Events - April-May 1940
Norway, Battles of Narvik, Blitzkrieg on Western
Europe, Dunkirk evacuation starts
ship DRONNING MAUD (1488grt) was badly damaged by German
casualties on the Norwegian ship.
DRONNING MAUD was a total loss and was not salved.
at 0727 laid a minefield, designated FD.6, off
3 May, German auxiliary minesweeper M. 1102 (trawler
H.A. W. MULLER, 460grt)
was slightly damaged on this minefield.
at 1825 attacked a German convoy,carrying the 2nd
Division, nine miles east of Skagen near Hertha, in
57-39N, 11-02. 5E.
fired six torpedoes at a convoy of four merchant ships,
steamers BUENAS AIRES (6097grt), BAHIA CASTILLO
(8579grt), KRETA (2359grt),
BUENAS AIRES (6097grt) was sunk and German steamer BAHIA
(8579grt) was badly damaged losing her rudder and
and two hundred and forty horses were lost and sixty
four men wounded on
the steamer BUENAS AIRES. Ten men and twenty six horses
were lost and twenty
three men wounded on the steamer BAHIA CASTILLO.
CASTILLO was towed to Frederickshavn and was later
CASABIANCA and SFAX arrived at Dundee from patrol.
submarine RUBIS (Lieutenant de Vaisseau G. Cabanier)
Harwich for minelaying operations off the Norwegian
VISCOUNT, VANSITTART departed Scapa Flow at 0500 with
FS.3, consisting of British steamers MARGOT (4545grt)
and SEPIA (6214grt),
British tanker BRITISH LORD (6098grt), British base ship
French steamers ALBERTE LE BORGNE (3921grt), ENSEIGNE
(4578grt), SAINTE CLARE (3824grt), VULCAIN (4362grt).
had been escorted to
Scapa Flow by Escort ships JASON and GLEANER and
anti-submarine trawlers. On arrival at
Flow on 28 April, the escorts returned
to the Clyde.
these ships were joined by destroyers ISIS, IMOGEN, ILEX
steamers BELLEROPHON (9019grt) and LYCAON (7350grt)
which had departed the Clyde on 30 April.
the two groups rendezvoused, destroyers VETERAN and
VISCOUNT took base ship
MASHOBRA to the
Clyde arriving on the 2nd. The convoy and its escorts arrived safely at
Harstad on the 6th.
PAUL EMILE JAVARY (2471grt) of the convoy was damaged in
on 28 April with British steamer PIZARRO (1367grt)
sixteen miles east,
northeast of Stornoway. She was able to leave Scapa Flow
on the 3rd and arrived at
Harstad on the 9th.
EXPRESS, INTREPID with mines for the Narvik area were
ordered to return
Scapa Flow at 0540 and arrived at Immingham at 2030.
FOUDROYANT arrived at
escorting French troopship
VILLE D'ALGER (10,172grt). She departed that day and
arrived at Scapa Flow the next day.
FP.3 with French troopships VILLE D'ALGER (10,172grt),
(13,391grt), CHENONCEAUX (14,825grt), MEXIQUE
(12,220grt) and British
troopship MONARCH OF BERMUDA (22,424grt) departed the
Clyde at 0700/1st carrying the
last contingent of the 1st Chasseurs Light Division, the
French Legion Demi
Brigade, the Polish Brigade.
were escorted by destroyers ATHERSTONE, WARWICK, French
EPERVIER and FOUDROYANT, Patrol vessels JASON and
GLEANER of the 3rd
Anti-submarine Striking Force.
Clyde at 1300 and joined the convoy.
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA, REINA DEL PACIFICO, LANCASTRIA,
DUCHESS OF ATHOLL and Polish troopships BATORY and
SOBIESKI proceeded in
company in the convoy for
Scapa Flow. The escort vessels JASON and GLEANER escorted
this section into
was detached for refuelling at Scapa Flow.
D'ALGER took the place of French liner GENERAL METZINGER
which was damaged in
St George's Channel
while en route to Greenock. British steamer MONARCH OF
BERMUDA replaced French liner PROVIDENCE (11996grt).
departed Rosyth at 0900/1st
and passed May
at 0900. She arrived at Scapa Flow at 0700/2nd escorting
British tanker BRITISH GOVERNOR (6840grt) from Aberdeen.
departed Scapa Flow at 1300/2nd to escort convoy
FP.3, but was recalled at 1351 to Scapa Flow.
At Scapa Flow, the destroyer went
alongside troopship ULSTER PRINCE and embarked the
Norwegian Naval Commander in Chief Admiral Deisan, three
three Swedish officers for passage to Tromso. She then
proceeded to join the
and BRAZEN departed
Scapa Flow at 0340/2nd to join the convoy.
joined the convoy escort on
D'ALGER and MONARCH OF BERMUDA arrived at Harstad on the
5th and the
rest of the convoy safely arrived at Tromso on the 5th.
the 7th, escorted by destroyers BRAZEN and ECHO and
EPERVIER, troopships CHENONCEAUX and COLOMBIE
disembarked at Harstad and
MEXIQUE disembarked at Salangen and Balangen.
and light cruisers EFFINGHAM (Commander in Chief Norway
and AURORA bombarded German positions in Ofotfjord in the
CURLEW arrived at
and BRAZEN arrived at
at 0525 with details on
board from the Namsos area.
NORTHERN PRIDE ran aground at Tjelsundet.
trawler was assisted by destroyer WALKER.
from Scapa Flow arrived at Sullom Voe at
1800 to refuel.
searched for a German submarine reported by air at 1515
00‑18E. She searched from 1744 to 2103 and then
proceeded to Sullom Voe
arrived at daylight at 0635/2nd. She embarked troops in
KIMBERLEY departed Sullom Voe at 0915 after refuelling.
