HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-14th MARCH 1940
Fleet Destroyers, March 1940
Subject.. Home Fleet
Destroyer Command, War Diary Number 1 - 1st -
14th March 1940
Rear Admiral (D) Home
Fleet, H.M.S. WOOLWICH
3rd April 1940.
No. 327/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
accompanying the War Diary Number I, in which I have
included a preface containing a short summary of the
work of the Destroyer Command during the first six
months of the war.
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND
3 .9.39 to 29.2.40)
CONSTITUTION OF THE DESTROYER COMMAND
On the outbreak of hostilities only two
destroyer flotillas, the Sixth and Eighth, were
allocated to the Home Fleet.
The Seventh Destroyer Flotilla, which was at
that time still incomplete,had already proceeded to its
war station at Dover on 25th August 1939; it
was subsequently allocated to the Humber force.
K class destroyers who were to have formed the Third
Flotilla and relieve the I class in the Mediterranean
were ordered to form the Fifth Flotilla and join the
Home Fleet as they completed.
The first ships joined in October 1939.
Third and Fourth Flotillas ( I and Tribals classes)
returned from the Mediterranean and after service
in the Western Approaches and on East Coast
Convoy duties, respectively,
joined the Home Fleet in October/November. Four ships of the Third Flotilla were withdrawn to join the 20th
Four ships of the D class (DUNCAN,
DARING, DIANA, and DELIGHT also joined the command at
the end of the year.
command was further increased early in 1940 by the
arrival from the South Atlantic Station of the Second
Flotilla( H class), and on 29th February
consisted of WOOLWICH and 49 destroyers (six flotillas).
early December the flag of Rear Admiral (D) continued to
fly in AURORA. As
the command grew it was found increasingly difficult to
administer the many units concerned from a seagoing
cruiser which was continually required for convoy and
other duties entailing lengthy periods at sea.
Despite every effort to cut paper work to a
minimum it was found impossible to cope with it during
the short periods in harbour; moreover the necessity for
maintaining W/T silence at sea resulted in Rear Admiral
(D) losing touch with the destroyer situation.
It was according decided to seek permission for
his flag to be transferred to some more suitable ship
and the opportunity of AURORA s refit was taken to do
flag was transferred to TITANIA on 6th
December and to WOOLWICH on her arrival in Northern
Waters on 19th December.
Thence forward administration became noticeably
easier and Rear Admiral (D) was able to keep himself
more closely in touch with the situation and the ships
of his command.
EIGHTEENTH CRUISER SQUADRON
Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron was placed under the orders
of Rear Admiral (D) from 30th August to 11th
November 1939. During
this period the squadron consisted at various times of
AURORA (Flag of Rear Admiral (D)), SHEFFIELD, NEWCASTLE,
EDINBURGH, BELFAST, NORFOLK, SUFFOLK, BERWICK,
CUMBERLAND, and CURLEW.
EMPLOYMENT OF THE DESTROYER COMMAND
the period under review destroyers were employed chiefly
in A/S operations, screening and escorting duties.
Two submarines are known to have been sunk by
Home Fleet destroyers (U.27 and U.39) and there were
several possible kills and promising attacks.
An A/S patrol of the Fair Island
Channel was maintained by Home Fleet destroyers whilst
sufficient were available and whilst Scapa Flow was
being used as the main Fleet base.
One convoy was successfully brought
home from Narvik and the regular Scandinavian convoys
were commenced in October, the close escorts being
provided by Home Fleet destroyers.
the first day of the war, the German S.S. HANNAH BOGE
was taken in prize by H.M.S. SOMALI and successfully
brought in by a prize crew from that ship.
SPEARFISH and H.M.S. TRIAD both of whom had been
partially disabled in the North Sea, the former by enemy
action, were successfully escorted back into Home Waters
by Home Fleet destroyers.
ACTION AGAINST THE ENEMY
ships of the destroyer command were in action against
enemy surface forces during the period reviewed.
AURORA and destroyers were attacked by hostile
aircraft in the North Sea on two occasions, suffering
damage in neither occasion.
At least one enemy aircraft was thought to have
been brought down during the second attack and another
DEFECTS, BREAKDOWNS, ETC.
number of destroyers available of those allocated to the
Home Fleet was considerably reduced though out the whole
of the period through defects, breakdowns, and refits. Only
two casualties were sustained, KELLY being mined in
December and DARING lost through enemy action in
The whole of the Eighth Flotilla was
refitted during the first 4 months of the war and
opportunity was taken of the necessity to dock ships of
other flotillas to make good defects, etc., to refit
them at the same time.
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE
GREENWICH was already berthed at Scapa on the outbreak
of war. She had
on board repair parties for two destroyer flotillas, but
no repair stores there was considerable delay in
cleaning parties for two flotillas arrived in GREENWICH
on 31st August 1939, and by 3rd
October, all Home Fleet destroyers of the Sixth and
Eighth Flotillas had received a quick clean of 48 hours.
A five day boiler cleaning routine commenced on
4th October 1939.
office of Squadron Engineer Officer (D) and the boiler
cleaning parties transferred to Rosyth on 7th
November, and with the cooperation of the Mechanical
Training Establishment and Dockyard of that port, boiler
cleaning and running repairs were undertaken there,
GREENWICH carrying out emergency repairs at Scapa.
On 19th December, Squadron
Engineer Officer (D) and his parties transferred to
WOOLWICH at Greenock, and boiler cleaning was then
organized alongside that ship in James Watt Dock, the
combined boiler cleaning parties now being sufficient
for five flotillas.
the first six months of the war, torpedo and electrical
maintenance requirements have been exceptionally heavy
because of the large amount of sea in time in bad
weather. It has
often been impossible to carry out routines on torpedoes
at the specified intervals but, owing to the lack of
opportunity for practice torpedo firing, it has not been
found possible to determine what effect this has had on
large number of depth charges has been expended and some
failures have been reported, but the number is not
considered excessive considering the many sources of
supply, and the lack of time for testing pistols on
board after receipt.
maintenance of the complicated equipment of the modern
destroyer has been difficult and has been accentuated by
the shortage of Electrical Artificers.
There has been a large number of dynamo
LACK OF WEAPON TRAINING
to the service on which Home Fleet destroyers have been
employed and the change of bases from which they have
operated, there has been little opportunity of weapon
practices and training in torpedo control and firing has
in particular been seriously lacking.
The lack of a modern torpedo attack teacher in
either depot ships or at fleet bases has been a severe
British submarines were available for training in Asdic
operating during the first five months.
undoubtedly suffered thereby as it was not
possible to measure the accuracy of depth charge
attacks, and rarely possible to inform operators whether
their contacts were U boats or wrecks.
An asdic attack teacher became available with
the arrival of WOOLWICH, and an additional teacher if
being built at Scapa.
The latter had suffered delay in completion
owing to the non arrival of components.
substitution of cypher code for plain language in all
messages made by W/T imposed considerable strain
oncyphering and coding staffs and on communication
personnel, especially as the volume of W/T traffic also
writers, and supply ratings were used in destroyers to
supplement both the Cyphering and coding staffs.
V/S and W/T watch was maintained both at sea and in
spite of the resulting periods of watchkeeping, there
have been remarkably few failures of either personnel or
December, harbour W/T exercises were reinstituted with
the object of affording operators the practice in
transmitting which rigid W/T silence had been denied
Friday, 1st March 1940
and PUNJABI, on passage to the Clyde, investigated a
in position 254 degrees Ailsa Craig 7 miles, but
found nothing. British
S.S. CLAN MACNAUGHTON had reported sighting a periscope
in this position during the afternoon.
Saturday, 2nd March
(Senior Officer), with PUNJABI, FORTUNE, and FOXHOUND,
sailed from the Clyde at 0800 escorting S.S. QUEEN
ELIZABETH, bound New York, until clear of the submarine
(D) V in KELLY, with KANDAHAR, FAULKNOR (Captain (D)
VIII), FAME, FORESTER, and SIKH sailed from the Clyde at
1600 as screen for HOOD (Vice Admiral Commanding, Battle
Cruiser Squadron) and VALIANT.
Force to proceed to support northern patrols
and cover Norwegian convoys.
and KINGSTON proceeded to patrol during dark hours on a
line 090 degrees from Pladda Islandin case a U boat
reported in 55-48N, 6-45W at 1300 was bound to the Clyde
to minelay. Patrol
was maintained until 1000, Sunday 3rd March
1940, without result.
Sunday, 3rd March 1940
1130, FORESTER, screening HOOD and VALIANT, depth
charged a contact in position 58-27N, 5-46W(The Minches)
that had every indication of being a U boat, and with
FAME, carried out eight attacks.
Small patches of oil and bubbles were seen, the
former persisting for 48 hours whenFORESTER left to
vicinity to rejoin.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOSTILE, and VIMY, arrived at
Clyde during the afternoon escortingREPULSE.
VIMY sailed for Liverpool on arrival.
and KINGSTON left the Clyde during the afternoon to make
good defects at Falmouth.
convoy O.N. 17 sailed from Methil at 1700 with close
escort of DELIGHT (Senior Officer),DIANA, NUBIAN,
GURKHA, and ILEX.
2138, KELLY, screening HOOD and VALIANT, attacked an
asdic contact in position 61-06N, 3-58W (S.E. ofthe
contact may have been a U boat, but in a freshening
gale, KELLY was unable to hold it and
There was no visible result to the attack.
4th March 1940
and FOXHOUND escorted Fleet Tender C from Belfast to the
KIMBERLEY, and ACASTA arrived at the Clyde at 1230
escorting RENOWN. ACASTA sailed for Plymouth after refueling.
1903, KINGSTON and KHARTOUM depth charged a contact
which was probably a wreck in position50-31.2N, 5-24.4W.
Tuesday, 5th March 1940
(Flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet), unbasined from
the James Watt Dock, Greenock, andanchored at the Tail
of the Bank. TARTAR
came alongside to boiler clean and KIMBERLEY to shift
Asdic domeby divers.
proceeded to Troon to repair collision damage sustained
on Saturday, 2nd March 1940.
Work undertaken by Ailsa Shipyard Company.
Wednesday, 6th March 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with IMOGEN arrived at the Clyde
at 0630 after dispersing thewestbound portion of
Norwegian convoy H.N. 16 at Cape Wrath.
left the Clyde at 1600 for Milford Haven to discharge
fuel, and for Newport (Mon.) to refit.
At 0034, 7th March 1940, FURY depth
charged a stationary object which was probably a wreck,
in position53-48N, 5-06W.
Thursday, 7th March 1940
(D) V in KELLY, with KANDAHAR, FAULKNOR (Captain (D)
VIII), FAME, FORESTER, and SIKH, screeningHOOD and
VALIANT, arrived at Scapa.
in Chief, Home Fleet, in RODNEY, with REPULSE and
RENOWN, left the Clyde at 1600 for Scapa viathe Minches,
screened by HARDY (Captain (D) II), HOSTILE, INGLEFIELD
(Captain (D) III), IMOGEN, FORTUNE, FOXHOUND, FIREDRAKE,
PUNJABI, and KIMBERLEY.
Convoy O.N. 18 left Methil at 1700.
Close escort COSSACK (Captain (D) IV),
ENCOUNTER, ECLIPSE, ESCORT, and ELECTRA.
1710, FAME and SIKH joined INTREPID, GRIFFIN,
BUTTERMERE, and WASTWATER attacking a U boat
contact,already sighted, bombed, and probably damaged by
aircraft in position 58-20N, 2-40W.
The target was stationary and depth charge
attacks gave further oil. It was probably a U boat already damaged and probably destroyed by
bombs and depth charges.
Friday, 8th March 1940
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR with FORESTER sailed from Scapa to
rendezvous with Commander in Chief,Home Fleet, off Cape
(D) C in KELLY sailed from Scapa to escort the Kirkwall
contingent to join Convoy O.N. 18, andto take over
senior officer of the close escort from Captain (D) IV
and FAME met Convoy O.N. 18 at 1300 to escort four ships
in to Scapa.
Saturday, 9th March 1940
(Captain (D) V) with convoy O.N. 18, was in collision at
0520 with GURKHA, escorting Convoy H.N. 17,the two
convoys having met during dark hours.
KELLY, holed at No. 9 Station, proceeded to
Lerwick for shelter.
(D) IV in COSSACK took over senior officer close escort
of Convoy H.N.17, escorting eastboundportion with
GURKHA, NUBIAN, and ILEX.
DELIGHT and DIANA escorting westbound portion
to Cape Wrath.
sailed from Scapa at 0745 for Hull for repairs by
Messrs. Amos and Smith to structural damage inpetrol
in Chief, Home Fleet, in RODNEY, with REPULSE and
RENOWN, and a screen of eight destroyersarrived at Scapa
and MASHONA provided escort for LETITIA full calibre
firings in the Firth of Clyde, sailingat 1200.
Destroyers afterwards carried out full calibre
firings and returned to Tail of the Bank.
escorting convoy H.N. 17, attacked a possible U boat
contact at 1412 in position 59-07N,0-44W.
Six patterns were fired and ILEX stood by the
position until 0300, 10th March 1940, when
FOXHOUND, from Scapa, took over.
Oil with a strong smell resembling rum came to
the surface after theattacks.
left Scapa at 1800 to rendezvous with Convoy H.N. 18 at
point G as additional close escort.
arrived at the Clyde to join the Fleet after refit at
Sunday, 10th March 1940
0315, HASTY, on passage to Clyde from Devonport after
refitting, attacked an Asdic contact in position53-47N,
5-16W. This was
probably a wreck.
HASTY arrived at Clyde at 1100.
on A/S patrol east of Holm and Water Sounds (east of
South Ronaldshay Island), carried outdepth charge
attacks on an asdic contact which proved to be the wreck
of a collier.
(Flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet), sailed from the
Clyde at 1000 for Scapa escorted byESKIMO, TARTAR, and
(Captain (D) V), on passage from Lerwick, depth charged
a contact, which was probably a wreck, at1230 in
position 59.0.7N, 2-18.9W.
KELLY arrived at Scapa to make good temporary
repairs to collisiondamage before proceeding to repair
and DIANA dispersed the westbound ships of Convoy H.N.
17 off Cape Wrath and thenreturned to Scapa.
Monday, 11th March 1940
sailed from Scapa to rendezvous with Convoy H.N. 18, and
to escort the westbound portion to CapeWrath with
(Flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet) arrived at Scapa
at 1700, escorted by ESKIMO, TARTAR,and MASHONA.
O.N. 19 left Methil at 1500 (28 ships for Norway and 1
for Aberdeen). Local escort provided by Captain (D) IV in COSSACK with NUBIAN and
Tuesday, 12th March 1940
PUNJABI, and MASHONA sailed from Scapa at 0030 for the
Clyde for escort duties.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with FORTUNE, sailed from Scapa to
escort the Kirkwall contingent (12ships) to join Convoy
and IVANHOE left Rosyth at 1200 escorting S.S. DEVON
CITY and SPANKER to Scapa.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOSTILE, TARTAR, and FIREDRAKE
escorted cruisers of the First CruiserSquadron for full
calibre firings to the west of the Orkneys during the
2005, these destroyers proceeded to search for a U boat
reported at 1900 by aircraft in position58-47N, 2-16W )
S.E. of Copinsay) and which was probably outbound via
the Fair Island Channel.
The search was later joined by INTREPID, ILEX,
and FIREDRAKE depth charged a contact at 2130 that was
probably a wreck, and TARTAR attacked acontact at 2140
in position 58-53.5N, 2-13W which may have been a U
boat, but which was later abandoned as a wreck.
further was found during a search of the Fair Island
Channel and approaches.
Seventh, Twelfth Destroyer Flotillas, and four
destroyers of the 20th Destroyer Flotilla ( I class)
were placed under the orders of the Commander in Chief,
Wednesday, 13th March 1940
(Senior Officer), PUNJABI, and MASHONA sailed from the
Clyde escorting convoy N.S. One.
detached from the U boat search, started an A/S Patrol
at daylight in the approaches to HoxaSound to cover the
work in progress on the Hoxa Boom.
IMOGEN relieved FIREDRAKE at 2000.
and IVANHOE, escorting S.S. DEVON CITY and SPANKER,
arrived at Scapa.
IVANHOE sailed for Moray Firth Patrol at 0715, 14th
arrived at the Clyde at 1935 to join the Fleet on
completion of refit.
and TARTAR left Scapa for the Clyde.
Thursday, 14th March 1940
(Captain (D) V) left Scapa at 0400 for Sheerness to
repair collision damage at London Graving DockCompany,
took over the Hoxa Sound patrol from IMOGEN at 0800.
Work on the Hoxa Boom was completed at 1900
when FOXHOUND returned toharbour.
(Captain (D) VI) arrived at the Clyde at 1400 to join
the Fleet after refit at Middlesborough.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOTSPUR and IMOGEN, left Scapa at
1515 escorting HOOD to the Clyde.
and HOSTILE arrived at the Clyde at 1630 from Scapa.
R.3 was cancelled in the afternoon, and instructions
were received that the destroyersplaced under the orders
of the Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, on Tuesday, 12th
March 1940, were to be released as soon as practicable.
N.S. One), escorted by ESKIMO and PUNJABI, was ordered
back to the Clyde.
MASHONA escorting R.F.A. WAR BHARATA proceeded to
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 15th-31st MARCH 1940
Subject.. Home Fleet
Destroyer Command War Diary Number II. 15th 31st March 1940
Rear Admiral (D) Home Fleet, H.M.S.
16th April 1940
To: Secretary of the Admiralty
pleased to lay bore the Board, the enclosed War Diary
Number II of the Home
Fleet Destroyer Command, for the period
15th 31st March 1940
Friday, 15th March 1940
nets carried away in Hoxa Boom leaving a gap of
500 600 feet. KIMBERLEY proceeded to patrol as for previous day
south of line Cantick Head, Sandwick Bay, South
arrived Clyde after refit at Devonport.
(D) VI in SOMALI arrived Clyde after refit at
Middlesborough, and sailed with TARTAR andMATABELE for
(D) II in HARDY, HOTSPUR, and IMOGEN escorting HOOD
arrived Scapa escorting WAR BHARATA.
1900 FORESIGHT relieved KIMBERLEY on Hoxa Sound patrol.
on passage from Portsmouth to the Clyde, attacked a
contact in position 50-36.2N, 1-40.4W (offNeedles
Channel) which may have been a U boat.,
There was no satisfactory evidence of
Saturday, 16th March
(D) VI in SOMALI, TARTAR, and MATABELE arrived at Scapa
at 0700 from the Clyde.
and KIMBERLEY left Scapa at 0715 to escort Kirkwall
contingent to convoy joinconvoy O.N. 20
0800 FEARLESS relieved FORESIGHT on Hoxa Sound patrol. Gap in boom was closed at 1100 FEARLESS returned to harbour.
(D) II in HARDY with HOSTILE, HOTSPUR, and HUNTER left
Clyde at 1400 escortingWARSPITE, and arrived Scapa at
1600, Sunday 17th March 1940.
2000 to 2100 an Air Raid was carried out on Scapa by
enemy aircraft. No
damage was sustained by destroyers.
Gutter Sound was closed to ships (destroyers
and above) owing to danger of magnetic mines.
Aircraft had been sighted approaching and
reported by KASHMIR with Convoy O.N. 20.
and PUNJABI arrived Greenock at 2200 having been
relieved of escort of convoy N.S.One by WANDERER in
Sunday, 17th March
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ILEX left Scapa at 0017 for
Moray Firth A/S Striking Force, toreinforce IVANHOE and
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with FORTUNE, arrived Scapa at
0700 after dispersing convoy H.N. 19(west) off Cape
Wrath, and anchored in Longhope pending
clearance of Gutter Sound.
escorting SPEARFISH, arrived at 0700 and anchored in
Sound declared clear of mines at 1116.
left Clyde at 0800 for Portsmouth required for
arrived Clyde at 1430 to join the Fleet after refit at
and HERO left Clyde at 2015 for Scapa escorting R.F.A.
(D) IV in COSSACK, with GURKHA and NUBIAN, escorting
eastbound ships of convoy H.N. 19 arrivedRosyth at 1700.
midnight, the Seventh Destroyer Flotilla was placed
under the orders of the Commander in Chief, HomeFleet.
Monday, 18th March 1940
BEDOUIN arrived Scapa A.M. to join the
Fleet after refit at Newcastle.
and PUNJABI left Clyde at 1000 for Scapa, escorting
Fleet Tender C to Scapa.
(D) IV in COSSACK with GURKHA left Rosyth for Scapa at
1800, arriving 0930, 19th March.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ILEX arrived at Scapa from
Moray Firth A/S Striking Force at2000.
Moray Firth Striking Force no longer operating.
and GALLANT joined Home Fleet from Vice Admiral
Commanding Orkneys and Shetland command,temporarily.
movements were necessitated by the increased commitments
Tuesday, 19th March 1940
and HERO arrived Scapa at 0724.
R.F.A. PETROBUS had been sent to Stornoway as
destroyers were no longer available for escorting.
and GALLANT arrived Scapa from Moray Firth A/S Patrol at
0730 and 0830, respectively.
in collision with Swedish S.S. TOR at 0300 in position
55-35N, 1-26W while on passage toRosyth.
JERVIS sustained extensive hull damage above
and below the water line between the stem and break of
theforecastle, port side.
S.S. TOR slightly damaged.
JERVIS had two dead and fifteen missing.
JERVIS proceeded stern first to Tyne.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOTSPUR, HERO, HYPERION, HUNTER,
HOSTILE, HASTY, FEARLESS, and FORESTERleft Scapa at 1500
screening Commander in Chief, Home Fleet in RODNEY, with
WARSPITE and VALIANT.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ILEX, DELIGHT, DIANA,
BEDOUIN, and FORTUNE, left Scapa at 1500screening Vice
Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron in RENOWN
(D) IV in COSSACK, with GURKHA, IVANHOE, and GALLANT,
left Scapa at 1630 escorting NORFOLK toClyde.
ESKIMO and PUNJABI, escorting Fleet Tender
C to Scapa, exchanged duties with IVANHOE and
GALLANTwhen in vicinity of Cape Wrath.
1700, Convoy O.N. 21 (twenty three ships) left Methil
escorted by JAVELIN (Senior Officer), JANUS,JUPITER, and
2030 and 2100 all available destroyers at Scapa
proceeded to search for U boat reported at 1730and 1800
surfacing in vicinity of battery M.7, about 250 yards to
seaward of block ships in Holm Sound.
FOXHOUND and FIREDRAKE searched from seaward,
Captain (D) VI in SOMALI,with MASHONA, MATABELE, SIKH,
and FORESIGHT search the Flow, cooperating with A/S
patrolled north end of Gutter Sound.
Nothing was found and at 0030 precautions were
relaxed and destroyers returned to anchor,SIKH anchoring
to cover ships in the Flow and FAME to cover the
entrance to Gutter Sound.
Wednesday, 20th March 1940
0130, CARINTHIA as in collision with CILICIA in position
56-16N, 8-35W, the latter seriouslydamaged.
GALLANT left escort for Fleet Tender C and
proceeded with all dispatch to give assistance.
H.N. 20 and O.N. 21 shadowed by enemy aircraft from
1840 and 1952, two enemy aircraft attacked convoy O.N.
21 one aircraft believed hit.
Swedish S.S. UTKAIPPAN hit by incendiary bomb.
escorted MANCHESTER CITY from Scapa to Kirkwall, then
left Kirkwall with thirteen shipsto join convoy O.N. 21
in position B at 1900.
This portion was attacked by six enemy aircraft
between 1830 and 1930 Norwegian SVINTA was hit
abandoned, but remained afloat, thecrew taken on board
by Norwegian CYGNUS.
Norwegian TORAELISE, Norwegian ERLING LINDOE,
and British NORTH COASTwere damaged and proceeded to
from Hatston engaged and drove off enemy possibly
about 1930, the Tenth A/S Striking Force, in Moray
Firth, was also attacked.
WINDERMERE was hit.
She was taken in tow by THIRLMERE and IVANHOE
proceeded to escort to Aberdeen.
(D) IV in COSSACK, with GURKHA, ESKIMO, and PUNJABI,
escorting NORFOLK arrived Clyde at 2230.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MASHONA, MATABELE, SIKH, FAME,
FIREDRAKE, FOXHOUND, and FORESIGHT, leftScapa at 2330
with Second Cruiser Squadron for Operation D.U.
forming part of screen of RENOWN and REPULSE, attacked a
contact at 1822 in position 63-27N,0-36W, which could
not have been a wreck and was probably a U boat.
Large air bursts and bubbles resulted, with
thin oil with a strong smell of linseed oil and it is
probable the U boatwas sunk.
Thursday, 21st March 1940
from escort to convoy O.N. 21 arrived Scapa at 1100 with
condenser trouble and berthedalongside WOOLWICH.
arrived Scapa at 1200 to join Fleet after repairs.
(D) IV in COSSACK with GURKHA sailed from Clyde at 1200.
They were ordered to join escort for Convoy
H.N. 21 during daylight on22nd March 1940.
FORESTER, and DIANA arrived Sullom Voe at 0700 to refuel
and sailed again at 1835 to rejoinCommander in Chief,
Home Fleet, and Vice Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser
and HASTY were on the Norwegian Coast in the vicinity of
63N, 7E from 0645 to 1415, operatingagainst any German
ships met outside territorial waters.
No prizes were taken as all shipping found to
pass through the Hustad Viken, keeping inside
territorial waters,laden German ships in certain cases
having a Norwegian escort.
and ENCOUNTER arrived Scapa at 1500 after dispersing
westbound ships of Convoy H.N. 20 offCape Wrath.
to increased U boat activity in Moray Firth area,
IVANHOE and three trawlers were put on patrol byVice
Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands, and four
minelaying destroyers of the Twentieth Destroyer
Flotilla were also put under the orders of ViceAdmiral
Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands.
Patrol to be within 25 miles of 58-08N, 2-28W
between sunset and sunrise, and within 40 miles of
58-45N, 00-00E between sunrise and sunset.
and ENCOUNTER ordered to sea at 2316 to Skerry Sound to
guard eastern entrance to Scapa Flow,battery at Tower of
Cliff having opened fire on a U boat in Holm Sound.
Destroyers diverted to position 040 degrees
Copinsay, 5 miles, where U boat torpedoed Norwegian
SVINA (in tow of STMELLONS) at 2210.
the evening fire broke out in DUNLUCE CASTLE in No. 3
hold. Ship later beached in Ore Bay, until fire was under control.
Friday, 22nd March 1940
0342, number one mine loop, off Switha controlled minefield,
was fired on a swing considered to be submarine
H.N. 20 arrived Methil, A.M., escorted by KASHMIR
(Senior Officer), KIMBERLEY, ESCORT, andESCAPADE.
1050, aircraft M of 269 Squadron reported a U boat in
position 59-12N, 4-36W (near Sule Skerry),and ELECTRA
and ENCOUNTER proceeded from East of the Orkneys to
1830, aircraft B of 269 Squadron reported again
probably the same U boat inposition 59-26N, 3-54W.
ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER reached position by 2000.
DELIGHT, ILEX, FEARLESS, and HUNTER arrived Sullom Voe at 1630
from Commander in Chief, Home Fleet s screen, to refuel.
Sailed to rejoin at 0740, 23rd March
and PUNJABI left Clyde at 2200 escorting BELGOL and WAR
PINDARI to Scapa.
PETROBUS to join from Stornoway.
ROYAL, escorted by IMOGEN and ISIS sailed westward from
Saturday, 23rd March 1940
1144, Northern Patrol Trawler reported U boat in
position 60-10N, 3-55W on the surface nearwreckage
and empty rafts. U
boat disappeared in rain squall.
ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER in this vicinity.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR sailed from Scapa at 1500 to
reinforce A/S search.
Flying boat K.5258 dropped bombs ahead of long
oil patch in position 60-16N, 3-22W at 1705.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER
O.N. 22 (twenty ships) left Methil escorted by ZULU,
KASHMIR, KIMBERLEY, and ESCAPADE (leaderBREDA) at 1500.
dark, force from Operation D.U. (AURORA and destroyers)
arrived Orkneys but were unable to enterScapa owing to
low visibility. Stood
off during the night Captain (D) VI in SOMALI,
with SIKH,MATABELE, and MASHONA, carrying out an
independent A/S sweep. (GALATEA, ARETHUSA, and PENELOPE
proceeded to Rosyth.
Sunday, 24th March 1940
0600, Captain (D) VIII in FAULKNOR left A/S search N.W.
of Orkneys to proceed to Kirkwall for Kirkwallcontingent
of Convoy O.N. 22.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MASHONA, MATABELE, and SIKH
arrived Scapa from Operation D.U. at 0900.
FIREDRAKE, FOXHOUND, and FORESIGHT arrived Scapa at
1100, escorting AURORA.
escorting TRIBUNE, left Rosyth for Scapa at 1900.
and PUNJABI, escorting BELGOL, WAR PINDARI, and
PETROBUS, arrived Scapa at 1700.
(D) IV in COSSACK, with GURKHA, arrived Scapa at 1730
after dispersing west bound ships of ConvoyH.N. 21 off
and HERO arrived Sullom Voe at 0900 screening Commander
in Chief, Home Fleet, to refuel.
Left Sullom Voe at 1900 for A/S patrol west of
Fair Island Channel.
(D) IV in SOMALI, with MATABELE and SIKH, proceeded at
1330 to search for U boat that attackedBritish S.S.
BECHEVILLE in position 59-21.2N, 2-27W (doubtful).
FAME, FOXHOUND, and FORESIGHT followed later.
ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER, from the search west of
Orkneys, and IVANHOE, ESK, and ICARUS from Moray
FirthPatrol, also proceeded direct to this position.
search attacked a firm contact in position 58-58.5N,
2-17W large oil patch onsurface.
Contact was stationary with no Doppler, and may
have been a wreck. MATABELE remained in position. ICARUS and IVANHOE patrolled approaches to Stromsay Firth.
SOMALI, SIKH, FAME, FORESIGHT, and FOXHOUND
search an area within 17 miles of 58-57N, 2-12W, during
1930, FORESIGHT also attacked a contact with no visible
results in position 58-50N, 1-51W.
It was decided that this was probably a wreck.
Monday, 25th March 1940
0600, Danish S.S. BRITTA torpedoed in position 40 miles
N of Sule Skerry.
Weather was calm with low visibility.
All available destroyers proceeded to search,
i.e. ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER, who had beenreturning to
Scapa, HOTSPUR and HERO from Sullom Voe, Captain (D) VI
in SOMALI, with MATABELE, FAME, FORESIGHT, SIKH, and
FOXHOUND from A/S search east ofOrkneys, Captain (D) IV
in COSSACK, with ESKIMO and PUNJABI, who sailed from
Scapa at 0700. Wreckage
of BRITTA was found in position 60-03N, 4-22W the
S.O.S. having been 18
miles in error.
arrived Scapa at 0015 for repairs to bow protection
JANUS, JUNO, and ECLIPSE arrived Rosyth at about 1100,
after escorting convoy H.N. 21 to Methil.
1241 ELECTRA and ENCOUNTER were ordered to leave
searching forces and return to Scapa.
They arrived at 1830.
Towards evening, nothing having been found,
Vice Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands,
and Rear Admiral (D),Home Fleet, had previously ordered
A/S searching to work as follows:
areas 61N to 60N, 2W to 4W Captain (D) IV in COSSACK, with SIKH, FOXHOUND, HOTSPUR, and
HERO, NUBIAN after TRIBUNE had been escorted to Scapa,
and FIREDRAKE when she hadcompleted repairs alongside
areas 60N to 59N, 3W to 5W Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, with ESKIMO, PUNJABI, MATABELE,
FAME, and FORESIGHT.
Captain (D) VI further subdivided his area and
put SOMALI, ESKIMO, and PUNJABI in the Eastern
Halfbetween 3W and 4W, and MATABELE, FAMZE, and
FORESIGHT between 4W and 5W.
escorting TRIBUNE to Scapa, arrived at 1400, and
departed to join A/S search.
ISIS, and HAVOCK, escorting FURIOUS to Clyde, left
Plymouth at 1600.
DAGHESTAN, under escort of trawler NORTHERN DAWN, to
Shetlands (Sullom Voe) was torpedoed offCopinsay
58-47N, 2-50W at 2013.
proceeded from alongside WOOLWICH to search, joining
ICARUS and IVANHOE of Moray Firth patrol,and trawlers.
Tuesday, 26th March 1940
1012, BEDOUIN, screening the capital ships in position
63-33N, 4-50W, attacked a verypromising contact which
could not have been a wreck and was probably a U boat.
The attacks resulted in air and oil bubbles and
it is considered that the U boat was either damaged or
and HERO rendezvoused with Commander in Chief, Home
Fleet, in position 63-00N, 4-00W at1400 after A/S
sailed from Scapa at 1500 for full calibre firing S.W.
of Orkneys, and for Rosyth.
1600, a report was received from NORTHERN SKY that
Norwegian COMETA (with armed guard fromKINGSTON PERIDOT)
had been torpedoed 315 degrees Noup Head 67 miles, at
arrived Clyde at 1800, the escort IMOGEN, ISIS, and
HAVOCK being diverted to Scapa.
1830, Vice Admiral Commanding, Orkneys and Shetlands
amended limits of A/S west of Orkneys.
to be between 3W and 5W from receipt of signal.
From dawn 27 March to 0900 27 March both
areas 30 milessouth.
From 0900, 27th March dividing line
of areas to be 59-20N
dawn on 27th March, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI
with all destroyers (ESKIMO, PUNJABI, FAME,FORESIGHT,
and MATABELE), in Southern Area to sweep to southward
along west coast of Orkney from Brough head and then to
westward along coast of Scotlandto longitude 4-10N
(D) IV in COSSACK to remain in northern area with SIKH,
NUBIAN, and FOXHOUND.
left Scapa at 1945 after repairs to bow protection gear
to patrol for the night between Copinsayand Brough Head,
then to join Moray Firth Patrol at 0800, 27th
Wednesday, 27th March 1940
(D) II in HARDY, with HYPERION, HUNTER, HOSTILE, HASTY,
FEARLESS, FORESTER, HOTSPUR, and HERO, arrivedat Scapa
at 1100, screening Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, in
RODNEY, and WARSPITE and VALIANT.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ILEX, DELIGHT, DIANA,
BEDOUIN, and FORTUNE, arrived Scapa at1100, screening
Vice Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron, in
RENOWN and REPULSE.
