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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/14/2011 5:37:28 PM   
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Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
RAF Organisation http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-G.htm

There are more links to come.

Malta
1st Independent Troop, 44th Royal Tank Regiment
detachment of 7th Royal Tank Regiment (4x Matilda II)
detachment of 3rd (King's Own) Hussars (2x Vickers VIc)

Southern Command
2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment
1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment
1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
3rd Battalion, Kings Own Malta Regiment defended Wied iz-Zurrieq and the perimeters of Luqa, Hal Far, Krendli.

Northern Command
8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) Regiment
1st Battalion, Kings Own Malta Regiment defended the areas north of Bajda Ridge, Mellieha Ridge, Mellieha Bay, Marfa Ridge.
2nd Battalion, Kings Own Malta Regiment defended Ghajn Tuffieha, Gnejna, St. Paul's Bay, Bugibba, Bahar ic-Caghaq.

Central Command
2nd Battalion, Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (D Company was part of the Northern Command at some unspecified time)
11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
10th Battalion, Kings Own Malta Regiment
1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment 3x Companys of 3x platoons of 4x Vickers MG, plus a 4th company of 4x platoons 4x 4.2" mortars.
Military Police Company

Western Command
4th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
8th Battalion, Kings Own Royal Regiment

1st Royal Malta Artillery Regiment Royal Artillery
4th Coastal Artillery Regiment Royal Artillery
12th Field Artillery Regiment Royal Artillery 24x 25-pdr
26th Anti-tank Regiment Royal Artillery

10th Anti-aircraft Brigade
4th Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery 16x 3.7"
7th Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery 20x 3.7", 4x 3"
10th Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery 4x 4.5", 16x 3.7", 4x 3"
2nd Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Malta Artillery 16x 3.7"
11th Heavy Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Malta Artillery 6x (8x ?) 4.5, 16x 3.7", 7x (8x ?) 3"

7th Light Anti-aircraft Brigade
36th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
65th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
74th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
3rd Royal Marine Light Anti-aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery
4th Searchlight Regiment Royal Artillery

16th Fortress Company Royal Engineers
24th Fortress Company Royal Engineers

Malta - HMS Talbot Royal Navy submarine base
10th Submarine Flotilla (elements)
Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) Beach CHARLIE
Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46)
Submarine HMS P 48 (P 48) Beach BEER 12/25/42 sunk by depth charges from Italian torpedo boats Ardente and Ardito in the Gulf of Tunis in position 37º15'N, 10º30'E north-west of the island of Zembra, Tunisia.
Submarine HMS Unseen (P 51)
Submarine HMS Unshaken (P 54) between Beach X-RAY and Beach YORKER
Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) Beach ZEBRA


AHQ Malta - Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park CB, MC, DFC, CdeG (F)
RAF Hal Far airfield
04/27/41- 06/05/43 No. 185 Squadron RAF (detachments) Spitfire Vc
No. 243 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc
Royal Naval Air Station Hal Far
Royal Naval Air Squadron Malta Swordfish (No. 828 Squadron FAA absorbed 3x Swordfish from No. 830 Squadron FAA)

RAF Luqa airfield
No. 69 Squadron RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit
01/41 - 02/43 Supermarine Spitfire PR.IV, 06/42 – 08/43: Martin Baltimore I and II, 08/42 – 08/43: 4x Vickers Wellington IC and VIII torpedo bomber (absorbed from No. 221 Squadron RAF)
No. 126 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc
No. 217 Squadron RAF 10/42 – 06/43 Lockheed Hudson III and IIIA
No. 601 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc
No. 1435 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc

RAF Ta' Qali (Takali) airfield
04/27/41- 06/05/43 No. 185 Squadron RAF (detachments) Spitfire Vc
No. 227 Squadron RAF Bristol Beaufighter I and VI
No. 229 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc
No. 272 Squadron RAF Bristol Beaufighter VI
06/42 No. 89 Squadron RAF (detachments) Bristol Beaufighter VI

RAF Qrendi airfield
No. 229 249 Squadron RAF Spitfire Vc 11/42 – 09/43 Qrendi

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Gibraltar

Gibraltar Command
1st Gibraltar Brigade
2nd Battalion The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
4th (City of Dundee) Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Independent Company

2nd Gibraltar Brigade
2nd Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's)
4th Battalion The Devonshire Regiment

Artillery
3rd Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 4th & 41st Coast Batteries, Royal Artillery)
19th Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 26th, 27th & 40th Coast Batteries, Royal Artillery)
18th Defence Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 973rd, 974th & 975th Defence Batteries, Royal Artillery)