BRICK 2, the evacuation of southern Norway which began
on 30 April,
Romdalsfjord, anti-aircraft cruiser CALCUTTA and sloop
AUCKLAND were heavily attacked by
German bombers and both ships, almost out of ammunition,
were withdrawn at
1600 from the Fjord.
night, a British force under Vice Admiral G. Layton, CB
DSO, which departed Scapa Flow at 1700 on 30 April,
the Romdalsfjord to embark troops with Light cruisers
MANCHESTER (CS 18) and BIRMINGHAM, destroyers
DIANA, DELIGHT. They joined anti-aircraft cruiser
CALCUTTA and sloop AUCKLAND already in the area.
and BIRMINGHAM were too large the use the
pier, destroyers INGLEFIELD, DIANA, DELIGHT ferried the
troops out into the
harbour for embarkation on the cruisers.
embarked the PRIMROSE detachment at Aalesund.
embarked Norwegian General Ruge and took him, along with
his staff, to
Tromso arriving at 1100/3rd.
with light cruisers BIRMINGHAM and MANCHESTER and
and DELIGHT returned to
Scapa Flow at 0015/3rd sustaining no casualties in the
Scapa Flow at 1630/2nd.
CALCUTTA and destroyer MASHONA arrived at
Flow at 0730/3rd. CALCUTTA had forty one officers and
seven hundred and fifteen men evacuated from Aandalsnes.
MASHONA carried one
officer and nine men, all wounded, the crew of trawler
AUCKLAND arrived at
Flow at 1015/3rd.
GLORIOUS, escorted by destroyers ACHERON, ANTELOPE,
off Norway with new aircraft after having been withdrawn
for refuelling and
aircraft on 27 April.
Skua from aircraft carrier GLORIOUS 803 Squadron was
shot down in error by
British ships off Namsos. S/Lt G. W. Brokensha and Petty
Officer S. E.
Andrews were picked up by destroyer NUBIAN.
and BEAGLE were detached from the aircraft carrier ARK
screen for refuelling at Sullom Voe.
and WOLVERINE departed
at 2107 with Polish
troopship CHROBRY (11,442grt) and British troopship
ORION (23,456grt) to
Rosyth, arriving at 1130/2nd.
Operation KLAXON 1 and 2, Namsos was to have been
evacuated over two days,
but when word of a battalion of French troops having
gotten away, the entire
operation was set to take place on the 1st.
British evacuating force arrived off the coast and found
it fog covered.
on the 1st, destroyer MAORI reached Kya Light off
Namsenfjord and Vice
Admiral J. Cunningham sent destroyers KELLY, GRENADE,
GRIFFIN, French BISON to join her.
the destroyers went up Namsenfjord in dense fog early on
the 2nd, destroyer
MAORI was damaged by near misses of air bombs and
sustained twenty three
casualties (five dying of wounds). Cdr G. N. Brewer, Lt
Cdr (E) T. T.
Brandreth and Acting Gunner (T) S. C. White were among
evacuation attempt was aborted at that time due to the
German's knowledge of
their intentions and operation was rescheduled for the
night of 2/3 May.
withdrew with her casualties.
was able to participate in evacuation the next night.
Scapa Flow at 0001/6th. Off Sumburgh Head, she met destroyer
ECLIPSE, which departed Lerwick at 0420 with one
operable engine, escorted
her to the Clyde.
Greenock at 1800/7th.
went on to
Liverpool, where her repairs were completed on the 20th.
H.G. Aitchison was killed when his Hornet Moth aircraft
crashed at Golspie.
COAST, BARON NAIRN (Commodore),
CAMEO, CITY OF
DORSET COAST, MARSLEW departed Bristol Channel escorted
MONTROSE. The convoy arrived at
Loire on the 3rd.
of one steamer arrived at St Malo from Southampton.
Convoy FN.159 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer WOOLSTON and
armed patrol yacht
The convoy arrived at the Tyne on the 3rd.
Convoy MT.62 departed Methil, escorted by sloops EGRET and WESTON.
The convoy arrived in the
Tyne later that day.
Convoy FS.159 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyers VALOROUS and WALLACE.
The convoy arrived at Southend on the 3rd.
Convoy FS.160 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyer VALENTINE and sloop
WESTON. The convoy arrived at Southend on the 3rd.
from Chatham after refitting.
was formed from convoys OA.138GF, which departed
Southend on 28 April
escorted by sloop SCARBOROUGH, OB.138GF, which departed
Liverpool on 28
April, escorted by destroyer VERSATILE, with forty five
escorted the convoy on the
1st and was then detached to convoy HG.28 F.
and anti-submarine whaler WILLIAM SCORESBY escorted the
from 1 to 6 May. The convoy arrived at Gibraltar on the
trawlers LA CANCALAISE (former British SAINT AMANDUS,
LA NANTAISE (former British SAINT ARCADIUS, 399grt), LA
British SAINT ANDRONICUS, 398grt) departed Dover for
damaged on 26 April, was under the tow of French tug
(TUMULTE in some sources).
Dyck Light Vessel shoal, trawler LA CANCALAISE struck a
mine and sank.
crew were lost on the French trawler.
departed Southend escorted by sloop ENCHANTRESS.
and ROYAL SOVEREIGN, French battleships LORRAINE,
PROVENCE,from Mer el Kebir, French cruisers TOURVILLE,
TROUIN escorted by destroyers DEFENDER and DECOY,
STUART and VAMPIRE, six French destroyers, one French
torpedo boat passed
Malta en route to reinforce the Mediterranean Fleet.
and WATCHMAN, escorting the battleships, entered Malta,
arrived back at Gibraltar on the 4th.
and ROYAL SOVEREIGN,
Australian destroyers STUART and VAMPIRE, French
battleships PROVENCE, LORRAINE, BRETAGNE, destroyers
TIGRE, LYNX, FORBIN arrived at Alexandria at 1820/3rd.
was a replacement for originally designated destroyer
was under repair at
escorted by armed merchant
CASTLE until 15 May. The convoy
arrived at Liverpool on the 18th.
convoy US.3 departed Wellington with troopships
AQUITANIA (45,647grt), EMPRESS OF
BRITAIN (42,348grt), EMPRESS OF JAPAN (26,032grt),
escorted by Australian
and New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER.