JANUS, JUNO, and ECLIPSE left Methil at 1400 escorting
Convoy O.N. 23 (twenty three ships forNorway, one for
Aberdeen, and two to join from Kirkwall).
1530, Moray Firth Patrol (IVANHOE, IMPULSIVE, FIREDRAKE,
and ESK) proceeded to Invergordon toshelter, arriving at
ISIS, and HAVOCK arrived Scapa from Plymouth at 1545.
(D) VI in SOMALI with ESKIMO, PUNJABI, FAME, FORESIGHT,
and MATABELE, arrived Scapa at 1600 fromSouthern Area
(D) IV, in COSSACK, with SIKH, NUBIAN, and FOXHOUND,
arrived Scapa at 1700 from NorthernArea A/S Patrol
patrols having been
ordered in at 1322 to shelter on account of northerly
arrived Scapa from Troon at 1900 to join the Fleet after
repairs to collision damage.
Thursday, 28th March 1940
arrived Scapa at 0845 to join the Fleet after refitting.
Captain (D) IV later transferred from COSSACK
sailed from Invergordon at 0900 to meet TRIBUNE outside
Switha Gate at 1400 for escort toClyde and then to
proceed south to refit at Cardiff (Messrs C.H. Bailey,
FORESTER, and FOXHOUND left Scapa at 1200 for Clyde (to
provide escort for HOOD.
(emergency destroyer) proceeded at 2015 to the rescue of
the crew of one Skua aircraftreported forced landed in
132 degrees Copinsay, 14 miles at 1900.
Dinghy reported at 2020 in 160 degrees Copinsay
8 miles. Crew
picked up at
2220 and HASTY returned to harbour.
Friday, 29th March 1940
PUNJABI, and ESKIMO sailed from Scapa at 0130 to escort
two ships from Kirkwall to join Convoy O.N.23 destroyers
to join local escort and BEDOUIN to take over Senior
Officer from JAVELIN.
FORESTER, and FOXHOUND arrived Clyde at 0700 (escort for
sailed from Scapa at 1230 to reinforce GRIFFIN on Moray
Firth Patrol, as two aircraft had sighteda feather as
from a periscope in position 58-00N, 2-03W at 0725,
tracker of feather 000 degrees, but returned to Scapa at
2000, no U boat having
been located. GRIFFIN returned to Invergordon at 1740 with leak at the rudder
arrived Clyde at 1800 to join escort for HOOD after
repairs at Liverpool.
and KIMBERLEY arrived Scapa at 1800 after dispersing
westbound portion of Convoy H.N. 22 offCape Wrath.
(D) IV in AFRIDI, with SIKH and MOHAWK, sailed from
Scapa at 1930 for Norwegian Coast to formlocal escort
for H.N. 23 A. GURKHA
and ENCOUNTER, delayed, followed at 0200, 30th
Saturday, 30th March 1940
FORESTER, and FOXHOUND sailed from Clyde 0340 escorting
HOOD to Devonport. (KELVIN detained by defects, sailed for Scapa at 1430.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with ZULU, TARTAR, and
ESCAPADE, arrived Rosyth A.M. from close escort
of H.N.. 22
FAME, and FORESIGHT sailed from Scapa at 1745, first two
for repairs to Asdic gear at MessrsHawthorne Leslie,
Tyne, and Messrs. Doig, Grimsby, respectively, and
latter to refit with Messrs. Doig, Grimsby.
Sunday, 31st March 1940
0100, HASTY sailed escorting WAR BHARATA to Sullom Voe.
HOSTILE, also detailed, fouled buoys of new
torpedo baffle being laidinside Switha Gate and had to
be cleared by divers.
FEARLESS sailed at 0400 to take HOSTILE s place
sailed from Scapa at 0540 to join local escort for
Convoy H.N. 23 A. Stood by trawler SOPHOS (disabled) from 1130 to 1415 until the
arrival of another trawler to tow her into harbour.
sailed from Scapa at 0700 to reinforce GRIFFIN on Moray
Firth A/S Patrol to rendezvous inposition 58-45N,
00E at 1400. Daylight
patrol to be with 40 miles of position 58-45N, 00E and
darkhours patrol within 20 miles of 58-08N, 2-28W.
FORESTER, and FOXHOUND arrived Plymouth at 1100
escorting HOOD, and sailed at 1400 for theNorth.
Ships were recalled to Devonport, arriving at
1955, for two nights shore leave.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with TARTAR, ZULU, and ESCAPADE
sailed from Methil at 1200 as closeescort for Convoy
O.N. 24 (19 ships) (no ships to join from Kirkwall).
sailed from Scapa at 1350 for Sullom Voe to refuel and
for Operation D.V. with HASTY andBIRMINGHAM.
and FEARLESSS, escorting WAR BHARATA, arrived Sullom Voe
at 2205. HASTY sustained damaged when berthing on WAR BHARATA which
rendered the ship unseaworthy.
FEARLESS replaced HASTY in Operation D.V.
and DIANA left Scapa at 2345, escorting DEVON CITY to
from Fleet Base during March.
March Full calibre day firing HOTSPUR,
March Full calibre day firing HARDY,
HOSTILE, ESKIMO, FORESTER
March Full calibre day firing ELECTRA
March Available destroyers at Scapa, under Captain
(D) II (HARDY)
March FAULKNOR and SPEARFISH
March SPEARFISH INGLEFIELD, ILEX, DELIGHT,
ISIS, IMOGEN, ENCOUNTER(Salvo)\
March CLYDE HOTSPUR, HERO, HYPERION, HUNTER,
HOSTILE, HASTY, JUPITER
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-15th APRIL 1940
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY III
TO 15TH April 1940
in No. 490/H.D. 00571A of 7 May 1940
Monday, 1st April 1940
proceeded from Scapa at 0810 for A/S patrol in
approaches to Hoxa Gate while two sections of theHoxa
Boom were being replaced.
ILEX to keep half a mile to the south of the
Cantick- The Nev, and topatrol on east and west courses.
Bad weather delayed work on boom, and ILEX was
ordered to enter harbourat 2015 to anchor North of
Flotta at immediate notice as weather conditions were
unsuitable for night patrol of Entrance.
while transferring five torpedoes to CLYDE in the
evening after the latter s torpedo firing inScapa Flow,
lost whalers and motor boat which were capsized by a
heavy squall in the lee of Sandoyne Bay, Scapa Flow.
All men and torpedoes were recovered.
arrived Scapa at 1800 from Moray Firth Patrol to shelter
on account of weather, GRIFFIN makingfor Invergordon.
JUPITER had attacked a doubtful contact in
position 58-31N, 0-34W at 1100.
D/F bearings obtained at 2008 and 2050
approximated to this position, and Captain (D) III in
INGLEFIELD, with ISIS,IMOGEN, and JUPITER were sailed
from Scapa at 0100, 2nd April, to search in
case a U boat had been damaged.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MATABELE and MASHONA sailed from
Scapa at 1030 to pick up Kirkwallcontingent and to join
O.N. 24 as Senior Officer.
During the night, a strong easterly gale
scattered Convoys O.N. 24, H.N. 23A, and the Kirkwall
contingent all to the eastward of OrkneyIslands, with
resultant confusion and risk of collision owning to the
restricted sea room.
Tuesday, 2nd April
and ILEX resumed Hoxa Sound patrol at 0530. Work on the Hoxa Boom was completed at 1600 and ILEX then returned
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with ZULU and ESCAPADE, were
relieved at 0900 from the escortof Convoy O.N. 24 by
Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, with MATABELE and MASHONA,
proceeding thence to Scapa.
and FORESTER sailed from Plymouth at 1300 for Clyde for
escort duties in connectionwith Plan R.4.
These two ships joined in a depth charge attack
in position 49-36N, 6-46W, which was laterstated to be a
well known wreck, and arrived Clyde at 2015, 3rd
O.N. 24 was attacked by two bombers during the
afternoon. Aircraft were engaged by local escort, SOMALI, MATABELE, MASHONA,
and TARTAR. Four
bombs were dropped near the convoy and there were no
having made temporary repairs after collision damage,
left Sullom Voe at 1600escorting R.F.A. WAR BHARATA to
Scapa, and arrived 1330, 3rd April.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with IMOGEN, ISIS, and JUPITER
returned to Scapa at 1900 afteran unsuccessful U boat
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR sailed from Scapa at 1800 for Clyde
for escort duties inconnection with Plan R.4, arriving
1300, 3rd April.
and KELVIN sailed from Scapa at 1815 for Rosyth for
escort duties in connection with PlanR.4.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOTSPUR, HAVOCK, and HUNTER sailed
from Scapa at 1930 for SullomVoe to refuel and for
Operation Wilfred One , arriving at 0700, 3rd
view of Admiralty Message timed 2101 of 2nd
April 1940, giving an unreliable fix of a U boat in
position 59-10N, 1-40W. at 2025 and the fact that
thissubmarine was probably outward bound, Commander in
Chief, Home Fleet, ordered destroyers to position
59-23N, 4-55W by 0600, 3rd April to act as a
striking force. MOHAWK
was sent to this position from westbound Convoy H.N. 23A
and JUPITER sailed from Scapa at0330, 3rd
April to join MOHAWK.
Destroyers were recalled to Scapa at 1209, 3rd
being required for other duties.
raid on Scapa Flow at 2033 three aircraft were in
the vicinity of Gutter Sound,one dropping two to four
bombs not nearer than 300 yards from WOOLWICH.
No damage to WOOLWICH of destroyers.
It is possible that one machine was hit and
First Destroyer Flotilla ( G class and Polish
destroyers) were placed under
the orders of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet,
during the evening.
3rd April 1940
Scapa at 0420 after dispersing, with MOHAWK, westbound
ships of convoyH.N. 23A (14 ships) off Cape Wrath at
1800, 2nd April.
(D) IV in AFRIDI, with SIKH, GURKHA, and COSSACK,
arrived at Methil at 0900 withconvoy H.N. 23A (26
took over escort of TAKU at 0730 off Plymouth for
passage to Clyde.
Rosyth from the Nore, and GREYHOUND arrived escorting
S.S. CYCLOPS,both to join command of Rear Admiral (D)
Home Fleet. Both
destroyers sailed at 1800 escorting DEVON CITY for
24 were shadowed by enemy aircraft from 0940 onwards and
at 1155 six Heinkel bomberscarried out a bombing raid;
high level bombing.
No ships were hit, and attacking aircraft were
heavily engaged in a clear sky by the local escort,
SOMALI, MATABELE, MASHONA, and TARTAR.
(D) 20 in ESK, with ICARUS, IMPULSIVE, and IVANHOE
arrived at Scapa Flow at 0600escorting S.S. TEVIOT BANK.
Destroyers fuelled and sailed at 1100, 3rd
April, for Sullom Voe, arriving at 1925, 3rd
sailed from Scapa at 2015 for Dundee to make good
structural damage with the CaledonShip Building Company,
arriving at 0800, 4th April.
left Rosyth to take part in Bomber
Command Interception Exercise and for the
Humber for repairs to AsdicDirecting Gear by Messrs.
Amos Smith of Hull, to arrive at 0645, 5th
April, at Alexandra Dock, Hull.
JUNO, and ECLIPSE detached from escort of Convoy H.N.
23B after dark to proceeddirect to Rosyth, being
required for Convoy O.N. 25 on 5th April.
4th April 1940
HERO, and GRIFFIN (from Moray Firth Patrol) sailed from
Scapa at 0130escorting WARSPITE to the Clyde.
ASHANTI left Clyde at 0400 to relieve HERO who
was required back atScapa for an operation.
(D) I in CODRINGTON left Harwich at 0600 for Scapa to
join command of Rear Admiral(D), Home Fleet, arriving at
0900, 5th April.
and GLOWWORM, escorting DEVON CITY, arrived Scapa at
arrived Rosyth from Harwich to join command of Command
in Chief, Home Fleet.
and BRAZEN sailed from Rosyth at 1030 escorting S.S.
REDSTONE, in tow of tugIRISHMAN, to Scapa.
and ESKIMO, escorting convoy H.N. 23B (34 ships) arrived
GROM, BLYSKAWICA, and BURZA left Harwich at 1200 for
Rosyth to joincommand of Commander in Chief, Home Fleet,
arriving 5th April.
5th April 1940
arrived Scapa at 0600 from escorting WARSPITE, after
relief by ASHANTI.
DELIGHT, and ASHANTI, escorting WARSPITE, arrived Clyde
TAKU, arrived Clyde at 0600.
left Scapa at 1200 too rendezvous with Convoy H.N. 24
and to escort westbound shipsto Cape Wrath.
A/S trawlers MAN O WAR and LADY ELSA also sent
JUNO, ECLIPSE, and GRENADE sailed from Methil at 1200 as
close escort for convoy O.N.25 (30 ships for Norway, 2
for Aberdeen, and H.M. Submarine THISTLE for Scapa).
HERO, GREYHOUND, and GLOWWORM left Scapa at 1830
escorting RENOWN to Sullom Voe forOperation WILFRED.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ISIS, IMOGEN, and ILEX, left
Scapa at 1930, escorting S.S.TEVIOT BANK for Operation
(D) I in CODRINGTON, with JANUS, sailed from Scapa at
1300 to search for a possible Uboat, an aircraft having
reported bombing an oil track that seemed to be moving
in a northerly direction at two knots, in position
59-00N, 0-52W at 1020.
It was thought this might be an outward bound U
boat of whom a D/F was obtained in the North Sea on 4th
attacked a target with six patterns, oil rising
continuously after the first attack, withseveral patches
of air bubbles, and it is probable that this was a U
boat, and that submarine was sunk, a new wreck being
located on a later occasion inposition 59-11.4N, 1-03W.
6th April 1940
(D) II in HARDY, with HOTSPUR, HAVOCK, and HUNTER with
minelayers (Captain (D) 20 inESK, with ICARUS,
IMPULSIVE, and IVANHOE sailed from Sullom Voe at 0515
for Operation WILFRED.
spoke drifter SEABREEZE at 0710, reported in difficulty
and ascertained that thelatter was making for a lee in
the Shetlands Islands.
sailed from Scapa at 0830 and, with JANUS, escorted ten
ships from Kirkwall to joinConvoy H.N. 24 (corrected in
ink to Convoy O.N. 25.)
On joining, JANUS proceeded with Local Escort,
and JUPITER proceeded to search for drifter SEABREEZE
who had made a later S.O.S. beingordered at 2200 to
return to Scapa, SEABREEZE having reported safe in
company with a trawler.
left the position of depth charge attacks at daylight
and proceeded to assistKIMBERLEY with westbound portion
of Convoy H.N. 24.
entered Scapa at 1200 to land a medical case, and then
proceeded to Rosyth.
and HERO arrived Sullom Voe at 1545 and sailed at 0615,
7th April, for Operation WILFRED.
and BRAZEN, escorting REDSTONE, arrived at Scapa at
7th April 1940
(D) I in CODRINGTON, with KIMBERLEY arrived Scapa at
0630 after escorting westboundportion of Convoy H.N. 24
to Cape Wrath.
and ELECTRA sailed from Scapa at 1030 to escort
MANCHESTER CITY to Kirkwall,arriving at 1415 and then
returning to Scapa.
BERTIN (French) arrived Scapa at 1700, being met outside
Hoxa Sound and led toanchorage by JUPITER.
were received at 0848 and 1342 of German naval forces in
positions tothe eastward of German declared minefields,
steering north west.
One force later identified as one battle
cruiser, one pocket ship, three LEIPZIG class cruisers,
available units prepared for sea and proceeded as
at 2030, Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, in RODNEY,
VALIANT, REPULSE, withPENELOPE, SHEFFIELD, and EMILE
BERTIN, screened by Captain (D) I in CODRINGTON,
GRIFFIN, JUPITER, BRAZEN, BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, ESKIMO,
KIMBERLEY, ESCAPADE, andELECTRA.
at 2130, Vice Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser
Squadron in GALATEA, ARETHUSAwith BLYSKAWICA, BURZA,
GROM, Captain (D) IV in AFRIDI, SIKH, GURKHA, COSSACK,
ZULU, MOHAWK, KASHMIR, and KELVIN.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MATABELE, MASHONA, and TARTAR,
sailed Rosyth at 2330 to join.
W.S. with TEVIOT BANK, under Captain (D) III, were
ordered at 2251 to cancel minelayingoperation and steer
to the northwest.
in Chief, Home Fleet, at 1851, ordered Convoy O.N. 25 to
reverse course. Convoy
then about 61-20N, 1E.
later ordered by Commander in Chief, Rosyth to
remain to westward of Shetlands until further orders
from Commanderin Chief, Home Fleet.
8th April 1940
W.V. (under Captain (D) II), carried out minelaying
operations (Captain (D) 20 minelaying destroyers) from
0432 to 0529.
cruiser EMILE BERTIN arrived Scapa at 0800 having lost
touch with the Battle Fleetduring the night.
who was detached, at 0749 reported engaging an enemy
force of at least two enemydestroyers and one unknown
ship in position 65-38N, 6-50E.
Position probably only approximate.
Nothing further was heard of GLOWWORM and it
was assumed that ship was sunk.
and BURZA, while screening Second Cruiser Squadron, at
1035 carried out depthcharge attacks on a target in
position 58-10N, 1-08E.
There was no visible result and the contact was
probably on a wreck.
contre torpilliers TARTU and MAILLE BREZE arrived Scapa
at 0900, followed by 1300 byFOUDROYANT, BRESTOIS, and
BOULONNAIS, who were led to oilers and buoys by
BERTIN, TARTU, and MAILLE BREZE left Scapa at 1800 to
rendezvous with First CruiserSquadron off Rattray Head.
Vice Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser
Squadron, in DEVONSHIRE, with BERWICK, YORK,and GLASGOW
then to rendezvous with Vice Admiral Commanding, Second
Cruiser Squadron, at 0500 in position 59-30N, 2-30E.
was detached by Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, at 1956
and, with PENELOPE,BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, and ESKIMO
proceeded to Vest Fjord, to assist Vice Admiral
Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron, in RENOWN.
9th April 1940
0350, Vice Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron,
sighted enemy force inapproximately position 67N, 10E.
Enemy were probably SCHARNHORST and HIPPER
were unable to keep up in running fight to N.W. and
N.E., owing to heavy weather andwere later ordered back
to patrol entrance to Vest Fjord.
and KASHMIR were in collision at 0400 in position
060-28Bm 2-25E. Both
ships returned to Lerwick, KASHMIR in tow of COSSACK and
at 1415, sighted a U boat breaking surface 1200 yards
ahead. Four depth charge attacks were carried out, the submarine having
dived before ZULU could ram, and large air bubbles were
seen after thefirst attack, with slight oil.
The target became stationary and there was no
other visible result. It
Is probable that the submarine was sunk.
left Clyde at 0001 for Scapa, escorted by MAORI,
ASHANTI, and FORTUNE.
DELIGHT later suffered damage due to weather
and returned to Greenock for repairs.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with FOXHOUND and FORESTER arrived
Scapa at 0600 from Clyde.
PAUL arrived at 0830 and was led in by ENCOUNTER.
W.S. Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ISIS,
IMOGEN, and ILEX completed refueling at Sullom Voe,
having arrived at 0830.
arrived Scapa at 1230 to refuel.
at 1355, in position 58-01N (amended in pen to 59-01N),
2-24.2W, with ECLIPSE, carriedout six depth charge
attacks on a firm ( asdic inserted) contact.
Charges produced large bubbles of air, in one
case seven minutes after their explosion, but it is
probable that theattacks were on a wreck.
and HAVANT arrived Scapa at 1445, escorting WARSPITE.
having parted company at 1640, 8th April, to
return to Liverpool.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with FOXHOUND and FORESTER, sailed
from Scapa at 1500 torendezvous with Commander in Chief,
and ENCOUNTER sailed from Scapa at 1600, escorting
R.F.A. BRITISH LADY to VestFjord, arriving at 1700, 12th
and HERO arrived Sullom Voe at 1430 to refuel.
and BOULONNAIS sailed from Scapa at 2100, escorting
R.F.A. ALDERSDALE to SullomVoe, arriving at 1300,
Wednesday, 10th April.
JUNO, JANUS, and ECLIPSE arrived Scapa at 1820 from
escorting Convoy O.N. 25.
JUNO, JANUS, ECLIPSE, and ESCORT left Scapa at 2130,
escorting WARSPITE, torendezvous with FURIOUS ten miles
north of Muckle Flugga.
TEVIOT BANK (minelayer) arrived Sullom Voe at 1100.
was sunk by bomb while in action with German aircraft
off Norwegian coast during theafternoon.
The greater part of the ship s company were
rescued by H.M.S. AURORA.
(D) II with destroyer force were on patrol in Vest Fjord
to prevent any enemy forcespresent at Narvik from
10th April 1940
Sullom Voe to refuel at 0630.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with IMOGEN, ISIS, ILEX,
HYPERION, and HERO left Sullom Voe at0300 to rendezvous
with Commander in Chief, Home Fleet.
(D) II in HARDY, with HOSTILE, HOTSPUR, HAVOCK, and
HUNTER entered Narvik at dawn andfound seven or eight
large German destroyers I the port.
Attacks were made on these and on shipping by
torpedo and gunfire before being forced to withdraw by
was sunk in Narvik Bay and HARDY grounded and became a
total loss, survivors from thelatter escaping ashore.
had been achieved in sinking transports and damaging
destroyers, at least one ofwhich was sunk and others
and COSSACK left Sullom Voe to rendezvous with Commander
in Chief, Home Fleet.
for WARSPITE and FURIOUS, at 0500, was position ten
miles north of Muckle Flugga.
for Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, at 0700, was
position 61-24N, 2W course115 degrees, 16 knots.
screening the Battle Fleet, at 1007 attacked a probable
U boat in deep water, and aftereach of two depth charge
attacks, sighted large quantities of air bubbles
suggesting that the submarine was at least badly
WHIRLWIND, and VOLUNTEER, escorting troop transports
CHROBRY andBATORY left Greenock at 0145 for Scapa,
arriving at 0700, 11th April.
contre torpilliers TARTU and MAILLIE BREZE arrived at
Scapa at 1900 with CruiserForce.
MATABELE, and Norwegian destroyer DRAUG arrived at
Sullom Voe at 1700.
(D) IV in AFRIDI, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, Captain (D)
1 in CODRINGTON, MOHAWK,MASHONA, JUPITER, BRAZEN,
ESCAPADE, and ELECTRA arrived at Sullom Voe to 1530 to
refuel (corrected to fuel ).
and HAVANT proceeded from Scapa at 1430 to search for a
U boat reported by aircraftin position 58-37N, 1-54W at
1235, leaving oil track on course 350 degrees.
Search was diverted at 1700 to a U boat sighted
by BIRMINGHAM in position in position 59-28N,3-23W.
This area was searched without result and
destroyers then proceeded to patrol North of Orkneys
left Sullom Voe at 2000 with 65 German prisoners for
Kirkwall and thence to Scapa.
BOULONNAIS left Sullom Voe escorting Norwegian
DRAUG for Scapa.
escorting HAVOCK down Vest Fjord, at 1525 in position
67-33.5N, 12-47.5EZgained an asdic contact, and sighted
a U boat breaking surface.
GREYHOUND attacked with one pattern of depth
charges which produced a considerable disturbance and a
thick of oilafter which the contact was lost in deep
water. The U boat
was probably seriously damaged or sunk.
situation at Vest Fjord in the evening was as follows:
BEDOUIN and ESKIMO
South of Tjeldoy
PUNJABI and KIMBERLEY
east of Tranoy
Off Tranoy Light
GREYHOUND and HAVOCK
Hunting U boat off Rost
Captain (D) 20 in ESK, with
ICARUS and IVANHOE also patrolling.
REPULSE and RENOWN
aircraft attack Scapa Flow from 2108 to 2148 about
20 aircraft carried out highbombing in waves at about
10,000 feet, except for one diving bombing attack on
No damage was reported and raid appeared
abortive as it was not pressed home.
11th April 1940
arrived Kirkwall at 0530 with Danish S.S. KINA
then proceeded to Scapa
0001, the following were at Sullom Voe, completed with
MASHONA, AFRIDI, SIKH, MOHAWK, CODRINGTON, BRAZEN,
JUPITER, ESCAPADE,ELECTRA, GRIFFIN, and FEARLESS.
(from Narvik Force) arrived at Scapa at 0445 for repairs
to P.V. Boom.
MASHONA, AFRIDI,M SIKH, MOHAWK, ESCAPADE, and ELECTRA
left Sullom Voeat 0400 for Scapa to embark ammunition,
arriving at 1300.
and HAVANT ordered at 1600, to return to harbour in not
in contact with U boat,arriving at Scapa at 2200.
off Fleinvaer Light at 1500, KIMBERLEY and ESKIMO
standing by. PENELOPE
was later refloated and towed to Skjel Fjord by ESKIMO.
German ship ALSTER (in prize) also sheltered in
made during the afternoon for volunteers from Norwegian
DRAUG to embark inships of the Fourth and Sixth
Destroyer Flotillas taking part in sweep of Norwegian
and HAVANT sailed from Scapa at 2300 for Thorshaven
(Faeroe Islands) to reconnoiterand provide A/S
protection for SUFFOLK and Royal Marine Landing Party.
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON sailed from Sullom Voe at 2300 for
Scapa, arriving at 1200.Friday, 12th April.
Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, MASHONA, MATABELE, Captain (D)
IV inAFRIDI, SIKH, and MOHAWK sailed from Scapa for
operations on Norwegian coast.
Sweeps of the Indreled were carried out by
destroyers without meeting any enemy opposition.
with Battle Fleet, was hit by bomb in engine room, at
1700, and disabled.
Taken in tow by ESCORT with YORK and HYPERION
standing by. Position
at 2015 was 64-48N, 7-56E, course 240 degrees at 5
12th April 1940
arrived Scapa at 0600 to join the Fleet after repairs to
Asdic Directing Gear atMessrs. Hawthorne Leslie, Tyne.
H.N. 25 arrived Methil
during the forenoon, escorted by TARTAR, GROM,
BLYSKAWICA, and BURZA.
and ELECTRA sailed at 1320, escorting SOUTHAMPTON
(General Mackesy on board) toVaags Fjorden.
WHIRLWIND, and VOLUNTEER sailed from Scapa at 1300 with
TroopTransports CHROBRY and BATORY to join troop convoy
N.P. 1 for Vaagsfjorden.
PROTECTOR also in this force.
and FOUDROYANT sailed from Scapa at 1335 for Lerwick to
escort KASHMIR and KELVINto the Tyne, arriving at 2030,
13th April, KELVIN having made the passage
and ARDENT, escorting VINDICTIVE, arrived at Scapa at
from Scapa at 1900 for Immingham, bow protection boom
removed byWOOLWICH carrier on upper deck.
in Vest Fjord, at 1906 engaged an enemy aircraft,
Dornier DO.18, with pom pom inlow visibility and secured
a hit considered to have been fatal.
and FORTUNE sailed from Scapa at 1930, escorting WAR
PINDARI to Skjel Fjord.
Later diverted to Lillesjona to refuel ships of
Namsos force en route.
and MAORI, at Sullom Voe, completed with fuel by 2030.
arrived Scapa to join the Fleet after refit at Newport,
and BRAZEN sailed from Sullom Voe at 2345 to rendezvous
with northbound troop convoy, then to screen VALIANT
during passage north.
13th April 1940
GROM, and BURZA arrived Scapa at 0630 from Rosyth.
and VANESSA arrived Scapa at 0800 escorting convoy N.S.
One, and sailed afterrefueling for Devonport at 1200.
arrived Scapa at 1100 from Sullom Voe.
in tow of ESCORT, and escorting ships were in position
64-10N, 4-43E at 1200 making 1knot in heavy weather.
following ships took part in an attack on German
defences and ships at Narvik WARSPITE (Flag of Vice
Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron), BEDOUIN,
ESKIMO, KIMBERLEY, PUNJABI, COSSACK with HERO, FOXHOUND,
FORESTER (T.S.D.S.)and ICARUS (bow protection gear).
Seven enemy destroyers were destroyed, four in
the approaches to Narvikand three later that had retired
up to head of Rombaks Fjord.
No opposition remained in Narvik Bay after the
U boat destroyed by WARSPITE s aircraft.
British casualties COSSACK, damaged by shell
forward, and aground for somehours, sustained 34
casualties; ESKIMO bow blown off by torpedo.
screening WARSPITE down Ofot Fjord after the action,
FOXHOUND attacked a U boatunsuccessfully, shore
observers afterwards confirming that the submarine was
seen to surface in the vicinity.
the day, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, with MASHONA and
MATABELE, and Captain (D) IV withSIKH and MOHAWK,
entered various Norwegian fjords from Latitude 62-28N
northwards, supported by GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD. Captain (D) VI s force engaged 12 enemy aircraft in the vicinity
of Aalsund, 3 of which force landed in Norwegian
damage was sustained by destroyers.
Squadron sailed from Scapa at 2000 to Clyde EMILE
BERTIN, TARTU, MAILLE BREZE,CHEVALIER PAUL, and
operation for occupation of Faroe Islands was completed
at 2200. SUFFOLK
proceeded to Vest Fjord and HESPERUS and HAVANT returned
to Scapa, arriving at 1030, Sunday, 14th
the night, IVANHOE embarked survivors from HARDY from
the village of Ballangen.
14th April 1940
arrived Scapa at 0600 to join the Fleet after repairs
in the Narvik area, included a search of Fjords to
northward of Vest Fjord, duringthe day, BERWICK and two
destroyers searching And Fjord, Vaags Fjord, and
Gratangsbotn; remainder of the First Cruiser Squadron
proceeded direct tosearch Tromso region.
at 1200 with Commanding Officer of Norwegian submarine
B.3 in VestFjord.
(D) IX in HAVELOCK, arrived Scapa at 1045 to join
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, andto act as an A/S
striking force with the ex Brazilian destroyers.
Scapa at 1200 to join the Home Fleet after refit at
BRESTOIS and FOUDROYANT arrived Scapa at 1200 from Tyne,
completed with fuel andproceeded to Clyde, arriving at
1930, 15th April.
JUNO, and JANUS arrived Scapa 1200, escorting REPULSE
from Vest Fjord.
GROM, and BLYSKAWICA sailed from Scapa at 1400 to carry
out a sweep of Norwegiancoast from Lister to Bommel
Fjord from 2200, Sunday 14th April to
daylight, Monday, 15th April, with the object
of destroying or capturing. If feasible, any shipping
met in vicinity of Norwegian Coast.
The force was later recalled owing to adverse
weather and arrived
at Scapa at 0845, Monday15th April.
arrived Scapa at 1400 from Clyde.
and SHEFFIELD carried out Operation HENRY , with the
object of securing NamsenFjord destroyers in
company, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, MASHONA, MATABELE,
Captain (D iv in AFRIDI, SIKH, and MOHAWK. Unopposed landings were successfully carried out at Namsos by
ships landing parties commencing one hour before dark.
and ASHANTI left Sullom Voe at 1840 and arrived Scapa at
0530, Monday, 15th April.
15th April 1940
FAME, and DIANA arrived Rosyth at 0700 from the Humber
for escorting duties.
and BRAZEN, searching ahead of a troop convoy in Vaags
Fjord, detected and attackedU.49 in position 68-53-30N,
surrendered after one depth charge attack, and
destroyers whalerswere able to recover documents of
considerable value while rescuing the crew, and before
the scuttling charge was fired.
four hours later, while screening VALIANT in the same
vicinity, attacked anotherAsdic contact in deep water
which was probably a second U boat.
Oil was seen but the result of the attack is in
the day, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI supported the landing
party at Namsos andreconnoitered Namsen Fjord with
SOMALI was heavily bombed throughout the day
without being hit and expended all H.E. ammunition
before dark. GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD were in support in this area.
CHRBORY and EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA, with Vice Admiral
Commanding,Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron, and anti
aircraft cover, proceeded to Lillesjona anchorage,
66-14N, 13-00E, with the intention that destroyers
should ferrylanding parties to Namsos and other landing
remaining destroyers of Namsos naval force also
proceeded to Lillesjona to await oiler
T.M. 1 (CEDARBANK) and Convoy N.M. 1 (CYCLOPS,
BLACKHEATH, and CHARLBURY) sailed fromLeith at 1200,
escorted by FAME, DIANA, and IMPERIAL (GRAFTON to join
convoys to call at Scapa so that radiators of vehicles
could be emptied. Oiler INVERARDER to join convoy at Scapa for onward passage.
arrived Scapa at 0900, escorting A.S.I.S. and other
store ships to Scapa, and proceededat 1500 to Liverpool.
from Scapa at 1045 for Skjel Fjord with salvage pumps
and equipmentfor PENELOPE.
and GRIFFIN sailed at 1900 from Vaags Fjord, escorting
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 16th-30th APRIL 1940
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY IV
APRIL 30TH APRIL 1940
in No. 583/H.D. 00571A of 27th May 1940)
16th May 1940
0145, ECLIPSE s tow parted in position 61-12N, 1-00E,
and the ship was boarded byratings from HYPERION who
again passed the tow to ESCORT.
FURY and HESPERUS proceeded from Scapa to
relieve HYPERION, but the latter considered it
inadvisable to shift tow fromESCORT on account of the
weather, and proceeded with HESPERUS to Sullom Voe to
fuel, arriving at 2100.
Tug ST MELLONS sailed from Lerwick at 0840 to
assist in the tow.
sailed from Scapa at 0300 to relieve SOMALI with force
under command of Vice AdmiralCommanding, Eighteenth
Cruiser Squadron, at Lillesjona.