15th Anti-Aircraft Brigade
13th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 228th H.A.A. Battery, 1st A.A. 'Z' Troop and 1st Radar Direction Finding Battery, Royal Artillery)
82nd (Essex) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 156th, 193rd & 256th H.A.A. Batteries and Gibraltar Defence Force H.A.A. Battery, Royal Artillery)
3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (H.Q., 9th, 114th & 126th L.A.A. Batteries, Royal Artillery)
3rd Searchlight Battery, Royal Artillery

Royal Engineers
1st Fortress Company, Royal Engineers
32nd Fortress Company, Royal Engineers
170th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
172nd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
178th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
179th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
180th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers
1st Tunnelling Company, Royal Canadian Engineers
3rd Tunnelling Company, Royal Canadian Engineers
711th Artisan Works Company, Royal Engineers
575th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers
1 General Construction Company, Royal Engineers

Royal Corps of Signals
Gibraltar Signal Section, Royal Corps of Signals

Royal Army Service Corps
33rd (Local) Company, Royal Army Service Corps

Royal Army Medical Corps
28th Company, Royal Army Medical Corps

Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Gibraltar Detachment, Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Royal Army Pay Corps
Gibraltar Detachment, Royal Army Pay Corps

Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Gibraltar Detachment, Royal Army Veterinary Corps Corps of Military Police

RAF Station Gibraltar - Air Vice Marshal Sturley Philip Simpson CBE, MC
No. 10 Squadron RAAF (small detachments) Shorts Sunderland Flying boat
No. 200 Squadron RAF Consolidated Catalina PBY Flying boat
No. 233 Squadron RAF Lockheed Hudson Reconnaissance
No. 210 Squadron RAF (detachments) Consolidated Catalina PBY Flying boat
No. 540 Squadron RAF (detachments) Photographic Reconnaissance Unit Mosquito
B Flight No. 544 Squadron RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit Spitfire PR.IV & PR.IX
11/06/42 12/13/42 No. 4 Squadron RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit Spitfire
11/05/42 12/19/42 No. 500 Squadron RAF Lockheed Hudson V
11/09/42 12/18/42 No. 608 Squadron RAF Lockheed Hudson V





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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 1/17/2012 10:21:36 PM   
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Naval Information
Awards for Britain's Navy: http://www.britainsnavy.co.uk/Battle%20Honours/North%20Africa%201942-43.htm
British Aircraft Carriers: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
British Officers: http://www.unithistories.com/
British Submarines: http://home.cogeco.ca/~gchalcraft/sm/index.htm
French Oran Fleet: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1942/11/08.htm
Halcyon Class Minesweepers: http://www.halcyon-class.co.uk/speedwell/speedwell_1942.htm
Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML): http://www.hmsmedusa.org.uk/index.html
Hyperwar Vichy French Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Ultra/SRH-BA-Appendix/Appendix-17.html
Hyperwar WAR AT SEA 1939-1945VOLUME II THE PERIOD OF BALANCE http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/index.html#index
Hyperwar THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1st August - 31st December, 1942 http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar Appendix H Torch Composition of Allied Naval Forces: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-H.html
Naval History Net http://www.navsource.org/
Naval History Net HOME FLEET - October to December 1942: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWD-HF1942d.htm
Naval History Net Service Histories by Name, Type, and Class: http://wow.naval-history.net/xGM-aContents.htm
Navweps OOB Casablanca: http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Casablanca.htm
Netherlands Navy: http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/
Polish Navy: http://www.polishnavy.pl/index.html
Royal Canadian Navy: http://cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_4_1-17.pdf
Corvette HMS Violet http://www.platenboring.com/violet/
Sloop HMS Stork: http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/stork.html
Trawlers - HULL STEAM/SIDEWINDER INDEX: http://hulltrawler.net/Sidewinder.html
World Naval Ships Forums: http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8896
World War II +55 (copyrighted site): http://usswashington.com/worldwar2plus55/dl08no42b.htm
U-boat Net http://uboat.net/

Merchant and Convoy Information
Siri Holm Lawson Warsailors.com: http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/kmsconvoys.html
Arnold Hague Convoy Database http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html
Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html
Ocean class Liberty Ships: http://fortships.tripod.com/oceans.htm
Clydebuilt Database: http://clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=9961
The Blue Star Line: http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/browning3.html
The Silver Line: http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8473543/UK_Silver-Line
The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm
The Duchess of Bedford: http://www.duchessofbedford.com/ssdob/
Amazon Dot Com: http://www.amazon.com/If-Perish-Frontline-Nurses-World/dp/product-description/0375415149
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications: http://atlantic-cable.com/Cableships/Mirror(1)/index.htm

Air unit Information
Fleet Air Arm: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/Aircraftcarrierindex.html
Operation Torch Aircraft: http://uncleted.jinak.cz/utorch.htm

