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with Reservists for Royal Review at.
in commission, and nominated for service with 15th Destroyer Flotilla.
5th Deployed with HM Destroyers
WITHERINGTON, WOLVERINE and VIMY as escort,
for Convoy GC1 from
to 17th Destroyer Flotilla in Western Approaches Command for convoy
convoy duty in continuation based at
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for Atlantic convoy defence in SW Approaches
8th Deployed with HM Destroyers VANOC , VENETIA and VISCOUNT for
escort of inward
HG13 during passage to Liverpool from Gibraltar
in SW Approaches.
10th Detached from HG13 in Irish
Sea and returned to Plymouth.
details of naval activities in Hone waters before April 1940 see ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett.).
February Atlantic convoy defence in continuation in SW
5th Joined outward Convoy OG21F with HM
Destroyer WHIRLWIND, HM Sloops
and SANDWICH on formation in SW Approaches for escort
initial stage of passage to Gibraltar
8th Detached from OG21F and returned to Plymouth.
HM Sloop LEITH, HM Destroyers VENETIA
and WILD SWAN with HM
VETERAN and WHIRLWIND in unsuccessful search for submarine reported by
aircraft in SW Approaches,
25th Joined outward Convoy OG23 with HM
Destroyers CAMPBELL, WALKER, WANDERER
and HM Sloop ABERDEEN
on formation in SW Approaches as escort for initial part of passage
to Gibraltar in SW Approaches.
26th Detached from OG23 and took passage to
meet inward Convoy HG23 from Gibraltar with HMS
CAMPBELL and HMS WALKER.
27th Joined HM Sloops SCARBOROUGH and WELLINGTON
as part of escort for HG23 during
passage to Liverpool in SW
30th Detached from HG23 and returned to Plymouth.
for duty with Home Fleet for escort of military convoys to
11th Escorted first troop convoy (NP1) from
Clyde with HM Cruisers MANCHESTER,
BIRMINGHAM, HM Destroyers WITHERINGTON,
HIGHLANDER and HM Netlayer PROTECTOR.
15th After arrival continued convoy escort
role in support of landings.
26th Joined HM Aircraft Carriers
ARK ROYAL and GLORIOUS as escort
with HM Destroyers
BEAGLE, FORTUNE, ENCOUNTER and ESCORT during air operations in
defence of Fleet, units at Namsos
27th Made unsuccessful attack on submarine
during escort of aircraft, carriers.
Escorted HMS GLORIOUS to Scapa
Flow for refuelling and aircraft,
details of the disastrous naval operations off Norway
see CARRIER GLORIOUS
by J. Winton, NARVIK by D MacIntyre and the Naval Staff
May Deployment in support of
military operations off Norway
Number for visual signalling purposes changed to I71 to conform with changes
made to all RN warships.
27th Deployed with HM Destroyer AMAZON and HM
Sloop FLEETWOOD as escort for
damaged destroyer ESKIMO during passage under tow from Skelfjord to UK
June Resumed duty in Western Approaches.
June Western Approaches convoy defence in
7th Rescued survivors from HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser CARINTHIA with HM Destroyer
WREN and HM Minesweeper GLEANER.
8th Joined HM Cruiser
DEVONSHIRE as escort for passage to
(Note: Cruisers had Norwegian Royal Family embarked
29th Joined military convoy WS1 at
Liverpool as Local Escort- during passage
with HM Destroyers HARVESTER, HIGHLANDER and WHIRLWIND.
30th Detached from WS1 with Local Escort and
returned to Clyde.
July Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
for anti-invasion patrol duties and convoy defence..
duties in continuation.
to (Note: In addition to Anti-invasion patrol various operations were carried out in
including bombardment of
Cherbourg was HM Battleship REVENGE, HM
Cruisers EMERALD and NEWCASTLE on. 10th October
was not part of screen during bombardment.)
Atlantic convoy duties in Western Approaches Command.
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HM Destroyers VANOC, CALDWELL, WALKER and nine FLOWER Class
in 5th Escort Group based at
Londonderry for Atlantic convoy defence.
February Atlantic convoy defence in continuation.
of escort, for Convoy HX112 with HM Destroyers WALKER, VANOC, SARDONYX
and SCIMITAR, HM Corvettes BLUEBELL and HYDRANGEA of Group.
(Note: 5th Escort. Group was commanded by Donald MacIntyre
author of THE BATTLE
THE ATLANTIC which gives details of this operation.
also HITLER’S U-BOAT WAR by C Blair and U-BOAT WAR IN THE
16th HX110 Sighted by U110 which was detected
by Radar Type 2S8M in HMS VANOC and was
forced to submerge by depth charge attacks of escorts.
17th Took part in
continued anti-submarine operations in defence of HX112 with other escorts.
(Note: U99 was commanded by Otto Kretchmer,
a leading U-Boat ace of WW2.
and U100 were both sunk. For details see HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR and
BOATS destroyed by P Kemp.)
10th During local
exercise rammed by HM Destroyer NEWARK.
of ship's company were killed and forward structure was badly damaged.
Remained at Devonport pending arrangements for repair at Belfast commercial
May Under repair.
Group and resumed Atlantic convoy defence duties.
details of convoy defence and tactics see above references .)
Part of escort for Convoy HX155 with Group.
HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR Vol. 1 for details of turn-over from US warships at Mid-
Atlantic Meeting Point.)
November Atlantic duty in continuation with Group.
13th Joined military convoy WS14 with HM
Destroyer WITCH during its passage in NW
Approaches as part, of Local Escort.
15th Detached from WS1J45 with HMS WITCH and
returned to Clyde.
