9 4 2
Commissioned for service as HMS
: One source records name was not used
until ship sailed for UK
on 30th April.)
Build completion and sea acceptance
Trials and shakedown in continuation
Broke down on trials and taken to Staten
for ocean passage on completion.
military Convoy AT15 for
passage to Clyde.
: AT Series convoys comprised large
passenger liners used
identity AT was used for convoys to
Tobruk from Alexandria.)
arrival in Clyde taken in hand for modifications to suit RN service.
(Note : Work
done included lengthening of Flight
for service with Home Fleet
On completion of
conversion worked-up for service in Clyde
Work-up in continuation.
On completion embarked 825 Squadron
SWORDFISH aircraft and
aircraft and personnel of 802 and 8783
for defence of Russian convoy.PQ18
which sailed from Loch Ewe on 2nd.
Deployed as part of escort for Convoy
PQ18 during passage to Kola Inlet,
HM Destroyers WHEATLAND and WILTON.
For details of all Russian convoy
defence deployments see CONVOYS TO
RA Ruegg, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B
Schoefield and CONVOY ! by
HITLERíS U-BOAT WAR Vol 2 for details of
role of the ship and the
of her capabilities for this deployment.
HURRICANE aircraft launch delayed by
slow reaction to sudden air attack by
bombers and torpedo aircraft.
mercantiles were sunk and five aircraft
lost in the sustained enemy onslaught
SWORDFISH aircraft sighted U589 in
process of submerging and reported the
: U589 was subsequently sunk by HM
Destroyers ONSLOW, IMPULSIVE,
FAULKNOR. See references.
Detached from PQ18 with Fighting Escort
to join return convoy QP14 to provide
passage to Loch Ewe.
Detached from QP14 with HM Cruiser
SCYLLA, HM Destroyers FURY, WHEATLAND
WILTON and returned to Scapa
See references for details.
Disembarked Squadrons at Scapa
Fleet deployment in continuation.
for support of allied landings in North Africa
Embarked 802 and 883 Squadrons SEA
HURRICANE aircraft and
personnel together with
Squadron SWORDFISH aircraft and
military Convoy KMS1G for passage to Gibraltar
to join Eastern Naval Task
: HM Aircraft Carriers VICTORIOUS,
FORMIDABLE and FURIOUS, HM Escort
Carriers BITER and DASHER was also
deployed for support of TORCH.
Staff History and ENGAGE THE ENEMY
MORE CLOSELY by C
Entered Mediterranean and provided air
cover for assault convoy.
Deployed in support of landings at Algiers
with HM Cruisers SHEFFIELD,
in Force O.
Under repair in Algiers
four HURRICANE aircraft to HMS ARGUS.
Withdrawn from TORCH after end of
Joined military convoy MKF1 to provide
air cover during return passage to UK
During passage with MKFI in Atlantic
torpedoed by U155.
caused fire and immediate explosion in
bomb room which sank the ship very
position 36.15N 07.45W, west of Gibraltar
12 of ship's company survived. This ship
was the largest warship sunk during
associated with TORCH. (Casualty
List - note
: The sudden sinking of this ship and
the later loss of HMS DASHER a sister
Carrier resulted in an investigation
into the safety standards for the
petrol and bombs, known to be below
those used for RN ships, required to
improved. As a result all US
built Escort Carriers in
service and under
to suit RN use were modified.)