F.P.1 (French ships EL MANSOUR, EL KANTARA, VILLE D
ORAN, and British ship FRANCONIA)sailed from the Clyde
at 0600 escorted by French TARTU, CHEVALIER PAUL, MAILLE
BREZE, and EPERVIER, arriving at Scapa at 0800, 17th
SWAN, BITTERN, FLAMINGO, and AUCKLAND sailed from
Invergordon at 1030 with PRIMROSEForce, having taken
shelter on account of weather, which delayed the force
by one day.
sailed from Scapa at 1700 for the bombardment of
Stavanger Aerodrome (Operation DUCK),screened by
KIPLING, HEREWARD, JANUS, and JUNO.
the day, Convoys T.M. 1 and N.M. 1 arrived at Scapa
escorted by FAME, DIANA, andIMPERIAL.
at 1418, was ordered to search for a Hurricane aircraft
that had crashed in position 115degrees Wick 30 miles.
The aircraft had crashed within sight of Convoy
T.M. 1 and although IMPERIAL hadreached the position
within 10 minutes nothing was found except wreckage.
and ASHANTI, at 2220, were ordered to proceed to the
Fjords leading toAandalsnes to cover CALCUTA, already
reconnoitering inside, and also the arrival of BLACK
SWAN and three sloops of PRIMROSE Force five
Germandestroyers having been sighted steering 360
degrees off Stavanger at 1900.
had been ordered to proceed with utmost dispatch to
assist CALCUTTA, but when itwas found that CALCUTTA
would arrive first, JUPITER was ordered to continue
passage to Skel Fjord.
a U boat on the surface, 3 miles west of Aandalsnes and
proceeded toseaward having been unable to attack the
submarine with depth charges, owing to proximity to
17th April 1940
carrying out an A/S patrol for the protection of ships
anchored inLillesjona Fjord, grounded at 0130 and
sustained damage to all projecting underwater fittings.
The ship was later able to proceed under her
own power to a repairing yard.
Submarine TAKU fired four torpedoes at ASHANTI at dawn
off Aalesund. ASHANTI
had sighted TAKU and was able to avoid the torpedoes,
firing one depth charge from the starboard thrower
surfaced and reported the only damage to be a strained
N.S.M. One sailed from Scapa at 0800, escorted by
DELIGHT, DIANA, and IMPERIAL.
Ships in convoy were S.S. MCGREGOR LAIRD,
LOMBARDY, INVERARDER, LOCHEE, BLACKHEATH, CHARLBURY, and
N.P. 1 (empty troop transports) sailed from Vaags Fjord
at 0330 for Clyde, escorted byWITHERINGTON, VOLUNTEER,
Stavanger Aerodrome from 0500 to 0612, and then
proceeded to thenorthward to intercept enemy destroyers
reported p.m., Tuesday, 16th, steering
northwards, possibly for a landing. SUFFOLK and screen were bombed almost continuously from 0830 to
1600, SUFFOLK sustained one hit and several near misses
which causedflooding and reduced speed.
Destroyers were attacked on several occasions;
the only damage was toKIPLING, by a near miss.
(D) IV in HAVELOCK, with HAVANT and FAME sailed from
Scapa at 0400, escorting REPULSEto Narvik area.
the night, 16th/17th April, Captain (D) IV in
AFRIDI with MATABELE, MASHONA, NUBIAN, and SIKH embarked
two battalions of landing party fromtransports at
Lillesjona and ferried them to Namsos where they were
and SIKH reembarked GLASGOW s and SHEFFIELD s landing
parties at Namsos at 0400.
ST MELLONS, and ECLIPSE in tow of ESCORT arrived Lerwick
at 1130. ESCORT
sailed for Scapa and FURY to join the battlecruisers
proceeding to assistance of SUFFOLK.
GROM, and BLYSKAWICA proceeded from Scapa at 1345 to the
assistance ofSUFFOLK, who was making for Fair Island
Channel with speed much reduced.
It was later known that RENOWN and REPULSE were
proceeding through Fair Island Channel, and destroyers
wereordered to join battlecruisers.
ESCORT reported that a U boat, sighted by aircraft in
position 59-15N, 1-30W at 1233,was being hunted.
JAVELIN and TARTAR were diverted to join ESCORT
and further depth charge attacks werecarried out on a
contact that had been buoyed and was giving large
quantities of oil.
Subsequent investigation showed that this target
was probably a wreck, possibly of a U boat, attackedand
buoyed on 5th April 1940, by CODRINGTON, and
the aircraft had not actually sighted a submarine, but
only an oil slick.
sailed from Scapa at 1345 to join escort of convoy
in Chief, Home Fleet, in RODNEY arrived at Scapa at
1830, screened by ESK (Captain(D) XX, IVANHOE, ICARUS,
extra ammunition for destroyers of Namsos Force sailed
from Scapa at1830 to rendezvous with Captain (D) IV.
with PRIMROSE force arrived at Aandalsnes at 2200 and
disembarked troops and stores duringthe night, then
remaining in the area as A/A defence.
(D) VI in SOMALI, arrived Scapa at 2330, from
18th April 1940
and SUFFOLK arrived Scapa at 0600, escorted by HYPERION,
KIMBERLEY, FORESTER, FURY,KIPLING, JANUS, JUNO, and
Scapa at 0600 from Sullom Voe.
(D) XX in ESK, with ICARUS and IVANHOE left Scapa at
0900 for Immingham to arrive0600, Friday, 19th
and WHITLEY, escorting WAR NIZAM, arrived Scapa at 0800;
WHITLEY then returned toRosyth.
arrived Scapa at 0800 to join the Fleet after refit.
by FEARLESS, GRIFFIN, and BRAZEN, arrived Scapa at 1100.
sailed from Scapa at 1240 for Lerwick with personnel and
stores for ECLIPSE.
JANUS, HEREWARD, and HASTY sailed from Scapa at 1315 for
the Clyde to escort GLORIOUSfrom Greenock to Scapa.
and HESPERUS left Scapa at 1400 for Aberdeen to
rendezvous with ST. MAGNUS and ST.SUNNIVA for escort to
BISON and FOURDROYANT arrived Scapa at 2000, escorting
French S.S. VILLE D ALGER(troop transport).
SICKLE commenced landing at 2100 at Aandalsnes and
Molde, from GALATEA, CARLISLE,ARETHUSA, and CURACOA,
with ARROW and ACHERON.
This operation was completed without
dark, MATABELE was detached from destroyer force at
Lillesjona to refuel at SullomVoe.
CAMPBELL, BROKE, WREN, WITCH, ANTELOPE, WOLVERINE, and
VANSITTARTcommenced A/S search at 0900 with air
cooperation through positions (a) 59-00N, 0-45E, (b)
59-50N, 0-45E, (c) 59-50N, 0-20W, (d) 59-10N, 1-00W, (e)
the report of the torpedoing of S.S. SWAINBY at 0430 in
position 61-3N, 0-14W was received,BASILISK, BEAGLE, and
ANTELOPE were ordered to this area.
WITCH, CAMPBELL, and VANSITTART diverted search to cover
position59-12N, 0-15W, where an aircraft had sighted a U
boat at 1340. The
search was unsuccessful and these ships arrived at Scapa
at 0715, Friday, 19th April.
BROKE, and ANTELOPE proceeded at 2300 to recover crew of
Whitleybombers N.1392 crashed in position 60-13N, 0-15W.
Four men were rescued at 0200, 19th
April, and these ships arrived Scapa at 1400, 19th
19th April 1940
FURY, and HYPERION sailed from Scapa at 0730 to
rendezvous with Convoy H.N.P. One inposition 59-00N,
5-34W at 1230 to relieve VOLUNTEER and WITHERINGTON who
proceeded to Scapa and the Clyde, respectively.
MAGNUS and ST. SUNNIVA left Aberdeen at 0430, escorted
by JACKAL and HESPERUS, carryingtroops to Aandalsnes.
WITCH, WOLVERINE, and CAMPBELL sailed from Scapa at
1700, escortingRENOWN and VALIANT to Rosyth.
On arrival at Rosyth, GREYHOUND proceeded to
Sheerness to de ammunition beforerepairs by Messrs.
Green and Silley of Blackwall.
left Scapa at 1510westabout for Portsmouth to de
ammunition and for Southampton forrepairs.
and CEDARBANK left Scapa at 1100 to join JACKAL,
escorting ST. MAGNUS and ST.SUNNIVA to Aandalsnes.
HESPERUS proceeded to Scapa on relief.
CURACOA joined convoy on Sunday, 21st
April as A/A escort.
the night French landing force, escorted by French
destroyers, landed at Namsos.
EMILE BERTIN sustained one bomb hit during the
approach to Namsen Fjord and returned to Scapa.
GROM, BLYSKAWICA, and BURZA sailed from Scapa at 2130 to
rendezvouswith ESCORT off Lerwick, and to proceed to
sailed from Scapa at 1630 for Lerwick to escort ST.
ROGNVALD from Lerwick to Aberdeen withtroops on board.
Humber at 1800 for repairs to grounding damage by
Messrs. Brigham andCowan of Hull.
on passage to Scapa, was diverted to escort TEVIOT BANK
from Sullom Voe to Rosyth.
20th April 1940
BISON and FOUDROYANT sailed from Scapa at 0100,
escorting troopship VILLE D ALGER toNamsos, and entered
Namsen Fjord at 2030, 21st April, without
and WITHERINGTON arrived Greenock at 0014, escorting
S.S. EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA (empty troopship).
and ANTELOPE sailed from Scapa at 0530 at 0530 to
rendezvous with ARK ROYAL and SALADIN for escortto the
and ANTELOPE sailed from Scapa at 0530 to rendezvous
with EMILE BERTIN who had sustained damagefrom a bomb
hit in Namsen Fjord while covering landing of French
these destroyers joined the escort for empty transports
of Convoy F.P. One.
BEAGE, and HESPERUS proceeded from Scapa at 0800 to act
as A/S Striking Force East ofOrkneys and Fair Island.
joined TEVIOT BANK off Sullom Voe and proceeded West of
Orkneys and Shetlands for PentlandFirth.
FORESTER sailed from Scapa at 1900 and relieved
MATABELE for the remainder of passage to Humber,
arrivingat 1415, 22nd April.
FORESTER then proceeded to Hull for repairs.
arrived Scapa at 1000 from Namsos force to fuel and
FURY, and HYPERION arrived Greenock at 1045, escorting
empty troopships S.S. MONARCH OFBERMUDA, BATORY, and
REINA DEL PACIFICO.
BURZA arrived Scapa at 1100 heaving sustained weather
damage to the bow during passage to Narvikarea.
arrived at Scapa at 1900 from the A/S Striking Force
East of Orkneys being required forescort duties.
JUPITER, PUNJABI, and BRIGAND left Skjel Fjord during
the forenoon, escorting R.F.A. BRITISH LADYto Scapa.
(D) VI in SOMALI with TARTAR left Scapa at 1300 to
establish a patrol in Kraakvaag Fjorden bydusk, 21st
and MOHAWK, already in the area, were ordered to patrol
Trondheim Leden, bothforces to prevent reinforcements
arrived Scapa at 1815, after escorting ST. ROGNVALD, and
was ordered to the Clyde, withoutentering harbour.
and BEAGLE sailed from Scapa at 2100, escorting R.F.A.
ALDERSDALE to Skjel Fjord.
arrived Namsen Fjord to maintain communication with
General de Wiart and reported that Namsostown had been
continuously raided by indiscriminate bombing during the
day and was in flames.
A/S Trawlers had also been bombed, RUTLANDSHIRE
being sunk. British and French forces ashore were at a stand still owing to
bombing and lack of transport.
NUBIAN sailed from Namsos at 0200, Sunday, 21st
Sunday, 21st April
FURY, and VANOC sailed from Greenock at 0100, escorting
Convoy F.P. 2, S.S. FLANDRE, DJENNE,and PRESIDENT
DOUMER, via Minches for Namsos Area.
The convoy was later diverted to Scapa to await
developments, arriving at 0625, 22nd April.
and FLEETWOOD sailed from Rosyth at 0200 with military
advance parties for Aandalsnes andMolde.
and HESPERUS, at 0535, were ordered to proceed from A/S
Striking Force to the Clyde where theywere urgently
required for escort duties.
Ships arrived Greenock at 2345, 21st
0427, JACKAL, escorting ST. MAGNUS, ST. SUNNIVA, and
S.S. CEDARBANK, attacked an Asdic contact that
wasprobably a U boat of the 250 ton type.
There was no visible result to the attack and
the U boat was probably undamaged.
0656, CEDARBANK was sunk by explosion, possibly a
torpedo, in position 62-54N, 4-39E.
JACKAL and JAVELIN search in vain for a
SUNNIVA and ST. MAGNUS (carrying troops) arrived
Aandalsnes in the evening without further incident.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD arrived Scapa at 1000 from Tromso
HEREWARD, and HASTY left Greenock at 1100, screening
GLORIOUS for flying on and offsubsequently leaving the
Clyde at 1800 for Scapa.
and VISCOUNT sailed from Plymouth at 1200 for the Clyde
to join the Home Fleet, arriving at0850, 22nd
MILAN arrived Scapa at 1630, escorting French oiler LOT.
Convoy F.P. One (empty) arrived Sullom Voe at 1615 from
Namsos, escorted by TARTU, CHEVALIERPAUL, and MAILLIE
BREZE; BROKE and ANTELOPE.
T.M. One, DELIUS and DALLINGTON COURT, sailed from the
Clyde at 1900 for Scapa, escorted byWITHERINGTON and
AMAZON, arriving at 1100, 23rd April.
sailed from Rosyth at 1930 for Scapa, escorted by
GRAFTON, ARROW, and ACHERON, arriving at 0830,Sunday 21st
April. (sic if sailing on 21st, arrival
should be 22nd.)
BRAZEN sailed from Scapa at 2050, escorting S.S. ATREUS as far
as Cape Wrath, subsequently returning to Scapa at 0630,
and MASHONA arrived Greenock at 2250, escorting empty
troop transport CHROBRY.
sailed from Workington at 1330, escorting A.S.I.S. HERON
to Scapa, arriving at 0800, 23rd April.
2028, MAORI, escorting BLACKHEATH, was ordered to stand
off from Namsos and to arrive at dusk Monday,22nd
reentered Namsen Fjord at 1840 and found AUCKLAND in
harbour, with little change in thesituation.
It was impossible to accept VILLE D ALGER for
unloading and this transport, with BISON, was orderedout
of the Fjord again.
Monday, 22nd April 1940
and MOHAWK left patrol in Trondheim Leden to return to
Scapa for fuel and ammunition, arrivingat 0900, 23rd
BRESTOIS and BOULONNAIS arrived Scapa at 0700, escorting
Convoy F.S. 1, French transportsAMIENOIS, CAP BLANC, and
MASHONA, and JUNO sailed from Greenock at 0700,
escorting Vice Admiral, Aircraft Carriers in ARKROYAL to
VANOC, and FURY arrived Scapa at 0630, escorting Convoy
F.P. 2 French TransportsFLANDRE, DJENNE, and
PRESIDENT DOUMER, having been diverted from passage to
and GRIFFIN sailed from Scapa at 0740 for Rosyth being
required there to escort S.S.RUTLAND to Namsos.
ACHERON, and BRAZEN sailed from Scapa at 1415 to join
GLORIOUS as an addition screen during flyingon and off
west of Orkneys. Destroyers
were detached at 1930 for Rosyth.
and ST. SUNNIVA left Aandalsnes at 0500 for Kirkwall,
leaving JAVELIN and ST. MAGNUS to coalthe latter at
of troops had been successfully carried out during the
the day, JAVELIN in Heisse Fjord, was attacked by four
Junkers 88 aircraft.
Dive bombing attacks all missed and one
aircraft was hit and seen to be on fire.
WREN, and HESPERUS sailed from Greenock at 1200,
escorting RESOLUTION to the Narvik area,arriving at
Harstad on 26th April.
ICARUS, IMPULSIVE, VANSITTART, WITCH, and CAMPBELL, with
Vice Admiral Commanding,Second Cruiser Squadron, and
cruiser force sailed from Rosyth with troops and stores
sailed from Namsos at 1230 for Scapa for fuel and
ammunition, having turned over the duties ofS.N.O.
Namsos to AUCKLAND.
Transport VILLE D ALGER, escorted by BISON and covered
by CALCUTTA, proceeded back to Namsos toarrive at dusk,
it being then possible to accept her for unloading.
was detached to return to Scapa owing to shortage of
Senior Officer of Convoy N.S.M. 1, was ordered to the
take the convoy to Vaags Fjord.
escorting S.S. BLACKHEATH, diverted from Namsos for
Skjel Fjord and later ordered back toNamsos.
ANTELOPE, TARTU, and CHEVALIER PAUL sailed from Sullom
Voe at 1715 with empty transports ELD JEZAIR, EL
KANTARA, and EL MANSOUR from convoy F.P. One for Scapa,
arriving at 0700, 23rd April.
EPERVIEZR also sailed at 1800 with VILLE D ORAN
MASHONA, and JUNO sailed from Greenock at 0700,
escorting Vice Admiral Commanding, AircraftCarriers, in
ARK ROYAL to Scapa, arriving at 0800, 23rd
sailed at 2359 from Narvik area for Namsos.
attacked by two Junkers dive bombers, was hit by a bomb
at 1350 in approximately position62-43N, 4-33E, and
sustained severe damage owing to detonation of depth
took PELICAN in tow and JACKAL stood by, Captain (D) VI
in SOMALI with TARTAR arriving insupport at
1930.Uninjured Base party from PELICAN were transferred
to ST. SUNNIVA, who proceeded to Molde for fuel,
escorted by SOMALI, and wounded weretaken by JACKAL and
ST. MELLONS was sent to assist from Lerwick and Tug
BANDIT detached fromHOTSPUR s convoy.
(D) IX in HAVELOCK, with HAVANT and FAME, arrived Scapa,
the day, destroyers and sloops encountered probable U
boats on the following occasions, on all ofwhich depth
charges were dropped without any conclusive evidence
that the attacks were successful:
0240, SOMALI in position 64-22N, 8-32E, sighted an
object on the surface which dived before itcould be
charges were dropped by SOMALI and TARTAR.
1210, in position 63-43N, 7-49E, TARTAR attacked a firm
2120, in position 59-52N, 0-10W, VANSITTART screening
Vice Admiral Commanding, Second CruiserSquadron, in
GALATEA with GLASGOW and SHEFFIELD, attacked a firm
Asdic contact closing to attack the cruisers.
2150, in position 60-12N, 0-31E, BLACK SWAN attacked a
good Asdic contact.
2307, in position 62-44N, 3-48E, JACKAL, screening
PELICAN, attacked a good Asdic contact.
Tuesday, 23rd April
sailed from Scapa at 0025, escorting WAR NIZAM to Sullom
Voe to wait during dischargeand to escort back to Scapa.
and BOULONNAIS sailed from Scapa at 0700, escorting
Convoy F.S. 1,AMIENOIS, SAUMUR, and CAP BLANC to Namsos.
by MAORI, arrived at Namsos with 300 vehicles and
stores, and wasberthed alongside for unloading from 2330
to 0230, 24th April.
It was only possible to unload a small amount
of ammunition and petrol, and then both ships held off
the coast duringthe day.
sailed from Namsos at 0530, escorting VILLE D ALGER
after disembarking troops andstores and arrived at Scapa
at 1745, 24th April.
BISON had been aground, but was towed off by
MAORI, who had assisted in ferrying French troops from
VILLE D ALGER tothe pier.
and HAVANT sailed from Scapa at 1100 for A/S Striking
Force in area bounded bylatitudes 60-20N and 60-50N and
longitudes 4W and 6W, owing to U boat reports in this
area at 0635 and 0745.
sailed from Skjel Fjord at 2300, escorting R.F.A. WAR
PINDARI to Scapa.
sailed from Scapa at 1215 for Sullom Voe to escort S.S.
MANELA to the Clyde,subsequently proceeding to
HASTY, JUNO, FEARLESS, and FURY sailed from Scapa Flow
at 1230 forOperation D.X., escorting Vice Admiral,
Aircraft Carriers, in ARK ROYAL with GLORIOUS, BERWICK,
arrived Scapa at 1800 from Namsos.
and JUPITER arrived Scapa at 2200 from Narvik area,
escorting R.F.A.BRITISH LADY.
1524, JACKAL, screening PELICAN (in tow), attacked a
contact that may have been a 250ton U boat, without any
visible signs of success.
ST. MAGNUS, arrived Kirkwall at 2230 from Aalesund.
JAVELIN proceeded to Scapa, arriving at 0315,
EMPIRE ABILITY, sailed from Greenock at 1630 for Narvik.
and BRAZEN sailed from Leith at 1945 for Namsos,
escorting S.S.GUNVOR MAERSK carrying 166th
Anti Aircraft Battery.
Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron, started
disembarking troops and storesfrom Cruiser Force in
Romsdals Fjord at 2100.
Destroyers in company ICARUS, IVANHOE,
IMPULSIVE, VANSITTART, WITCH, and CAMPBELL.
When cleared IVANHOE, ICARUS, and IMPULSIVE
sailed for Immingham GALATEA for Rosyth, and remainder
arrived Scapa at 2230 from Namsos
Wednesday, 24th April
and BEAGLE arrived Skjel Fjord at 0300, escorting R.F.A.
(D) IV in AFRIDI, with WITHERINGTON and AMAZON sailed
from Scapa at 0315, escortingConvoy T.M. One
DELIUS, DALLINGTON COURT, SPANKER, and LOCH MCGOWER to
Aandalsnes, intending to arrive at dusk 26th
(D) VI in SOMALI, arrived Scapa at 0600 from Molde.
and VISCOUNT sailed from Clyde at 0545, escorting S.S.
CHROBRY to Namsos area.
sailed from Scapa at 0800 to search for crashed Walrus
least seen within 20 miles ofposition 59-30N, 2-00W.
The search was unsuccessful and JUPITER
returned to harbour at dusk.
F.P. 2 left Scapa at 1600 for Narvik FLANDRE,
DJENNZE, and SAUMUR, escorted byFAME, MILAN, TARTU, and
Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron in
MANCHESTER, with BIRMINGHAM, andYORK, escorted by ARROW,
ACHERON, and GRIFFIN sailed from Rosyth at 0700 from
Romsdals Fjord, expecting to disembark troops and stores
at dusk, 25th April.
NUBIAN, MOHAWK, and ASHANTI sailed from Scapa at 1800 to
NUBIAN and ASHANTI patrolled in Kraakvaag Fjord
and Fro Havet, and SIKH and MOHAWK in Trondheim Leden
from0900, 26th April to daylight 28th
in tow of FLEETWOOD and Tug ST. MELLONS, arrived Lerwick
at 1000 for temporaryrepairs.
JACKAL and TARTAR proceeded later to Scapa,
arriving at 1500.
sailed from Sullom Voe at 1800 for Devonport to refit,
arriving at 1400, 27th April.
and HESPERUS, from A/S patrol, to rendezvous with JANUS
and EMPIRE ABILITY and totake over escort to Narvik
was hit by a bomb at Aandalsnes and escorted to seaward
by FLAMINGO. SHEFFIELD
and GLASGOW closed in support, but WITCH, CAMPBELL, and
VANSITTART had insufficient fuel andproceeded to Scapa.
AUCKLAND at 1935 of A/A guard and wireless duties at
HERO, and FOXHOUND, escorting Vice Admiral Commanding,
Battle CruiserSquadron in WARSPITE from Narvik area were
in position 67-41N, 13-30E at 1600, expecting to arrive
Scapa at 1800, 26th April.
was detached at 1800 from escorting BLACKHEATH to return
to Narvik area. BLACKHEATH,
escorted by MAORI, arrived at Namsos at 2130 and
succeeded in unloading the limited amount of
motortransport required by military authorities and all
vital stores, petrol, ammunition, and rations before
sailing at daylight for Scapa.
Raid on Scapa Flow after dark by about six aircraft. Only one aircraft was sighted near Gutter Sound,
and possibly two bombs dropped on Hoy.
Parachute mines may have been laid, and the
west of Cava was closed to movements until declared
clear at 1530, 25th April.
Thursday, 25th April
SWAN sailed from Scapa at 1000 to take over the A/A
guard duties at Aandalsnes,expecting to arrived at dusk,
S.S. BLACKHEATH, sailed from Namsos.
F.S. 2, escorted by EPERVIER and MAILLE BREZE, sailed
from the Clyde at 0430 for Scapaexpecting to arrive at
1000, 27th April.
Scapa at 0500 with wounded from PELICAN, having escorted
S.S.HIGHLANDER from Lerwick to abreast Scapa with troops
with FORTUNE, ESCORT, ENCOUNTER, BEAGLE, and VOLUNTEER
sailed from Narvik area and at 1630were in position
arrived Scapa at 1900, having been relieved of escort of
sailed from Scapa at 2000 westabout for Devonport for
repairs, expecting to arrive at1700, 27th
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MASHONA and TARTAR sailed from
Scapa at 2015 for Rosyth, toescort ULSTER MONARCH and
ULSTER PRINCE from Leith to Aandalsnes.
26th April 1940
sailed at 0600 for Lerwick with dynamo spares for
ECLIPSE, then to escort MANCHESTERCITY leaving Kirkwall
at 1800 to the Tyne.
with destroyers in company joined Vice Admiral, Aircraft
Carriers, in ARK ROYAL,with GLORIOUS at 0700 to relieve
present screen for fuelling at Sullom Voe.
sailed from Scapa at 0800 for Devonport to refit.
proceeding unescorted from Narvik to Clyde, was attacked
by a U boatat 0105 in position 59-48N, 5-59W.
Owing to the uncertainty as to damage to
FRANCONIA, JANUS and ANTELOPEwere ordered to proceed to
her assistance from Scapa, the movement being cancelled
at 0545, when FRANCONIA reported that she had escaped
from the Uboat.
and BURZA sailed from Scapa at 0200 escorting R.F.A.
BOARDALE, Storeship BALTEAKO,and A.S.I.S. HERON for
HERO, and FOXHOUND, screening Vice Admiral Commanding,
Battle CruiserSquadron in WARSPITE, arrived Scapa at
1615 from Narvik Area.
D ALGER, escorted by FOUDROYANT and ANTELOPE sailed at
1700 from Scapa to Liverpool,arriving at 2015, 27th
sailed from Scapa at 2030 to accompany CURACOA westabout
for Chatham to refit.
while proceeding independently from Romsdals Fjord to
Scapa, intercepted a trawler at0700 flying Dutch
trawler, after stopping for examination, hoisted German
colours and rammedARROW on the port side
inflicting damage rendering unseaworthy.
The trawler was engaged by ARROW, and finally
sunk by BIRMINGHAM.
Subsequently, GRIFFIN, ARROW, and ACHERON
spread to search for furtherenemy forces and at 0955
intercepted a second trawler similarly disguised.
This trawler was taken in prize by GRIFFIN and
proved to be fitted as a submarine supply ship.
Valuable documents were recovered from the sea
after jettisoning, and a prize crew steamed the ship to
and CAMPBELL sailed from Scapa at 1900 to rendezvous
with and take over escort ofConvoy F.S. 2, consisting of
three French storeships, bound for Narvik, the French
escort, MAILLE BREZE, then returned to Clyde.
and IMPULSIVE sailed from Humber at 2100 for Scapa
arriving at 1900,Saturday, 27th April.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with MASHONA and TARTAR sailed from
Leith at 2200, escorting ULSTERMONARCH and ULSTER PRINCE
to Aandalsnes. At
0043, the convoy was diverted to Scapa to await orders,
and arrivedat 1700, 27th April.
HASTY, FEARLESS, FURY, and JUNO arrived Sullom Voe at
2130 to refuel,and proceeded to rejoin the aircraft
carriers at 0400, 27th April.
WITCH, and CAMPBELL were held in readiness to proceed at
2100 tointercept an unknown warship reported to east of
warship later entered Lerwick and was identified as
SWAN arrived at Aandalsnes at 1930, and took over the
duties of A/A guard shipFLAMINGO who sailed for Scapa at
2100 with all ammunition expended.
27th April 1940
arrived Scapa at 0830, escorting R.F.A. WAR PINDARI from
at 0920 while screening aircraft carriers and cruisers
in position 64-31N, 4-07E, attacked anAsdic contact
giving every indication of being a U boat.
A very large disturbance followed and there
were unconfirmed reports of the submarine breaking
surface. It is
probable that the U boat was at least damaged.
at 1012 while screening FURIOUS in position 62-54N,
1-56W, attacked a similar contact thatappeared to be
closing to attack FURIOUS.
After two depth charge attacks, there were
large patches of air bubblessuggesting a submarine in
difficulties, and a periscope was sighted at an angle of
45 degrees. It
is probable that the U boat was badly damaged, if not
with HERO and FOXHOUND, sailed from Scapa at 1100,
escorting WARSPITE to the Clyde.
sailed from Scapa at 1300 on completion of gunnery
practices, to rendezvous withARETHUSA at 1830, in
position 59N, 0E.
This force was subsequently diverted to Scapa.
and HAVOCK proceeded from Scapa at 1800 to Rosyth for
boiler cleaning and to makegood minor defects.
SLEIPNER left Lerwick at 0900 for Scapa.
and ACHERON arrived Scapa at 0600 from operations off
the Norwegian coast.
ARROW sailed from Scapa at 1630 for
Middlesborough for repairs; ACHERON sailed from Scapa at
1200 for Clyde,arriving at 1300, 28th April.
DIANA, and IMPERIAL were detached from FURIOUS escort at
1800 to proceed toScapa.
FURIOUS with IMOGEN, ISIS, and ILEX proceeded
to the Clyde.
and Transport CAP BLANC arrived Namsos at 2030.
BRESTOIS and BOULONNAIS to escort AMIENOIS and
SAUMUR back to Scapa.
from Scapa at 2000 for Sullom Voe to escort WAR NIZAM to
Invergordon toreload, and for passage back to Sullom
from Scapa at 2100 for Aandalsnes.
Clyde at 1800, escorting S.S. BELLEROPHON and LYCAON.
T.S.M. 2 and F.S. 3 were diverted to Scapa at 2129.
the day, BLACK SWAN was heavily bombed at Aandalsnes and
by evening had expended 1200rounds and had only 210
There were no bomb hits and it is probable that
at least four machineswere shot down.
(D) IV in AFRIDI with WITHERINGTON, AMAZON, and Convoy
T.M. 1 arrived Aandalsnesarea.
The convoy was bombed during the approach from
1345 to 1700, 125 bombs being dropped in high level and
divebombing, many aircraft keeping above the 40 degree
elevation of AFRIDI s main armament guns.
All merchant ships were sailed at 0200, Sunday
28th May (sic should be
April), for sea to await further orders, SIKH
and MOHAWK, from Trondheim blockade, being sent as
SCOTTISH AMERICAN was torpedoed or mined in position
58-41N, 4-40W at 2336.
The ship was towed to Loch Eriboll by a
Northern Patrol trawler.
DELIGHT, DIANA, and IMPERIAL were diverted to
search for U boat.
and TARTAR arrived Scapa at 1700 with ULSTER MONARCH and
arrived Scapa at 1500, escorting BLACKHEATH from Namsos.
SLEIPNER arrived Scapa at 1700 from Lerwick.
28th April 1940
and MOHAWK withdrew from patrol in Trondheim Leden at
dawn to reinforce Convoy T.M.1.
No ships had been intercepted and the scale of
air attack had not been heavy.
and VALOROUS sailed from Rosyth at 0715, escorting S.S.
ORION to Scapa. VALOROUS
was detached to search for a U boat reported by aircraft
in position 58-31N, 2-38W. WALLACE arrived Scapa at 1530 and sailed at 1700 for Rosyth.
Later, both ships were recalled to Scapa.
T.M. 1 was again bombed from 1000 to 1400, 65 bombs
being dropped without any hitsresulting.
AFRIDI, SIKH, and MOHAWK were providing A/A
and VISCOUNT, escorting S.S. CHROBRY, arrived Namsos at
1010 but owing tocongestion at the wharves it was not
possible to unload and at 1315, the ship and escort
proceeded down the fjord and to sea. Later, CHROBRY returned to Namsos, arriving at 2230, and
destroyers ferried troops and stores from the ship to
jetty until 0700, 29th April, when they sailed for Scapa.
Romsdals Fjord, BLACK SWAN, having embarked 700 rounds
of ammunition during the night,successfully engaged many
enemy aircraft during the day, until 1550 when a dive
bomber hit the ship after with a bomb that passed right
through the ship beforeexploding.
Little damage was done and the ship continued
in action, until the last attack, when only 29
sailed from Scapa at 1400 with despatches for Namsos and
for Skjel Fjord.
and IMPULSIVE sailed from Scapa at 1600 for Operation
and JAVELIN proceeded from Scapa at 2030 for Molde
expecting to arriveat 2100, 29th April, and
to embark His Majesty the King of Norway and Norwegian
Government for passage to Tromso.
T.S.M. 2 and F.S. 3 arrived Scapa escorted by JASON,
GLEANER, and A/S Trawlers, escortsubsequently returning
Scapa with FURY, FORTUNE, ESCORT, GRENADE, HASTY, and
the day, CODRINGTON, flying the flag of the Flag
Officer, Narvik, (Admiral of the Fleet,the Earl of Cork
and Orrery) carried out a reconnaissance and bombardment
of the Narvik area, with General Bethouart and Brigadier
Fraser on board. An
A/A battery, railway viaduct, and machine gun posts were
bombarded with effect.
DIANA, and IMPERIAL arrived Scapa at 1900.
left Clyde at 2030 for Scapa, expecting to arrive at
1100, 29th April.
WANDERER, ANTELOPE, ACHERON, WALKER, and
WESTCOTT also left Clyde for Scapa, expecting to arrive
at1300, 29th April.
Clyde at 1700 to join the Fleet after refit at Cardiff.
sailed from Scapa at 1510, proceeding westabout to
Portsmouth for repairs to actiondamage.
Monday, 29th April
a.m., WOLVERINE, BRAZEN, KIMBERLEY, HAZEL, and
WHITETHORNE sailed from Namsos,escorting S.S. GUNVOR
MAERSK to Scapa, having disembarked the 166th
A/A Battery from GUNVOR MAERSK and troops from KIMBERLEY
and BRAZEN. This
convoy had been bombed by five enemy aircraft at 1621
and 2008 the evening before while entering the Fjord,but
no damage had been sustained.