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Escort duties in NW Approaches an continuation.
12th Joined military convoy WS15 in
Clyde as Local Escort during passage
in the NW
with HM Destroyers VANOC, VANQUISHER, WALKER and
15th Detached from WS15 with Local Escort,
and returned to Clyde.
February Local Escort duties in continuation.
for escort of military convoy bound for
Middle East during
23rd Joined military convoy WS17 in
Clyde as Local Escort in NW Approaches
NEWPORT, BADSWORTH, BEVERLEY, KEPPEL,
ANTELOPE, BOADICEA and ROCKINGHAM.)
27th Shared credit for the sinking of U587
with HM Destroyers GROVE,
in position 47.21N 21.39W, west of
Ushant during defence of WS17X
of U587 crew survived.
HITLER'S U -BOAT WAR and U- BOATS DESTROYED by P Kemp.
(Note: This sinking was a result of detection of wireless
transmissions from U-Boats by
new Direction finding Outfit FH3 in HMS KEPPEL.
SEEK AND STRIKE by
from WS17 with part of Local Escort and returned to
April Atlantic escort duty in continuation.
18th Joined military convoy WS18 in
Clyde as Local Escort in NW
Approaches with HM
BADSWORTH, GEORGETOWN, LANCASTER, LAUDERDALE,
20th Detached from WS18 with HMS BOADICEA and
returned to Clyde.
10th Joined military convoy WS19 in
Clyde as Local Escort in NW
Approaches with HM
LEAMINGTON, ST MARYS and
13th Detached from WS19 with Local Escort and
returned to Clyde.
for duty with Home Fleet for convoy escort in
Arctic and took passage
to Scapa Flow.
23rd Joined Ocean Escort for Russian Convoy
PQ16 with HM Destroyers
Polish destroyer ORP GARLAND, HM AA Ship ALYNBANK, HM Corvettes
STARWORT, HONEYSUCKLE, HYDERABAD and French
25th Rescued pilot of HURRICANE aircraft from
escorting CAM Ship who had been shot
down in error by US mercantile
(See FRIEND OR
FOE by P Kemp).
30th Detached from
convoy after arrival of Eastern Local Escort.
details of all Russian Convoy operations see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by RA Ruegg
CONVOY ! by P Kemp, THE RUSSIAN
CONVOYS by B Schoefield and
CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
26th Joined Ocean Escort at Kola Inlet with
same ships as Convoy PQ16 for Convoy QP16.
5th Detached from QP16.
Nominated for refit.
in hand for refit and conversion for use as Long Range Escort at Rosyth.
details of conversion see V
AND W DESTROYERS by A Preston). Under refit
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completion took passage to Tobermory for work-up
completion of work-up joined H M Destroyer HIGHLANDER, BEVERLEY,
and six FLOWER Class Corvettes in 4th Escort Group based at
for Atlantic convoy defence.
of escort for Convoy HX229 with HM Destroyer BEVERLEY, HM Corvettes
16th Convoy under
threat from RAUBGRAF and DRANGER Groups of U-Boats.
17th Under sustained
attack by U616 was unsuccessful.
ships in convoy were sunk.
18th Convoy escort reinforced
details of this critical convoy action see THE BATTLE
OF THE ATLANTIC by D
and U-BOAT WAR IN THE ATLANTIC (HM30).
April Convoy defence in continuation.
details of the development of new weapons and improvements in defence of
convoys see SEEK
AND STRIKE by
with 5th Escort Group and joined escort for Convoy ONS7
11th Under series of
U-Boat attacks until 13th May.
17th Attacks resumed by DONAU 1 Group of
U-Boats and although evasive action taken
ship is sunk.
convoy escort in continuation Including convoys to
Gibraltar for support of
allied military operations
with 5th and 4th Escort Groups for escort of convoys to the
ALACRITY to establish allied air bases on
Fayal and Terceira).
in anti-submarine operations in
Bay of Biscay to intercept U-Boats on passage
to and from
December Atlantic Convoy defence in
continuation with Group.
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January Atlantic convoy escort in continuation with Group.
for coastal convoy escort.
for duty in Force B of Western Task Force for escort of convoys to
Normandy beach head (Operation NEPTUNE).
21st In action against E-Boats of 9th German
MTB Flotilla with HM Destroyer
and French destroyer LA COMBATTANTE off
details of Channel operations see HOLD THE NARROW
SEA by P Staith).
May Channel deployment in continuation.
HM Canadian Corvette SUMMERSIDE, HM Trawlers RUBY,
ANDALUSITE and ELLESMERE to form Escort Group 144 of Force B at
4th Escorted Convoy EBC2 (32 Motor
Transport, coasters and 5 oil tankers) from the
5th Passage delayed when D-Day postponed
for 24 hours.
6th Arrived in Solent.
7th Passage through
swept channel to Western Task Force area (US) with Convoy.
8th Detached on arrival off beach head and
returned to Milford Haven for escort of Build-Up
10th Deployed on escort of Build-up convoys
details of naval activities prior to and during of
Normandy assault see OPERATION
NEPTUNE by K Edwards
and LANDINGS IN
NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO).).
release from NEPTUNE resumed Channel convoy escort and patrol duty.
August Channel deployment in continuation.
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to Nore Command for convoy defence and patrol in
North Sea and in English
April (Note: During this period there was an increase in
minelaying by E-Boats and submersibles
which required the deployment of additional ships for
anti-submarine patrol and
interception. - See HOLD THE
SEA by P Smith and ENGAGE THE
ENEMY MORE CLOSELY BY C Barnett).
VE Day reduced to Reserve status.