LEANDER had arrived at Wellington on 24 April in
for this convoy duty.
cruiser SYDNEY, en route to join this convoy on the 1st,
was ordered to
Strait and Singapore. The cruiser arrived at Singapore
on the 5th. After
refuelling, the cruiser departed Singapore later the
same day and
arrived at Colombo
on the 8th. She departed Colombo on the 12th to meet
US.3 in the area of the Coco Islands, but was recalled
to Colombo to sail for the Mediterranean.
(25,689grt) joined en route,
escorted by Australian heavy cruiser CANBERRA, all
arrived safely off Sydney on the 5th under the escort
of Australian heavy cruisers AUSTRALIA and CANBERRA and
New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER.
Sydney, the convoy was joined by troopships MAURETANIA
(35,738grt) and QUEEN MARY (80,774grt), escorted by
Australian light cruiser PERTH, the next day off
Melbourne by troopship
EMPRESS OF CANADA (21,517grt).
was detached when the convoy
formed for ocean passage.
was at Fremantle from 10 to 12 May when the convoy put
back out to sea. New Zealand light cruiser LEANDER was
detached on the 16th and proceeded on other duties. The
light cruiser LEANDER
arrived at Colombo
on the 19th.
DAUNTLESS was refitting at
from this date to 4 June.
departed Sheerness for
trials at Rosyth after refit.
trials were completed on the 7th. Anti-aircraft cruiser
COVENTRY arrived at Sullom Voe on the
completed her conversion to fast escort ship. She
proceeded to Portland for working up which was cut
short by the invasion of France and the Low Countries.
On 14 May, she departed Portland for Sheerness.
0926, submarine TRIDENT fired two torpedoes at German
steamer CLARE HUGO
STINNES I (5294grt) off Skorpa Island.
fired seventy rounds from her deck gun at the German
ran herself aground in Bjoernefjord to prevent sinking.
fired three torpedoes at the grounded German steamer,
but all three
torpedoes exploded on the rocks.
German steamer was later salved. On 26 July, CLARE HUGO
STINNES I was docked
at Bergen for repairs. The ship was ultimately lost on
27 September 1944 on a mine.
departed Dundee for patrol off Fro Havet.
departed Rosyth on patrol.
BRESTOIS and BOULONNAIS arrived at Scapa Flow at 1245
AMIENOIS and SAUMUR.
destroyers departed at 2130 escorting French steamers
AMIENOIS, SAUMUR, CAP BLANC to Greenock, arriving at
arrived at Sullom Voe for refuelling at 1240/2nd.
BLYSKAWICA was damaged by German shore guns near Narvik.
retired to Skelfjord for repairs.
on the 2nd at Mosjoen, destroyer JANUS landed 100
Chasseur Alpins and two
anti-aircraft guns embarked at Namsos. The landing was
completed at 2350.
operation was attempted on the 1st, but was delayed due
to heavy fog.
destroyer was then ordered to meet two Norwegian pulp
ships from Salsbruket
and one Norwegian pulp ship from Lansless fifty miles
off the coast and
was unable to locate any of these merchant ships and
arrived at Scapa Flow at 0730/5th.
arrived at Sullom Voe at 0635 to refuel.
Scapa Flow from Sullom Voe at 0800 with 350 troops on
arrived at Sullom Voe for refuelling at 2215.
Scapa Flow at 1200 to meet Danish steamer GUNVOR MAERSK en route
ships arrived at
Scapa Flow at 1800.
departed Rosyth with British A. S. I. S. steamer
(538grt) for Scapa Flow.
was returning to the Home Fleet after repairs.
on the 2nd, the British evacuated Namsos in Operation
CARLISLE, which had joined the
evacuation force west of Namsos earlier in the day,
stood off the town of Namsos while the evacuation took
two surviving trawlers at Namsos, ARAB and ANGLE,
ferried troops to the
French armed merchant cruiser EL MANSOUR and heavy
cruiser YORK in the harbour, while French
armed merchant cruisers EL D'JEZAIR and EL KANTARA
berthed at the pier.
NUBIAN, KELLY and French destroyers BISON and FOUDROYANT
DEVONSHIRE, French light cruiser
MONTCALM, Destroyers GRENADE, GRIFFIN, HASTY, IMPERIAL
sea off Namsenfjord.
the 3rd, British trawlers ST GORAN (565grt) of the 15th
Striking Force and ASTON VILLA (546grt) and GAUL
(550grt) of the 16th
Anti-submarine Striking Force, which had been badly
damaged by German bombing
near Namsos on 30 April, were scuttled before the allied
British and French ships were able to lift 1850 British
troops, 2345 French
troops, some Norwegian troops, thirty German prisoners
stayed behind to pick up a late arriving detachment when
ships left for the relative safety of the open sea.
evacuation was completed at 0445/3rd.
caught up with the allied force as the Germans launched
attacks on the force. Air attacks concentrated on heavy
cruiser DEVONSHIRE and light cruiser MONTCALM.
BISON was hit by a German bomb which exploded her fore
blew off the fore part of the ship at 1010 in these
attacks in 65‑42N,
07‑17E. Her survivors were taken off by destroyer
GRENADE which went
alongside and destroyers IMPERIAL and AFRIDI which
picked up men from the
water. AFRIDI had rescued sixty nine BISON survivors.
V. Bouan, L. V. Merlin, one hundred ratings were lost in
Also killed on destroyer BISON was British Cdr R. R.
Graham DSO, which was an
scuttled destroyer BISON.
rejoined the Main Force after picking up BISON's
survivors, but then
was hit herself at 1400 in further German bombing in
foundered forty six minutes after being hit.
GRIFFIN and IMPERIAL picked up her survivors.