BRESTOIS and BOULONNAIS also sailed from
Namsos, escorting AMIENOIS andSAUMUR with approximately
840 French troops for Scapa.
and VALOROUS sailed from Scapa at 0400 and 0700,
respectively, for Rosyth.
and BEAGLE arrived Scapa at 0545 from Narvik Area.
and ASHANTI arrived Scapa at 0900.
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON with ESCAPADE, sailed from Harstad
at 1400, escorting tankerINVERARDER to Invergordon.
ISIS, and ILEX, screening FURIOUS, arrived Greenock at
sailed from Scapa at 1530 for Dundee to dock and make
good defects to underwaterfittings.
sailed from Scapa at 1900 for Aandalsnes to provide A/A
sailed from Rosyth at 1400 for Namsos.
(D) V in KELLY, with MAORI, IMPERIAL, and BISON sailed
from Scapa at 2000, escortingFrench Transports EL
D JEZAIR, EL KANTARA, and EL MANSOUR for Namsos
Area to evacuate troops.
by FURY, FORTUNE, ESCORT, and ENCOUNTER sailed from
Scapa at 2100 togive A/A protection to ARK ROYAL and for
Operation ZEAL bombardment of approaches to
operation was cancelled later.
with Convoy T.M. 1, proceeded west of Shetlands and
later proceeded to fuel atSullom Voe, leaving AMAZON and
WITHERINGTON to escort.
1445, in position 61-38.5N, 0-36E, WITHERINGTON attacked
an Asdic contact which gaveevery indication of being a U
boat. Large air bubbles and a wash steaming at
speed of 6 knots were seen, and after the
second attack wooden battens and a small stool came to
the surface,but could not be recovered owning to the
presence of hostile aircraft.
It is probable the U boat was seriously damaged
or possibly sunk.
MILAN, and CHEVALIER PAUL, escorting PRESIDENT DOUMER
and DJENNE sailed from Narvikarea for United Kingdom.
and WESTCOTT sailed from Scapa at 1700, screening Vice
AdmiralCommanding, Second Cruiser Squadron, in GALATEA,
ARETHUSA for Aandalsnes, and Molde area to evacuate
(D) VI in SOMALI with MASHONA and TARTAR sailed from
Scapa at 1230, escorting ULSTERMONARCH and ULSTER PRINCE
to Aandalsnes to evacuate troops.
SIKH followed at 1540 to join escort.
and HASTY sailed at 2100 from Scapa, escorting Vice
AdmiralCommanding, First Cruiser Squadron in DEVONSHIRE,
with MONTCALM and YORK for Namsos area to cover French
transports and evacuate troops.
Tuesday, 30th April
and VISCOUNT, escorting S.S. CHROBRY from Namsos,
arrived at Scapa at 0700.
SWAN arrived at Scapa at 1345, with bomb damage,
requiring temporary repairs byWOOLWICH before proceeding
to a repair yard.
by ACHERON, ANTELOPE, BEAGLE, and VOLUNTEER sailed from
Scapa at 0630to fly on aircraft and to rendezvous with
sailed at 1000 for Dundee for docking and repairs.
arrived Sullom Voe at 0900 to refuel, and on completion
sailed for Scapa, arriving at0600, 1st May.
from Invergordon at 0600, escorting R.F.A. WAR NIZAM to
Scapa, arriving1600, 30th April.
IMOGEN, and ILEX sailed from Clyde at 0830, escorting
S.S. BELLEROPHON and LYCAON tothe Narvik area.
and IMPULSIVE completed minelaying operation ZMA at
2230, 29th April, and retired towards Humber.
At 1237, this force was diverted to Scapa being
required for escortduties.
sailed from Scapa at 1330 for Tyne for refit at North
SLEIPNER was diverted to Rosyth later on
account of enemy mining on the East Coast.
(D) I in CODRINGTON was, at 1241, ordered to close
position 68-43N, 14-24.5E, wherethe oiler BOARDALE was
in need of assistance after grounding.
BOARDALE was destroyed by fire before the
arrival of CODRINGTON and ESCAPADE with INVERARDER.
was hit by a bomb at Namsos and was sunk before the port
by HERO, FOXHOUND, FIREDRAKE, sailed from Greenock at
2034, KIMBERLEY, escorting S.S. GUNVOR MAERSK, was
ordered to Sullom Voe to refuel, embarkammunition from
JUNO and proceed to join Vice Admiral, Aircraft
Carriers, replacing JUNO in ARK ROYAL s screen.
1415, an explosion on board French MAILLE BREZE at the
Tail of Bank, Greenock, caused byone of her torpedoes,
led to fire, and the sinking of the ship.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with DELIGHT and DIANA, sailed
from Scapa at 1700, escorting ViceAdmiral Commanding,
Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron in MANCHESTER with
BIRMINGHAM, for evacuation of Molde.
Sullom Voe at 2230 to ascertain and good defects,
subsequentlyproceeding to Scapa.
While entering Sullom Voe anchorage, VOLUNTEER
fouled the indicator nets,
but was cleared later by the Attendant Boom
Boat with little damage to the net and none to
grounded in Aandalsnes area during the evacuation of
troops and was towed off by SIKH.
and S.S. ULSTER PRINCE secured alongside Molde wharf at
2300 and embarked the base staffand other military
details, proceeding at 0010, 1st May.
No enemy aircraft had been sighted and the
embarkation proceeded unhindered.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-15th MAY 1940
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY V
15TH MAY 1940
in No. 702/H.D. 00571A of 22nd June 1940)
Wednesday, 1st May 1940
the night the first evacuation of Aandalsnes and Molde
was successfully carried out by a forceunder the command
of Vice Admiral Commanding, Second Cruiser Squadron,
GALATEA, SHEFFIELD, SOUTHAMPTON, ARETHUSA, SOMALI,
MASHONA, SIKH, TARTAR, WANDERER,WALKER, WESTCOTT, and
S.S. ULSTER PRINCE and ULSTER MONARCH.
VISCOUNT, VANSITTART sailed from Scapa at 0500,
escorting Convoy F.S. 3 and MASHOBRA(carrying R.M.F.U.
equipment) to join Narvik bound convoy under escort of
meeting, VETERAN and VISCOUNT proceeded with MASHOBRA to
Clyde, and VANSITTART and remaining shipsjoin the convoy
EXPRESS, and INTREPID already loaded with mines for the
Narvik area, were ordered to return toImmingham with all
sailed from Scapa at 0540, and arrived at 2030.
D ALGER escorted by FOUDROYANT arrived at Greenock.
sailed from Sullom Voe at 0915 after refueling.
and AMAZON arrived at Scapa at 0505 escorting Convoy
T.M. 1 consisting of British steamersDELIUS, DALLINGTON
COURT, SPANKER, and RONAN from Aandalsnes area.
ICARUS, and IMPULSIVE arrived Scapa at 0740, having been
diverted from passage to Imminghambeing urgently
required for screening duties with the Fleet.
and BRAZEN arrived Scapa at 0525, with army details on
board from Namsos area.
passed May Island at 0900 escorting BRITISH GOVERNOR to
F.P. 3 sailed from Clyde at 0700.
Convoy consisted of S.S. COLOMBIE, MEXIQUE,
CHENONCEAUX, VILLE D ALGER, MONARCH OF BERMUDA,
andEMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA for Narvik, REINA DE PACIFICO,
LANCASTRIA, DUCHESS OF ATHOLL, BATORY, and SOBIESKI for
Scapa, escorted by EPERVIER, FOUDROYANT,ATHERSTONE,
WARWICK, JASON, GLEANER.
WHIRLWIND followed at 1300 to reinforce screen.
arrived Sullom Voe p.m. to transfer passengers to
destroyers. WESTCOTT embarked 350 (approximately) and proceeded to Scapa.
WALKER returned to Aandalsnes for Operation
IRON the final evacuation.
and BEAGLE were detached by V.A. (A) from aircraft
carrier force t9 refuel at Sullom Voe.
arrived Scapa at 1800 from Sullom Voe.
searched for a U boat, reported by aircraft at 1515 in
position 61-20N, 00-18E from 1744 to 2103and then had to
abandon search owing to shortage of fuel, being ordered
to arrive at Sullom Voe at daylight, Thursday, 2nd
May, to embark passengers from WALKER.
F.S. 2 arrived Vaags Fjord, escorted by WITCH and
CAMPBELL; also S.S. BALTEAKO and HERON,escorted by
GRAFTON and BURZA.
sailed from Scapa at 2000, escorting ROYAL ULSTERMAN
with troops for landing at Mo.
and WOLVERINE sailed from Scapa at 2100, escorting S.S.
CHROBRY and ORION to Rosyth, arrivingat 1130 2nd
Thursday, 2nd May 1940
evacuation of Aandalsnes and Molde were successfully
carried out during the night andOperation IRDON
was cancelled as German forces were expected to enter
an d BRAZEN sailed from Scapa at 0330 to rendezvous with
convoy F.P. 3 as additional escort toNarvik, with
WARWICK, WHIRLWIND, and EPERVIER.
FOUDROYANT, ATHERSTONE, JASON, and GLEANER
provided escort for Scapa contingent to Scapa.
arrived Scapa at 0700 escorting oiler BRITISH GOVERNOR
from Rosyth. Sailed at 1300 to join escort for Convoy F.P. 3, but was recalled
to Scapa at 1350.
during the night has preventing the evacuation from
Namsos as C.S. 1 s force and French transportscould not
enter fjords. Fog
had also prevented JANUS from arriving at Mosjoen to
land the advance party ofFrench troops from Namsos.
waiting to enter Namsen Fjord, MAORI sustained
considerable amount of minor damage and somecasualties
from a near miss during a bombing attack under
conditions when the attacking machine could neither be
seen or heard.
and BOULONNAIS arrived Scapa at 1200.
arrived Sullom Voe at 1240 to refuel.
arrived Scapa at 0700 escorting French transport CAP
arrived Scapa from Sullom Voe at 0800 with 350 troops
escorting ULSTER MONARCH, arrived Scapa at 0800 from
arrived Sullom Voe at 0635 to refuel and sailed again at
1020 to escort PELCAN in tow ofBRIGAND from Lerwick to
was later changed to Sheerness and all ships reached
theNore without incident at 2200/5th May.
FOXHOUND, and FIREDRAKE arrived Clyde at 1600 after
screening WARSPITE clear of submarinezone.
Narvik area at 0800 escorting empty troop ship FLANDRES
to Clyde via the Minches.
left Rosyth escorting A.S.I.S CROMARTY FIRTH for Scapa. JAGUAR rejoining the Home Fleet after refit.
SWAN sailed from Scapa at 1930 for Falmouth westabout,
arriving at 1500, 4th May for repairs by
Silley and Cox.
and BOULONNAIS sail from Scapa at 2130 for Clyde
escorting French transports AMIENOIS, SAMUR,and CAP
BLANC, and arrived at Greenock 1t 1800, 4th
at 2350, completed the landing of troops of the advance
party at Mosjoen apparentlyunobserved.
JANUS was then ordered to find, and escort
clear of the coast three Norwegian ships loaded
PULPwaiting about 50 miles off shore, two at Salsbruket
and one at Lansless.
arrived Sullom Voe to refuel at 2215.
proceeded from Scapa at 1200 to meet S.S. GUNVOR MAERSK
for escort to Scapa and arrived backin harbour about
arrived Scapa at 1515, escorting SOUTHAMPTON from
(D) VI in SOMALI arrived Scapa at 1630 with personnel
from Aandalsnes area.
Friday, 3rd May 1940
KLAXON 1 and 2 was completed at 0445 approximately
6400 troops having been evacuatedfrom Namsos by
transports, cruisers, and destroyers of the force under
Vice Admiral Commanding, First Cruiser Squadron. This force was heavily bombed during the day and at 1010 French
contre torpilleur BISON was hit by a bomb which exploded
the foremagazine and blew off the fore part of the ship.
GRENADE and AFRIDI rescued survivors and the
wreck was then sunk by gunfire from AFRIDI.
At 1400, on rejoining the main body, AFRIDI was
attacked by dive bombers andreceived two hits.
GRIFFIN and IMPERIAL proceeded alongside and
rescued survivors before AFRIDI foundered 46minutes
after being hit. There
was killed, in addition to the 49 British officers and
ratings of AFRIDI, 3 fromIMPERIAL, about 30 from BISON,
and 13 military from the Namsos mission rearguard.
expected to arrive Tromso about 1100 with Norwegian C in
C, General Ruge, and staff evacuated fromAandalsnes
(D) III in INGLEFIELD and DELIGHT arrived Scapa at 0015
escorting BIRMINGHAM andMANCHESTER.
ENCOUNTER, FEARLESS, ACHERON, ANTELOPE, FORTUNE,
KIMBERLEY arrived Scapa at 1030 escorting V.A. (A)in ARK
ROYAL, GLORIOUS, VALIANT, and BERWICK.
arrived Scapa at 0630.
due Sullom Voe at 0800 to refuel and to change Asdic
oscillator, and sailed again at 1115.
and HEREWARD arrived Scapa 1330 from Sullom Voe.
arrived Scapa at 1015 with troops from Aandalsnes.
of ten ships sailed from Scapa at 1100, escorted by
JASON, GLEANER, and BEAGLE to Clyde.
WALKER sailed two hours later with stragglers
S.S. GUNVOR MAERSK and RONAN.
WALKER and BEAGLE were detailed to take Bristol
channel contingent onfrom the Clyde.
MILAN, CHEVALIER PAUL, SIKH, and TARTAR sailed from
Scapa to intercept two German transports andtwo torpedo
boats expected to be in position 58-45N, 4-48E, at 2200,
steering 325 degrees.
The force returned to Scapa at 0940, 4th
May with nothing to report.
sailed from Scapa at 1600 for the Clyde, escorted by
IVANHOE, ICARUS, and IMPULSIVE.
WESTCOTT, VOLUNTEER, and FOUDROYANT from Scapa at 2100
with trawlers ULLSWATER and WILLOWas escort for Convoy
H.K. 1 bound for Narvik Oilers BROOMDALE, BRITISH
GOVERNOR, Collier NARVA, A.S.I.S. CROMARTY FIRTH, EMILE
JAVERY, and LASSOO.
FORESIGHT, ANTELOPE, and ACHERON proceeded from Scapa at
2330 to rendezvous with C.S. 1 asadditional escort for
convoy of troopships from Namsos.
Saturday, 4th May 1940
and ROYAL ULSTERMAN completed the landing operation at
Mo, at 0645, apparently unobserved by theenemy ships,
then sailed for Scapa, GRAFTON taking stores, mails,
etc., for Narvik area.
destroyer GROM was sunk during a morning air raid on
ships off Narvik 1 officer and 65ratings missing.
and ACASTA sailed from Narvik area at 0600 escorting
LOMBARDY, McGREGOR LAIRD, and EMPIRE ABILITYto United
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON with ESCAPADE escorting INVERARDER
arrived Invergordon at 1430.
ESCAPADE was detached to Rosyth for boiler
cleaning and CODRINGTON remained to escort INVERARDER to
FEARLESS, KIMBERLEY and FORTUNE sailed from Scapa at
0600 as escort for S.S. LANCASTRIA,BATORY, SOBIESKI, and
ULSTER MONARCH, full transport for Clyde, arriving Clyde
at 1230, 5th May.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with SIKH, TARTAR, MASHONA,
ENCOUNTER, and JAGUAR sailed from Scapaat 1620,
escorting V.A. (A) in ARK ROYAL with CURLEW to the
Narvik area to give fighter protection to H.M. Ships,
auxiliaries, and merchant vessels.
sailed from Scapa at 1700 for Rosyth, and arrived at
0700, 5th May,
and FOXHOUND, escorting GLASGOW, arrived Greenock at
1600 from Tromso.
and FOXHOUND sailed from Greenock at 1300 escorting
oiler ETHELEMPRESS to Scapa, arriving at 0800,6th
ICARUS, and IVANHOE arrived Greenock at 1630, escorting
and HAVANT sailed from Vaags Fjord during the forenoon
escorting S.S. LOMBARDY, McGREGOR LAIRD,EMPIRE ABILITY,
and A/S trawler BUTTERMERE.
(repeated from 9 paragraphs above).
LOMBARDY and McGREGOR LAIRD to be escorted onward to
escorting R.F.A. ALDERSDALE left Skjel Fjord at 2300 for
IVANHOE, and IMPULSIVE sailed from Greenock at 2100 for
Scapa, and arrived at 1900, 5th May.
GRIFFIN, and GRENADE arrived at Sullom Voe at 1700 and
disembarked wounded French andBritish personnel to
French Hospital Ship SPHINX, sailing again at 2130 for
and HASTY arrived Scapa at 2300 from Namsos area.
SAN TIBURCIO, being escorted by trawler LEINCESTER CITY,
was damaged by explosion at 1910 andsubsequently sank
off Torbat Ness. Captain
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON proceeded to her assistance, but
when itbecame apparent that the explosion had been a
magnetic mine, probably laid by aircraft, CODRINGTON
returned to harbour, leaving Motor A/S Boats to search.
sailed from Devonport at 1600 for the Clyde to join
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet sCommand, arriving at
1600, 5th May.
arrived at Scapa at 2030 escorting YORK from Namsos
Sunday, 5th May 1940
arrived Scapa at 0730 after searching for pulp ships off
the Norwegian coast.
ANTELOPE, MAORI, FURY, FORESTER, and HERWARD arrived
Scapa at 0400, screening C.S. 1 s forcefrom Namsos area.
IMPERIAL, GRIFFIN, and GRENADE arrived Scapa at 0730 with
survivors from BISON and AFRIDI and military rear guard
and WITHERINGTON left the Clyde at 1400, escorting S.S.
META to Scapa for onward passage to theNarvik area.
VISCOUNT, and FIREDRAKE sailed from Clyde at 0900,
escorting S.S. ULSTER PRINCE, and ROYALSCOTSMAN to
Mosjoen and Bodo respectively.
convoy S.S. EL D JEZAIR, PRESIDENT DOUMER, EL
MANSOUR, EL KANTARA, REINA DEL PACIFICO,DUCHESS OF
ATHOL, and DJENNE sailed from Scapa at 1800 for Clyde,
escorted by Captain (D) V in KELLY, GRENADE, IMPERIAL,
GRIFFIN, TARTU, CHEVALIER PAUL, andMILAN, SUFFOLK was
also in company.
Monday, 6th May 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0001 to rendezvous with ECLIPSE at
0600 off Sumburgh Head and to escort ECLIPSEwho sailed
from Lerwick at 0420 to Clyde, ECLIPSE steaming on one
main engine after bomb damage.
MAORI then proceeded to Liverpool for repairs
by Grayson, Rollop, and Choker.
and JUNO sailed from Scapa at 0400 and relieved VISCOUNT
of escort of ULSTER PRINCE and ROYALSCOTSMAN at 1030.
VETERAN and JUNO parted company at 1540 to
escort ULSTER PRINCE to Mosjoen and NUBIAN proceededwith
ROYAL SCOTSMAN to Bodo.
VISCOUNT had returned to Scapa on relief,
arriving at 1400, 6th May.
sailed from Rosyth at 0900 to escort oiler INVERARDER to
Liverpool for repairs for repairsand refit by Harland
N.S. 2 sailed from Greenock at 0230 for Narvik
consisting of MASHOBRA, BALZAC, CALUMET, andCOXWALD
escorted by JAVELIN, JACKAL, BRESTOIS, and BOULONNAIS,
META and escort were ordered to sail from Scapa at 1500,
EXPRESS, and INTREPID arrived Scapa loaded for Operation
escorting British ROYAL ULSTERMAN from Mo, arrived at
Scapa at 0900.
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON escorting WAR BHARATA from
Invergordon, arrived Scapa at 1700.
and FOXHOUND sailed from Scapa at 1230 for Rosyth, for
ICARUS, and IMPULSIVE sailed from Scapa at 2130 for
Immingham, to boiler clean and embarkmines.
arrived Greenock at 1300, escorting French transport
FLANDRES from Narvik area.
and BEAGLE arrived Liverpool after escort to Bristol
Channel, to be taken in hand for boilercleaning.
Tuesday, 7th May 1940
S.S. BALZAC and COXWOLD of Convoy
N.S. 2 grounded south of Neist Light in LittleMinch at
0230 and were unfit to proceed with the convoy.
BOULONNAIS escorted COXWOLD to Scapa and
BRESTOIS escorted BALZAC to Stornoway arriving at 1330
and subsequentlyproceeding to Scapa.
and WITHERINGTON sailed from Scapa at 0500, escorting
S.S. META to rendezvous with Convoy N.S. 2and for
passage to the Narvik area.
joining, WITHERINGTON proceeded to Stornoway to report
on the situation and provide A/Sprotection for BALZAC.
sailed from Scapa at 1330, escorting S.S. ROYAL
ULSTERMAN to Leith.
and BULLDOG sailed from Greenock at 0800, escorting S.S.
ALMANZORA to Scapa, arriving at 1100, 8th
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR with AMAZON and IMOGEN, escorting
empty troop transports from Narvikarea reached position
66-30N, 1-00W at 0500, 8th May, routed from
thence to Scapa.
arrived Greenock at 1800 for repairs to bomb damage,
escorted from Lerwick by MAORI, who thenproceeded to
and ACHERON sailed from Scapa at 2030 to relieve ACASTA
and BUTTERMERE escorting southboundstore ship convoy to
Clyde and Newport.
DRAUG sailed from Scapa at 1800, proceeding westabout to
detached from escort of empty store ships, arrived Scapa
at 1600 to refuel.
ACASTA remaining with the convoy.
and HOSTILE sailed from Leith at 2200, escorting S.S.
CHROBRY to Narvik area.
sailed from Invergordon at 2030, escorting Oiler
INVERARDER to Scapa, arriving at 0700, 8th
then proceeded to Liverpool to refit, arriving at 0740.
Wednesday, 8th May 1940
and BOULONNAIS, escorting COXWOLD, arrived Scapa at
0630, having been delayed by fog in thePentland Firth.
HEREWARD, and JANUS sailed from Scapa at 0500, screening
BIRMINGHAM to Rosyth.
(D) V in KELLY and KIMBERLEY sailed from Greenock at
0845 with all dispatch to Rosyth to form partof a force
of eight modern destroyers required for duty on the East
force was later directed to proceed to Humber.
and FORTUNE, escorting BERWICK and GLASGOW, sailed from
Greenock at 0430 for Operation FORK.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with ESCORT sailed from Scapa at 1230
to join S.S. CHROBRY and escort ship toNarvik area.
On relief, KANDAHAR and HOSTILE proceeded
towards Rosyth with dispatch to join Captain (D) V
2200, SOMALI met a Norwegian fishing vessel making for
the Faroes with twelve Norwegian Air Forceofficers.
The boat was given a boat s compass and
directed to Shetlands.
Thursday, 9th May 1940
(D) 20 in EXPRESS, with ESK and INTREPID, proceeded from
Scapa at 0500 to carry out a lay of minesand then to
return to Immingham.
with BUTTERMERE, arrived Scapa after having been
relieved of escort of empty store ships.
FORESIGHT, GALLANT, and BULLDOG, proceeded from Scapa at
0630 to screen REPULSE, exercising west ofPentland
escorting ALDERSDALE from Narvik area arrived at the
Clyde at 1500.
sailed from Greenock at 1700 for Liverpool for boiler
arrived Scapa at 1300 from Stornoway trawler St
CATHAN having taken over A/Sprotection of BALZAC.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR with AMAZON and IMOGEN, arrived
Scapa at 1400, escorting MONARCH OFBERMUDA, EMPRESS OF
AUSTRALIA, and VILLE D ALGER from Narvik area.
0900, cruiser and destroyer forces in North Sea were
given new dispositions to intercept aminelaying force
and an M.T.B. force to the north of German declared
screened by HYPERION, JANUS, HEREWARD, and HAVOCK
proceeded towards position 56-39N, 3-37E,to intercept
enemy minelaying force.
KANDAHAR and HOSTILE and Captain (D) V in KELLY
with KIMBERLEY proceededto join BIRMINGHAM.
was short of fuel and was later ordered to return to
Rosyth. After fuelling, KIMBERLEY proceeded to Sheerness and arrived 2120,
Friday 10th May to join the Command of
Commander in Chief, Nore.
MOHAWK, FORESIGHT, BULLDOG, and GALLANT proceeded from
Scapa at noon towards position 57-21N,2-22E to meet
was torpedoed at 2235 in position 53-48N, 5-09E during
an action with M.T.B. s in low visibilityand suffered
severe damage putting main engines out of action.
BULLDOG took KELLY in tow and at 0010/10th
May in thick fog, an enemy M.T.B. was in collision with
BULLDOG and KELLY as a result of which she sank.
H.K. 1 arrived at Harstad.
escorting ROYAL SCOTSMAN, entered Fjords at 2000 and
proceeded to Bodo, fog having preventedentry on the
evening of 8th May. FIREDRAKE joined at 2100
and at 2200 ROYAL SCOTSMAN berthed alongside the jetty
at Bodo and the unloading oftroops and stores was
successfully carried out to the shore and into small
force sailed at 0200, 10th May for Scapa.
Friday 10th May 1940
with BOULONNAIS and WITHERINGTON sailed from Scapa at
0600, escorting MONARCH OF BERMUDA,EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA,
VILLE D JEZAIR and tanker LOT to Clyde, arriving at
1330, 11th May.
sailed from Scapa at 0001 for Grimsby to refit, arriving
and SHEFFIELD sailed from Scapa at 0300 to cover and
support retirement of KELLY.
invaded Belgium and Holland during the morning.
BIRMINGHAM was ordered to proceed with whole
force towards Terschellingleaving two destroyers to
cover BULLDOG and KELLY.
at 0710 reported in position 56-56N, 4-05E in tow of
BULLDOG making good 5 knots course 250degrees, escorted
by KANDAHAR, FURY, and GALLANT.
C.S. 18 in MANCHESTER, with SHEFFIELD arrived
at 1400 to give support.
0700, Force FORK landed successfully at Reykjavik from
FEARLESS and FORTUNE and Iceland was assumed to be taken
(D) 1 in CODRINGTON sailed from Scapa 0910 for Dover,
arriving at 0750, Saturday, 11th May.
GRIFFIN was ordered to sail from Greenock
westabout at 0910 for Dover, arriving 1136, 11th
May, Saturday, 11th May.
Both ships to join Nore Command.
0926, BIRMINGHAM and accompanying destroyers were placed
under the orders of Commander in Chief,Nore.
It was then the intention of Commander in
Chief, Home Fleet, that the 1st, 5rd,
and 7th Flotillas should join the Nore
Command and that
ships of 2nd, 4th, and 8th
Flotillas that are now in the south should be released
as reliefs join/
view of the vulnerability of destroyers to air attack,
it was approved in principle that 50Oerlikon A/A guns
should be made available and mounted, and that lethal
kites should also be fitted in certain ships.
gave instructions at 1103 that destroyers with ULSTER
PRINCE were all except one toreturn to Scapa at maximum
possible speed. On
the arrival of N.S. 2 at Narvik area, JACKAL and JAVELIN
also to proceed to Scapa.
ELECTRA, and ILEX sailed from Harstad during the
forenoon escorting S.S. COLOMBIE, MEXIQUE,CHENONCEAUX,
S. FIRMIN, BELLEROPHON, BRITISH LORD, and LYACON to the
Clyde French transports and EPERVIER to proceed
ahead from position 70N,10E.
On arrival North Channel ILEX to escort BRITISH
LORD to Liverpool.
escorting ROYAL ULSTERMAN, sailed from Firth of Forth at
1900 for Bodo, to arrive at 2300, 13th May.
instructed to escort EMPIRE ABILITY to the Smalls and to
return to Clyde when relieved byCLARKIA.
and WITCH sailed from Skjel Fjord during the evening,
escorting PENELOPE in tow, ISIS in tow,with S.S. SEA
VALOUR and LOCHEE.
and HAVANT sailed from Scapa at 2330 for Aberdeen to
rendezvous with and escort S.S. LOCHNAGAR,HORSA, and
MACCLESFIELD to Lerwick.
Ships to be off Aberdeen at 0500, 11th
ULSTER MONARCH sailed from Scapa at 2130 unescorted for
Harstad, carrying military and R.A.F. stores.
and FORESIGHT arrived 2140 at Humber to refuel.
BURZA, and BLYSKAWICA sailed from Skjel Fjord at 2200
and FORTUNE, escorting BERWICK and GLASGOW, sailed from
Reykjavik at 1900 on completion ofOperation FORK.
closed Hemnes Pier to deal with a reported landing by
German troops, and at 2050 sighted S.S.NORDNORGE
unloading stores alongside.
Troops were already ashore in some force, and
the transport was sunk bygunfire and torpedo, probably
with the majority of stores still on board.
After leaving Hemnes, ZULU embarked the
survivors of No. 3 Platoon of No. 1 Independent Company
who had been hold thevillage before the landing.
sailed from Scapa at 2330 for the Clyde to form part of
escort for aircraft carriers, arrived at1530, 11th
Saturday, 11th May 1940
and BEAGLE sailed from Liverpool at 0900 after boiler
cleaning and arrived Clyde at 1730.
escorting ULSTER PRINCE, called at Sullom Voe for fuel
and water en route to the Clyde.
18, at 0410, asked for a tug to assist towage of KELLY
as FURY was unable to make good more than 3knots.
At 1609 the cruisers were ordered to return to
Rosyth, aircraft having reported two submarines in
left KELLY at 04** (not readable) to refuel at Rosyth,
and sailed to rejoin at 1820.
with corvettes escorting S.S. CHROBRY, E.T.A. Harstad at
due Scapa at 1130.
and JAVELIN sailed from Tjelsundet (Narvik area) at 0700
for Scapa. Later diverted to Mo to make contact with GUBBINS force owing to
reports of Germans being established in the Mosjoen
CAIRO, FLEETWOOD, and HESPERUS with 820 troops and
storeship MARGOT proceeded fromNarvik area at 1130 to
effect landing at Mo or Bodo a.m., 12th May.
NUBIAN and transport WESTERMAN had already
landed 300 troops at Bodo during the night.
2004, BEDOUIN was ordered to sail from Narvik to Scapa
at best possible speed.
arrived Liverpool at 2130.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with ESCORT, arrived Harstad at 1100
escorting CHROBRY, ESCORT then sailed toreinforce escort
arrived at Scapa at 2210 from Bodo.
F.S. 2 and S.S. META arrived Narvik area during the day,
the latter arriving separately underthe escort of
WOLVERINE, having been detached on account of her slow
Sunday, 12th May 1940
and HAVANT escorting LOCH NAGAR, HORSA, and
MACCLESFIELD, arrived Lerwick at 0025, 12th May:
HAVANT to proceed direct to Clyde; HASTY to
wait and escort S.S. MONARCH to Scapa.
WATERMEYER and BRAHAM reached KELLY at 0500 and 0645 and
took over the tow.
and BEAGLE sailed from Clyde at 0800 escorting convoy
N.S. 3. Ships in the convoy were S.S. CYPRIAN PRINCE, RUTLAND, DROMORE
CASTLE, GUNVOR MAERSK, PEMBROKE COAST, HEILO, and
ATHELSULTAN joined the convoy in the North Channel, and
S.S. MARINA (cargo ex BALZAC) sailed from Stornoway
andjoined in the Minches.
S.S. COWRIE and ATHELSULTAN were detached to
arrived Scapa at 0030 from Bodo.
Section N.S. 3 HERO and FOXHOUND, escorting REDCAR
sailed from Leith at 0800 torendezvous with N.S. 3 at
1900, 13th May.
FOXHOUND was detached to arrive Hoxa Gate at
0700, 13th May, to escort the Scapa
and VISCOUNT sailed from Greenock at 1100 escorting
FURIOUS during flying on of aircraftsubsequent to
rendezvous with GLORIOUS, escorted by DELIGHT and DIANA.
At 1415, both aircraft carriers were ordered to
return to Clyde to await further orders.
and ANTELOPE arrived Greenock at 0700 ACHERON to
repair minor defects and boilerclean.
landed Colonel Gubbins and military force at Bodo at
1000, and after supplying provisions andammunition,
JACKAL and JAVELIN proceeded for Scapa, arriving at
1730, 13th May.
and FEARLESS arrived Scapa at 1010 from Operation FORK.
arrived Greenock from Lerwick at 2230.
BLYSKAWICA, and BURZA arriving Scapa at 1830 from Narvik
area. BLYSKAWICA, with steering gear out of action, required
towage by tug HENDON to alongside WOOLWICH.
and JAGUAR arrived Scapa at 2100 from Narvik.
Monday, 13th May 1940
arrived at the Tyne at 1700 in tow of WATERMEYER and
BRAHMAN, escorted by KANDARHAR, GALLANT, FURY,and
BULLDOG, to be taken in hand by Hawthorne Leslie.
KELLY had been 91 hours in tow and hove to in
bad weather and had been subjected to bombing attacks
without effect on each day of theoperation.
sailed from Scapa at 0800 to escort, with FOXHOUND, the
Scapa portion of N.S. 3 OLEANDER, OIL PIONEER (oilers)
and CARMINSTER (collier) and French S.S. BELFORT.
escorting REDCAR, joined Kirkwall portion, consisting of
Norwegian steamships GRO, INGERFIRE, andSPICA in the
Pentland Firth, intending to join N.S. 3 at 0600, 14th
portion was delayed by REDCAR s slow speed.
FOXHOUND proceeding to Greenock after
rendezvous and escort to Narvik was provided byWALKER,
FIREDRAKE, and BEAGLE, with HERO as far as 63N.
arrived Scapa at 0815, escorting cable ship MONARCH,
JAGUAR, BURZA, and GRAFTON proceeded from Scapa at 1000
for Harwich to join Command of Commanderin Chief, Nore.
JUNO was detached en route to run over D.G.
range at Inchkeith.
arrived Scapa at 1130 from Narvik area.
escorting ULSTER PRINCE, arrived Greenock at 0330.
sailed at 1145 from Liverpool after boiling cleaning for
report of a crossing on the Indicator Loops outside
eastern entrance to Scapa was received at 2045 andat
2036 a periscope was reported by the Military at Holm
2315, JACKAL and JAVELIN proceeded to patrol on the line
Roseness Grimness and NUBIAN, AMAZON, and ACASTAto
search indie the Flow near Water Sound and Kirk Sound.
