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service manned by Royal Canadian Navy personnel except for
Air Group provided by RN.
5th - Build
completion and transfer and commissioned as HMS PUNCHER.
15th - On
completion of Sea Trials took passage to Esquimalt.
Taken in hand for modifications to
suit RN deployment for convoy defence.
March to May
modification to suit Atlantic convoy defence with RN
9th - Took
passage from Vancouver to New York.
Transit of Panama Canal.
(Note: Call at ports on west coast
of North America to be confirmed.)
8th - Arrived
at New York.
11th - Deployed
at Norfolk, Va for repairs
- Nominated for use as a Ferry carrier and to transport US aircraft to
US aircraft at Norfolk.
Took passage to Hampton Roads, Va.
- Sailed from Hampton Roads with US military convoy UGF13.
(Note: UGF12 sailed for Naples on
sailed for Naples on 28th.).)
UGF convoy and took passage to unload aircraft at Casablanca.
Passage to return to USA as part of US
Detached from convoy and took
passage to Norfolk.
30th - Embarked
CORSAIR aircraft at Norfolk for transport to UK
- Joined US tanker Convoy CU38 for passage to UK.
15th - Arrived
- Landed aircraft in Belfast.
19th - Took
passage to New York with US military convoy for further transport duty.
30th - Arrived
in New York.
6th - Sailed
from New York with US Convoy CU42.
(Note: It may be assumed US aircraft were embarked for
passage to UK).
arrival landed aircraft and took passage to Liverpool.
- Under modifications in Clyde shipyard.
(Note: Petrol distribution system modification may
have been carried out
consequent on loss of HMS DASHER after arm explosion
in March 1943.)
BARRACUDA aircraft and personnel of 821 Squadron.
- Carried out trials with BARRACUDA aircraft.
(Note: The were for use to carry out
torpedo attacks prior to operational use.)
damage in propulsion machinery.
Passage to Clyde and disembarked
- Taken in hand by Clyde shipyard for repair of main gearing.
Repair was carried out by replacement of items from HM Escort Aircraft
Carrier NABOB which had been taken
out of service.)
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for service with Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
On completion of refit embarked
WILDCAT and BARRACUDA aircraft and
personnel of 861 and 821 Squadrons.
Worked up in Clyde for operational
service in Home Fleet.
1st - Joined
Home Fleet at Scapa Flow.
- Sailed as part of Force 2 with HM Escort Carrier PREMIER for attacks on
coastal shipping off Norway as part
of a joint aircraft minelay and anti-shipping strike off Bud (Operation
SELENIUM I and II).
Surface cover was provided by
HM Cruiser DEVONSHIRE and HM
Destroyers CAVENDISH, CAVALIER, SCOURGE and ZEBRA.)
Ship provided fighter cover.
- Air search unsuccessful as no targets found.
(For details see Naval Staff History
(MINING) and CONVOY ! by P Kemp.)
- Returned to Scapa Flow with ships of Force 2.
- Sailed from Scapa Flow as part of Force 4 for air minelay
in Kara Sound, Norway.
(Note: Operation GROUNDSHEET.
of Operation SHRED to clear a shorter passage through British minefield for
Home Fleet ships to Norwegian coast.
See Naval Staff History.)
- Carried out air minelay for first time and aircraft
came under shore fire causing
loss of two BARRACUDA aircraft. (Note:
cover was provided by HM Cruiser DIDO screened by HM Destroyers SCORPION,
MYNGS and CAVALIER.)
- Returned to Scapa Flow with ships of Force 4.
24th - Ship
dragged anchor at Scapa Flow during gale.
No major damage was sustained.
Scapa Flow with Home Fleet.
26th - Deployed
with HM Escort Aircraft Carrier NAIRANA to carry out WILDCAT attacks on
shipping in Alesund , Norway (Operation
Note: The weather conditions were
poor during this operation.
No shipping was damaged but strikes made on shore
Embarked 825 Squadron
WILDCAT aircraft and personnel.
- Deployed with HM Escort Aircraft Carriers QUEEN, SEARCHER and TRUMPETER
for air operations off Norway.
Carried out air attack on U-Boat
Depot Ships at Kilbotn after delay caused by bad
weather conditions (Operation
- Under repair in Clyde shipyard.
service as Training Carrier after VE Day. Under repair.
June to August
trooping duties with reduced complement.
Deployed for transport of personnel
to US and completed one double crossing
to Canada and USA.