R. Mellor and forty eight of AFRIDI's ratings were lost
ship along with three of IMPERIAL's ratings, about 30 of
thirteen military rearguard personnel evacuated from
Namsos. Three AFRIDI
ratings died of wounds and thirty one ratings were
SOUTHAMPTON and destroyer HYPERION, HEREWARD, BEAGLE
departed Scapa Flow on the 3rd to support the
FORESIGHT, ANTELOPE, ACHERON also departed Scapa Flow at
2330/3rd to support the evacuation
force's return. The British and French ships arrived at
Scapa Flow, without further damage,
late on 4 and early on the 5th.
GRENADE arrived at Sullom
Voe at 1700/4th to discharge wounded French and British
destroyers BISON and AFRIDI and the military rearguard
from Namsos to French
hospital ship SPHINX.
destroyers departed Sullom Voe at 2130/4th and arrived
Scapa Flow at 0730/5th. Passengers
were accommodated in
YORK and destroyer NUBIAN arrived at
Flow at 2030/4th.
and HASTY and troopship EL MANSOUR arrived at Scapa Flow
DEVONSHIRE, French light cruiser
MONTCALM, light cruiser SOUTHAMPTON, French troopships
EL D'JEZAIR and EL
KANTARA, destroyers ACHERON, ANTELOPE, MAORI, FURY,
arrived at Scapa Flow at 0400/5th.
at Scapa Flow were embarked in British hospital ship
of the French troops, including some of the BISON
survivors, were embarked on
French passenger ship PRESIDENT DOUMER (11,898grt),
DJENNE (8790grt), FLANDRE
(11,996grt) which left the Clyde on the 9th escorted by
French large destroyers TARTU,
MILAN, CHEVALIER PAUL and four
British torpedo boats to return to Brest, arriving on
rest of the French troops, including the seriously
wounded, were embarked on
French hospital ship SPHINX which departed Scapa Flow on
the 25th escorted by
minesweeper HEBE. She arrived at Brest on the 27th.
BS 1 was conducted in the
by minelayers TEVIOTBANK and
PRINCESS VICTORIA escorted by patrol sloops WIDGEON,
GALATEA and ARETHUSA departed Scapa Flow for Rosyth.
GALATEA and ARETHUSA were transferred on the 3rd to the
to be based at Sheerness. They departed Rosyth for
Sheerness on the 7th.
SWAN was on North Goodwins patrol.
covered the passage of the B. E. F. Boulogne leave
at 0600 for Chatham.
Convoy FN.160 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer
and sloop LONDONDERRY. The convoy arrived in the Tyne on
night of 1/2 May, French large destroyers INDOMPTABLE
and MALIN were
anchored in the
Downs to land British liaison officers.
destroyers arrived at
on the 4th.
ORION and NEPTUNE arrived at Malta from Gibraltar.
ORION, with Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham taking passage
on her and
Vice Admiral, destroyers aboard, departed on the 3rd and
arrived at Alexandria on the 4th.
arrival at Alexandria,
Admiral Cunningham hoisted
his flag on battleship
NEPTUNE departed Malta in the evening of 3 May,
arrived at Alexandria
on the 5th.
destroyers CHEVALIER PAUL, MILAN, TARTU (Cdr J.
British liaison officer embarked) and destroyers SIKH
and TARTAR departed Scapa Flow for a raid into the
Skagerrak to intercept two German
merchant ships escorted by two torpedo boats in 58‑45N,
sortie was without contact and the ships returned
undamaged at 0930/4th.
ARK ROYAL and GLORIOUS, battleship VALIANT, heavy
destroyers FURY, ENCOUNTER, ESCORT, FEARLESS, ACHERON,
KIMBERLEY arrived at 1030 at Scapa Flow after operations
Scapa Flow at 1600 for the
escorted by destroyers
IVANHOE, ICARUS, IMPULSIVE.
GLORIOUS and the destroyers arrived at Greenock at
Scapa Flow at 0630.
arrived at Sullom Voe at 0800 to refuel and to change
sailed at 1115/3rd.
and HEREWARD arrived at
at 1330 from Sullom Voe.
BURZA proceeded from Harstad to Skaalanfjord where she
landing craft with French Alpins to Gratangen.
Completing this duty, she
returned to Harstad.
departed Scapa Flow at 2100 escorted by destroyers WESTCOTT and
FOUDROYANT and sloop FLEETWOOD. Destroyer VOLUNTEER,
(574grt) joined during the
convoy was composed of tankers BROOMDALE (8334grt) and
(6840grt) and steamers NARVA (1575grt), A. S. I. S.
CROMARTY FIRTH (538grt),
EMILE JAVARY (2471grt), cable ship LASSO (930grt).
arrived at Harstad at 2200/9th.
BLACKHEATH (4637grt), DELIUS (6065grt), DALLINGTON COURT
CASTLE (5242grt), J. HOLt
(3815grt), CISCAR (1809grt), THISTLEFORD (4764grt)
departed Scapa Flow at 1100 escorted by
destroyer BEAGLE and patrol vessels GLEANER and JASON.
hours later, destroyer WALKER departed Scapa Flow with
MAERSK (1977grt) and RONAN (1489grt).
WALKER and BEAGLE escorted the
Channel contingent on from the Clyde.
destroyers after the escort went to
for boiler clean, arriving
on the 6th.
ROYAL SCOTSMAN and ULSTER PRINCE departed Scapa Flow for
the Clyde to embark troops and stores
for Bodo and Mosjoen, respectively.
and sloop STORK were sent to intercept unknown ships
miles south of Vestfjord.
Norwegian torpedo boats DRISTIG and DJERV were scuttled
at Kvamsoy in
Fleet destroyers HAVOCK, HEREWARD, HOSTILE, JANUS,
KANDAHAR, HYPERION, KELLY, KIMBERLEY were ordered to
on the east coast.
force was later directed to the
NORTHERN PRIDE of 12th Anti-submarine Striking Force,
11th Anti-submarine Striking Force, STELLA CAPELLA and
CAPE ARGONA of the 12th Anti-submarine
Group arrived at
Scapa Flow from Romdalsfjord.
departed Southend escorted by destroyer VESPER from 3 to
5 May and
destroyer VENETIA on the 5th.