JACKAL and JAVELIN attacked several contacts
which were probably the two portions of the wreck of
Tuesday, 14th May 1940
arrived Scapa at 0730 after repairs at Middlesbrough.
0800, destroyers patrolling in vicinity of Eastern
Approaches to Scapa Flow were ordered toreturn to
harbour leaving AMAZON to patrol to seaward.
arrived Clyde at 1100.
in Convoy PENELOPE, ISIS, BANDIT, and BUCHANEER
(sic BUCCANEER), ZULU, ESCORT,WITCH, SEA VALOUR,
ST LOMAN, and LOCHEE were in position 62-45N, 4-30W at
had been detached to refuel and arrived at Sullom Voe at
0600, sailing to rejoin at 1030.
sailed from Scapa at 1030 for the Clyde for repairs and
boiler cleaning, arriving at 0930, 15th May.
with addition 1200 H.E. shell and HASTY, sailed from
Scapa at 2130 and 1500, respectively forPlymouth to join
escorting Convoy N.S. 3, proceeded to Plymouth on
reaching Latitude 63N.
and FURIOUS, screened by VETERAN, VISCOUNT, and DIANA,
sailed from Clyde at 2130 for VaagsFjord area.
the day, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI, with FOUDROYANT, were
operating in the vicinity of Bodo,Ranen Fjord, Mo, and
Hemnes in support of the military forces ashore,
FOUDROYANT carrying out a bombardment.
sailed from the Tyne at 1330 for Harwich to join command
of Commander in Chief, Nore.
KANDAHAR sailed from Tyne at 1450 for Plymouth
to join Mediterranean Command.
and HAVANT sailed from Greenock at 1900, escorting S.S.
FRANCONIA and LANCASTRIA to Reykjavikwith troops and
sailed from Scapa 1800 for Middlesbrough to refit at
Smith s Dockyard and arrived at 0700, 15th
and SIKH ordered to be released from a screen for ARK
ROYAL to proceed to Plymouth;INGLEFIELD to refit, and
SIKH to boiler clean.
SIKH later diverted to Scapa.
and JACKAL sailed from Scapa at 1830 to run over D.G.
range at Inchkeith and to proceed toHarwich to join
command of Commander in Chief, Nore.
was recalled from A/S patrol to eastward of Scapa at
1155 and sailed from Scapa at 220* (notreadable) to join
GLORIOUS and FURIOUS, to replaced WITHERINGTON in
sailed from Scapa to rendezvous with PENELOPE and
relieve ZULU in the escort.
CHROBRY with Irish Guards on passage from Tjelsundet to
Bodo, escorted by WOLVERINE and STORK, was attacked at
2350 by low dive bombing aircraft and sustained two or
three hits. Ship
was set afire and had to be abandoned.
1000 survivors being taken back to Harstad.
was towed by VINDICTIVE from Skjel Fjord to Tjelsundet
when the former was abandoned as abase, then proceeding
under her own power to Hol.
The ship was moved to various anchorages
according to the effectiveness of enemy bombing raids,
and finally berthed alongside a jetty atHarstad on 17th
was the intention that the following ships, recently in
the Home Fleet Command, should be detached:
the Nore Command
Destroyer Flotilla Captain (D) 1 in CODRINGTON, GRAFTON,
GRENADE, GRIFFIN, GREYHOUND, BURZA (and BLYSKAWICA on
completion of boiler cleaning byWOOLWICH.
Destroyer Flotilla JACKAL, JAVELIN, JAGUAR (and JERVIS,
JERSEY, JUPITER on completion of repairs and refits.
the Mediterranean Command
Destroyer Flotilla HYPERION, HOSTILE, HEREWARD, HAVOCK (and HASTY and
Destroyer Flotilla ILEX and IMPERIAL
Destroyer Flotilla NUBIAN, MOHAWK
Destroyer Flotilla- KANDAHAR, KHARTOUM,
KINGSTON, and KIMBERLEY
Destroyer Flotilla JANUS and JUNO
1100, Convoy N.S. 3 divided into two sections, the Fast
Section, oiler OLEANDER and five transportsescorted by
WALKER and FIREDRAKE and the Slow Section consisting of
the remaining 7 ships escorted by BEAGLE and 2 M/S
Wednesday, 15th May 1940
arrived Scapa at 0130 to refuel and rejoin PENELOPE
sailing again at 0730.
after towing KELLY to Tyne, proceeded to Leith to escort
S.S. ORION, leaving at 1600 to PentlandFirth for onward
escort to the Clyde.
sailed from Sheerness at 0800 for Plymouth to join
command of Commander in Chief, Mediterranean, arriving
sailed from Scapa at 0800 for Sheerness to refit, and
arrived at 1500, 16th May.
proceeding to the assistance of CHROBRY, at 0243 was
damaged by a near miss bomb from a Junkers87, which
flooded fore compartments to 30 bulkhead and rendered
the ship unseaworthy.
SOMALI proceeded clear of the coast and
returned to Scapa escorted by FOUDROYANT.
CURLEW was ordered to join as A/A escort.
BRIGAND sailed from Lerwick at 1930 to stand
1815, ILEX was ordered to proceed to Plymouth direct to
join command of Commander in Chief,Mediterranean.
2102, ZULU was ordered to remain at Greenock, having
arrived at 1930.
WOLVERINE, and BEAGLE sailed from Narvik area escorting
S.S. MARGOT, S.S. SEPIA, S.S. ULSTERMONARCH, CHARLBURY,
French BRESTOIS and CHATEAU PAVIE, Norwegian SADO.
FLEETWOOD provided A/A escort until 70 miles
clear of the Norwegian coast.
was the intention that Reinforcements for Mediterranean
should sail from Plymouth as follows: -
on 16th May at 2000, KINGSTON, KHARTOUM,
KANDAHAR, NUBIAN, HYPERION, HOSTILE, and HASTY
2 - on
16th May at 1630, AUCKLAND, FLAMINGO (EGRET
to follow later)
3 - on
17th May CARLISLE, KIMBERLEY, MOHAWK, HAVOCK,
HEREWARD, HERO, Captain (D) VII inJANUS, JUNO, IMPERIAL,
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 16th-31st MAY 1940
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY VI
May 31st May 1940
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Thursday, 16th May 1940
in the Narvik area on this day were as follows:
to Narvik to relieve FAME.
FAME to Hol until relieved by ECHO, then
to Skaanland to oil provision.
to B Patrol. ECHO
to Hol on relief.
on E Patrol.
to Skaanland to ammunition then to Baroy.
to Harstad on relief to oil and provision.
remains at Narvik.
available for return to United Kingdom on relief by
at Skaanland, having been towed there from Skjel Fjord
for greater protection.
Work was held up pending receipt of further
supplies of oxygen, acetylene, and hydrogen.
sailed from Scapa at 1500 for Harwich to join command of
Commander in Chief, Nore.
proceeded at 0330 from Scapa to rendezvous with ORION in
Pentland Firth. FURY
was relieved of escort.
and HAVOCK sailed from Harwich at 0600 to Plymouth to
join command of Commander in Chief,Mediterranean.
2150, Captain (D) VI in SOMALI ordered BRIGAND to return
to Kirkwall, as towage was not required, andCURLEW to
proceed to Scapa.
SOMALI continued under escort of FOUDROYANT
and ESCORT, escorting PENELOPE in tow of BANDIT, arrived
at Greenock at 2100 and CAMPBELLand WITCH escorting ISIS
in tow of BUCCANEER, arrived at Greenock at 2359.
arrived Scapa at 1400.
Friday, 17th May 1940
arrived Greenock at 0700 escorting S.S. LYCAON,
BELLEROPHON, BRITISH LORD, and ST. FERMAN fromNarvik
arrived Greenock at 1530 after escorting ORION to 13W.
arrived at Devonport at 1630 to refit.
Saturday, 18th May 1940
arrived at Scapa at 0400 for fuel and ammunition before
proceeding to Clyde.
sailed from Clyde at 1300 escorting ISIS in tow of
BUCCANEER to Falmouth. WITCH was detached to proceed to Devonport for boiler cleaning and
repairs, and arrived at 1810, 21st May.
N.P. 3, escorted by DELIGHT, ANTELOPE, and MILAN arrived
Narvik area at 2000, 17th May.
FOUDROYANT sailed from Scapa at 2130 escorting French
oiler TARN to Clyde.
Expected time of arrival 0400, 20th
sailed from the Humber at 2300 for Scapa.
sailed from Greenock at 1520 for Scapa.
Later ordered to join SABRE searching for a U
boat reported by BRABANT at 1405 inposition 58-20N,
5-23W and to remain until FOUDROYANT and oiler TARN had
passed the position.
MASHONA left the position at 0815, 19th
May, to continue passage to Scapa and arrived at 1145.
and FURY proceeded from Scapa at 1600 to join ATHERSTONE
in search for a U boat reported byaircraft in position
TARTAR, WESTCOTT, and MATABELE sailed from the Narvik
area during the day escorting BATORY,SOBIESKI CYCLOPS,
and BALMAHA. WESTCOTT
and TARTAR proceeded ahead with BATORY and SOBIESKI
afterpassing position 69-30N, 9E. known as fast section.
Remainder known as slow section.
Sunday, 19th May 1940
PBELL sailed from Clyde at 0900 for Scapa and arrived at
1130, 20th May.
ESCORT, WITHERINGTON, ACASTA, and ARDENT sailed from
Clyde at noon to rendezvous withConvoy T.C. 4 in
position 55-30N, 13-00W at 0530, Monday, 20th
ESCORT, and WITHERINGTON to escort ANTONIA and DUCHESS
OF BEDFORD to Liverpool and ARDENTand ACASTA to escort
REVENGE to the Clyde.
and JASON left Greenock at 2300 escorting French
transports CHENONCEAUX and MEXIQUE to Brest,FOUDROYANT
being detached from escorting oiler TARN to relieve
JASON in the North Channel.
sailed at noon from Reykjavik with Royal Marine
detachment to be landed at Akreyri.
This was successfully accomplished during the
forenoon of Monday, 20th May.
arrived Liverpool at 1245 for repairs to damage from
near miss bomb.
and FIREDRAKE escorting S.S. MARINA, DROMORE CASTLE,
PEMBROKE COAST and GUNVOR MAERSK arrivedHarstad at 0700.
Remainder of convoy N.P. 3 remained at sea
awaiting orders to enter fjords.
Monday, 20th May 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0745 to rendezvous with RESOLUTION
bound Scapa from Narvik area, and toreinforce WREN and
VANSITTART on the screen.
and FORTUNE carried out a search of Scapa Flow until
0500, following a report that at 0106 a shorebattery had
fired at an unidentified craft entering Scapa Flow
through Water Sound.
Nothing was found and it is probable that the
report was false.
0146 an enemy report was received of one battleship and
a large number of destroyers in position53-47N, 7-15E,
steering 270 degrees.
All available destroyers at Scapa raised steam
to provide a screen forcapital ships.
force returned to 2 ½ hours notice when it was apparent
that capital ship had entered Emsand only four
destroyers remained at sea steering northeastward.
left Dundee at 1430 for Rosyth after repairs.
sailed from Liverpool at 2115 for Clyde after repairs,
and arrived at Greenock at 0700, 21st May.
MAORI was the first destroyers to be fitted
with lethal kite flying equipment.
Tuesday, 21st May 1940
and ACASTA escorting REVENGE (from T.C. 4) arrived at
the Clyde at 0500.
left MAIDSTONE (also escorted by WORCESTER) at the Clyde
at 0500 and proceeded to rendezvous withconvoy homeward
bound from Narvik, to relieve HESPERUS.
HESPEZRUS proceeded to Dundee for refit.
arrived at Scapa at 1000 from the Narvik area, escorted
by FORTUNE, WREN, and VANSITTART.
and WITHERINGTON arrived at the Clyde at 1700 after
escorting ANTONIA and DUCHESS OF BEDFORD(from T.C. 4) to
DIANA, AMAZON, and VISCOUNT left Narvik area escorting
GLORIOUS and FURIOUS to Scapa afterdisembarking R.A.F.
aircraft to shore aerodromes.
BRAZEN, ENCOUNTER, and VOLUNTEER left Narvik area
escorting ARK ROYAL to Scapa afterproviding fighter
protection in the zone of operations.
Wednesday, 22nd May 1940
and MAORI sailed from the Clyde at 0945 escorting
MAIDSTONE to Scapa, arriving at 1900, 23rd
and FORTUNE proceeded from Scapa at 0700 to investigate
a group of two or three trawlersflying Swedish colours
reported fishing in position 58-14N, 0-54W at 1405,
Tuesday, 21st, these being regarded as
suspicious and possibly German or Danish.
The area between 57-30N, 58-40N and 01-30W to
01E was searched without success though evidenceof
recent fishing was found.
and FORTUNE were ordered to patrol on the Meridian of
01W, between 58 and 59N during the nightwith the object
of intercepting suspicious vessels, fishing vessels,
M.T.B. s and U boats and to leave the patrol at 0600, 23rd
May. During this
patrol at 2130, ARROW reported sighting a periscope.
The area was searched and two depth charge
attacks were carried out on a doubtfulcontact by
investigation showed that the sighting report was
duty destroyer at Scapa was anchored in B.2 berth at 15
minutes notice from 2100 to 0600 as aprecaution against
M.T.B. s or U boats entering Scapa Flow by the Eastern
ASHANTI, and BULLDOG escorted RENOWN during D.G. trials
at Rosyth. Fog prevented completion and RENOWN returned to harbour.
VANOC, and WOLVERINE arrived in the Clyde at 1800,
escorting S.S. MARGOT, SEPIA, ULSTERMONARCH, BRESTOIS,
CHARLBURY and CHATEAU PAVIE from the Narvik area.
Thursday, 23rd May 1940
and WESTCOTT arrived Greenock at 0330 escorting empty
troopships BATORY and SOBIESKI fromNarvik area.
ASHANTI, and BULLDOG escorted RENOWN during D.G. trials
on the Inchkeith Range, and thenproceeded to Scapa,
arriving at 1915.
VISCOUNT, AMAZON, and DIANA escorting GLORIOUS and
FURIOUS arrived at Scapa at 2100 from Narvikarea.
sailed from Greenock at 2000 for Liverpool to boiler
clean, arriving at 0720, 24th May.
and ARDENT sailed from Greenock at 1800 escorting ULSTER
PRINCE to the Faroe Islands.
Destroyers remained at the Faroes until
required to escort a convoy homeward bound from Narvik
arrived Greenock at 2000 escorting storeship CYCLOPS.
Friday, 24th May 1940
VANOC, and WITHERINGTON sailed from Clyde at 0300 to
rendezvous with ILLUSTRIOUS off theBar Light Vessel,
Liverpool at 1400.
and BRAZEN arrived at Scapa at 0700 and 1900 having been
detached from screening ARK ROYALwho was delayed by fog.
following redisposition of destroyers was ordered
during the day:
BASILISK, BULLDOG, and BRAZEN to reinforce Nore
Ninth Destroyer Flotilla (ex Brazilian) to return to
Six Tribals to be joined by Captain (D) VI in
TARTAR, to form a striking force based on Rosyth.
Screening force of nine ships to be available to
be Eighth Destroyer Flotilla, as they becomeavailable.
Boiler cleaning to be carried out at Rosyth and Scapa
and MATABELE sailed from Greenock at 1130 for Devonport. MATABELE for repairs at Falmouth, after grounding damage, and
BASILISK for boiler cleaning and repairs to brickwork at
Devonport, beforejoining the Nore Command.
sailed from Greenock at 1430 for Plymouth to make good
sailed from Scapa at 1600 for Harwich with moderate
dispatch to join the Nore Command.
sailed from Scapa at 2230 for Rosyth to boiler clean and
then to join the Nore Command.
sailed from Scapa at 1715 escorting MAIDSTONE to Rosyth,
and for passage on to the Tyne forrepairs to damage
sustained from a near miss bomb.
VANSITTART later attacked a suspicious contact
at 2042 in position 58-14.5N, 2-28W, but was ordered to
rejoin MAIDSTONE owing to theprobability that the
contact was one of a number of wrecks known to be in the
HIGHLANDER, and WREN sailed from Scapa at 1730,
escorting GLORIOUS to the Narvik area with 46Squadron,
R.A.F. for disembarkation to a shore aerodrome.
Admiral, Aircraft Carriers, in ARK ROYAL arrived at
Scapa at 1940, escorted by ENCOUNTER and VOLUNTEER.
Saturday, 25th May 1940
proceeded from Scapa at 1000 to investigate Italian
ships BARBANA G and ANDREA, anchored inSaviskaill Bay,
Westray Firth, Orkneys.
These vessels were regarded with suspicion
until their identity was established,and FURY was then
ordered to escort them to Kirkwall for examination.
FURY returned to Scapa at 1915.
ENCOUNTER, VISCOUNT, AMAZON, and CAMPBELL sailed from
Scapa at 1545 escorting ViceAdmiral, Aircraft Carriers
in ARK ROYAL and FURIOUS to the Clyde.
VOLUNTEER followed at 1615 to relieve ENCOUNTER
who was required at Rosyth for boiler cleaning and
arrived Greenock at 0530, escorting S.S. BALMAHA from
Narvik area, then proceeding to Liverpoolarriving at
0130, 26th May.
and HAVANT arrived at the Clyde at 0540 escorting S.S.
FRANCONIA and LANCASTRIA (emptytroopships) from
and FOXHOUND sailed from the Clyde at 1550 for Scapa and
arrived at 1745, 26th May.
A/S sweeps were carried out from North Channel
to Lower Minch and from North Minch to Pentland Firth.
issued instructions that in order to provide H.A.
armament in older destroyers one 3 H.A. mounting should
be fitted in lieu of one set of torpedo tubes in A to I
classes and one 12 pounder in lieu of one set of torpedo
tubes in V and W classes.
order to increase their effectiveness against dive
bombing attacks, 0.5 machine guns are beingrealigned so
that all barrels are parallel, as destroyers become
addition multi barrel pom-poms are being modified to
take high velocity ammunition.
a further protection against magnetic mines of reversed
polarity, destroyers have been taken in handfor
de-perming by a special staff, and up to date seven
ships have been completed at Scapa.
Saturday, 25th May 1940 (second
heading as in document)
VANOC, and WITHERINGTON arrived at Greenock at 2030
escorting ILLUSTRIOUS from Liverpool.
sailed at 1715 from the Tyne, after refit and repairs
for Scapa, calling at Rosyth for tests on theD.G. Range.
Sunday, 26th May 1940
sailed from Rosyth at 1800 escorting A.S.I.S. NGAKAO and
ARBROATH to Scapa.
sailed from Greenock at 1000 for Plymouth.
and ARDENT sailed from the Faroes to rendezvous with
BROOMDALE and a convoy of five shipsproceeding
unescorted from the Narvik area.
in tow of BANDIT, sailed from Harstad in company with
FLEETWOOD, LASSOO, S.S. DEVON CITY, andALSTER for United
VISCOUNT, CAMPBELL, AMAZON, and VOLUNTEER arrived Clyde
at 1600 escorting Vice Admiral,Air Craft Carriers in ARK
ROYAL with FURIOUS.
Monday, 27th May 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0400 to assist KELVINB in escorting
A.S.I.S. convoy to Scapa.
sailed from Scapa at 1000 to rendezvous with R.F.A.
BROOMDALE s convoy to escort S.S. MARINA andCALUMET to
arrived at Greenock from the Narvik area at 0625 on
passage to Brest.
sailed from Greenock at 0030 for Scapa to join the Fleet
on completion of repairs.
Later ordered to investigate two suspicious
merchant vessels one in Loch Indaal and on S.W. of Ame
arrived Scapa at 2300, having nothing to report.
WITCH, and ESCORT sailed from Devonport at 1100
escorting HOOD to Liverpool.
issued instructions that ATHERSTONE and subsequent
destroyers of the Hunt class, whenworked up, are to join
the Home Fleet Command.
at present stationed at Lerwick to provide local defence
protection until shore batteriesare erected.
VISCOUNT, with MILAN and SALADIN sailed from the Clyde
at 1930 escorting French Troop Convoy,consisting of EL
KANTARA, EL MANSOUR, and VILLE D ANGER (sic- VILLE
D ALGER) to Havre.
VISCOUNT to return to Scapa and HAVANT to join
Western Approaches Command.
and WALKER sustained slight damage from near miss bombs
while in the Narvik area.
Tuesday, 28th May 1940
ACASTA, and ARDENT, having all
failed to locate BROOMDALE s convoy on account
of low visibility, carried out a searchwhich was
successful in finding the convoy at 0240.
arrived at Scapa at 0830 escorting A.S.I.S. NGAKAO and
ARBROATH. KELVIN lost touch in the fog, and remained at sea until visibility
and WITHERINGTON sailed from Greenock at 0300 escorting
S.S. ROYAL SCOTSMAN to the Narvik area.
arrived off Scapa at 1200 and joined ZULU at the Hoxa
entrance to screen SUSSEX for H.A. Firings,returning to
harbour at 1945.
arrived Scapa at 1600, escorting S.S. MARINA and CALUMET
on passage to Narvik.
FORESIGHT, and FORTUNE proceeded to Humber, being placed
under the orders of Vice AdmiralCommanding, Eighteenth
was ordered to leave the escort for S.S. ROYAL SCOTSMAN
and to proceed to Thorshaven.
proceeded from Scapa at 2230 to the Clyde to refit at
Alec Stephen Yard, and arrived 0630, 29th
June (sic 29nd May).
2020, ATHERSTONE at Lerwick was ordered to proceed to
hunt for a U boat reported by aircraft inposition 12
miles North of North Ronaldshay.
Report later considered unreliable and the
search was cancelled.
ATHERSTONE sailed at 2330 for Scapa.
submarine was reported by a coastguard in position 285
degrees Strathie Point 10 miles at 2215.
SIKH was ordered to search in this area and to
proceed to the Clyde if not in contact at 0600, 29th
May. The search
arrived at Greenock 2212 from Liverpool.
sailed from Greenock at 2030 escorting S.S. MARITA and
YEWMOUNT to Harstad.
sailed from Greenock at 2300, escorting S.S. MONARCH OF
BERMUDA, GEORGIC, FRANCONIA, andLANCASTRIA to Latitude
63N on passage to Harstad.
sailed from Greenock at 1730 with the slow portion of
Convoy N.S. 4.
Wednesday, 29th May 1940
arrived Scapa at 0600 from Lerwick and joined command of
Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet.
ATHERSTONE proceeded at 1430 escorting TEVIOT
BANK and PLOVER to Rosyth, arriving at 1230, 30th
May, and remaining to escort them for minelaying
operation, with ENCOUNTER.
sailed from Greenock at 1230 with the second half of
Group 1 of Transports to Harstad (S.S,BATORY and
expected to arrive Thorshaven (Faroes) at 1600
subsequently to escort S.S. ULSTER PRINCE toUnited
and FORESIGHT arrived at the Humber at 2345.
ACASTA and ARDENT arrived at the Clyde at 1415.
proceeded from Scapa at 1030 for exercises, but was
unable to return owing to fog and remainedat sea during
escorted by WREN and HIGHLANDER, arrived off Scapa from
Narvik at 1600 but was unable to enterharbour owing to
Thursday, 30th May 1940
escorting two A.S.I.S. to Narvik area proceeded out of
Scapa Flow at 0030.
Owing to thick fog, a slight collision occurred
at Switha Gate and all ships returned to harbour at
was ordered to proceed to rendezvous with GLORIOUS off
Skule Skerry and to relieve WREN on thescreen.
WREN, being short of fuel, was ordered to
return to Scapa.
escorting ULSTER PRINCE, reported at 0425 that the
latter had been attacked by a U boat,but was not hit.
WITHERINGTON obtained a doubtful contact which
ACASTA, and ACHERON, escorting Vice Admiral, Aircraft
Carriers, in ARK ROYAL, sailed fromthe Clyde at 0545 for
Scapa, arriving at 0500, 31st May.
on passage to Harwich, struck submerged wreckage and
proceeding in to the Humber at 1030.
sailed from Scapa at 1545 with A.S.I.S. ARBROATH and
NGAKAO for Narvik to meet ANTELOPE s convoyoff Cape
WREN, and ELECTRA, escorting GLORIOUS, arrived Scapa at
escorting S.S. MARINA and YEWMOUNT, arrived Stornoway at
1615, to which port she was orderedto await departure of
VETERAN from Scapa.
arrived at the Clyde at 1200 from escorting French
troopships to Havre.
WARWICK, and WITCH, escorting S.S. ANTONIA and DUCHESS
OF BEDFORD, sailed from Liverpool at1845 to 15W.
with S.S. MARINA and YEWMOUNT sailed from Stornoway at
1800 and rendezvoused with VETERAN sconvoy at 0300, 31st
then proceeded to Scapa.
and WESTCOTT sailed from Clyde at 2315 with REVENGE to
ESOCLRT proceeded to Scapa and WESTCOTT to Clyde.
Friday, 31st May 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0530 escorting two minesweepers of
First Minesweeping Flotillawith crew of CURLEW to
Scrabster. MASHONA subsequently carried out Gunnery and
to Rosyth to rendezvous with S.S. ORAMA and ORMONDE at
ULSTER PRINCE from the Faroes, arrived at the Clyde at
ACASTA, ARDENT, and ACHERON, escorting Vice Admiral,
Aircraft carriersin ARK ROYAL and GLORIOUS sailed from
Scapa at 0830 for Narvik area.
1600, BEDOUIN and MASHONA, at sea exercising, were
ordered to proceed east ofShetlands to establish a
and KELVIN left Scapa at 1745 to carry out a patrol to
East and North East ofOrkneys.
left the Humber at 1900 for Scapa after refit.
and ENCOUNTER left Rosyth at 1500 escorting TEVIOT BANK
and PLOVER for minelayingOperation B.S. 10, which was
successfully carried out from 1302 to 1348 on Saturday,
On completion the force proceeded to the Humber
and destroyer returned to Rosyth.
VISCOUNT sailed from the Clyde at 2030, escorting S.S.
ORANSAY and linersto Harstad.
proceeded from Scapa to meet ESKIMO and continue escort
to Clyde, for examination ofWREN s guns.
FLEETWOOD to return to Scapa on relief by WREN.
and ELECTRA proceeded from at Scapa at 1815, to carry
out a patrol to East andNorth East of Orkneys.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-15th JUNE 1940
No. 802/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER VII
1ST TO 15TH June 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number VII of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 1st to 15th
Saturday, 1st June 1940
arrived Scapa at 0300 from Narvik and sailed for Rosyth
arrived Scapa 0650 from patrol.
arrived Scapa from Clyde at 0700 escorting S.S. ORMONDE
and ORAMA. On arrival S.S. ORAMA grounded south of Cava Island and was
refloated during the afternoon, apparently with damage.
MAORI, KELVIN arrived Scapa at 0800 from patrol, firing
practices being cancelled owing toweather conditions.
and BEDOUIN arrived Scapa at 1105 from patrol having
been sent to investigate a report offive Dutch trawlers
in Holm Sound.
escorting S.S. ROYAL SCOTSMAN arrived Narvik area.
escorting S.S. ROYAL SCOTSMAN left Harstad at 0400 bound
sailed from Liverpool for Scapa.
arrived at Scapa at 1600 and sailed with MAORI to
Aberdeen to escort two troopships to Lerwickthen
returning to Scapa.
and ESCORT arrived Scapa at 1800 having escorted REVENGE
and transports of Atlantic Convoywestward through
arrived Clyde at 2130 after relief by WREN from
sailed Scapa with S.S.. ORAMA and ORMONDE to rendezvous
with Group II transports from Clyde offCape Wrath.
2300, ESKIMO received orders to proceed direct to Barrow
in Furness and WREN and VOLUNTEER to returnto Clyde on
completion of escorting duty.
WESTCOTT, WITCH arrived Clyde at 1800 from liner escort.
Sunday, 2nd June 1940
0100, information was received that S.S. ASTRONOMER
escorted by two A/S trawlers was sinking in
position58-02, 2-19w. Mine suspected.
KELVIN proceeding to the reported position.
proceeded from Scapa to assist KELVIN, who at 0345
reported a second explosion in ASTRONOMER,then still
afloat. At the
same time, LEICESTER CITY reported S/M contact in
0640, an aircraft reported having bombed a suspected U
boat in position 57-25N, 0-56W.
MASHONA and KELVIN carried out an unsuccessful
search in this vicinity, which was twenty miles south
ofASTRONOMER s position.
and ATHERSTONE proceeded from Rosyth at 1100, ATHERSTONE
to Scapa and ENCOUNTER to assist insearch for U boat.
0510, MAORI, escorting two troopships to Lerwick,
dropped a pattern of depth charges on asuspected U boat
in position 59-10N, 1-10W.
MAORI remained and FORESTER proceeded with the
convoy to Lerwick.
At 1150, Command in Chief ordered FORESTER to
join MAORI and continue hunt.
at Scapa at 1230 after escorting S.S. ORAMA and S.S.
ORMONDE to CapeWrath.
AMAZON, and WARWICK sailed from the Clyde at 0600 for
(D) VI in TARTAR arrived Scapa at 1700 from Liverpool.
1800, ATHERSTONE reported a line of mines visible in
close proximity to the positionwhere ASTROMONER was
M.S.F. proceeded to the vicinity, and were joined by
MASHONA and ENCOUNTER, whocarried out an A/S patrol
whilst mooring buoys from ASTROMONER were being
3rd June 1940
and FORESTER arrived at Scapa at 0400 from U boat search
KELVIN arrived at Scapa at 0315 and MASHONA and ENCOUNTER at
1130 from U boat search in Moray Firth.
escorting ILLUSTRIOUS arrived at Devonport at 0700 and
WITCH, WARWICK, and AMAZON proceededdirect Portsmouth to
provide a screen for NELSON.
and ASHANTI proceeded from Scapa at 1800 for Rosyth to
escort troopships Northward.
WARWICK, and AMAZON arrived Portsmouth at 1710 to escort
escorting S.S. ROYAL SCOTSMAN arrived Scapa at 2350 and
anchored and anchored in the Flow.
escorting store ships, arrived Harstad at 1730.
Tuesday, 4th June 1940
proceeded from Scapa at 0600 to search for a U boat
reported bombed by aircraft, one hitestimated, in
position 58-06NN 1-45W.
sailed from Scapa at 0900 to assist ESCORT in U boat
arrived Barrow in Furness at 1130 and WREN and VOLUNTEER
proceeded to the Clyde, arriving at1600.
(D) VI in TARTAR and MASHONA sailed from Scapa at 1300
to assist in U boat search in MorayFirth.
sailed from Scapa at 1415 to join Captain (D) VI in U
boat search. ELECTRA departed 1635 and joined.
VISCOUNT, and WITHERINTON sailed from Scapa at 1400
escorting RESOLUTION to Longitude 13W,and then return to
and ASHANTI arrived at Rosyth during the forenoon
escorting S.S. ALSTER and sailed p.m.escorting nine
French S/M s to the Butt of Lewis.
Wednesday, 5th June 1940
reported a U boat at 0340 in position 58-32N, 02-04W, on
investigation this report proved to bedoubtful.
Unconfirmed report that at 0700 an object
resembling a conning tower of a U boat was sighted
offCantick Head Sound steering west.
PRUNELLA at 1630 reported two ships in position 64-45N,
00-24E steering 265 degrees 20knots.
At 1730, Command in Chief ordered Battle
Cruisers to raise steam with dispatch. KELVIN, FORESTER, ZULU, MAORI, and FOXHOUND were ordered to raise
steam for full speed.
Captain (D) VI in TARTAR with MASHONA, ASHANTI,
BEDOUIN, and ELECTRAwere recalled.
(D) VI in TARTAR returned to Scapa at 1900 and MASHONA
and ELECTRA at 2000 from A/S Patrol inMoray Firth.
and ASHANTI returned to Scapa at 1945 from escorting
FORESTER, KELVIN, MAORI, and FOXHOUND sailed from Scapa
at 2100 screening Battle cruisers.
Thursday, 6th June 1944
left Clyde at 0115 for Scapa.
reported a U boat about 60 miles WNW of Aandalsnes.
WITHERINGTON, and VISCOUNT arrived Scapa at 0800 and
anchored off Cantick Head in thick fog.
and VISCOUNT succeeded in entering harbour at 1500
during a temporary fog clearance.
CARINTHIA was torpedoed at 1312 in position 55-13N,
10-39W. WREN proceeded from the Clyde to assist and VOLUNTEER on passage
to Scapa was diverted to close.
received orders at 1645 to proceed to sea screened by
Captain (D) VI in TARTAR, BEDOUIN, MASHONA,ASHANTI.
The force sailed at 2130.
arrived at Scapa at 1900.
Thick fog persisted throughout the night.
escorted by WITCH, WARWICK, and AMAZON sailed from
Portsmouth at 1700 for the Clyde.
Friday, 7th June 1944
and VOLUNTEER reached CARINTHIA about 0400.
Information was received that S.S. EROS was
torpedoed in position 55-53N, 8-26W and wassinking.
GLEANER, standing by CARINTHIA, was ordered to
detail a destroyer to proceed to assist her.
Tug BANDIT, proceeding to CARINTHIA, was
diverted to her assistance.
sailed from Middlesbrough at 1030 for Rosyth and onward
escort duty to Scapa.
STANCOURT was sunk by a U boat at 2215 5th
June, in position 59-28N, 6-31W.
One lifeboat landed at Stornoway, but another
at 1300 reported both feed pumps broken down and
returned to Middlesbrough.
was ordered at 1400 to proceed to search for a
suspicious steamer, S.S. BLAIRESK, boarded bytrawler (
trawler inserted in ink ) KINGSTON JACINTH in position
59-48N, 4-38W and reputed to be steering 164 degrees for
Scapa. The vessel was sighted by RODNEY s aircraft at 1330 and escorted
to Noup Head.
WITHERINGTON, ATHERSTONE, and ANTELOPE raided steam to
proceed on convoy duty at 1800.
