1 9 3 9
September Deployed in Western Approaches with
HM Destroyers MACKAY, VERSATILE, VIMY,
WALKER, WARWICK, WHIRLWIND and WINCHELSEA as 11th Destroyer Flotilla
repair, by HM Dockyard, Devonport.
1 9 4 0
January On completion of repair and
trials resumed convoy defence with Flotilla.
to (For details of
naval activities in Home waters in 1940 before German attacks on Norway
April See Naval Staff History
and ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by C Barnett).
Channel and SW Approaches..
May Transferred to Dover
Command to assist with evacuation of allied troops from French and
in evacuation from Dunkirk (Operation DYNAMO)
29th Embarked 241 troops and returned to Dover.
30th Embarked 582 troops and returned to Dover.
Returned for 3rd
trip and embarked 622 troops
troops at Dover
1st Embarked 640 troops and returned to Dover
Returned to Dunkirk and returned with 168 troops
3rd Embarked 37 troops and returned to Dover.
Returned for 7th
trip and embarked to 414 troops
troops at Dover,
(For details of
DYNAMO operation see THE NINE DAYS OF DUNKIRK by A D Divine
Naval Staff History and BEF SHIPS by J de Winser.)
12th Escorted French battleship JEAN BART during passage to Casablanca
19th Re-deployed for evacuation work from Bay of Biscay
ports (Operation AERIAL).
(See BEF ships)
Passage to St
Nazaire to assist in evacuation .
20th Passage to La Pallice
with demolition party but did not land.
22nd Returned to Plymouth.
See BEF SHIPS.
July Resumed convoy defence duties. Convoy defence end
patrol in continuation.
to (Note : Destroyers
also carried out anti-invasion interception patrols.)
September Joined 8th Escort Group based in Liverpool for
escort of Atlantic convoys.
Escorted Convoy OB216 Atlantic convoy escort duty in continuation.
convoy deployment with Group in continuation.
convoy defence and support duties with Group on UK - Gibraltar route.
to Deployed in Gibraltar
area as Anti-submarine Hunting Group.
1 9 4 1
convoy escort duty in continuation with Group.
to Transferred to Freetown for Local Escort duties.
Deployed at Freetown for Atlantic convoy
13th Joined military convoy WS9A during Atlantic passage to Middle East
off coast of
West Africa with HM Destroyers VELOX and WILD SWAN.
as Local Escort for
final stage of passage into Freetown.
(Note : HM Cruiser BIRMINGHAM was providing Ocean Escort.)
18th Detached from WS9A on arrival at Freetown.
20th Deployed with HM Destroyers BOREAS, VELOX and WILD SWAN for
Escort of WS9A
during initial part of passage to Cape of Good Hope.
22nd Detached from WS9A and returned to Freetown with Local Escort.
(Note : HMS BIRMINGHAM provided Ocean Escort).
16th Joined military convoy WS9B on departure from Freetown as Local Escort during initial
part of passage to Cape of Good Hope with HM
Destroyers BOREAS, BRILLIANT and
18th Detached from WS9B with Local Escort and returned to Freetown.
Cruiser GALATEA provided Ocean Escort.)
Escort duties at Freetown in continuation.
to Transferred to 10th
October Nominated for return to Home
waters and took passage.
November Deployed in NW Approaches for
13th Joined military convoy WS12Z in Clyde with HM
Destroyers BADSWORTH, EXMOOR,
WITCH and WHITEHALL as Local Escort during passage in NW
16th Detached from WS12Z with Local Escort and returned to Clyde.
13th Joined military convoy WS14 during passage to Freetown in NW Approaches as Local
Escort with HM
Destroyers WITCH and VOLUNTEER.
14th Detached from Local Escort and returned to Clyde.
(Note : HM Battleship RAMILLIES and HM Armed Merchant Cruiser
the Ocean Escort.)