Liverpool escorted by destroyer VANQUISHER from 3 to 6 May.
of seven steamers, including steamers BARON KINNAIRD and
LIVINGSTONE (Commodore) departed
Loire escorted by destroyer MONTROSE.
destroyer MONTROSE was detached for anti-submarine
operations on the 4th. The
convoy arrived in
on the 5th.
Convoy FN.161 departed Southend, escorted by sloops
and HASTINGS. The convoy arrived at the Tyne on the 5th.
Convoy MT.63 departed Methil, escorted by destroyers VIVIEN and
VIMIERA. The convoy arrived later in the day.
Convoy FS.161 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyers VIVIEN and VIMIERA. The
convoy arrived at Southend on the 5th.
completed boiler cleaning at Dover.
ADMIRAL MOUCHEZ arrived at Dover to escort French
PASTEUR and ORPHEE to
French ships departed
MARSOUIN departed Casablanca, escorted by armed trawler
HERON. The submarine arrived at Bizerte on the 8th.
merchant cruiser ATLANTIS sank British steamer SCIENTIST
Atlantic at 19‑55S, 04‑20E.
crewman from steamer SCIENTIST was killed and another
later died on the
German merchant cruiser wounds.
were transferred to steamer DURMITOR on 26 October and
they were later
interned in Italian Somaliland.
crew and one passenger were transferred to the steamer
TIRRANNA on the
2nd. One crewman and the passenger were lost when the
steamer was sunk
returning to France.
convoy US.2 arrived at Colombo en route to Egypt. On the
5th, the convoy put
to sea escorted by battleship RAMILLIES, French heavy
cruiser SUFFREN, Heavy
was met off
on the 12th by Australian
light cruiser HOBART and destroyers DECOY and DEFENDER,
which departed Aden on the 10th, in the Red Sea by light
cruiser LIVERPOOL and sloop SHOREHAM on the
17 May, convoy US.2 arrived at Suez escorted by
RAMILLIES, French heavy cruiser SUFFREN, light cruiser
LIVERPOOL, Destroyers DECOY and
DEFENDER. Battleship RAMILLIES went to Alexandria and
went into drydock for
SUFFREN and destroyers DECOY and DEFENDER joined the
Fleet for operations.
LIVERPOOL patrolled in the Red Sea for two more weeks
joining the Mediterranean Fleet.
RESOURCE departed Malta escorted by Australian
destroyers VOYAGER, VENDETTA, WATERHEN.
the 5th, repair ship RESOURCE was turned over to
Australian destroyers STUART
and VAMPIRE which escorted her on to Alexandria.
FOUGUEUX, FRONDEUR, L'ADRIOT carried out a sweep within
miles of the Belgian and Dutch coast, as far north as
contact was made.
and light cruiser AURORA bombarded German positions in
GLASGOW and destroyers JACKAL and JAVELIN arrived at
Greenock at 1600 from Tromso.
and FOXHOUND departed
Greenock at 1300 with British tanker ATHELEMPRESS
(8941grt) for Scapa Flow where they arrived at 0800/6th.
GROM and destroyer FAULKNOR were on patrol off Narvik
German positions when GROM was struck at 0828 on her
torpedo tubes by a
(Cdr A. Hulewicz ORP) was sunk in the explosion and her
picked up by light cruiser ENTERPRISE, which lowered
rescue survivors at 0835, destroyers FAULKNOR and
BEDOUIN. Light cruiser
AURORA picked up four survivors.
(JG) A. Krakowski and fifty seven ratings were killed.
The survivors were
transferred from destroyers FAULKNOR and BEDOUIN to
then to Polish destroyer BURZA.
Polish survivors were embarked on a hospital ship for
the passage back to England. They departed Harstad on
the 10th for the Clyde.
ARK ROYAL (Vice Admiral Aircraft Carriers) departed
Scapa Flow at 1620 after refuelling and
reprovisioning with anti-aircraft cruiser CURLEW,
(D.3), SIKH, MASHONA, TARTAR, JAGUAR, ENCOUNTER.
ARK ROYAL arrived off
for operations on the 7th
and operated aircraft daily in support of allied
operations. She refuelled at
Tromso on the 19th.
FORTUNE departed Scapa Flow at 0600 with troopships
LANCASTRIA (16,243grt), BATORY (14,287grt), SOBIESKI
MONARCH (3791grt) for the
Clyde, where they arrived at 1230/5th.
Flow at 1700 for Rosyth where she
arrived at 0700/5th.
and Vinga in the Kattegat to lay mines in 57-33. 5N,
11-35. 5E. Shortly after completing the minelay at 0859,
SEAL struck a mine
herself and was badly damaged.
this damaged state, SEAL was captured early on the 5th
by two German Arado
seaplanes of the German Navy and was towed to
Frederikshavn by German trawler
UJ 128 (trawler FRANKEN, 435grt) of the 12th
Cdr R. P. Lonsdale, Lt T. B. J. D. Butler, Lt T. A.
Beet, Lt (E) R. H.S.
Clark, S/Lt A. R. L. Henderson, S/Lt R. W. H.Boulnois,
forty eight ratings
from submarine SEAL were taken prisoner.
rating was lost with the submarine and another rating
died while prisoner of
were made to SEAL at Frederikshavn by 9 May and on the
10th, she left
under tow for
where she arrived on the
was commissioned as German U.B on 30 November
ships were lost on SEAL's FD.7 minefield.
4 May, Swedish fishing boat AIMY (200grt) was lost on
entire crew of four of the fishing boat AIMY was lost.
the 6th, German steamer VOGESEN (4241grt) was sunk on
28 May, Swedish steamer TORSTEN (1206grt) was sunk on
this minefield four
miles south of Vinga.
were rescued from the Swedish steamer.
