: A modified RAF Air-Surface Vessel (ASV) radar was fitted by this period.

                                This early design save warning of aircraft and surface ships but was far from reliable.

                                See RADAR AT SEA by D Howse).

 

1 9 4 2

 

January                  Atlantic deployment in continuation as Senior Officer of Group

                                Joined Convoy SL93 as escort.

                31st         Under attack by U-Boats in defence of convoy during which HMS CULVER was sunk by

                                U105 west of Ireland.

 

February                Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

to                            (For details of Atlantic convoy defence and tactical enemy deployments see THE BATTLE

March                    OF THE ATLANTIC by D. Macintyre, U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC (HMSO),

                                HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR by C Blair, and SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann.)

                                Nominated for refit

 

April                       Under refit in commercial shipyard at Avonmouth.

to

June

 

July                         On completion of post refit trials rejoined Group for Atlantic convoy defence.

                                Deployed with Group for escort of Convoy SL115 to Freetown.

 

August                  Atlantic convoy defence with Group in continuation.

to                            Nominated for detached service in support of military convoys for allied landings

September             in North Africa (Operation TORCH - For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE

                                CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett, Naval Staff History, RELUCTANT ENEMIES by W Tute

                                and for information about involvement of all mercantiles and warships BRITISH

                                INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser.)

                                (Note: Surface warning radar Type 271 had been fitted by this period and a new RN design

                                radar Type 291 replaced the earlier Type 286M)

                                For details of development and use of radar in RN see RADAR AT SEA.

                                A direction finding equipment for detection of wireless transmissions from

                                submarines was also fitted . See BUSINESS IN GREAT WATERS by J Terraine and

                                SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann).

 

October                  Detached for escort of convoys to Gibraltar

to

December

 

1 9 4 3

 

January                  Detached service based at Gibraltar in continuation.

                25th        Searched in Atlantic for missing HM Minelayer CORNCRAKE.

                                (Note: HMS CORNCRAKE (Ex HMS MACKEREL was a converted trawler and foundered

                                in rough weather conditions.)

                29th        Rejoined Escort Group to resume Atlantic convoy defence.

                30th        Sailed to join escort of Convoy HX224.

 

February                Deployed with escort for Convoy HX224.

                4th          Sustained major structural damage to stem due to the premature detonation of depth charges

                                during anti-submarine operations.

                                Towed to Londonderry for temporary repair depth

 

March

                12th        On completion of temporary repair towed to Devonport by tug HUDSON

                14th        Taken in hand for repair by HM Dockyard Devonport.

 

April                       Under repair

to                            An ahead throwing anti-submarine mortar (HEDGEHOG) was fitted.

October                  (See SEEK AND STRIKE).

                                Close range defence against air attack was increased to six 20mm Oerlikon guns.

                                Nominated for service in 39th Escort Croup.

                17th        Prepared for work-up.

                                Passage to Tobermory.

 

December              On completion of work-up joined Group at Londonderry.

 

1 9 4 4

 

January                  Deployed with Group for defence of UK-Gibraltar route convoys.

 

February                Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.

                5th          In collision with HM Trawler CAPE ARGONA without major damage.

 

March                    Atlantic convoy defence in continuation with Group.

to                            Nominated for transfer to 41st Escort Group at Plymouth

April

 

May                        Joined Group based at Plymouth for convoy defence in

                                Nominated for detached service in support of planned allied landings in Normandy.

                                (For details of activities prior to and during landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE

                                by K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY, June 1944 (HMSO).)

 

June                        Passage to Portsmouth for escort of Trinity House Vessels with HM Sloops ROCHESTER

                                and SCARBOROUGH

                4th          Operation delayed 24 hours.

                5th          Deployed as escort for Trinity House Vessels.