This was later cancelled and steam was kept at
1 hour s notice until 2300 when the force proceeded to
Iceland reported that there was a strong rumour of large
German forces having landed in vicinityof Seydisfiord.
Vice Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron
was ordered to investigate with Battlecruisers,assisted
by units of Northern Patrol.
returned to Scapa having contacted the wrong ship and
was by Commander in Chief to continuesearch, proceeded
to Kirkwall and anchored off Kirkwall Bay in thick fog,
proceeded to sea from Scapa at 2100 to search for German
seaplane reported down in the sea onbearing 043 degrees
from Wick. ENCOUNTER
was later recalled and on attempting to enter harbour at
03008th June, went ashore on Cantick Head,
refloating later with only slight damage reported.
sank at 1900.
proceeding from S.S. CARINTHIA to S.S. EROS, VOLUNTEER
was directed by an aircraft to a raft andrescued the
Master and only survivor of S.S. FRANCES MARY, torpedoed
by a U boat at 2350, 6th June, in position
310 degrees Tory Island 16 miles.
EROS was beached on Tory Island at 2230, VOLUNTEER
returning to Scapa, BERKELEY proceeding inexecution of
Saturday, 8th June 1940
at 0840 reported a U boat in position 55-52N, 2-40E.
WARWICK, and AMAZON escorting NELSON arrived Clyde at
1115. AMAZON was
ordered to Scapa.
escorted by ARDENT and ACASTA left Narvik area at 0300
returned to Scapa arriving at 1245.
escorted by ZULU and KELVIN sailed from Iceland for
arrived at the Clyde at 1830.
sailed from the Clyde at 1630 for Scapa.
1900, CAMPBELL was ordered by Flag Officer in Charge,
Narvik, to locate and escort the slow convoyof
storeships at Narvik.
CAMPBELL searched the convoy track throughout 8th
and 9th June, without success.
arrived at Scapa at 2100 from Kirkwall.
arrived at Scapa at 2145 and secured alongside WOOLWICH.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD arrived at Scapa at 2215 from
Devonport after refit.
Sunday, 9th June 1940
escorted by ZULU and KELVIN arrived Scapa at 0500 from
Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron was
ordered to leave Iceland Area and proceed withSUSSEX to
a position off the west coast of Iceland to carry out a
patrol to intercepted two merchant ships sighted by
R.F.A. PRUNELLA on 5th June, should they be
attempting, should they be attempting a landing on
theIrish Coast (sic west coast of Iceland or
and ELECTRA sailed from Scapa at 0900 to rendezvous with
DEVONSHIRE to the Clyde, but were recalledto Scapa.
report was received at 1030 through VALIANT that
hospital ship ATLANTIS had seen an enemy battlecruiser
engaging a 2 funnel transport in position 67-N, 3-52E at
0900 8th June.
The transport when last seen was still afloat.
It is probable that the ship referred to was
ORAMA returning empty from Narvik.
made a mutilated amplifying report at 1640 of 2 pocket
battleships. Latest information received points to the fact that GLORIOUS,
ARDENT, ACASTA have been sunk.
being continually bombed was ordered to escort Group II
transports to 59N, then return toScapa.
Group II ordered to steer due west to position
6W, thence due south to Clyde.
1026 Commander in Chief ordered REPULSE to sweep to the
North eastward, FOXHOUND, FORESTER, and MAORIwere in
company with REPULSE, also NEWCASTLE and SUSSEX.
and RENOWN escorted by Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD
with ZULU, KELVIN, ESCORT, and ELECTRA sailedfrom Scapa
at 1245 to the northward.
1300, FIREDRAKE, escorting Group II transports, after a
U boat had been reported in thevicinity, attacked a good
Asdic contact in position 68-05N, 2-30E.
A prolonged air bubble of about half a minute
duration and was and it is probable that the submarine
and WHIRWIND sailed from Scapa at 2000 for Sullom Voe.
sailing with troopships to Aberdeen was delayed by fog.
Admiralty ordered all Naval units to raise steam for
reported that two unknown merchant vessels were sighted
in position 63N, 20-20W, course 240degrees at 1100 on 7th
June. It is
assumed that these are the ships originally reported by
R.F.A.PRUNELLA on 5th June.
and WITCH proceeded from the Clyde at 2330 to Liverpool.
and VANOC arrived at Sullom Voe at 2350.
2345 until 0100 10th June, ARROW s convoy of
storeships was attacked by about six aircraft inposition
67-55N, 02-10E. The
defensive fire of ARROW, STORK, and seven trawlers and
of the ships themselvesrendered all attacks ineffective,
the enemy showing little determination.
the same time, the Norwegian steamers PRINS OLAF and
ARIADNE, who were following the convoy route,but had
been unable to join up with an escort, were attacked by
six aircraft. Neither
ship carried any armament and the attacks were pressed
home with the result that both vesselswere set on fire
and sunk. ARROW,
on the conclusion of the attacks on the convoy, sighted
smoke from the burningships, closed and picked up
Monday, 10th June 1940
FOXHOUND, and FORESTER arrived at Sullom Voe at 0100.
VISCOUNT, WITHERINGTON, ANTELOPE, and ATHERSTONE arrived
at the Clyde at 0600 escortingGroup I transports from
sailed from Liverpool at 1200 for Sullom Voe at 20
reported at 1030, one Scharnhorst class, two Hipper
class, one large destroyer anchored inTrondjhem Road and
one pocket battleship 6 miles east of the town
FOXHOUND, and FORESTER sailed from Sullom Voe at 0800 to
join RENOWN. FOXHOUND
reported starboard H.P. turbine defective and returning
to Sullom Voe for examination.
proceeded from Scapa at 1345, escorting troopships to
sailed from Sullom Voe at 1530 to join REPULSE instead
reported a U boat which dived on being sighted in
position 60-04N, 1-50E at 0633.
WHIRLWIND was ordered to continue hunt for 24
CLYDE at 1400 reported one Pocket Battleship, one
cruiser HIPPER class in position 64-35N,9-45E, steering
sailed from Liverpool at 1500 for Scapa.
were received at 1800 to commence hostilities against
Italy at 0001/11 June.
VISCOUNT, WITHERINGTON sailed from the Clyde at 1600 for
and ANTELOPE sailed from the Clyde at 1930 for Scapa.
at 2048 attacked a U boat in position 61-42N, 3-56W.
gained touch with the slow Tromsoy Convoy at 1730 but
owing to loss of fuel, it was necessary toproceed
independently to Sullom Voe.
Later, touch was gained with Command in Chief,
Home Fleet, in RODNEY andMASHONA was detached to
Tuesday, 11th June 1940
escorting troopships from Scapa, arrived Aberdeen at
0430 and sailed for Scapa.
0540, VETERAN and VANOC at Sullom Voe, were ordered to
assist Vice Admiral, Northern Patrol, inrounding up
Italian merchant vessels.
at 1004, reported three cruisers and four destroyers in
and VOLUNTEER, at 1030, were ordered to proceed to
arrived at Scapa at 1130 to oil with orders to rejoin
Group II Convoys and sailed again at 1530.
arrived at Scapa at 1315.
WITHERINGTON, on passage to Sullom Voe, proceeded at
1310 to position 59-58N, 0-10W to rescuecrew of
Sunderland down in water.
At 1330 Admiralty informed Rear Admiral (D)
Home Fleet that Sunderlandhad taken off again and
WOLVERINE and WITHERINGTON arrived Sullom Voe at 1900.
ANTELOPE, AMAZON, ESCAPADE ordered to proceed from
Sullom Voe and provide screen forCommander in Chief at
sailed from Sullom Voe for Scapa, arriving at 2100.
sailed from Sullom Voe at 1300 for Scapa Flow arriving
at 2200, and sailing for Liverpoolfor repairs and boiler
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, MAORI, DIANA, ACHERON,
and FORESTER arrived at Scapa at 2200escorting REPULSE
Wednesday, 12th June 1940
and ENCOUNTER sailed from Scapa at 0600 escorting Convoy
HEBREW consisting of S.S. DROMORECASTLE, RUTLAND, HERON,
ALBERTE LE BORGNE, JAVORY, VULCAN, LOMBARDY, CYPRIAN
PRINCE, ST CLAIR, and INVERSHANNON to the Clyde with
trawlers LE TIGRE andLEICESTER CASTLE as additional
VANOC, WITHERINGTON, and WHIRLWIND sailed from Sullom
Voe at 0200 and at 1230 relievedATHERSTONE and ENCOUN
TER and A/S trawlers of escort duties north east of Cape
Wrath, the latter ships returning to Scapa.
NAILSEA LASS joined the convoy from Stornoway and S.S.
ARMENIER, who should have been in company,had to be
escorted independently by WITHERINGTON.
and CAMPBELL arrived Sullom Voe to refuel at 0745.
MASHONA, and CAMPBELL sailed from Sullom Voe at 0745/13th
and FORESTER from Scapa Flow at 2100/12th to
rendezvous with the Commander in Chief, Home Fleet in
position 63-00N, 4-00W at 1300, 13th June.
and ASHANTI arrived at Scapa to refuel at 1600.
sailed from Scapa at 2200 and proceeded to Plymouth with
despatch to join the command ofCommander in Chief,
FAME, HAVELOCK, BEAGLE, DELIGHT, and ECHO arrived Clyde
at 2300 escorting Group II transportsfrom Narvik
area ORONSAY, ARANDORA STAR, ULSTER PRINCE, ULSTER
MONARCH, ROYAL ULSTERMAN, DUCHESS OF YORK, ORMONDE, with
COVENTRY as A.A. escort.
sailed from Sullom Voe at 1700 and arrived Scapa at
arrived Scapa at 1645 and ENCOUNTER at 1745.
Thursday, 13th June 1940
(D) IX in HAVELOCK, BEAGLE, WREN, HAMBLEDON sailed from
Greenock at 0500 escorting S.S.DUCHESS OF YORK, GEORGIC,
SOBIESKI, and BATORY (Convoy FF One) to Brest.
HAMBLEDON was later detached to return to
Clyde, being require for escort duties and arrived at
1800, 14th June.
(D) VI in TARTAR, BEDOUIN, MAORI, and ASHANTI sailed
from Scapa with moderate dispatch at 1130 torendezvous
with Commander in Chief, Home Fleet in position 65N, 4W.
was torpedoed at 0600 in position 57-00N, 9-51W.
The ship remained afloat and DELIGHT and ECHO
sailed from Greenock at0900 to her assistance.
HIGHLANDER also being diverted.
SCOTSTOUN later sank, and HIGHLANDER recovered
survivors from lifeboats.
DELIGHT and ECHO returned to Clyde.
carrier ARK ROYAL raided enemy units in Trondjem Fjord
at dawn, but when flying on, RODNAY andARK ROYAL ran
into fog. And ANTELOPE and ELECTRA of the screen were in
stood by ANTELOPE, ZULU took ELECTRA in tow, ARK ROYAL
proceeded to Scapa, and RODNEYremained in support.
sailed from Scapa at 1345 for Aberdeen to escort S.S.
LOCHNAGAR and MACCLESFIELD carryingmilitary and R.A.F.
personnel to Lerwick.
ATHERSTONE to return to Scapa on completion.
and ACHERON sailed from Scapa at 1800 to search for U
boat reported by aircraft in position59-07N, 0-30W at
1505 diving on a course of 315 degrees.
U boat was considered to be either on patrol or
outward bound. There
was a further report of another U boat in position
59-54N, 00-10E at 1904.
sailed from Humber at 2000 for Rosyth after refit,
subsequently to escort WAR PINDARI fromMethil to Scapa.
Friday, 14th June 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0300 to escort store carrier
FOSSBECK and tanker BRITISH LADY toRosyth, subsequently
proceeding to Chatham for refit.
sailed from Greenock at 0400 for Plymouth to join
command of Commander in Chief, WesternApproaches.
WALKER, and STORK arrived Scapa at 0500 with NEWCASTLE,
SUSSEX, and store convoy from Narvikarea.
arrived at Scapa at 0400 with store ships from Narvik
WHIRLWIND, and VANOC arrived Greenock at 0630, escorting
Convoy HEBREW from Scapa and NAILSEALASS from Stornoway.
WITHERINGTON with S.S. ARMENIER arrived at
1530, DIANA and ACHERON had carried the A/S search to
position 59-08N, 5-06W without success and wereordered
to return to Scapa.
Ships arrived at Scapa at 0100m 15th
ESCORT, and CAMPBELL arrived at Scapa at 1515, escorting
Vice Admiral, Aircraft Carriers inARK ROYAL.
sailed from Scapa at 1930 for Rosyth to join command of
Commander in Chief, Rosyth.
ECHO, and WITHERINGTON sailed from the Clyde at 2030
escorting FURIOUS with DEVONSHIRE tolongitude 15W.
Escort to carry out A/S sweep to Skerryvore on
return passage and then ECHO to proceed to Scapa
andHAMBLEDON and WITHERINGTON to Clyde.
and FORESTER were detached from Commander in Chief, Home
Fleet s screen to proceed to Faroes andto provide escort
for onward passage of Norwegian ships and to embark
survivors of GLORIOUS and ACASTA,
arrived Scapa at 1740 after escorting LOCHNAGAR and
MACCLESFIELD to Lerwick.
Saturday, 15th June 1940
and ACHERON arrived Scapa at 0100 from U boat search.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, escorting ANTELOPE, damaged by
collision arrived at Scapa at 0330.
ACHERON, WALKER, and VISCOUNT sailed from Scapa at 0600
escorting convoy of ninestoreships to the Clyde with
four A/S trawlers as additional escort.
and KELVIN left Scapa Flow at 0945 escorting NEWCASTLE
during firing practices in PentlandFirth.
arrived Scapa at 0830 escorting WAR PINDARI from Methil.
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, MASHONA, ASHANTI, MAORI,
and FEARLESS arrived Scapa at 1650escorting Commander in
Chief in RODNEY and RENOWN.
BRIGAND proceeded to ELECTRA, and at 2000 these ships
escorted to ZULU were in position 60-36N,4-00W, making
good 8 knots to the southward.
sailed from Scapa at 2100 escorting oiler ROSEWOOD, with
A/S trawlers SCOTTISH and LOCH OSKAIG toSullom Voe.
sailed from Scapa at 2200 for the Tyne to repair
was torpedoed while on Northern Patrol at 2330 in
position 62-36N, 15-09W.
FORESTER proceeded to her assistance from Faroe
Islands, AMAZON from Sullom Voe Convoy, and KELVIN from
Scapa at0200, 16th June.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 16th-30th JUNE 1940
8th August 1940
No. 874/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER VIII
30TH JUNE 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board, the
enclosed War Diary Number VIII of the HomeFleet
Destroyer Command for the period 16th
30th June 1940.
(signed) E.C. Thornton
For Rear Admiral (D), Home
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER VIII
16TH 30TH JUNE
in No. 874/H.D. 00571A, dated 8th August
Sunday, 16th June 1940
and ASHANTI sailed from Scapa at 0240 for Reykjavik.
During the passage endeavour was made to locate
Icelandic SKALLAGRIMURbut without success in low
sailed from Thorshaven, Faroes, at 0600 escorting
Norwegian fishery vessel FRIDTJOF NANSEN,Norwegian
submarine B.1, and five minor warships to Rosyth, routed
through the Pentland Firth.
2349, Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet ordered KELVIN to
join VETERAN with Faroes Convoy.
KELVIN and VETERAN to join Command of Commander
in Chief, The Nore, as soon as released from Rosyth.
ESCAPADE, and BRIGAND, escorting ELECTRA, damaged in
collision with ANTELOPE, arrived Scapaat 1430.
met Icelandic trawler SKALLAGRIMUR with 347 survivors
from ANDANIA but weather was too roughto effect a
were embarked the following day and FORESTER arrived at
Scapa at 2230, 17th June.
Monday, 17th June 1940
0047, Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, ordered BEDOUIN
and ASHANTI to proceed to Reykjavik to hunta U boat
reported at 2058, 16th June, in position
64-09N, 22-16W and subsequently to escort EMPRESS OF
AUSTRALIA. These destroyers carried out an A/S search in the approaches
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR, with FEARLESS and ESCAPADE sailed
from Scapa at 1445 escorting ViceAdmiral, Aircraft
Carriers, in ARK ROYAL to the Clyde,
FOXHOUND returning to Scapa, joined the screen
Tuesday, 18th June 1940
sailed from Greenock at 0400, screened by FRASER,
RESTIGOUCHE, SKEENA, ST LAURENT, and WANDERER
torendezvous with Vice Admiral, Aircraft Carriers for
onward passage to Gibraltar.
ATHERSTONE followed at 0520.
Destroyer escort to be detached to eastbound
convoy T.C. 5. Screen
to Gibraltar to be FAULKNOR, FEARLESS, ESCAPADE, and
called at Milford Haven to refuel.
and ASHANTI arrived in Icelandic waters and thereafter
maintained a constant A/S patrol ofone destroyer and one
trawler off Reykjavik.
sailed from Scapa at 1200 for Aberdeen to meet S.S.
LOCHNAGAR at 1800 to provide escort to Lerwick.
Wednesday, 19th June 1940
reports at 1304 and 1335 from Burgh Head Deerness that
eight unknown destroyers and three escort vessels had
been sighted to the eastward of Orkneys.
RENOWN, screened by Captain (D) VI in TARTAR
with MAORI, and MASHONA proceeded to investigate.
The cause of the reports was probably ZULU,
proceeding south from Lerwick, and three minesweepers in
the swept channel, and at 1500 this force returned to
(D) VI in TARTAR with MASHONA, and MAORI sailed Scapa at
1720 for the Faroe Islands on accountof the arrival
there of four Swedish destroyers, recently purchased
from Italy and bound for Sweden.
Thursday, 20th June 1940
was ordered at 1316, with ATHERSTONE, to close position
56-16N, 8-10W where a merchant shiphad been torpedoed.
1100, Captain (D) VI took over Swedish destroyers PUKE,
PSILANDER, ROMULUS, and REMUS at SkaaleFjord, Faroes,
the crews being transferred to their tanker CASTOR, and
depot ship PATRICIA.
sailed from Scapa at 1430 for Harwich to join the
Command of Commander in Chief, The Nore.
1105, ZULU, ESCORT, and FORESTER were ordered to proceed
from Scapa to search for a U boat bombed andpossibly
damaged by aircraft in position 60-32N, 5-18W at 1030.
U boat was first sighted by the aircraft on a
course of 260 degrees, but the position was such that
the U boatmight have be homeward bound.
The search was unsuccessful.
Friday, 21st June 1940
met MONTCLARE in the North Channel at 0045 to escort her
to 13-40W on account of U boatactivity North of Ireland.
remained in the vicinity of the recent sinkings north of
Ireland until 0800, then proceed withsurvivors to
Liverpool before going on to Sheerness
the report H.M. Submarine CLYDE that one enemy battle
cruiser, accompanied by one battleship,and one
destroyer, had been attacked by torpedo at 2234, 20th
June, in position 64-43N, 9-53E.
ZULU, ESCORT, and FORESTER returned to Scapa
with all despatch arriving at 0800.
MAORI and MASHONA reembarked steaming parties from
Swedish destroyers and proceeded at 0620 fromthe Faroes
for Scapa with all despatch.
Fleet at Scapa came to one hour s notice for steam.
(D) in INGLEFIELD with DIANA, ZULU, FORESTER, and ESCORT
sailed from Scapa at 1220 escorting RearAdmiral
Commanding, Battle Cruisers, in RENOWN and REPULSE,
proceeding eastwards in view of an aircraft report at
1120 of an enemy battle cruiser andsix destroyers in
position 61-00N, 4-14E, course 190, speed 25 knots.
Also at sea were NEWCASTLE and SUSSEX from
Scapa and Vice Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser
Squadron inMANCHESTER, with SHEFFIELD, BIRMINGHAM, YORK,
and GALLANT from Rosyth.
All forces closed to intercept until at 1850,
the enemy was finally reported as being inside the
Fjords in the vicinityof Haugesund.
of destroyers under Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet, was
ordered as follows:
(Captain (D)), ISIS, IMOGEN, DELIGHT, DIANA, HOTSPUR,
ECLIPSE, and ELECTRA.
Division (HUNT class)
(Captain (D)), SIKH, ZULU, MAORI, ESCAPADE, ECHO,
ESCORT, and ENCOUNTER
(Captain (D)), ASHANTI, MATABELE, MASHONA, BEDOUIN,
PUNJABI, ESKIMO, and SOMALI
(Captain (D)), FURY, FORESTER, FEARLESS, FOXHOUND, FAME,
FORESIGHT, FORTUNE, and FIREDRAKE\
(D) VI in TARTAR sailed from the Faroes escorting the ex
Swedish PUKE and REMUS to Scapa.
PUKE later broke down in position 61-15N, 6-06W
and was taken in tow by KINGSTON PERIDOT.
Tug SAUCY sailed from Kirkwall at 0340, 22nd
June to assist.
Saturday, 22nd June 1940
forces off the Norwegian Coast, having failed to make
contact with the enemy, withdrew to thewestward at 0240
at high speed.
sailed at 1400 escorting SEA MONARCH to Aberdeen and
DEVON CITY and ARBROATH to Rosyth.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ZULU, FORESTER, ESCORT, and
DIANA arrived at Scapa at 1120escorting Rear Admiral
Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron in RENOWN with
REPULSE from North Sea operation.
1100, the Naval Officer in Charge, Faroes, reported that
the Swedish depot ship and tanker had returnedto
Thorshavn and were demanding the return of the four
destroyers. As a
result, MASHONA was ordered to proceed to the Faroes and
MAORI sailed from Scapa at 1345 to assist Captain (D)VI.
MASHONA arrived at Thorshavn at 2230 and the
situation was then reported as satisfactory.
took PUKE in tow tug SAUCY s tow having parted.
Sunday, 23rd June 1940
(D) VI in TARTAR arrived at Scapa at 0115 with ex
Swedish destroyer REMUS in company.
MAORI with tug BRIGAND towed ex Swedish
destroyer PUKE arrived at 1200.
Both Swedish destroyers were berthed on
WOOLWICH for overhaul andrepairs before steaming parties
should arrive for the passage South.
sailed from Scapa at 0950 with NEWCASTLE to intercept an
enemy destroyer reported by aircraft at0600 in position
58-45N, 04-20E steaming 225 degrees at 20 knots and to
cover Polish submarine WILK proceeding damaged to Rosyth
in position 57-10N, 4-10E at0600.
BIRMINGHAM, and GALLANT also proceeded from Rosyth.
WILK later reported that she could dive, and
forces returned to harbourwithout having made contact
with the enemy.
Monday, 24th June 1940
and FIREDRAKE sailed from Greenock at 0100 escorting
ARGUS and S.s. ANDES to Reykjavik.
arrived Scapa at 0430 with NEWCASTLE from North Sea
sailed from Scapa at 0615 for Sullom Voe to escort S.S.
ATREUS, leaving at 1715, to Scapa.
proceeded from Scapa to Aberdeen to rendezvous at 2000
with A/S trawler STOKE CITY and to escorttransport S.S.
LOCHNAGAR to Lerwick with Store Carrier S.S. KYLE BROOK
for ex Swedish PUKE and REMUS arrived at Scapa at 2330
to take over the ships and prepare them forpassage
and ATHERSTONE sailed from the Clyde at 2330 escorting
EMERALD, on passage to Halifax, tolongitude 12W.
On release COSSACK to proceed to Scapa and
ATHERSTONE to Clyde.
25th June 1940
ATREUS, arrived Scapa at 0500.
received that the ex Swedish destroyers PSILANDER and
ROMULUS from theFaroes and PUKE and REMUS from Scapa
were to be returned to their Swedish crews at Kirkwall,
ships proceeding there as soon as ready for steaming.
MASHONA sailed from the Faroes at 1830 with A/S
whalers and ST. MAGNUS escorting PSILANDER and ROMULUS
to Kirkwall,arriving at 1330, 26th June.
with STOKE CITY escorting S.S. LOCHNAGAR arrived at
Lerwick at 1440 and thenproceeded to Scapa arriving at
26th June 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0940 to search for crew of one
Gladiator aircraft reported downin position S.E.
Pentland Skerries 2 miles.
The search was unsuccessful and ASHANTI
returned to Scapa at 1410.
and FORESIGHT sailed from Scapa at 1900 escorting
and VANSITTART sailed from Rosyth escorting PORT QUEBEC
and PORT NAPIER to Port Z.A.
and PUNJABI escorting ARGUS and ANDES arrived Reykjavik
at 2015, 26th June.
27th June 1940
arrived Greenock at 1030 escorting H.M. submarine
TALISMAN from Liverpool.
and FERNIE, with GLEANER, sailed from the Clyde at noon
for an A/S search of theNorth Channel, following a
report that a U boat had been operating there during the
and FIREDRAKE, escorting the Transport ANDES, sailed
from Reykjavik at 1900 forAkureryi Fjord, arriving at
1320, 28th June.
1300 MAORI and ECHO proceeded from Scapa to intercept a
U boat reported at 0700 inposition 60-24N, 5-59W on a
course of 030 degrees, probably damaged by aircraft
bombs and probably homeward bound.
28th June 1940
with A/S trawler HAZEL sailed from Methil at 1200
escorting S.S. ARIEL and FOSSBECKto Scapa.
1030, MAORI and ECHO were recalled from the U boat
search to the northward of Muckle Fluggahaving failed to
and FERNIE arrived at Greenock at 1130 after an
unsuccessful search for a U boatreported in North
29th June 1940
and FURY with ST LAURENT and SKEENA sailed from the
Clyde escorting NELSON to Gibraltar.
and FERNIE sailed from Greenock at 1050 escorting S.S.
QUEEN MARY to join ConvoyW.S. 1 in the North Channel,
subsequently proceeding to Liverpool.
sailed from Greenock at 1400 escorting S.S. CITY OF
AUCKLAND, CITY OF FLORENCE,MARINA, DALLINGTON COURT, and
LYCAON to Belfast, subsequently returning to the Clyde.
and FIREDRAKE escorting S.S. ANDES sailed from Akreyri at 1020 having completed landing of troops for Seydisfjord
delayed the passage and the Fjord could not be entered
until 1000, 30th June.
with A/S trawler HAZEL, escorting S.S. ARIEL and
FOSSBECK, arrived at Scapa at1500.
FORTUNE then proceeded to join WHITE BEAR, who
at 2300, 28th June had depth charged a U boat
in position 58-23.5N, 5-33W and had expended all depth
fired three patterns with no result and without a
contact, on a position marked by a mark buoy, before
beingrecalled to Scapa.
2024, battleships, battle cruisers, cruisers, and
destroyers at Scapa were ordered toraise steam for
immediate notice, and FORTUNE was recalled.
At 2121, this notice was increased to one hour
s notice. At
0110, 30th June, these ships reverted to
normal notice for steam.
30th June 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0800 escorting ex Swedish PUKE and
REMUS to Kirkwall, andreturned to harbour at 1350.
During this period
destroyers have not been required to convoy duties on
the scalethat was necessary during the Norwegian
campaign, and it has been possible to arrange for
training practices to take place from Scapa for ships
maintainedthere for screening duties with the capital
submarine has been available for A/S exercises.
Destroyers accompanied battle cruisers and
cruisers on a sweep to the vicinity of Stavanger on 21st,
for the interception of an enemy battle cruiser,
believed to be SCHARNHORSTproceeding south off the
Norwegian coast. No
contact was made with the enemy.
Captain (D) VIII, with certain destroyers of
the E and F classes, was detached from the Home
FleetCommand, to join Force H to be based on Gibraltar.
Captain (D) VI, with ships of the Sixth
Destroyer Flotilla, took over Swedish destroyers PUKE,
PSILANDZER, ROMULUS andREMUS in the Faroe Islands.
British crews steamed these to the Orkneys,
subsequently returning themto their own crews at
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-15th JUNE 1940
No. 919/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER VII
1ST TO 15TH June 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number IX of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 1st July to 15th
in No. 919/H.HD.00571A of 17th August 1940)
Monday, 1st July 1940
ATHERSTONE, WARWICK, and FERNIE sailed from Liverpool at
0900 escorting BARHAM to Scapa.
sailed from Greenock at 0700 escorting EMPRESSF BRITAIN
to Liverpool, subsequentlyreturning to the Clyde.
sailed from Scapa at 0800 escorting S.S. ATREUS to
0251, NELSON and escort on passage to Gibraltar were
ordered to return to Scapa.
having reported bombing a submerged U boat in position
58-21N, 2-51W at 0600, ASHANTI proceededfrom Scapa and
Captain (D) IV in COSSACK with MAORI and ECHO were
ordered to join. Subsequent
information from the pilot of the aircraft on landing
showed that there was some doubt as toreliability of the
report and ships were recalled.
arrived Greenock at 1730 escorting S.S. KOHISTAN.
2226, WALKER with JASON was ordered to proceed to search
for a U boat sighted and bombed by an aircraftat 2115 in
position 55-02N, 5-38W.
The aircraft reported having seen objects
resembling mines below thesurface in that position and
it was considered probable that the U boat had been
search was unsuccessful.
and FIREDRAKE completed the landing of troops at Seydis
Fjord, Eski, and Reyder Fjord, andsailed from Iceland at
1400 escorting S.S. ANDES to the Clyde, arriving at
1000, 3rd July.
Tuesday, 2nd July 1940
0610 S.S. ARANDORA STAR reported torpedoed in position
50-20N, 10-52W. WALKER and JASON were ordered by F.O. i/c Greenock to proceed to
her assistance, and ST LAURENT proceeded from NELSON s
screen, andECHO from escorting ATREUS.
as also detached by PUNJABI to proceed to assist, but
was ordered to rejoin at 1631, when it wasknown that ST
LAURENT had arrived and was rescuing survivors from
sailed from Greenock at 1055 escorting S.S. SOUTHERN
PRINCE to Port ZA, subsequently proceeding toScapa.
WARWICK, ATHERSTONE, and FERNIE arrived at Scapa at 2200
escorting BARHAM fromLiverpool.
RODNEY, SOUTHAMPTON, NORFOLK, COVENTRY, and destroyers
at Scapa kept steam at twohours notice from 2200 to
0500, Wednesday, 3rd.
destroyers REMUS, ROMULUS, PUKE, and PSILANDER were
handed back to Swedish crews at Kirkwall.
Wednesday, 3rd July 1940
and FURY with SKEENA, arrived at Scapa at 0530 escorting
and BREDA passed May Island at 0700 escorting S.S. SHOAL
FISHER to Scapa.
LAURENT arrived Clyde at 0730 with survivors from
and FIREDRAKE escorting S.S. ANDES arrived Greenock at
1030. PUNJABI sailed for Scapa at 1530, arriving 0900, 4th
arrived at Scapa at 2000 from Portland to join Home
and SKEENA sailed from Scapa at 2245 to relieve MASHONA
and BREDA in the Pentland Firth escortingS.S. SHOAL
FISHER to the Clyde.
Destroyers to rejoin Western Approaches Command
Thursday, 4th July 1940
at 0047 was ordered to proceed from Scapa to investigate
a Swedish ship reported in thevicinity of Clyth Ness at
1915 with the markings G.G. 156.
Ship was found to be British RAGNHILL holding a
fishing permit and was escorted into Wick by MASHONA who
thenreturned to Scapa.
having at 1125 reported bombing a U boat in position
59-24N, 1-15W, Captain (D) III inINGLEFIELD with IMOGEN,
ATHERSTONE and FERNIE who were ordered to abandon A/S
exercises to the westward of Hoy and to carry out a
search assuming thesubmarine to be outward bound.
Pilot of aircraft on landing reported sighting
only a trail of oil withbubbles and that about two hours
later a float and pole and red flag appeared on water
proceeding slowly on a course 335 degrees. Destroyers were ordered to investigate this, but by midnight had
found nothing and returned to Scapa.
aircraft at 1310 reported attacking another U boat in
position 59-10N, 5-35W.
Captain (D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, ASHANTI,
and MASHONA were ordered to abandon gunnery firings and
carry out asearch for the submarine whose course was
given as 035 degrees.
Pilot of the aircraft on landing stated that he
had only seen an oil trail headed by bubbles. Destroyers were ordered to sweep toward Fair Isle Channel at 0600
Friday, 5th July 1940
sailed at 0545 from Greenock with BONAVENTURE and JASON
escorting S.S. MONARCH OF BERMUDA, BATORY,and SOBIESKY
(sic) to join REVENGE and escort for passage to Hallifax
then returned to the Clyde and sailed at 1300 with
H.M.S. MENESTHEUS for Port ZA and Scapa.
and SKEENA arrived at Greenock escorting SHOAL FISHER.
Saturday, 6th July 1940
Submarine SHARK reported that at 2250, 5th
July, in position 58-51N, 4-50E she was unable to dive
and was making 10 knots on the surface on a course of
230degrees. Captain (D) IV in COSSACK with MAORI, FAME,
and FORTUNE proceeded from Scapa at 0215 to meet SHARK
and escort to Rosyth. Vice Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth Cruiser Squadron in
SOUTHAMPTON with COVENTRY also proceeded in support.
1000, the destroyer force had searched along SHARK s
track to the further back taken at 6 knotswithout
success, and divided twice visibility distance to
northwest and southeast, for a further search.
were heavily bombed during the day and at 1240 FAME
sustained damage aft from a near missand speed was
reduced to 20 knots.
The search for SHARK having been unsuccessful,
ships proceeded towardsRosyth, arriving at 2330.
FAME required docking for repairs, and had
suffered 23 casualties.
arrived Scapa at 1840 to work up before joining Home
Sunday, 7th July 1940
(D) IV in COSSACK with MAORI and FORTUNE sailed from
Rosyth at 2030 escorting Rear Admiral,Eighteenth Cruiser
Squadron in SOUTHAMPTON with COVENTRY to Scapa.
Monday, 8th July 1940
proceeded from Scapa at 2230 to rendezvous with Finnish
LAHTI at 0400, Tuesday, 9th July in position
064 degrees Rattray Head 3 miles to escort to Rosyth.