5 June, Danish steamer SKANDIA (1248grt) was lost in the
in 57-50N, 6-40E intercepted
Swedish steamer MONARK (1786grt) which had been seized
by German forces at Bergen on 9 April.
Swedish steamer had departed Stavanger on the 3rd.
the prize crew, which were crew from sunken light
cruiser KONIGSBERG, SEVERN torpedoed and sank MONARK.
Norwegian crew was landed twenty five miles from
Stavanger. The German prize crew was
taken prisoner and returned to England.
with Rear Admiral Moreau
aboard, departed the
Clyde to return to
departed Rosyth on patrol.
ROYAL ULSTERMAN (3244grt), escorted by destroyer MOHAWK
departed Scapa Flow at 2150/1st. The steamer
landed 290 officers and men forty five miles north of
Mosjoen. The landing
was completed at 0645/4th.
took stores, mail, et cetera from the steamer for
was the first of five landings for Operations SCISSORS.
There were four more
troop landings (the last the night of 13/14 May) at
Mosjoen, Mo, Bodo.
and steamer ROYAL ULSTERMAN arrived at Scapa Flow at
BANDIT and BUCCANEER departed
at 1740 for Skelfjord with
salvage eqiupment on board.
LOMBARDY (3379grt), MACGREGOR LAIRD (4015grt), EMPIRE ABILITY
(7603grt) escorted by destroyers HAVANT and ACASTA
departed Narvik at
0600/4th. The convoy departed Vaagsfjord during the
forenoon of 4 May and was
joined by anti-submarine whaler BUTTERMERE (560grt).
the 7th at 2030, destroyers ANTELOPE and ACHERON
departed Scapa Flow to join. Destroyer ACASTA
was detached to
Scapa Flow and whaler BUTTERMERE to
Both arrived at Scapa Flow on the 9th.
Scapa Flow at 1500/7th to refuel.
and MACGREGOR LAIRD were
taken on to Newport.
took steamer EMPIRE ABILITY to the Smalls and was
corvette CLARKIA. Destroyer ANTELOPE then returned to
INVERADER arrived at Invergordon at 1430 escorted by
CODRINGTON and ESCAPADE.
went on to Rosyth to boiler clean.
remained at Invergordon to escort the tanker back to
Scapa Flow when loaded.
SAN TIBURCIO (5995grt), which departed
Flow earlier in the day escorted
by anti-submarine trawler LEICESTER CITY (422grt), at
1910 was sunk
on a mine laid by U.9 on 9 February four miles 330° from
Tarbett Ness in Moray Firth.
(D.1) and a tug were sent to assist the tanker.
tanker broke in
two forty five
minutes after the explosion.
entire crew were rescued by anti-submarine trawler
LEICESTER CITY (422grt) and destroyer
CODRINGTON and motor anti-submarine boats searched for
the submarine thought
it was determined a submarine was not responsible,
returned to Invergordon.
departed Southend. No escort vessels were listed.
Liverpool escorted by destroyer WALPOLE from 4 to 7 May. The
convoy was dispersed on the 8th.
Convoy FN.162 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers WALLACE and
VALOROUS. The convoy arrived at the
Tyne on the 6th.
Convoy FS.162 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyer WHITLEY and sloop EGRET.
The convoy arrived at Southend on the 6th.
of forty seven ships departed Gibraltar. The convoy was
French sloop CHEVREUIL and auxiliary patrol vessel
MERCEDITA from 4 to 10
May. The French ships arrived at Lorient on the 11th.
escorted the convoy from 10 to 13 May.
and corvette PERIWINKLE from convoy OG.29F escorted the
10 to 13 May. The convoy arrived at
on the 13th.
at 0900 escorted by Canadian
destroyers SAGUENAY and
SKEENA, which ere detached on the 5th.
ocean escort was armed merchant cruiser ESPERANCE BAY.
Canadian destroyers arrived back at Halifax at 1345/5th.
armed merchant cruiser was detached on the 11th.
and corvette ARABIS escorted the convoy from 16 to 18
convoy arrived at
Liverpool on the 19th.
departed Devonport at 1600 for the Clyde where she
1600/5th to join the Home Fleet.
IVANHOE, IMPULSIVE after escorting aircraft carrier
Greenock at 2100 for Scapa Flow, arriving at 1900/5th.
departed Skelfjord for
Scapa Flow with tanker ALDERSDALE (8402grt).
ships parted company at
Cape Wrath. The destroyer arrived at
Flow and the tanker arrived at
the Clyde at 1500/9th.
BLAAFJELD I (1146grt), PAN (1309grt), SEKSTANT (1626grt)
by German bombing near Namsos.
entire crews of steamers BLAAFJELD I and SEKSTANT were
AAFJORD (335grt) was sunk by German bombing at
GARLAND in dock at
was transferred to the
Polish Navy to offset the loss of Polish destroyer
WICHER in September 1939.
The original offer of the transfer was made to the
Polish Navy on 6 February.
the 16th, GARLAND (Cdr A. Doroszkowski) departed Malta
for Alexandria to join the Mediterranean
Fleet. The destroyer arrived at Alexandria on the 18th.
Scapa Flow at 1630 for the
cruiser SUFFOLK, troopships EL KANTARA (5079grt), EL
(5818grt), EL MANSOUR (5818grt), DJENNE (8790grt),
(11,898grt), DUCHESS OF ATHOLL (20,119grt), REINA DEL
escorted by destroyers KELLY (D.5), TARTU, GRIFFIN,
CHEVALIER PAUL, MILAN departed Scapa Flow at 1800 for
the Clyde, arriving on
operating in Rombaksfjord near Straumein Point struck a
sustained damage to her anti-submarine dome and the
She left with a convoy on the 7th to return to England
VISCOUNT, FIREDRAKE departed the Clyde at 0900 with
PRINCE (3791grt) for Mosjoen
and ROYAL SCOTSMAN (3244grt) for Bodo.
and JUNO departed
at 0400 on 6 June to relieve
destroyers VISCOUNT at 1030.