1 9 4 2
military convoy WS15 in Clyde with HM Destroyers VANOC, VOLUNTEER,
WITHERINGTON as Local Escort during passage in NW Approaches
17th Detached from WS15 with HMS VOLUNTEER and HMS WITHERINGTON on
Polish destroyer ORP GARLAND and HM Destroyer NORMAN.
Returned to Clyde.
(Note : Details of escorts for WS convoys were provided by D Kindell, Ohio USA and is
February Detached for duty with 1st
18th Escorted ships of 1st Minelaying Squadron for minelay in
- For details of all minelaying operations see Naval
convoy escort duties.
to Nominated for
conversion to Long Range Escort.
August (For details of Atlantic
convoy defence tactics see BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC by D
CONVOY ESCORT COMMANDER by P Gretton).
September Taken in hand fbr
conversion at HM Dockyard Portsmouth.
to (See BRITISH
DESTROYERS by E. March and V AND W DESTROYERS by A Preston.)
1 9 4 3
January Under conversion
April Carried out post refit
Harbour and sea Trials
Worked-up for operational service.
completion of work-up resumed escort duty in Western
Approaches with 6th Escort Group.
. Joined HM
Destroyer FAME, m Frigate DEVERON, HM Corvettes KINGCUP, Norwegian
VERVAIN, ROSE, EGLANTINE, ACANTHUS and POTENTILLA for defence
of Atlantic convoys.
June Deployed with Group for Atlantic convoy
details of changes in convoy defence tactics and weapons see U-BOAT WAR IN
September THE ATLANTIC
(HMSO) and SEEK AND STRIKE by W Hackmann)
October Deployed with ships of 6th and
7th Escort Groups for escort of Convoy ON206.
U-BOAT WAR by C Blair Volume 2. for details.)0
(Note : Ships of 7th Escort Group included HM Destroyers
DUNCAN, VIDETTE, HM
Corvettes PINK and SUNFLOWER.
15th Under sustained U-Boat attacks with
ships of escort.
16th Drove off determined attempts by U844 with HMS DUNCAN and HMS
(Note : This submarine was later sunk by an RAF aircraft
which was itself shot down by
DESTROYED by P Kemp and above reference)
November Group deployment for Atlantic
convoy defence in continuation.
1 9 4 4
January Western Approaches convoy
escort in continuation with Group.
February Escorted ONS29 with Group.
for Atlantic convoy defence.
May Nominated for duty in
Escort Group 106 with HM Frigate STRULE, HM Corvettes
and Motor Launches from Light Coastal Forces.
(Operation NEPTUNE - See
OPERATION NEPTUNE by K Edwards and NORMANDY
LANDINGS, June 1944 (HMSO)
for details of naval activities before and during landings).
June Commenced duty in Escort
Group 106 at Milford Haven.
4th Joined Convoy EBM3 apprising 11 empty Motor Transport ships
In Irish Sea with
supplemented by two additional Corvettes and HM Trawlers CALDY and GWEAL
5th Passage to Start Point
delayed when D Day postponed for 24 hours.
6th Transports loaded at south coast ports.
7th Passage through swept channel to
8th Convoy arrived in Western Task Force (US) area for
10th Escorted build-up convoys from Falmouth.
July After release from NEPTUNE resumed
escort duty with 6th Escort Group for mercantile
August Atlantic convoy defence
deployment with Group in continuation.
1 9 4 5
and coastal convoy defence in continuation.
to (Note : During this
period German Schnorkel-fitted submarines were
March their attacks in convoy
focal points In SW Approaches. See ENGAGE THE
CLOSELY by C Barnett and SEEK AND
STRIKE by W
April Part of escort for Convoy ONA265.
10th Participated in sinking of U878 with HM Corvettes
TINTAGEL CASTLE west of St
Nazaire in position 47.35N 10.33W.
There were no
survivors from the submarine.
May Withdrawn from
operational service after VE Day.
June Paid-off and reduced to