Tuesday, 9th July 1940
and FIREDRAKE sailed from the Clyde at 0030 escorting
S.S. ORMONDE and ULSTER PRINCE with troops toIceland.
search failed to locate Finnish S.S. LAHTI and DIANA
remained in the vicinity of the rendezvousduring the
1234, DIANA was ordered to search for a Blenheim in the
sea in position 58-14N,1-04W.
The search was unsuccessful and DIANA returned
to Scapa arriving at 0200 10th July.
Wednesday, 10th July 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with IMOGEN, ATHERSTONE,
HAMBLEDON, and FERNIE sailed from Port ZAescorting Rear
Admiral (ML) in SOUTHERN PRINCE with MENESTHEUS, PORT
NAPIER, and PORT QUEBEC for minelaying operation S.N.
1245 it was reported by ST LAURENT with Convoy OA.180
that Dutch ship ALWAKI was sinking as a result ofan
explosion in the engine room, in position Northeast of
Cape Wrath 10 miles.
In view of reports of U boats west of Thurso
and off Scourie Point (North Minch), ZULU, MAORI,
andBERKELEY abandoned their A/S exercises west of Hoy
and Captain (D) VI in TARTAR, with ASHANTI, BEDOUIN, and
MASHONA, exercising in Scapa Flow, proceededto search.
Later reports from ST LAURENT and escorting
aircraft showed that the explosion was internal
andprobably due to sabotage, the Dutch crew making
little effort to save their ship.
ALWAKI sank at 2107.
Thursday, 11th July 1940
ATHERSTONE, and FERNIE arrived at Port ZA escorting
minelayers from Operation S.N. One at 1100and sailed at
1430 for Liverpool.
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD with IMOGEN
arrived Scapa at 1645.
and FIREDRAKE escorting ORMONDE and ULSTER PRINCE
arrived Reykjavik at 2030.
and MASHONA remained in vicinity of Cape Wrath until
evening when the westbound convoy hadpassed the position
of the explosion in S.S. ALWAKI, then returned to Scapa.
Friday, 12th July 1940
sailed from Reykjavik at 1430 escorting ULSTER PRINCE to
Akreyri with troops.
Saturday, 13th July 1940
(D) VI in TARTAR sailed from Scapa at 1015 for Liverpool
for docking for repairs to Asdicinstallation and damage
ATHERSTONE, and FERNIE sailed from Liverpool at 1800
escorting FURIOUS to Prestwick to fly onaircraft and
thence to Scapa.
escorting ULSTER PRINCE arrived at Akreyri (Iceland) and
sailed for Seidisfjord.
following redisposition of destroyers was ordered:
DOUGLAS, ACTIVE, WATCHMAN, KEPPEL, and
VORTIGERN leave North Atlantic Command to join Home
Three worked up HUNT class destroyers to leave Home
Fleet command and join Dover Command.
HOTSPUR and ENCOUNTER from Home Fleet Command and three
G class destroyers from Nore command tojoin North
Sunday, 14th July 1940
ATHERSTONE, and FERNIE escorting FURIOUS arrived at
Scapa at 0615.
Monday, 15th July 1940
and ATHERSTONE proceeded from Scapa at 1315 to
rendezvous with S.S. HIGHLANDER andR.F.A. PRESTOL off
Aberdeen at 2000 for escort to Lerwick and Scapa,
escorting S.S. ULSTER PRINCE sailed from Seidisfjord
(Iceland) for Reykjavik.
The first fortnight of July was a
quiet period during which destroyers retained atScapa
for fleet screening duties, etc. carried out Gunnery,
Torpedo, and A/S practice.
Destroyers of the Fourth Destroyer Flotilla with
SOUTHAMPTON and COVENTRY carried out the onlyoperation
of a major nature, a sweep to locate and escort H.M.
Submarine SHARK, returning home damaged from the
Norwegian coast. This was unsuccessful as SHARK was sunk by enemy action before a
rendezvous was made.
FAME was damaged by a near miss during the
fairly heavy aerial bombardment to whichthis force was
Escorts were provided for capital ships on passage,
troop transports to and from Iceland, to and fromLerwick
(Shetlands), and for the first of the minelaying
operation under the command of Rear Admiral (ML).
Searches for U boats reported by aircraft were
carried out by such destroyers as could be made
available, but inno case was contact gained with the
It was decided the HUNT class destroyers should
join the Nore Command on completion of working up at
Scapa,owing to the unsuitability of these ships (both as
regards endurance and seakeeping qualities) for
operations in the Orkneys and Shetlands area.
In return, certain destroyers of the A ,
V and W
classes were to join the Home Fleet Command.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 16th-31st JULY 1940
No. 1002/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER X
PERIOD 16TH TO 31ST JULY 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number IX of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 16th July to 30th
(Enclosure in No. 1002/H.D. 00571A of 18th
Tuesday, 16th July 1940
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, ZULU, MAORI, FURY, FORTUNE,
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD andIMOGEN, sailed from
Scapa at 0900 with Vice Admiral Commanding, Eighteenth
Cruiser Squadron in SOUTHAMPTON, and GLASGOW, SUSSEX,
and SHROPSHIRE. These
ships were known as Force C.
The Force swept to the southeastward until 1543
when course was reversed to return to Scapa in view of
2355, in low visibility, GLASGOW was in collision with
IMOGEN in approximate position58-34N, 02-54W.
The latter was severely damaged and had to be
abandoned owing to an outbreak of fire whichcould not be
controlled, and contributed to the loss of the ship.
GLASGOW recovered survivors, but owing to fog,
the hulk was not seen to sink.
view of reports of outward bound U boats, instructions
were received for the disposition ofdestroyers:
Four in 59-00N, 00-00W at 1500/17.
Two in 60-20N, 01-00E at 1700/17
Two Hunt class to augment convoy escorts between Cape
Wrath and Rattray Head.
and FIREDRAKE escorting ARGUS, S.S. ORMONDE, and ULSTER
PRINCE sailed fromReykjavik at 1030 for the Clyde,
arriving at 0500, 18th July.
oiler PRESTOL, arrived at Scapa and was unable to enter
until fogcleared at 1100.
and PUNJABI, screening NELSON, entered harbour at 1640
after fullcalibre firings.
17th July 1940
1120, BEDOUIN with PUNJABI proceeded from Scapa to
Position B and ASHANTI withMASHONA to position A to
carry out A/S patrols for the interception of outward
bound U boats.
and FERNIE sailed from Scapa at 1830 to meet east bound
convoy W.N. 1 off CapeWrath to reinforce the escort,
convoy being expected to reach Cape Wrath about
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, MAORI, ZULU, FURY, FORTUNE
and Captain (D) III inINGLEFIELD arrived at Scapa at
1800 after an unsuccessful search for the wreck of
IMOGEN which was possibly still afloat, Stroma
lighthouse keepers havingreported a ship drifting
westwards through Pentland Firth at 0235.
S.S. MANIPUR in convoy HX 55 A was torpedoed in position
58-41N, 5-14W at 2315.
HAMBLEDON and FERNIE remained to hunt and
DIANA, BERKELEY, and GARTH proceeded from Scapa at 0645
to assist in thesearch, which was unsuccessful.
18th July 1940
of A/S patrols at 0600 were BEDOUIN and PUNJABI in
60-16N, 1-34E, ASHANTI andBEDOUIN in 59-08N, 00-12E.
view of D/F reports from the Admiralty that two U boats
were in the vicinity of Cape Wrathat 0940, ZULU with
FORTUNE and FURY sailed from Scapa at 1515 to carry out
an A/S sweep towards Cape Wrath and then to search area
bounded by Cape Wrath,North Rona, Butt of Lewis.
No U boat contacts were made.
from Scapa at 1440 to carry out a further search of the
mainland southof Stroma from (sic for) the wreck
of IMOGEN. This
search was unsuccessful and ATHERSTONE returned to
harbour at 1730.
was detached by BEDOUIN at 1230 to investigate a trawler
reported by aircraft at1132 in position 60-13N, 0-45E
steering 270 degrees and flying the signal I have
sighted mine in position indicated.
The trawler, manned by Norwegians, was escorted
towards Lerwick until2115 when PUNJABI parted company
and returned to Scapa.
1415, BEDOUIN and PUNJABI were ordered to Scapa and
ASHANTI and MASHONA to move thepatrol position to
58-30N, 1-45W to cover the passage of convoys across
1725, GARTH and BERKELEY were ordered to return to Scapa
from the A/S search off Cape Wrathand arrived at 0045,
2346, ASHANTI and MASHONA were ordered to return to
Scapa by 1000, 19th July.
Delayed by fog, they arrived at 1110.
19th July 1940
and FIREDRAKE sailed from the Clyde at 1130 for Scapa. At 0005, 20th July, these ships were ordered to
reinforce the escort of convoy W.N. 2 when overtaken and
to remain in companyuntil reaching Rattray Head, when
they were to join the escort for convoy O.A. 187 outward
and PUNJABI sailed from Scapa at 1410 for the Tyne to
provide escort for NAIAD ontrials.
Owing to enemy mining off the Tyne during the
night, NAIAD was unable to sail and destroyers
remainedunder way off the river entrance.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ASHANTI and MASHONA sailed
from Scapa at 1800 escortingGLASGOW to Liverpool for
joined the escort off Cape Wrath and ASHANTI and MASHONA
then returnedto Scapa arriving at 0445.
1800, ZULU, HAMBLEDON, and FERNIE left A/S patrol in the
Cape Wrath area to return toScapa.
FORTUNE and FURY remained on patrol to cover
convoys passing between Pentland Firth and the Minches.
20th July 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0700 for Invergordon to embark
Admiral of the Fleet Lord Cork andstaff at 1200 for
passage to Lerwick to take over duties of Flag Officer,
sailed from Invergordon at 2100 and arrived Lerwick at
0700, 21st July.
at Liverpool at 1500 to join Home Fleet Command.
with Rear Admiral, Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron, sailed
from the Tyne at 1600 to beescorted during trials by
BEDOUIN and PUNJABI.
view of a report that GNEISENAU had possibly left
Trondjeim at 0900, the Fleet came toshort notice for
steam and destroyers at sea were recalled at 1938.
ECHO and FIREDRAKE with COVENTRY from escorting
convoy W N. 2 arrived Scapa at 0010, 21st
FORTUNE and FURY from A/S patrol off Cape Wrath arrived
Scapa at 2320.
Fleet was detailed in two forces:
(D) Battlecruisers, cruisers, COSSACK, SIKH, ZULU,
MASHONA, FORTUNE, andFURY.
(E) RODNEY, NELSON, BARHAM, FURIOUS, COVENTRY,
ECHO, FIREDRAKE, HAMBLEDON,ATHERSTONE, FERNIE, GARTH,
21st July 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with DIANA escorting GLASGOW
arrived at Liverpool at 1200.
These ships, with WATCHMAN, sailed at 1405 to
rendezvous with FIJI and ILLUSTRIOUS and to provide
escort to theClyde.
22nd July 1940
and FIREDRAKE proceeded from Scapa at 1200 and 1215 to
assist in hunt of a U boatreported bombed by aircraft in
position 58-19N, 2-31W.
The pilot later reported that an oil streak
only had been sighted and it is probable that this
emanated from a wreckof which there were many in the
and ST LAURENT had already carried out depth charge
attacksand ZULU and FIREDRAKE depth charged targets in
the vicinity before being recalled to Scapa.
23rd July 1940
0851 of 23rd July, 1940, DIANA, screening
FIJI and ILLUSTRIOUS reported the Asdic domestruck by a
fish and the gear out of action owing to extensive
damage, while leaks into the fore store limited the
speed to twenty two knots.
ANTHONY, AMAZON, and ACHATES sailed from Harwich at 1800
to join the Home Fleet Commandas reinforcement during
the laying of the Western Approaches minefield.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with DIANA and WATCHMAN, escorting
FIJI and ILLUSTRIOUS, arrivedat Greenock at 1945.
view of an aircraft report that eight enemy destroyers
and six camouflaged merchantvessels were in position
57-18N, 04-23E at 1958, steering 315 degrees, all
cruisers at Scapa raised steam for full speed and
Captain (D) IV in COSSACK,with ZULU, MAORI, FORTUNE,
FURY, FIREDRAKE also came to immediate notice.
At 2256, notice for steam for these vessels was
lengthened to one hour, and remaining destroyers were
kept at twoand a half hours notice.
All ships reverted to four hours notice for
steam at 0930/24th July.
24th July 1940
and AMAZON were diverted to rendezvous with S.S. LOCH
NAGAR off Aberdeen at 1800 toprovide escort to Lerwick.
At 1421, ARROW and ACHATES were ordered to
search for a U boat reported byaircraft at 1255 in
position 57-58N, 3-17W.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD sailed from Greenock at 1700 for
Port ZA arriving at 0825, 25th July.
FERNIE, and GARTH sailed from Scapa at 2100 escorting
COVENTRY toPort ZA, then to join Captain (D) III in
INGLEFIELD and to act as escort (in log as escort
typed twice) for minelayers during Operation S.N. 31.
Ships arrived at Port ZA at 0745, 25th
and PUNJABI escorted NAIAD during gun trials in the
Firth of Forth area, and oncompletion sailed for Scapa.
At 2249, these ships were diverted to search
for a U boat in position 59-25N,0-45W, steering 260
(D) VI in TARTAR sailed from Liverpool for Scapa at 2100
after repairs to AsdicInstallation, arriving at 2210, 25th
sailed from the Clyde for Sheerness for refit and
repairs by Green and Silley Weir ofAlbert Dock, London.
25th July 1940
and AMAZON, escorting S.S. LOCHNAGAR, arrived at Lerwick
at 1030 and sailed forScapa.
At 1055, these destroyers were ordered to carry
out an A/S sweep through North Fair Isle Channel
toposition 60-00N, 03-30E as a U boat had been reported
by aircraft in position 60-55N, 00-53E at 2105, 24th
July, probably outward bound, and a further aircraft
search was being carried out. No further reports were received and ANTHONY and AMAZON proceeded
to Scapa, arriving 2150.
1110, BEDOUIN and PUNJABI, and ARROW and ACHATES were
ordered to proceed to Scapa, no U boat contacts having
(D) III in INGLEFIELD WITH HAMBLEDON, ATHERSTONE,
FERNIE, and GARTH sailed from Port ZAat 1130, escorting
Rear Admiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERN PRINCE with PORT QUEBEC,
PORT NAPIER, MENESTHEUS, and SCOTT for Operation S.N. 31
26th July 1940
and MAORI sailed from Scapa at 1300 to search for a U
boat sighted by aircraft in position 60-55N,00-53E at
2105, 24th July, and in position 61-00N,
00-20E at 2105, 24th July, apparently on
patrol in this area.
The search was unsuccessful.
and FURY sailed from Scapa at midnight to carry out an
A/S sweep to the North Minch and then toprovide
additional escort for convoy W.N. 3, escorted by ST
ELSTAN and KING SOL to Rattray Head, subsequently
joining the escort for convoy O.A. 191 for thereturn
passage to Cape Wrath.
No U boat contacts were made.
27th July 1940
on passage from Western Approaches to Scapa was diverted
at 0827 to the Clyde for escortduties, arriving at 1600.
1248, battle cruisers, cruisers, and destroyers at Scapa
came to two and a half hours notice forsteam and at 1628
eight destroyers were brought to immediate notice as a
screen for battle cruisers and cruisers, the remainder
coming to one hour s notice forsteam.
1630, FORTUNE and FURY, with convoy W.N. 3 were ordered
to return to Scapa and arrived at 1800
A sailed from Scapa at 1915 for a sweep towards the
Norwegian coast. ASHANTI and MASHONA screened Vice Admiral Commanding, First
Cruiser Squadron in DEVONSHIRE with YORK, AUSTRALIA, and
SHEFFIELD, and Captain(D) VI in TARTAR with PUNJABI,
FIREDRAKE, ARROW, ANTHONY, and ACHATES screened Vice
Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron in RENOWN
2201, ZULU and MAORI, on A/S patrol North East of
Shetlands were instructed to rendezvous with ForceA at
0400, 28th July, in position 60-00N, 01-50E.
28th July 1940
with NORFOLK sailed from Greenock at 0200 escorting
GEORGIC and KONIGEN EMMA toReykjavik.
VORTIGERN after refueling sailed from Belfast
to join WATCHMAN off Mull of Kintyre at 0500.
and AMAZON proceeded from Scapa at 0530 to investigate a
report from the shore atStraithie Point that ship was on
fire bearing 330 degrees on the horizon.
This was S.S. ORLOCH HEAD bombed (three hits)
and machine gunned by enemy reconnaissance aircraft at
0230 in position58-44N, 4-21w.
Survivors were landed at Thurso and destroyers
were unable to find wreck.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, detached from escorting
minelayers, arrived at the Clyde at 1750.
ATHERSTONE, FERNIE, and GARTH arrived at Port ZA at 1830
escorting Rear Admiral (M.L.) inSOUTHERN PRINCE, with
PORT QUEBEC, PORT NAPIER, and MENESTHEUS from Operation
29th July 1940
and AMAZON sailed from Scapa at 0400 to rendezvous with
troop convoy T.C. 6 in position 57-12N,21-50W at 2000,
30th July, 1940.
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD with KEPPEL
sailed from the Clyde at 0535 for the same rendezvous.
HIGHLANDER, VISCOUNT, VANQUISHER, and WANDERER
also proceeded from theWestern Approaches Command to
join this escort.
A (battle cruisers and cruisers) returned to Scapa at
0620 screened by Captain (D) VI in TARTAR with PUNJABI,
MASHONA, ASHANTI, ZULU, MAORI, FURY, FIREDRAKE, and
FERNIE, GARTH, and ATHERSTONE arrived at Scapa at 0740
from minelaying operation S.N. 31
0905, the Fleet at Scapa reverted to four hours notice
sailed from Scapa at 1315 for Dover to join the Dover
Command, later being diverted to Portsmouth.
sailed from Portsmouth at 1500 for the Clyde, and was
attacked and sunk by enemy aircraft when off Portland.
sailed from Scapa at 1600 for the Tyne for docking and
refit, arriving at the Tyne at 0700, 30th Jul
30th July 1940
and FURY proceeded from Scapa at 0010 to search for a U
boat reported by A/S trawler LE TIGER(sic)
at 2050 in position 58-42N, 05-33W where it had
been sighted astern of a convoy off Cape Wrath.
ECHO, and FIREDRAKE proceeded from Scapa at 1800 to
screen REPULSE during L.A. and H.A.full calibre firings.
31st July 1940
The second fortnight of July was a
quiet period and destroyers at Scapa for fleetscreening
were able to carry out Gunnery, Torpedo, and A/S
class destroyers were also working up at Scapa and were
employed, when necessary, for A/S searches and
Sweeps into the North Sea and towards the
Norwegian Coast were carried out on 16th and
27th July, by forces of cruisers and battle
cruisers screened by destroyers.
On return from the first of these, fog was
encountered to the South Eastward of the Orkneys, and
IMOGEN was sunk incollision with GLASGOW.
There was an increase in U boat activity on the
homeward and outward bound routes in the vicinity of
theOrkneys and Shetlands.
Destroyers, when available, were sent to search
on reports resulting from merchant vesselsinkings and
aircraft sightings; to patrol the Cape Wrath focal area,
and to provide addition A/S protection for convoys
passing through the dangerarea.
All searches were unsuccessful and no U boat
contacts were gained.
Escorts were also provided for minelaying
operations by the First Minelaying Squadron, for capital
ships onpassage, and cruisers doing trials, and for
troop transports to and from Lerwick (Shetlands).
Four A class destroyers were detached from the
Nore Command as reinforcement for theHome Fleet in view
of these commitments, having replaced in the Nore
Command by Hunt class on completion of working up.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 1st-15th AUGUST 1940
No. 1029/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER XI
1ST TO 15TH AUGUST 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number XI of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 1st to 15th
in No. 1029/H.D.00571A of 27th September
Thursday, 1st August 1940
sailed from Rosyth at 1500 to rendezvous with MAORI and
to escort S.S. LOCHNAGAR from Aberdeen toLerwick.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with SIKH, AMAZON, KEPPEL,
WANDERER, VISCOUNT, HIGHLANDER, andVANQUISHER arrived at
the Clyde at 1430 escorting Troop Convoy T.C. 6.
Friday, 2nd August 1940
Home Fleet Destroyer Flotillas
were reorganized as follows from 0800:
ISIS, DUNCAN, ECHO, ELECTRA, ECLIPSE (on return to
United Kingdom ESCAPADE
ZULU, SIKH, MAORI, FAME, FORTUNE (on return to United
Temporarily attached FURY and FIREDRAKE
ASHANTI,, MATABELE, MASHONA, BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, ESKIMO,
DOUGLAS, ARROW, ACHATES, ACTIVE, ANTHONY, AMAZON.
Temporarily attached VORTIGERN and
sailed from Scapa at 0145 to relieve DUNCAN escorting
S.S. LOCHNAGAR. DUNCAN was delayed entering Scapa owing to fog.
arrival at Lerwick at 1300 MAORI and MASHONA proceeded
to carry out an A/S search in the vicinityof 100 fathom
line north of Shetlands.
No U boat contacts were obtained.
and PUNJABI sailed from Scapa at 1315, carried out an
A/S search in the North Minch and thenjoined convoy W.N.
4, as addition escort to Rattray Head, subsequently
transferring to convoy OA. 193.
with GARTH and BERKELEY sailed from Scapa at 2050 and
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD fromGreenock at 1830 for
Port ZA for Operation S.N. 32.
in the vicinity of the Orkneys interfered considerably
with destroyer movements and practices duringthe day.
Saturday, 3rd August 1940
aircraft were over Scapa between midnight and 0100 and
convoy W.N. 4 being bombed in the vicinityof Cape Wrath,
S.S. STATIRA being set on fire.
Survivors were picked up by PUNJABI and
unsuccessful attempts were made to extinguish the fire.
escorted S.S. STATIRA, in tow of tug THAMES, towards
Stornoway until relieved by SIKH.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ECHO, BERKELEY,
and GARTH sailed from Port ZA at 1130 escorting
Rear Admiral (M.L.) inSOUTHERN PRINCE with PORT QUEBEC
and PORT NAPIER for Operation S.N. 32.
(D) XII in KEPPEL arrived at Scapa at 1930 to join the
Home Fleet Command.
SIKH and AMAZON also in company from Greenock.
DUNCAN arrived at 1730 to rejoin the Fleet
after repairs to collision damage.
Sunday, 4th August 1940
and FIREDRAKE sail from Scapa at 0730 to search for a U
boat bombed by aircraft at 0510 inposition 59-48N,
5-30W. This may
have been the submarine reported at 1315, 3rd
August 1940, in position 59-41N, 00-06E, and for which
MAORI and MASHONA had beensearching.
No contact was made with the enemy and in
absence of further reports, ACHATES and FIREDRAKE
proceededtowards the Fair island Channel and then
returned to the South West to reach position 59-10N,
5-00W by 0600, 5th August 1940.
and MASHONA arrived at Scapa at 2200 having been
unsuccessful in their search and in a furthersweep for
another U boat expected to pass through North Fair
Island Channel on the evening west going tide.
and PUNJABI left convoy O.A. 193 on arrival at Cape
Wrath at 2200 and returned to Scapa.
and FURY sailed from Scapa at 1050 for the Clyde to act
as escort for Convoy W.S. 2.
Monday, 5th August 1940
and FIREDRAKE patrolled in area of Cape Wrath
North Rona Butt of Lewis inview of U boat reports
in this vicinity.
was decided that, in view of the heavy losses to
shipping from U boat attack in the NorthernApproaches,
five destroyers (KEPPEL and A Class destroyers) should
reinforce Commander in Chief, Western Approaches
Command, and that a division of theFifth Destroyer
Flotilla ( J and K classes) should join the Home Fleet
from the Nore Command.
and MASHONA proceeded to Lerwick to escort S.S.
LOCHNAGAR, sailing at 1705 with militarypersonnel for
Tuesday, 6th August 1940
FURY, WATCHMAN, and VORTIGERN with SHROPSHIRE and
EMERALD sailed from the Clyde at 0630 with Clydeportion
of convoy W.S. 2 to rendezvous with Liverpool portion.
proceeded from Scapa at 0240 to investigate a suspicious
merchant ship in position 080 degreesWick 2 miles.
Area between Wick and Stronsay was searched to
a depth of 15 miles without success.
were received that, in view of improved underwater
defences at Scapa Flow, the emergencydestroyer would
only be required to anchor in D.2 berth for protection
of the eastern entrances when there was a combination of
calm weather, a moonlightnight, and a suitable tide.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD on passage from Port ZA to Scapa,
and ANTHONY screening FURIOUS forpractices, proceeded to
intercept two Dutch motor coasting vessels proceeding
westward through Pentland Firth.
The ships were turned over to trawler REGAL to
be brought in for examination.
and ACHATES patrolled Cape Wrath area until 2200 when
they joined convoy H.X. 60 A, passingeastbound, to give
additional A/S cover to Pentland Firth.
(D) XII in KEPPEL with ANTHONY and AMAZON from Scapa at
2200 and with ACHATES from Convoy H.X. 60A, proceeded to
the Clyde to reinforce the Western Approaches Command.
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH proceeded to carry out an
A/S patrol in Fair Island Channel from 1700,in view of
possibility of a U boat passing westbound on the evening
tide. No reports
were received and no contacts were made.
Wednesday, 7th August 1940
and JAGUAR, on passage from the Humber to join Home
Fleet Command, were diverted to meet S.S.ST. MAGNUS and
ST. ROGNVALD off Aberdeen at 1400 for escort to Kirkwall
and Lerwick, respectively.
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, were to the north of mined
area QZX 131 at 0600 to act on aircraftreports of U
boats, should any be received, and subsequently
proceeded to the Minches to meet convoy W.N. 5 near
Trodday Island and to escort to the PentlandFirth.
arrived at Scapa at 1000 after covering convoy H.X. 60 A
to Pentland Firth.
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN and PUNJABI, sailed from
Scapa at 2000 to carry out an A/S sweeppassing to
northward of the North Rona mined area to Rockall and
thence rendezvous with HOOD, ARETHUSA, and FOXHOUND to
provide escort to Scapa.
No U boat contacts were obtained during this
Thursday, 8th August 1940
and JAVELIN, on arrival at Lerwick, embarked ten
officers and 115 other ranks of the BritishArmy
repatriated from Petsamo (Finland) by Swedish steamer
were landed at Scrabster and JAGUAR and JAVELIN
proceeded to Scapa to join Home Fleet Command.
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH provided A/S cover for
convoy W.N. 5, passing Cape Wrath at 0400 eastbound, and convoy O.A. 195,
passing Pentland Firth at 0615 westbound, to Cape Wrath,
where theyarrived at 1515.
COSSACK and SIKH then returned to Scapa.
sailed from Scapa at 2015 to overtake convoy W.N. 5 and
to provide additional cover to Methil,thence to proceed
with Southbound convoys to Harwich to join the Nore
issued instructions that four ships of the Fifth
Destroyer Flotilla (Nore Command)were to be kept at the
disposal of the Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, being
relieved in rotation for boiler cleaning maintenance,
and general duties on theEast Coast.
Friday, 9th August 1940
ASHANTI sailed from Scapa at 1000 for the Clyde to form part
of the escort for convoy Z A with four destroyers
detailed from WesternApproaches.
sailed from Scapa at 1415 for Lerwick to escort S.S.
ROGNVALD from Aberdeen to Lerwick.
destroyer BURZA arrived at Scapa at 1900 to work up
before joining Nore Command.
BURZA had carried out three depth charge
attacks in position 52-21N, 5-6.5W, 1940, on an Asdic
target givingevery indication of being a U boat.
As a result the U boat was probably seriously
Saturday, 10th August 1940
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, MAORI, and DUNCAN proceeded
from Scapa to meet Convoy O.A. 196,forty four ships,
escorted by ROCHESTER and PRIMROSE at Duncansby Head at
0630, provided additional A/S cover to Cape Wrath and
then proceeded to Port ZA toact under the orders of Rear
Admiral (M.L.) for Operation S.N. 13
reported at 0312 having been in a collision with British
S.S. FLYING WING in position 55-14N,5-58W and proceeded
to Clyde for repairs.
0215, ASHANTI, on passage to the Clyde, was ordered to
the assistance of TRANSYLVANIA, torpedoedand sunk in
position 55-50N, 8-03W at 0011.
(D) VI in TARTAR, with BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, ESCAPADE, and
FOXHOUND, screening HOOD (Flag OfficerForce H) and
ARETHUSA, arrived Scapa at 0600.
and CATTISTOCK, after exercises west of Orkneys
proceeded to Cape Wrath to provide additionalescort for
Convoy H.X. 61 from Cape Wrath to Pentland Firth.
JAGUAR rescued the crew of S.S. ALBULA of
convoy O.A. 196 which was in collision in position
58-38N, 4-35.5W and wasabandoned in a sinking condition.
(D) VIII in FAULKNOR with FORESIGHT and FORESTER
screening VALIANT and ARGUS of Force H,arrived at
Liverpool at 1530 for boiler cleaning and leave.
sailed from Scapa at 2200 for the Clyde to join the
Western Approaches Command.
and FORTUNE arrived Greenock at 1915 in company with
ACHATES, ANTHONY, and HAVELOCK, afterA/S searches in the
North Western Approaches.
Sunday, 11th August 1940
with ARETHUSA, sailed from Scapa at 0630 for Chatham for
refit and repairs.
on passage north to work up at Scapa,, was diverted to
Rosyth to act as part escort forTITANIA to Belfast.
(D) IV in COSSACK, with SIKH, MAORI, and DUNCAN, joined
Rear Admiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERN PRINCEwith PORT QUEBEC,
PORT NAPIER, and MENESTHEUS sailing from Port ZA at 0230
for Operation S.N. 13.
and CATTISTOCK having failed to make contact with Convoy
H.X. 61, which had been delayed by afull northerly gale
in the Minches, returned to Scapa at 0900.
CATTISTOCK had been unable to make headway
against the heavy seas experienced to westward of the
with GRIFFIN, WATCHMAN, and VORTIGERN sailed from the
Clyde at 1030 escorting Convoy Z A withREVENGE and
escorting LOCHNAGAR, arrived Lerwick at 1345 and sailed
Monday, 12th August 1940
sailed from Greenock at 1750 to overtake Convoy W.N. 7
and provide additional escort to Methil.
lash-up magnetic minesweeps were brought to a quarter of
an hour s notice at 2142.
2217, orders were issues that the Home Fleet at Scapa
was to keep steam at two and a half hours notice.
Tuesday, 13th August 1940
0440, Home Fleet at Scapa raised steam at one hour s
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, MAORI, and DUNCAN arrived
at Scapa at 0700, after escortingminelayers for
Operation S.N. 13 back to Port Z A.
1031, Admiralty issued instructions that no ships are to
be taken in hand for boiler cleaning or refituntil
further orders and that those in hand ere to be
completed as already arranged.
(D) VI in TARTAR, with BEDOUIN, MASHONA, and PUNJABI,
sailed from Scapa at 1600 escorting FlagOfficer Force H
in RENOWN to the westward until clear of submarine zone.
Wednesday, 14th August 1940
and CATTISTOCK sailed from Scapa at 0100 to arrive
position 59-00N, 5-30W by 0530 to carry outan A/S sweep
in that vicinity for a U boat reported bombed by
aircraft in position 60-47N, 2-22W at 1803, 13th
May 1940 on a course of 225 degrees.
No U boat contact was obtained.
0553, an aircraft reported bombing a U boat in position
60-00N, 4-13W on a course of 230degrees.
This was probably the same submarine.
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD, with FIREDRAKE
proceeded from Scapa at 1115 to a preliminaryposition
ten miles north of Sulisker (59-06N, 6-10W) to search
for this U boat. No
U boat contact was obtained.
aircraft that had reported this U boat made a crash
landing at 0854 while returning to Hatston.
DUNCAN and JAGUAR, carrying out A/S exercises
west of Hoy, proceeded to search, but were unsuccessful
aftersearching 30 miles to the North West of Orkneys in
sailed from the Humber at 1050, after repairs and refit,
for Scapa, arriving at 0600, 15th August
ATHERSTONE, and ECLIPSE sailed from the Clyde escorting
ILLUSTRIOUS to Scapa, arriving at 0600,15th
arrived Clyde after escorting Convoy Z A and sailed
again with ECHO at 2000 escorting ULSTERMONARCH to the
and VORTIGERN arrived Scapa at 1945 from escorting
Convoy Z.A. When securing on oiler, VORTIGERN sustained damage requiring
repair by WOOLWICH and was unable to proceed to join the
Nore Command as intended.
sailed from Scapa at 0045 to overtake and provide
additional escort for Convoy W.N. 7 to Methil,thence to
be sailed to the Humber with a suitable convoy to join
the Nore Command.
Thursday, 15th August 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ESCAPADE, FIREDRAKE,
CATTISTOCK were ordered to return toharbour from A/S
search if no enemy report had been received by 0800.
0630, Captain (D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, MASHONA,
and PUNJABI arrived at Scapa after escortingRENOWN and
carrying out an A/S sweep on return passage.
BLYSKAWICA sailed from Portsmouth at 2100 for Scapa to
work up before joining First Flotilla.
and ATHERSTONE sailed from Switha at 2330 to be n
position 60-30N, 3-30W by 0530, 16th August
1940. No U boat
report having been received by 0700, 16th
August 1940, they then proceeded to Thorshaven (Faroes)
to provide escort for ULSTER MONARCH to the Clyde.
No major operations were carried
out during the first fortnight of August, andexercises
and working up practices were continued at Scapa for
Fleet and Hunt class destroyers
As a result of the increase of U boat activity
in the Atlantic and North Western Approaches, A class
destroyers andKEPPEL of the Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla
were placed under the orders of Commander I Chief,
Western Approaches to provide A/S escorts and striking
forces, working from Greenock.
The Home Fleet Command was reinforced with four
J or K class destroyers of theFifth Destroyer Flotilla,
Nore Command, being relieved in rotation for boiler
cleaning at Immingham.
Destroyers not required for Fleet screening
duties at Scapa were employed as additional escorts for
ocean convoyspassing between Cape Wrath and Pentland
Firth, and on A/S searches for U boats reported by
aircraft or expected homeward or outward bound in the
vicinity ofOrkneys and Shetlands.