Scapa Flow at 1400/6th.
Mosjoen and Bodo groups parted company at 1540/8th.
and VETERAN with ULSTER PRINCE proceeded to Mosjoen
and destroyers NUBIAN and FIREDRAKE with ROYAL SCOTSMAN
proceeded to Bodo.
WAR NIZAM, escorted by anti-submarine trawlers
WHITETHORN and LE TIGER
departed Scapa Flow for Sullom Voe.
MTB.25 arrived at Dover from Portsmouth.
arrived in the
Humber after patrol.
arrived at Rosyth after patrol.
German cruiser was reported sighted off Nordeney and a
large merchant ship
Harbour, all the Nore motor torpedo
boats and patrol sloops were brought to one half hour's
off the Dutch coast were reinforced.
laid mines in minefield DML
9 in 51-01N, 2-16E escorted by destroyers KEITH, BOREAS,
extension of minefield DML 9 was cancelled on the 10th.
was formed from convoys OA.140G, which departed Southend
on the 2nd
escorted by destroyer
OB.140G, which departed Liverpool on the 2nd escorted by
ROCHESTER, with forty four ships.
ROCHESTER and destroyer
escorted the convoy from 5
May and then were detached to convoy HG.28.
JAGUAR escorted the convoy from 5 to 10 May and French
vessel MINERVE joined near
Gibraltar. The convoy arrived at
on the 10th.
Convoy FN.163 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer VALENTINE and
WESTON. The convoy arrived at the
Tyne on the 7th.
Convoy MT.64 departed Methil, escorted by destroyer WOLSEY, sloop
WESTON, armed patrol yacht
The convoy arrived in the Tyne later that day.
Convoy FS.163 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyer WOLSEY, sloop WESTON,
armed patrol yacht
Early on the 6th, destroyer WOLSEY was detached to proceed
independently to Devonport. The convoy arrived at
Southend on the 7th.
and VORTIGERN departed
to meet arriving battleship
WARSPITE, escorted by destroyers DOUGLAS and WRESTLER.
Destroyer VELOX later
departed the joined destroyers KEPPEL and VORTIGERN.
and WRESTLER were relieved in the vicinty of Alboran
Island and arrived at Gibraltar on the 6th.
the 11th, destroyers KEPPEL, VELOX, VORTIGERN arrived at
Gibraltar from Malta after this escort duty.
COCKCHAFER lost a propeller after a fracture of her port
gunboat was towed to
by Indian sloop HINDUSTAN.
was near missed by German
bombing at Narvik.
ship sustained splinter damage. Cdr M. F. L. Henstock
Scapa Flow at 2240 for Rosyth.
Flow at 1941 for the Narvik area.
and WITHERINGTON arrived at Scapa Flow at 1430 with
(1578grt) from Leith.
Clyde at 0230 for Narvik. It was composed of base
ship MASHOBRA and British steamers BALZAC (5372grt),
(7268grt), COXWOLD (1124grt)
escorted by destroyers JAVELIN and JACKAL and French
destroyers BRESTOIS and
the 7th at 0230, steamers BALZAC and COXWOLD ran aground
south of Neist Light
was escorted by destroyer BRESTOIS to Stornoway,
arriving at 1330.
Destroyer BRESTOIS continued on to
made an attack on a submarine contact at 0130/8th in
Later considered non sub.
was taken by BOULONNAIS and BRESTOIS to Scapa Flow,
arriving 0630/8th after
being delayed by fog in
and WOLVERINE departed Scapa Flow at 0500/7th with
steamer META (1578grt) to rendezvous with
the convoy at 1500/7th.
joining, destroyer WITHERINGTON was sent to Stornoway to
anti-submarine protection for steamer BALZAC. She was
later relieved by
anti-submarine trawler ST CATHAN (565grt).
Scapa Flow at 1300/9th.
fuel stores on COXWOLD were embarked on British steamer
(3791grt) which departed
Scapa Flow at 2130/10th unescorted for Narvik.
the convoy's arrival in the Narvik area, destroyers
JAVELIN and JACKAL were
ordered to return to
Scapa Flow immediately.
and JACKAL departed Tjelandet at 0700/11th.
departed Rosyth at 0900 for Invergordon to escort
INVERADER to Scapa Flow.
ships departed Invergordon at 2030/7th and arrived at
Scapa Flow at 0700/8th.
went on to
Liverpool for repairs. She arrived at 0740/9th.
(D.1) departed Invergordon with British tanker WAR
BHARATA for Scapa Flow arriving at 1700.
EXPRESS, INTREPID arrived
with mines for operation DZ,
a minelay in Norwegian waters.
operation was later cancelled.
and FOXHOUND departed
Scapa Flow at 1230 for boiler cleaning at Rosyth.
ICARUS, IMPULSIVE departed
at 2130 for Immingham to
boiler clean and embark mines.
1400, submarine SEALION attacked escorted German
(7863grt) and NEIDENFELS (7838grt) 19 miles 240° from
Vaderobod Light in 58‑30N,
submarine fired six torpedoes and claimed three hits,
but no damage was done.