                8th          On completion of Assault Phase deployed as Coastal Forces Control Ship off the beach

                                heads

                                (Note: These ships were responsible for direction of MTBís off the beachheads to

                                intercept enemy craft attempting to carry out attacks on ships in the Task Force

                                areas. In addition also deployed for patrol and interception

                22nd       Under air attack by Ju88 without damage.

                                (Note: Enemy air activities had been reduced between 19th and 21st but had increased.

                                See LANDINGS IN NORMANDY.)

                27th        After termination of NEPTUNE rejoined Escort Group for deployment in Channel and

                                SW Approaches.

 

July                         Channel and SW Approaches deployment in continuation.

 

August                  Channel and SW Approaches convoy defence in continuation

to                            (Note: Enemy SCHNORKEL submarine attacks increased.

December              See HOLD THE NARROW SEA by Peter Smith and BUSINESS IN GREAT

                                WATERS by J Terraine.)

 

1 9 4 5

 

January                  Deployed in Channel with Group.

to                            (Note: Atlantic convoys were re-routed through Channel after air threat from the French

April                       coast had been removed.

                                Mining threat by E- Boats and U-Boats was more heavily carried out

                                Additional escorts were deployed in Channel to counter these.

                                Heavy U-Boat presence still existed in coastal waters. See above references).

 

May                        Withdrawn from operational service after VE Day.

                25th        Arrived At Milford Haven to Pay-off into Reserve.

 

June                        After reduction to Reserve status and de-storing laid up in Milford

 

July                         Laid-up in Reserve at Milford Haven.

to

August

 

P o s t   W a r   N o t e s

 

HMS LONDONDERRY was placed on the Disposal List after VJ-Day and sold in to BISCO in March 1948 for demolition by E Rees at Llanelly where she arrived in tow on 8th June 1948. In 1958 this name was carried forward for the second time when given to a ROTHESAY Class Frigate.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS LONDONDERRY

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

 

 

 

 

 