Numbers available were small and no contacts
were made with the enemy.
Escorts were also provided for the minelaying
operations of the First Minelaying Squadron, for troop
movements between Aberdeen and the Shetlands, and for
capital ships on passage and exercising from Scapa.
HOME FLEET DESTROYERS, 16th-31st AUGUST 1940
No. 1054/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER XII
16th to 31st August 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number XI of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 16th to 31st August
in No. 1054/H.D.00571A of 6 October 1940)
Friday, 16th August 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with FIREDRAKE, JAVELIN, and
JAGUAR sailed from Scapa at 0700 forPort ZA for
minelaying operation S.N. 12.
(D) IV in COSSACK with SIKH, MAORI, and VORTIGERN sailed
from Scapa at 0620 to screen HOOD (ViceAdmiral
Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron) to Rosyth.
Destroyers of Fourth Flotilla remained at
Rosyth as reinforcement to Rosyth Escort Force and
VORTIGERN proceeded tothe Humber to join the Nore
and ATHERSTONE arrived at Thorshavn (Faroes) at 1400 to
escort S.S. ULSTER MONARCH to Clyde,sailing again at
and ECHO arrived at Scapa at 1615 after escorting S.S.
ULSTER MONARCH to Thorshavn.
Saturday, 17th August 1940
0800, ARROW, ACHATES, AMAZON, and ANTHONY of the Twelfth
Destroyer Flotilla were placed under thecontrol of
Captain A/S, Belfast, to act as an A/S Striking Force in
the North Western Approaches.
and O.R.P. BURZA sailed from Scapa at 2130, KIPLING to
relieve RESTIGOUCHE escorting westboundconvoy O.A. 200,
and BURZA to meet eastbound convoy W.N. 8 in the Minches
and provide additional A/S cover to Rattray Head. RESTIGOUCHE arrived at Scapa at 2100 and discharged oil fuel
contaminated with seawater, sailing again at 0600, 18th
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with JAGUAR, JAVELIN, and
FIREDRAKE sailed from Port ZA at 0530escorting Rear
Admiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERN PRINCE, with PORT NAPIER,
PORT QUEBEC, and MENESTHEUS, for Operation S.N. 12.
BLYSKAWICA arrived at Scapa at 1630 to work up before
joining First Destroyer Flotilla in the NoreCommand.
Sunday, 18th August 1940
arrived at Scapa at 0600 to work up before joining
Twelfth Destroyer Flotilla.
and CATTISTOCK sailed from Scapa at 1000 for Liverpool
to provide escort, with two destroyersof Western
Approaches Command, for convoy MP to Scapa.
proceeded from Scapa at 1030 to rendezvous off Pentland
Skerries and relieve FIREDRAKE escortingminelayers,
FIREDRAKE then proceeding to Scapa.
escorting convoy O.A. 200 was relieved by RESTIGOUCHE at
1315 and returned to Scapa.
and ATHERSTONE arrived at Greenock at 0630 escorting
S.S. ULSTER MONARCH from the Faroes.
Monday, 19th August 1940
and JAGUAR arrived at Scapa at 0630 from Port ZA after
escorting First Minelaying Squadron.
Captain (D) III in INGLEFIELD and ECHO remained
at Port ZA for the next operation.
and ATHERSTONE sailed from Greenock at 1800 escorting
PENELOPE north about to the Tyne, thence to join the
Tuesday, 20th August 1940
aircraft in small numbers raided the Orkneys between
0115 and 0315 and movements of all shipslarger than
trawlers were prohibited in Scapa Flow and in the
Stromness vicinity owing to the probability of
minelaying. At 0945, the Flow was declared clear of mines north of the
latitude of the Barrel of Butter, the Fleet channel was
swept, and it waspossible to continue destroyer
2230, ESCAPADE and ECLIPSE sailed from Scapa for Port ZA
to act as escort for minelaying OperationS.N. 2.
Wednesday, 21st August 1940
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, MASHONA, and FIREDRAKE
sailed from Scapa at 0730 escorting RearAdmiral Aircraft
Carriers (Mediterranean) in ILLUSTRIOUS to join Force H.
Owing to a North Westerly gale, it was not
possible for the Liverpool portion of this Force to
sail, and ILLUSTRIOUSand screen returned to Scapa,
arriving at 1430.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ECHO, ESCAPADE, and ECLIPSE
sailed from Port ZA at 1140escorting Rear Admiral (M.L.)
in SOUTHERN PRINCE, with PORT QUEBEC, PORT NAPIER, and
MENESTHEUS for Minelaying Operation S.N. 2.
Thursday, 22nd August
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN, ASHANTI, and FIREDRAKE,
sailed from Scapa at 1045escorting Rear Admiral Air
Craft Carriers (Mediterranean) in ILLUSTRIOUS with
SHEFFIELD and YORK rendezvoused with the Liverpool
portion of Force H.
FORTUNE with COVENTRY and CALCUTTA sailed from
the Clyde for the same rendezvous.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ECHO, ECLIPSE, and ESCAPADE
arrived at Scapa
at 2040 after escorting First Minelaying Squadron to
23rd August 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ESCAPADE, ECHO, and JAVELIN
sailed from Scapa at 0640escorting RODNEY to Rosyth.
sailed from Scapa at 1130 for Aberdeen and escorting
S.S. LOCHNAGAR carrying troopsfrom Aberdeen to Lerwick.
at Lerwick, PUNJABI recharged 21 torpedoes and spare
reservoir for the local defenses.
24th August 1940
sailed from Scapa at 1830 for Liverpool for docking and
refit by Cammell Laird ofBirkenhead.
sailed from the Humber at 1430 for Scapa to join Home
Fleet Command temporarily.
and CATTISTOCK sailed from Liverpool at 1600 escorting
troop convoy M.P., SOBIESKI,ETTRICK, and KENYA to Scapa,
sailed from Scapa at 1230 and escorted British ship
BEACON GRANGE, in tow fromClythness to Kirkwall, this
ship having been bombed and set on fire in an attack on
Convoy O.A. 203 on the night of Friday, 23rd
25th August 1940
(D) III in INGLEFIELD, with ESCAPADE, ECHO, and JAVELIN
arrived at Scapa at 0640escorting Vice Admiral
Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron in HOOD from Rosyth.
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN and ASHANTI, proceeding to
Port ZA after screeningILLUSTRIOUS, were diverted to
meet SALOPIAN, returning from patrol, and provided
escort to Liverpool.
2310, the Home Fleet at Scapa, except BERWICK, raised
steam with all despatch and then,at 0140, 26th
August, reverted to usual notice.
26th August 1940
enemy carried out a minelaying air raid in the Orkneys
area during the nightresulting in mines being found and
exploded in the fleet anchorage during the afternoon.
No movement of ships in the Flow was permitted.
view of U boat attacks on convoy H.H. 65 A in position
58-52N, 6-34W at 2254 of 25th August, JAVELIN
and JAGUAR were sailed from Scapa at 0320 to provide
additionalescort past Cape Wrath to the Pentland Firth.
ANTELOPE, and AMBUSCADE left the Nore Command to
reinforce the HomeFleet.
VERSATILE and VIMY proceeded to Rosyth and
ANTELOPE and AMBUSCADE to the Tyne to releasedestroyers
of the Fourth Flotilla for return to Scapa.
and CATTISTOCK, with WOLVERINE and VOLUNTEER, arrived at
Scapa at 0700, escortingconvoy M.P.
at Scapa at 0930 to work up before joining Nore Command
after providingaddition escort for convoy O.A. 204.
(D) VI in TARTAR with ASHANTI and BEDOUIN arrived
Liverpool escorting SALOPIAN frompatrol and sailed later
for Port ZA for minelaying operation S.N. 14
27th August 1940
and JAGUAR left convoy O.A. 204 at dawn and proceeded to
Lerwick to escort S.S.LOCHNAGAR with troops to Aberdeen
from Lerwick at 1730.
aircraft again carried out a minelaying raid on Scapa
during the night resulting inprohibition of movements in
Scapa Flow. Gutter Sound and Switha were clear of mines
and it was possible for destroyers to proceed for A/S
exercises west ofHoy.
and ANTELOPE sailed from Rosyth to overtake convoy O.A.
205 and provide additionalA/S escort to Cape Wrath,
thence proceeding to Scapa.
and VOLUNTEER sailed from Scapa at 1600 and carried out
an A/S sweep west ofFlannan Islands and East of St.
Kilda subsequently meeting convoy S.L. 43 A and
providing additional A/S escort to Pentland Firth.
on completion of exercises off Scapa, proceeded to
rendezvous off NorthernEntrance to Inner Sound, Port ZA
at 0600 28th August for Operation S.N. 14.
(D) III in INGLEFIELD with ESCAPADE and ECLIPSE sailed
from Scapa at 2000 escortingBARHAM to Gibraltar to join
(D) VI in TARTAR, with BEDOUIN and ASHANTI sailed from
Port ZA at 2130 escorting RearAdmiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERN
PRINCE with MENESTHEUS, PORT QUEBEC, and PORT NAPIER for
minelaying operation S.N. 14 later joined by ACTIVE.
28th August 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0100 to overtake Captain (D) III
having been delayed in order totake urgent despatches.
and ANTELOPE proceeded from Scapa at 1700 to position
360 degrees SuleSkerry 14 miles and carried out an A/S
sweep to Sumburgh Head to search for a U boat sighted at
1200 in position 270 degrees Sumburgh Head 10 miles,
steering270 degrees, probably outbound to the South
further reports were received and no contacts made and
at dawn, 29th August, ships returned to
29th August 1940
at Scapa at 1450 to join the Home Fleet after refit and
2051, a patrol trawler in the Hoxa Sound, Scapa, dropped
depth charges on a U boatcontact, and later a submarine
was suspected at Hoxa Boom.
Ships at Scapa took up stations for protecting
the anchorage from submarine attack. Destroyer patrols were stated at the Nevi Skerry entrance, Hoxa
Sound, between Nevi Skerry and Fara, and between Cava
and Barrel ofButter.
KASHMIR and KIPLING escorted MANCHESTER and
BIRMINGHAM to sea until clear of Pentland Skerries.
relaxed at 0742, 30th August.
30th August 1940
view of the torpedoing of three ships in convoy H.X. 66
A at 0136 in position 58-48N,6-49W, WOLVERINE and
VOLUNTEER were sent from convoy S.L. 43 A to reinforce
the escort and KASHMIR and KIPLING were sailed from
Scapa to replace them withconvoy S.L. 43 A.
and VIMY sailed from Scapa at 0800 escorting Fleet
Tenders A, B, and C to Rosyth.
and BURZA sailed from Scapa to provide additional escort
for convoyO.A. 206 from the Pentland Firth to the North
Western Approaches, subsequently proceeding to
Portsmouth to join the First Destroyer Flotilla.
received that the emergency destroyer at Scapa, acting
as a mine lookout,should in future anchor in position
046 degrees Nevi Skerry Beacon 1.5 miles during dark
SIKH, and PUNJABI proceeded from Scapa at 2300 to
position 60-00N, 4-00W by 0400, 31st August,
to carry out an A/S sweep in an 050 degrees direction to
intercept a Uboat reported by aircraft at 0720 in
position 60-29N, 1-08E steering 300 degrees, probably
outward bound north of Shetlands.
(D) VI in TARTAR with BEDOUIN and ASHANTI, escorting
Rear Admiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERNPRINCE with MENESTHEUS
and PORT QUEBEC arrived Port ZA at 2145 after minelaying
operation S.N. 14.
ACTIVE proceeded to the Clyde with PORT NAPIER,
then to join the Twelfth DestroyerFlotilla.
1843, KASHMIR and KIPLING, returning from escorting
convoy S.L. 43 A to Rattray Head,were ordered to search
for an open boat containing four men that had been
sighted by an aircraft at 1738 in position 58-18N,
31st August 1940
and VOLUNTEER arrived Scapa at 0600 after acting as
additional escort for convoyH.X. 66 A.
and KIPLING arrived at Scapa at 1800, having embarked
five Norwegian refugees andthe boat in which they were
crossing the North Sea.
(D) VI in TARTAR, with BEDOUIN and ASHANTI sailed from
Port ZA at 0600. It
had been intended to carry out an A/S sweep to the
westward of the Hebrides, but the weather was unsuitable
forthis, and TARTAR returned to Scapa, while BEDOUIN and
ASHANTI proceeded to meet convoy H.X. 67 to provide
additional escort for the northbound portion
WOLVERINE, VOLUNTEER, with FIJI, sailed from Scapa at
1300,escorting the Scapa portion of convoy M.P. to
rendezvous with Liverpool section.
2233, the Home Fleet at Scapa was ordered to raise steam
at immediate notice in view ofan enemy report of a large
number of merchant vessels off the Helder, steering 270
SIKH, and PUNJABI were ordered to return to Scapa with
despatch and arrived at 0345, 1st September.
Nothing further came of this report and 0102, 1st
September, the Fleet reverted to half an hour s notice
and at 0726 to four hours notice.
operations were carried out during the second fortnight
Home Fleet destroyers were mainly employed on
screening duties, and during the period provided escorts
for sevenH.M. ships on passage, Fleet Tenders A, B, C,
proceeding to Rosyth, three troop transports to the
Faroes and Shetlands, three minelaying operations by
theFirst Minelaying Squadron, and additional A/S cover
for ten ocean convoys while in the Cape Wrath
Pentland Firth area.
Two searches were carried out for U boats
sighted by aircraft on outward bound routes in the
vicinity of Orkneysand Shetlands.
Three destroyers took part in each and both
were unsuccessful in locating the enemy.
Enemy aircraft carried out minelaying raids on
the Orkneys between 20th and 27th August,
which interfered with the free movement of destroyers
until channels could be swept, and whichresulted in
Scapa Flow not being available for G., T., and A/S
Four destroyers of the Third Destroyer
Flotilla, under Captain (D) III proceeded with BARHAM to
join Force H.
Working up practices were arranged for newly
build Hunt class and for Fleet Destroyers joining after
large repairs and refits.
15th October 1940
No. 1101/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER XIII
1st to 15th September 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number XIII of the HomeFleet
Destroyer Command for the period 1st to 15th
in No. 1101/H.D.00571A of 15th October 1940)
Sunday, 1st September 1940
(D) VI in TARTAR with PUNJABI, JAVELIN, and JAGUAR
sailed from Scapa at 1930 with all dispatchto the
assistance of FIJI, torpedoed at 1725 in position
58-10N, 12-55W. BEDOUIN
and ASHANTI, escorting convoy HX 67 also proceeded to
and VIMY sailed from Rosyth at 1700 escorting S.S.
MANCHESTER CITY to the Clyde, and arrived at2100, 3rd
Monday, 2nd September 1940
sailed from Scapa at 1330 to rendezvous with MAORI at
2100 off Aberdeen to escort S.S.BEN-MY-CHREE and LADY OF
MANN to Kirkwall and Lerwick, respectively.
in the Atlantic were redisposed as soon as FIJI was
found to be able to steam and not in needof assistance:
TARTAR and PUNJABI escorting Convoy 67 A,
BEDOUIN, ASHANTI, ANTELOPE, and ANTELOPE escortingFIJI.
WOLOVERINE, AMBUSCADE, JAVELIN, JAGUAR
escorting Convoy T.C. 7.
Tuesday, 3rd September 1940
movements at Scapa held up owing to minelaying by enemy
aircraft in Southern entrances during thenight.
DUNCAN remained at sea after escorting LADY OF
MANN to Lerwick, and HOLDERNESS was delayed sailing
toprovide additional escort for W.N. 12 to Methil until
SIKH, KASHMIR, and
KIPING sailed for Port ZA at 1200 to provide escort for
minelaying operation S.N. 5 A, arriving at Port ZA
ASHANTI, ANTELOPE, and VOLUNTEER arrived at the Clyde at
1600, escorting FIJI.
BEDOUIN and ASHANTI then sailed for Scapa
Wednesday, 4th September 1940
JAGUAR with OTTAWA and REVENGE arrived at the Clyde at
0600 escorting Convoy T.C. 7,composed of S.S. EMPRESS OF
AUSTRALIA, GEORGIC, DUCHESS OF YORK, SCYTHIA, ORONSAY,
and PASTEUR. At
1805 JAVELIN sailed for the Humber and JAGUAR to Rosyth.
Admiral (D), Home Fleet was transferred to GREENWICH at
0800 and the Office of Rear Admiral (D),Home to the
office block occupied by Vice Admiral Commanding,
escorted by MAORI and DUNCAN, sailed for Liverpool at
1700 for docking and short refit by Messrs. Harland
and ASHANTI arrived Scapa at 1635 after escorting FIJI
to the Clyde.
SIKH, KASHMIR, KIPLING sailed from Port ZA at 1400
escorting Rear Admiral, Rear Admiral (M.L.)in SOUTHERN
PRINCE, PORT QUEBEC, and MENESTHEUS for Operation S.N. 5
Thursday, 5th September 1940
and VIMY sailed from Clyde at 2000 as additional escort
for Convoy B .A.S. 3, consisting offour ships routed to
Friday, 6th September 1940\
(D) VI in SOMALI with TARTAR, BEDOUIN, PUNJABI, ASHANTI,
ESKIMO, MATABELE sailed from Scapa at0900, escorting
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, in NELSO with FURIOUS,
and NAIAD and BONAVENTURE for operation off the
and JAGUAR, escorting H.M.S. FORTH and TUNA to Clyde,
left Rosyth 1800 after sailing hadbeen delayed by
minelaying in Forth.
escorted by MAORI and DUNCAN, arrived Liverpool 1200.
DUNCAN and MAORI then sailed for Lough Foyle to
escort TITANIA toRosyth.
SIKH, KASHMIR, KIPLING arrived Scapa at 1400 from Port
Saturday, 7th September 1940
0048/7, cruisers and destroyers were brought to one hour
s notice for steam owing to possibilitiesof invasion by
1300, REPULSE, BERWICK, NORFOLK, screened by ZULU, SIKH,
KASHMIR, and KIPLING, proceeded from Scapa fora sweep
towards the East Coast of Iceland.
and MAORI escorting TITANIA sailed from Lough Foyle at
1030 for Rosyth.
sailed from Portsmouth for Scapa at 1900 to join the
Home Fleet Command.
(D) VI in SOMALI, with TARTAR, BEDOUIN, PUNJABI,
ASHANTI, ESKIMO, MATABELE escorting Command inChief,
Home Fleet in NELSON with FURIOUS, NAIAD and BONAVENTURE
arrived Scapa at 2000.
ordered to keep steam at half an hour s notice during
Sunday, 8th September 1940
DOUGLAS ordered to proceed to Port ZA.
Fleet reverted to one hour s notice for steam at 1000,
but cruisers and destroyers ordered to be athalf an hour
s notice during dark hours.
(sic VERSATILE) left Convoy B.A.S. 3 during the
afternoon and returned to Scapa.
Monday, 9th September 1940
and JAGUAR, escorting FORTH, arrived Greenock at 0600.
was docked in floating dock at Scapa for repairs to
Asdic directing gear.
This was the first destroyer to use the newly
constructed dock based at Scapa for small ships.
Further defects to rudder were found after
and JAGUAR left Greenock at 1530 for Port ZA and Scapa,
sailed from Greenock at 1900 for Port ZA.
arrived at Scapa at 1730 with defective boiler tubes and
secured on GREENOCK for repairs.
VERSATILE and VIMY were ordered to proceed to
ordered to keep steam at half an hour s notice during
dark hours, reverting to one hour snotice at 0600.
Tuesday, 10th September 1940
and MAORI sailed from Rosyth at 0815 to search for
aircraft reported force landed in the NorthSea.
At 1041, ships were ordered to return to
arrived Scapa at 0850.
with SIKH, KASHMIR, and KIPLING, escorting REPULSE,
BERWICK, and NORFOLK, arrived Scapa at 2130.
ASHANTI, TARTAR, and PUNJABI sailed from Scapa at 0600
ELECTRA, VERSATILE, and VIMY sailed from Port ZA at 0730
escorting Rear Admiral (M.L.)in SOUTHERN PRINCE, with
PORT NAPIER, PORT QUEBEC, MENESTHEUS for minelaying
operation S.N. 41.
and MAORI arrived at the Tyne at 1800 to provide escort
for S.S. KYLE FISHER to Rosyth.
Thursday, 12th September 1940
sailed from Scapa at 0600 to stand by tug SALVAGE KING,
aground one and a half miles west ofDuncansby Head.
Attempts to refloat with fleet tugs were
unsuccessful and SALVAGE KING was finallyabandoned,
ships returning to Scapa at 2200.
and MAORI sailed from the Tyne at 1200 escorting S.S.
ELECTRA, VERSATILE and VIMY arrived at Port ZA at 1300
escorting Rear Admiral (M.L.) in SOUTHERNPRINCE,
MENESTHEUS, PORT NAPIER, and PORT QUEBEC from Operation
S.N. 41. Destroyers
sailed at 1915 for Scapa arriving at 0630, 13th
Friday, 13th September 1940
(D) VI in SOMALI with SIKH, ZULU, KIPLING, KASHMIR, and
ESKIMO, sailed from Scapa at 0700screening Commander in
Chief, Home Fleet in NELSON with HOOD, NAIAD, and
BONAVENTURE to Rosyth.
and ELECTRA, after refueling at Scapa, proceeded to join
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet.
Saturday, 14th September 1940
flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet, was transferred to
REPULSE at 0800 for the operation of ScapaForce.
escorted by MATABELE and ESKIMO, arrived
Scapa from Rosyth at 1200 to take over duties
as Home Fleet Destroyers Depot Ship.
Administrative Staff of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet,
embarked in MAIDSTONE.
(D) VI in SOMALI escorting S.S. KYLE FISHER, left Rosyth
at 1500 for Scapa.
and ESKIMO proceeded from Scapa at 1600 to search for a
U boat reported by aircraft 20miles north of Cape Wrath.
proceeded at 1630 to join the search.
Sunday, 15th September 1940
ESKIMO, and EGLINTON returned to harbour having carried
out the A/S search, withoutsuccess.
sailed from Scapa during the forenoon to rendezvous with
SOMALI in Pentland Firth and to takeover escort of S.S.
KYLE FISHER to Clyde.
SOMALI, after carrying out B.P.T. Firing,
undocked from the Scapa Floating Dock at 1600 and
proceeded at 1945 to Rosyth.
sailed from Rosyth at 0000, 15th September
1940, and, after being delayed by heavy weather on
passage, arrived at Scapa at 1830.
FOR THIS FORTNIGHT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY COPIES.
No. 1175/H.D. 00571A
SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY
FLEET DESTROYER COMMAND WAR DIARY NUMBER XIV
16th to 30th September 1940
Be pleased to lay before the Board the
enclosed War Diary Number XIV of the HomeFleet Destroyer
Command for the period 16th to 30th September
Monday, 16th September 1940
returning with FURIOUS from practice west of Orkneys,
sank a British mine in position ***(notreadable) N,
Tuesday, 17th September 1940
undocked from the Scapa Floating Dock at 1800 after
repairs to stern glands and sailed at2200 to Aberdeen to
escort S.S. LADY OF MANN to Lerwick.
and S.S. KYLE FISHER arrived at Greenock at 0700 and
DOUGLAS proceeded up river to be takenin hand for
repairs to boilers by Messrs. Barkley Curle, Govan.
DOUGLAS grounded on entering harbour.
Wednesday, 18th September 1940
LADY OF MANN on passage to Lerwick sustaining damage to
forecastle due to weather returned toAberdeen with
VERSATILE, who had damaged D.G. gear.
and MAORI sailed from Rosyth to the Tyne to screen
NIGERIA during trials.
Thursday, 19th September 1940
escorting S.S. LADY OF MANN sailed from Aberdeen at 1600
for Lerwick, thence proceeding toScapa.
and MAORI, escorting NIGERIA from the Tyne for trials,
then proceeded to Rosyth.
sank four British mines in Area C , three of which were
identified as Mark IV.
proceeded from Scapa at **00 (not readable) to give A/A
cover to W.N. 17.
Friday, 20th September 1940
proceeded from Scapa to Lerwick, arriving at 2330, and
escorted S.S. LADY OF MANN with troops toAberdeen.
(D) VI in SOMALI with MATABELE and ESKIMO screening
FURIOUS with BERWICK and NORFOLK sailed fromScapa at
1230 for Operation D.T against shipping at Trondheim.
sailed for Devonport at 1100 and after carrying out full
calibre shoot, proceeded to Scapa to workup.
transferred to Convoy O.A. 217 and covered to the
Pentland Firth, there transferring to ConvoyHX 71 A and
giving cover till dark, thence returning to Scapa.
Saturday, 21st September 1940
arrived Scapa at 1900 after escorting S.S. LADY OF MANN
sailed from Rosyth in the afternoon for the Tyne to
escort S.S. EMPIRE TROOPER to Liverpool northabout.
on passage to Scapa, closed vessels, torpedoed in North
Channel the previous evening, and gaveassistance to tug
SUPERMAN in taking S.S. EMPIRE ADVENTURE in tow, the
ship having her back broken.
ISIS arrived at Scapa at 0600, 22nd
Sunday, 22 September 1940
the night, S.S. EMPIRE TROOPER found she was unable to
keep water in her boilers and returnedto Tyne escorted
by PUNJABI. PUNABI
sailed later for Scapa to dock for repairs to rudder,
arriving at0600, 23rd September.
proceeded from Scapa at 2000 to search for an aircraft
from Hatston, which had landed in thesea west of Fair
Isle Channel. The
search was unsuccessful, and VERSATILE returned to Scapa
at 1030, 23rd September 1940.
D.T. was carried out at dawn by aircraft from FURIOUS
who attacked shipping and oil tanks atTrondheim.
Bad visibility and low cloud ashore spoiled the
operation and no positive results were
Heavy anti air craft fire was met and five
Swordfish and one Skua failed to return.
having completed satisfactory long range indirect
bombardment practices, was considered workedup and
sailed for Sheerness, escorted by EGLINTON.
EGLINTON then proceeded to Harwich and joined
the Nore Command.
sailed at noon to give Anti Aircraft cover to Convoy
O.A. 218 from Buchanness to Duncansby Head.
Monday, 23rd September 1940
BERWICK and FURIOUS, escorted by TARTAR, ESKIMO, and MATABELE
arrived at Scapa at 1100, returning from Operation D.T.
NORFOLK arrived at 1300.
arrived at Scapa from the Clyde to join the Home Fleet
Command and provide A/A cover for convoysbetween
Pentland Firth and Methil.
Tuesday, 24th September 1940
to presence of floating mines to westward of the
Orkneys, it was not longer practicable tocarry out A/S
exercises in the usual area.
Scapa Flow being clear, restricted exercises
were started inside the Flow.
Flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet, was transferred
from REPULSE to MAIDSTONE at 1* (not readable)00.
and ISIS sailed from
Scapa at 1200 for Skolpen Fjord, Faroes, where they met
S.S. ULSTER MONARCH and provided escortto Invergordon.
sailed from Scapa at 2030 proceeding to Humber to join
the Nore Command.
and BEDOUIN sailed from Rosyth at 2300 southwards to
recover airmen reported in dingy in position55-00N,
Wednesday, 25th September 1940
(D) in SOMALI with ESKIMO, sailed from Scapa at 0220 for
search for a German aircraft reportedforce landed in the
sea at 2000, 24th September on position 090
degrees Kinnaird Head 22 miles.
A German safety ship left Stavanger at 2100 on
The search was continued until 1800 without
success and ships then returned to Scapa, arriving at
arrived Scapa at 1003 after giving anti aircraft cover
for convoy O.A. 219 on East Coast ofScotland.,
sailed from Scapa at **** (not readable) for
Middlesbrough to make good defects and torefit by Smith
s Dock Company, Middlesbrough.
Thursday, 26th September 1940
and ISIS escorting S.s. ULSTER MONARCH, arrived at
Invergordon at 0815, and then proceeded toScapa.
sailed from Scapa at 1100 and met Convoy O.A.
213 at 1730 in position 57-21n, 1-01w to give
anti aircraft cover to Pentland Firth.
This convoy was attacked by enemy aircraft at
2000 off Buchanness, S.S
PORT DENISON being hit by torpedo, subsequently
sinking, and WELSHPRINCE being damaged by a near miss
bomb and having to put in to Scapa for repairs.
Survivors of S.S. PORT DENISON were brought to
Scapa by PENTLAND FIRTH.
and ASHANTI rescued three Norwegian aviators in an open
boat. This was not the dinghy for which they were searching and both
ships proceeded westward in Gap A down the swept
channel, to the WesternEnd of Gap E to await results of
the air search on Friday, 27th September
arrived Middlesbrough at 0900 and Commander in Chief,
Home Fleet, then gave orders forrefit to be suspended
and the ship to proceed to Rosyth, there she arrived at
1700, 26th September 1940.
27th September 1940
Rosyth to rendezvous with S.S. EMPIRE TROOPER off the
Tyne at 1200 andthen to escort to Pentland Firth.
proceeded from Scapa at 1600 to overtake Convoy W.N., 18
to provide anti aircraft cover to Methil,then to Rosyth
to complete defects and to boiler clean.
arrived at Scapa at 1200 after providing antiaircraft
cover for Convoy O.A. 220.
and ASHANTI recovered one alive and one dead from an
R.A.F. dinghy in position 54-12N,1-38E and proceeded to
Newcastle to land survivor, then to Rosyth, arriving at
0800 Saturday, 28th September 1940.
alongside at Rosyth, suffered damage from tug FLAMER
which rendered the ship unseaworthy untiltemporary
repairs were completed by noon, 29th
28th September 1940
proceeded from Scapa at 0500 to join Convoy H.X. 73 A in
Pentland Firth to provideantiaircraft cover to vicinity
of Buchanness. This
convoy was attacked by enemy aircraft at 2025 in
position 56-02N, 2-09W, one ship being hit.
Admiral Commanding, Tenth Cruiser Squadron in NIGERIA
arrived at Scapa at 1016 to join the HomeFleet Command.
of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet was transferred to
REPULSE at 1 (unreadable) at
and at 1 (unreadable) Scapa Force proceeded to
screened by Captain (D) VI in SOMALI with ESKIMO,
PUNJABI, DUNCAN, and MATABELE, BERWICKand NORFOLK sailed
from Scapa and proceeded towards position 62-00N, 03-30E
to intercept an enemy force which possibly included
HIPPER and merchant vesselsand which had been reported
60 miles of Stavanger at 1400.
Vice Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser
Squadron in HOOD with NAIAD, with ZULU, TARTAR, and
ELECTRA proceeded from Rosythtowards the same position.
No further reports of the enemy were received
and at 0909, Sunday, 29th September 1940,
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, ordered both forces to
return,Hood and screen proceeding to Scapa, REPULSE, and
three destroyers to Rosyth, NAIAD to Rosyth, remaining
destroyers a, BERWICK and NORFOLK to Scapa.
sailed from Scapa and relieved VERSATILE, escorting S.S.
EMPIRE TROOPER in the Pentland Firth at2359, VERSATILE
returning to Invergordon.
VIMY continued the escort to Liverpool,
arriving at 1830, 30th September.
29th September 1040
arrived Scapa at 1000 to join Home Fleet Command.
arrived at Scapa at 1230 after covering Convoy O.A. 221
Admiral (D), Home Fleet, detached MATABELE at 1130 to
proceed at best speed to vicinity of MuckleFlugga to
transmit a message ordering NORFOLK, who had lost touch,
to return to Scapa.
MATABELE then proceeded to Scapa, arriving at
Admiral Commanding, Battle Cruiser Squadron in HOOD,
screened by ZULU, TARTAR, and ELECTRA arrivedat Scapa at
1920, as Senior Officer, Scapa Force.
Admiral (D), Home Fleet in REPULSE with BERWICK, SOMALI,
PUNJABI, ESKIMO, and DUNCAN arrived atScapa at 2320.
30th September 1940
Flag of Rear Admiral (D), Home Fleet, was transferred
from REPULSE to MAIDSTONE at 0045.
REPULSE sailed from Scapa at 0130 for Rosyth
screened by DUNCAN, ZULU, and ELECTRA.
sailed from Rosyth at 0045 for the Humber, and JUPITER
arrived to join the Home Fleet Command,temporarily.
JAVELIN, and KELVIN were transferred from the Nore
Command to the Western Approaches Commandin view of
enemy destroyer activity in that area.
sailed from Scapa to cover Convoy S.L. 47 A from
Duncansby Head to Buchanness, subsequentlytransferring
to Convoy O.A. 222.
Fleet ships at Scapa were ordered to keep steam daily
from 0730 to 1930 at four hour s notice, andfrom 1930 to
0730 at one hour s notice.
arrived Rosyth at 1300, ZULU and ELECTRA having
been sent ahead at high speed from Gidra Island
as an anti acoustic mine precautionand DUNCAN having
been detached to augment the escort of convoy
O.A. 222 to Pentland Firth.
arrived at Scapa at 1600 to work up before joining the
further redistribution of destroyers was ordered,
whereby four destroyers of the Fifth DestroyerFlotilla
were transferred from the Nore Command (lent Home Fleet)
to the Western Approaches, being replaced by three
B class from the First DestroyerFlotilla.
Commander in Chief, Home Fleet, issued instructions
that, as an anti mining precaution, when mainunits of
the Fleet accompanied by destroyers are approaching or
leaving port in water under twenty fathoms, some
destroyers should precede the main units athigh speed in
line ahead three cables apart from or to the position
where the anti submarine screen becomes necessary.
Admiral (D), Home Fleet, took over administration of the
Anti Air Craft Cruisers and theoperation of any A/A
cruisers attached to the Home Fleet at Scapa.
S.L. 47 A was attacked by enemy aircraft from 1955 to
2030 in position 57-25N, 1-35W, threebombs being
reported that bursts of blind fire had some deterrent
transferred to Convoy O.A. 222 and covered to Pentland
Firth, then transferring to Convoy W.N.19 Fast.
FOR THIS FORTNIGHT IS NOT INCLUDED IN MY COPIES.