of the 2nd Flotilla, SEAWOLF, SHARK, SNAPPER of the 3rd
Flotilla, STURGEON of the 6th Submarine Flotilla and
AMAZONE, ANTIOPE, CALYPSO, CIRCE, DORIS ORPHEE, SYBILLE,
THETIS of the 10th
Submarine Flotilla began patrols in the southern North
Sea and blockade of Texel in anticipation of the
German invasion of the
departed Rosyth on patrol on the 6th, SEAWOLF departed
Harwich on the
6th, SHARK departed Harwich on the 7th, STURGEON was
already at sea having
departed Blyth on 30 April and continued patrol until
returning on the 11th,
SNAPPER was also already at sea having departing Harwich
on 28 April and
continued patrol until arriving back at Blyth on the
was already at sea having departed Harwich on 28 April
back on the 8th, CALYPSO, which had departed Harwich on
29 April to relieve
AMAZON off Texel, arrived back for refuelling on the
11th, CIRCE arrived at
Harwich with defects from patrol on the 6th and set off
again on the 12th,
DORIS and AMAZONE departed Harwich on patrol on the 6th
Harwich on patrol on the 3rd, LA SIBYLLE already at sea
Harwich on 27 April completed her patrol on the 8th when
she arrived back at
Harwich, THETIS arrived at Harwich from patrol on the
7th and departed again
on patrol on the 10th.
patrol areas were made on 10/11 May. French submarines
THETIS and ANTIOPE
were moved to patrol areas off
and Yarmouth. French submarine AMAZONE
was moved to forty miles west off
Texel and French submarine
was ordered to a parallel
patrol line fifty miles west of Rotterdam. However,
submarine DORIS had already been lost by
SWAN and minesweeper SKIPJACK began boiler cleaning at
SWAN returned to service on the 9th.
Convoy FN.164 departed Southend, escorted by destroyers VIVIEN and
VIMIERA. The convoy arrived at the
Tyne on the 8th.
Convoy FS.164 departed the
Tyne, escorted by destroyer
and sloop LONDONDERRY. The convoy arrived at
Southend on the 8th.
merchant cruiser WIDDER departed Kiel to operate in the
Central Atlantic, via the Denmark Strait.
1525 armed merchant cruiser WIDDER was attacked by
submarine SNAPPER, which
fired two torpedoes in the
North Sea in 55-35N, 07-16E. The German ship was not
damaged and her escorts of S.boats drove submarine
BRIGHTON (5359grt) was sunk on a mine
in 51‑03N, 02‑09E.
entire crew was saved.
LOCH NAVER (278grt, Skipper G. R. Burwood RNR) of
Minesweeping Group 22
was lost off Hartlepool in a collision with an unknown vessel.
survivors of the trawler were rescued by British yacht
BRAGE (5954grt) was sunk on a mine near Kiel Light Ship.
GLADIATEUR arrived at Beirut to prepare the port for
Narvik in 68-30N, 14-15E, light cruiser AURORA was
damaged at 1641 by a
German bomb which landed forward of B-turret.
and B turrets were put out of action, but AURORA,
required for operations
around Narvik, was not withdrawn from the area for
repairs until 25 May when
she was relieved by light cruiser SOUTHAMPTON.
Marines were killed and four Marines were wounded by the
AURORA arrived at
on the 29th and was under
repair until 28 June.
BLYSKAWICA was damaged by splinters from near misses in
attack. Destroyer FAULKNOR was near missed but not
(D.8), AMAZON, IMOGEN, WHIRLWIND departed Bjervik at
liners MONARCH OF BERMUDA 22,424grt), EMPRESS OF
AUSTRALIA (19,665grt), VILLE
D'ALGER (10,172grt) for Scapa Flow arriving at 1400/9th,
Scapa Flow at 0001/10th
for repair at Grimsby of damage sustained on the
5th. She arrived at
at 1645. Repairs were
completed on 13 June.
had been ordered to return to England for overdue
Scapa Flow at 0745/15th for
for damage repairs. She
arrived at 1500/16th and the repairs were completed on
CHROBRY (11,442grt) departed Leith at 2200 for Narvik
destroyers were soon relieved by destroyers SOMALI (D.6)
and ESCORT which
departed Scapa Flow at 1230/8th.
KANDAHAR and HOSTILE returned to Rosyth at high speed.
and destroyers SOMALI and ESCORT arrived at Harstad at
ROYAL ULSTERMAN (3244grt) escorted by destroyer MATABELE
departed Scapa Flow at 1330 for Leith.
and BULLDOG departed
Greenock at 0800 to escort British troopship ALMANZORA
Scapa Flow, arriving at 1100/8th.
Scapa Flow from Scrabser with Vice Admiral Orkneys and
Scapa Flow at 1800 for
MISTRAL arrived in the
Clyde with French tanker
Humber on minelaying mission FD.10.
minesweeper QUEEN OF THANET sighted a periscope in
in the Firth of Forth.
which was departing Rosyth,
was recalled. Destroyer VALENTINE and sloop WESTON
attacked a contact 12
miles 072° from
Island that day.
next day, VALENTINE and WESTON were relieved by
BRIMNESS (413grt) and THORNWICK BAY (437grt).
and PRINCESS VICTORIA escorted by patrol sloops WIDGEON,
PINTAIL, SHEARWATER laid minefield BS 2 extending
and PUFFIN were released from the escort after the
minelay to escort
Danish trawlers found to
The destination was changed
en route and they arrived in the
minelay, preparing for operation BS 3, minelayer
PRINCESS VICTORIA burnt
out her main switchboard and was delayed.
Convoy FN.165 departed Southend, escorted by destroyer WHITLEY and
EGRET. The convoy arrived at the
Tyne on the 9th.
Convoy MT.65 departed Methil, escorted by sloops
and HASTINGS. The convoy arrived in the Tyne later that
Convoy FS.165 departed the
Tyne, escorted by sloops
and HASTINGS. The convoy arrived at
Southend on the 9th.
FOLDEN (316grt) was sunk by German bombing off
(15grt) was sunk by a mine
off Kwinte Bank.
with forty five ships departed Gibraltar.
ocean escort was Sloops SANDWICH from 7 to 17 May and
BIDEFORD from 7 to 10
Home Waters, the convoy was escorted by British corvette
CLARKIA from 15 to
17 May. The convoy arrived at
on the 17th.
MEDUSE and AMPHITRITE departed Oran for Brest. They
passed Gibraltar on the 8th and joined convoy
23 RS, escorted by sloop L'IMPETEUSE.
arrival at Brest,
both submarines began