24/11/39

24/11/39

SL 010

10/12/39

10/12/39

17/01/40

17/01/40

FS 0075

19/01/40

19/01/40

20/01/40

20/01/40

FN 0076

22/01/40

22/01/40

24/01/40

24/01/40

FS 0079

25/01/40

25/01/40

26/01/40

26/01/40

FN 0080

27/01/40

27/01/40

07/02/40

07/02/40

FS 0090

09/02/40

09/02/40

14/02/40

14/02/40

FS 0096

16/02/40

16/02/40

23/02/40

23/02/40

FS 0103

25/02/40

25/02/40

27/02/40

27/02/40

FN 0104

29/02/40

29/02/40

06/03/40

06/03/40

FS 0114

08/03/40

08/03/40

13/03/40

13/03/40

FS 0120

15/03/40

15/03/40

20/03/40

20/03/40

FS 0125

22/03/40

22/03/40

20/03/40

20/03/40

MT 034

20/03/40

20/03/40

22/02/40

22/03/40

MT 016

23/02/40

23/02/40

31/03/40

31/03/40

FS 0134

02/04/40

02/04/40

31/03/40

31/03/40

MT 041

31/03/40

31/03/40

10/04/40

10/04/40

FS 0142

12/04/40

12/04/40

10/04/40

10/04/40

MT 048

10/04/40

10/04/40

15/04/40

15/04/40

FS 0147

17/04/40

17/04/40

22/04/40

22/04/40

MT 057

22/04/40

22/04/40

29/04/40

29/04/40

MT 061

30/04/40

30/04/40

05/02/40

05/05/40

MT 004

05/05/40

05/02/40

06/05/40

06/05/40

FS 0164

08/05/40

08/05/40

17/05/40

17/05/40

FS 0173

19/05/40

19/05/40

17/05/40

17/05/40

MT 068

17/05/40

17/05/40

25/05/40

25/05/40

FS 0179

27/05/40

27/05/40

25/05/40

25/05/40

MT 073

25/05/40

25/05/40

01/06/40

01/06/40

FS 0185

03/06/40

03/06/40

01/06/40

01/06/40

MT 079

01/06/40

01/06/40

04/06/40

04/06/40

FN 0188

06/06/40

06/06/40

12/06/40

12/06/40

FS 0193

14/06/40

14/06/40

19/06/40

19/06/40

MT 091

20/06/40

20/06/40

20/06/40

20/06/40

FS 0200

22/06/40

22/06/40

23/06/40

23/06/40

FN 0203

25/06/40

25/06/40

26/06/40

26/06/40

MT 096

27/06/40

27/06/40

27/06/40

27/06/40

FS 0206

29/06/40

29/06/40

30/06/40

30/06/40

FN 0209

02/07/40

02/07/40

09/07/40

09/07/40

FS 0217

10/07/40

10/07/40

12/07/40

12/07/40

FN 0220

15/07/40

14/07/40

19/07/40

19/07/40

FN 0226

21/07/40

21/07/40

11/08/40

11/08/40

FS 0249

14/08/40

14/08/40

31/08/40

31/08/40

FN 0268

02/09/40

02/09/40

04/09/40

04/09/40

FS 0272

06/09/40

06/09/40

09/09/40

09/09/40

FN 0277A

11/09/40

11/09/40

16/09/40

16/09/40

FS 0283

19/09/40

19/09/40

19/09/40

19/09/40

FN 0285

21/09/40

21/09/40

27/09/40

27/09/40

FS 0293

29/09/40

29/09/40

30/09/40

30/09/40

FN 0295

02/10/40

02/10/40

04/10/40

04/10/40

FS 0300

06/10/40

06/10/40

07/10/40

07/10/40

FN 0302

08/10/40

09/10/40

12/10/40

12/10/40

FS 0307

14/10/40

14/10/40

15/10/40

15/10/40

FN 0309

18/10/40

18/10/40

24/10/40

24/10/40

FS 0319

27/10/40

27/10/40

27/10/40

27/10/40

FN 0321

29/10/40

29/10/40

31/10/40

31/10/40

FS 0324

02/11/40

02/11/40

03/11/40

03/11/40

FN 0326

05/11/40

05/11/40

08/11/40

08/11/40

FS 0331

10/11/40

10/11/40

11/11/40

11/11/40

FN 0332

14/11/40

14/11/40

22/11/40

22/11/40

FS 0342

24/11/40

24/11/40

26/11/40

26/11/40

FN 0344

28/11/40

28/11/40

30/11/40

30/11/40

FS 0349

02/12/40

02/12/40

04/12/40

04/12/40

FN 0350

06/12/40

06/12/40

08/12/40

08/12/40

FS 0357

11/12/40

11/12/40

12/12/40

12/12/40

FN 0358

14/12/40

14/12/40

29/12/40

29/12/40

FS 0375

01/01/41

01/01/41

07/01/41

07/01/41

FS 0383

10/01/41

10/01/41

25/01/41

25/01/41

FN 0391

27/01/41

27/01/41

