9 4 1
Setting to Work and harbour trials.
Build completion and commenced Acceptance
Passage to Clyde
for trials escorted by
Polish destroyer ORP KUJAWIAK.
out further trials in NW Approaches based
Work-up for service with ships of 10th
completion took passage to Scapa Flow to join Home Fleet.
9 4 2
for duty with escort of convoy to Murmansk.
details of all Russian convoy operations
see CONVOYS TO RUSSIA by R A Ruegg,
! by P Kemp, THE RUSSIAN CONVOYS by B
Schoefield and ARCTIC
by R. Woodman.)
passage to Iceland
to join mercantiles.
Joined escort for Russian Convoy PQ8 at
Hvalfjord with HM Destroyers MATABELE and
During passage in Barents
convoy under attack by U454
which sank HM Destroyer
with heavy loss of life. Only two of
ship's company survived.
from PQ8 on arrival at Murmansk.
Embarked 250 Polish nationals for
passage to UK.
Joined returning convoy QP6 with HMS
SOMALI, HM Minesweepers BRAMBLE and HEBE
during passage to Loch Ewe.
Detached when mercantiles of QP6
dispersed in NW Approaches and took
passage to Clyde
Landed passengers at Greenock.
Deployed at Scapa
and nominated for BLACK
patrol to relieve HM Cruiser KENYA.
Passage to Faeroes-Iceland Gap for
interception of commerce raiders.
At Hvalfjord for maintenance.
Relieved HM Cruiser SHEFFIELD
for interception duties.
Deployed as Ocean escort for minelay by
ships of 1st Minelaying Squadron in the
(Operation SN85 - See Naval Staff History
Fleet deployment in continuation.
Carried out patrol with HM Cruiser LIVERPOOL
south east of Jan Mayen
during sortie by
After refuelling in Iceland
deployed with HM Cruisers
LONDON and KENT and these
ships were also made available for
refuelling destroyers carrying out
CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
Covered rear of returning Russian
Convoy QP8 with HM Destroyers PUNJABI, ECHO
Deployed with destroyer screen to
intercept TIRPITZ north of Trondheim
screened by Home
TIRPITZ did not enter area until after
Deployed with HM Destroyers ECLIPSE and
FURY to provide Close Cover for Russian
HM Escort Destroyer LAMERTON was also
deployed with HM Fleet Auxiliary
AS Force Q to provide fuel during
Convoy scattered by gale and remained to
cover destroyers during re-assembly.
that attack by German destroyers was
In action against German destroyers Z24,
Z25 and Z26 with HM Destroyer ECLIPSE.
Enemy ships were searching for PQ13-)
Z26 at close range but hit on port side
aft by return fire causing damage
outbreak of fire.
further damage to Z26 by HMS ECLIPSE,
fired torpedo at
enemy ship to
malfunction this torpedo circled and hit
on port side forward
Boiler Room flooded with oil fuel which
ignited causing further major damage.
by HM Minesweeper HARRIER, HM Destroyers
ORIBI and FURY.
in tow until own propulsion available.
Z26 was sunk in this engagement.
full details of passage of PQ13 see ARCTIC
DESTROYERS and Naval Staff
Arrived at Murmansk
screened b y HMS FURY and
Taken in hand for
temporary repair at Murmansk to allow passage to UK.
Steel plating for repair was brought to Murmansk
by HM Cruiser EDINBURGH.)
Docked for repair during which 32
bodies were recovered.
Burial at sea later carried out from HM
Temporary repair completed.
Sailed for UK
escorted by HM Destroyers
FORESIGHT, FORESTER, MATCHLESS and
by HM Cruisers NIGERIA,
destroyer screen stationed west of Bear
and ships of Home Fleet
Fleet farther to the south west. See
references for details.
was restricted to 20 knots as only after
boiler room was in use.
Under heavy dive bombing and torpedo
by several bombs in forward structure
which wrecked repair work and caused an
of several fires.
Ship abandoned when fires could not be
controlled and threat of further attacks
aircraft during daylight period.
of ship's company were killed.
List - note
rescued by H M Destroyers MATCHLESS,
sunk by three torpedoes from HMS
details are in THE SHIP THAT TORPEDOED
HERSELF by F Pearce and the Naval
Casualty List for action on 29th March was
published on 18th April 1942.)