17/01/41

31/01/41

HG 051

03/02/41

03/02/41

06/02/41

18/02/41

HG 053

24/02/41

24/02/41

26/04/41

27/04/41

OG 060

30/04/41

10/05/41

09/04/41

30/04/41

SL 071

05/05/41

04/05/41

11/05/41

12/05/41

OB 321

16/05/41

17/05/41

06/05/41

16/05/41

HG 061

20/05/41

20/05/41

08/06/41

11/06/41

OB 331

13/06/41

19/06/41

08/06/41

13/06/41

OB 332

20/06/41

23/06/41

26/06/41

26/06/41

HX 135

11/07/41

12/07/41

24/07/41

26/07/41

OS 001

09/08/41

10/08/41

15/08/41

18/08/41

SL 084

08/09/41

08/09/41

23/09/41

26/09/41

OS 007

12/10/41

14/10/41

15/10/41

18/10/41

SL 090

29/10/41

06/11/41

22/10/41

30/10/41

HG 075

03/11/41

03/11/41

18/11/41

19/11/41

OS 012

02/12/41

11/12/41

18/11/41

02/12/41

SL 093

10/12/41

10/12/41

23/12/41

24/12/41

OS 015

11/01/42

13/01/42

15/01/42

18/01/42

SL 098

05/02/42

05/02/42

22/02/42

23/02/42

OS 020

10/03/42

12/03/42

14/03/42

16/03/42

SL 103

02/04/42

02/04/42

11/06/42

11/06/42

OS 031

28/06/42

30/06/42

05/07/42

05/07/42

SL 115

25/07/42

26/07/42

10/08/42

11/08/42

OS 037

27/08/42

29/08/42

03/09/42

03/09/42

SL 121

20/09/42

21/09/42

26/09/42

09/10/42

SC 103

14/10/42

14/10/42

25/10/42

26/10/42

KMS 002G

10/11/42

12/11/42

15/11/42

15/11/42

MKS 001X

23/11/42

23/11/42

11/12/42

11/12/42

KMS 005G

24/12/42

27/12/42

22/12/42

26/12/42

MKS 004

06/01/43

06/01/43

21/01/43

21/01/43

KMS 008G

25/01/43

10/02/43

22/01/43

02/02/43

HX 224

03/02/43

05/02/43

25/12/43

26/12/43

OS 063KM

08/01/44

07/01/44

08/01/44

08/01/44

KMS 037G

09/01/44

09/01/44

12/01/44

12/01/44

SL 145MK

22/01/44

24/01/44

06/02/44

06/02/44

OS 067KM

15/02/44

15/02/44

16/02/44

16/02/44

KMS 041G

17/02/44

17/02/44

21/02/44

21/02/44

MKS 040G

22/02/44

22/02/44

22/02/44

22/02/44

SL 149MK

07/03/44

07/03/44

14/03/44

15/03/44

OS 071KM

25/03/44

25/03/44

26/03/44

26/03/44

KMS 045G

27/03/44

27/03/44

01/04/44

01/04/44

MKS 044G

02/04/44

02/04/44

02/04/44

02/04/44

SL 153MK

13/04/44

13/04/44

24/05/44

25/05/44

WP 527

26/05/44

26/05/44

26/05/44

27/05/44

WP 528

28/05/44

28/05/44

14/07/44

14/07/44

EPM 004

14/07/44

14/07/44

14/07/44

14/07/44

FPM 005

15/07/44

15/07/44

17/07/44

17/07/44

EPM 007

17/07/44

17/07/44

20/07/44

20/07/44

EPM 010

20/07/44

20/07/44

26/07/44

26/07/44

EPM 016

26/07/44

26/07/44

29/07/44

29/07/44

EPM 019

29/07/44

29/07/44

11/08/44

11/08/44

FBC 051

14/08/44

14/08/44

30/08/44

07/09/44

SL 168MK

09/09/44

07/09/44

24/10/44

24/10/44

ON 262

27/10/44

10/11/44

15/10/44

27/10/44

HX 314

30/10/44

29/10/44

10/02/45

10/02/45

OS 110KM

13/02/45

15/02/45

02/02/45

14/02/45

HX 336

17/02/45

14/02/45

21/02/45

21/02/45

OS 112KM

24/02/45

24/02/45

19/02/45

24/02/45

MKS 084G

27/02/45

27/02/45

12/03/45

12/03/45

OS 116KM

15/03/45

17/03/45

11/03/45

15/03/45

MKS 088G

19/03/45

19/03/45

12/04/45

12/04/45

ON 296

14/04/45

30/04/45

10/04/45

15/04/45

MKS 094G

18/04/45

18/04/45

21/04/45

21/04/45

ON 298

24/04/45

07/05/45

13/04/45

26/04/45

HX 350

28/04/45

28/04/45

07/05/45

07/05/45

BTC 151

10/05/45

10/05/45

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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