Army unit Information
General’s names: http://www.generals.dk/
North African Landing Beaches: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/algeria/algeria.htm
Hyperwar Naval North Africa: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar Oran landings: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-11.html
Hyperwar Algiers landings: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar Chapter VII Fedala to Casablanca: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar Chapter XIII The Occupation of Algiers: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2

Operations
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe): http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_dieppe1.html
Operation Pedestal: http://www.world-war.co.uk/pedestal1.php3
Operation Pedestal: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Pedestal.htm
Operation Train: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Operations.htm
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http://www.wikiled.com/japaneseromajikanji-english-Default.aspx
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http http://read2ch.com/r/army/1268410478/

Miscellaneous
Translations: http://free-translation.imtranslator.net/default.asp?ldr=ja/en&loc=en
Abbreviations and Symbols: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/abbreviations.htm
SUPPLEMENT to THE LONDON GAZETTE, MARCH 23, 1949: ttp://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862

TCG = Türkiye Cunhuriyeti Gemisi (Turkish Republic Ship)
FFN = Free Frebch Navy

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01/01/42 Western Approaches Command, Greenock, Scotland (Escort Groups Administered by Captain of Destroyers, Greenock)

RCN Depot in UK - Shore Establishment RCN NIOBE at Smithston List, near Greenock

Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Sandhurst (F 92) at the Clyde

Escort Group 3
Destroyer HMS Ambuscade (D 38) at Portsmouth, England
Destroyer HMS Bulldog (H 91) at the Clyde, Scotland (refit and repairs)
Destroyer HMS Amazon (D 39) 02/16/41 at Liverpool, England refitting to completion
Corvette HMS Aubretia (K 96) 12/23/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette HMS Heartsease (K 15) at the Clyde, Scotland repairing
Corvette HMS Vervain (K 190) 12/26/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette FFN Renoncule (K 117) (ex HMS Ranonculus) 12/08/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette FFN Roselys (K 57) (ex HMS Sundew) 12/23/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland (refit and repairs),

Escort Group 4
Destroyer HMS Boadicea (H 65) 10/29/41 at Liverpool, England
Destroyer HMS Roxborough (I 07) (ex USS Foote (DD 169)) 12/30/41 arrives St John’s 01/12/41 due Charleston (refit and repairs),
Destroyer HMS Beagle (H 30) at Tyne, England repairing
Corvette HMS Heather (K 69) 12/28/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette HMS Narcissus (K 74) 12/29/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette HMS Snowdrop (K 67) 12/28/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette FFN Commandant Detroyat (K 183) (ex HMS Coriander) 12/28/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Corvette FFN Lobelia (K 05) (ex HMS Lobelia) 12/28/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland

Special Escort Groups

Escort Group 23
Destroyer HMS Achates (H 12) until early April repairing to completion at Tyne, England
Destroyer HMS Antelope (H 46) 01/16/42 refitting to completion at Humber, England

Escort Group 24
Destroyer HMS Fame (H 78) at Chatham, England in dockyard control repairing to completion May
Destroyer HMS Firedrake (H 79) 09/23/40 arrives at Boston, USA 01/12/42 repairing to completion

Escort Group 25
Destroyer ORP Blyskawica (Blyskavica) (Lightning) (WZ.44) 01/04/42 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Destroyer ORP Burza (Storm) (H 73) 12/30/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland
Destroyer ORP Garland (H 37) (ex HMS Garland) 12/28/41 arrives at the Clyde, Scotland (refit and repairs)
Destroyer ORP Piorun (Thunderbolt) (G 65) (ex HMS Nerissa) 01/09/42 at the Clyde, Scotland refitting to comp

Escort Group 26
Destroyer HMS Belmont (H 46) (ex USS Satterlee (DD-190)) 01/01/42 departs the Clyde, Scotland (refit and repairs),
Destroyer HMCS Buxton (H 96) (ex USS Edwards (DD-265)) until the end of Feb in care and maintenance repairing to completion at Chatham, England
Destroyer HMS Chesterfield (I 28) (USS Welborn C. Wood (DD-195)) 01/12/42 refitting to completion at Portsmouth, England
Destroyer HMS Churchill (I 45) (ex USS Herndon (DD-198)) 01/31/42 repairing to completion at Dundee, Scotland

Escort Group 27
Destroyer HMCS Montgomery (G 95) (ex USS Wickes (DD-75)) 12/29/41 at the Clyde, Scotland (refit and repairs)
Destroyer HMCS Georgetown (I 40) (ex USS Maddox (DD-168)) 03/08/41 at the Clyde, Scotland in care and maintenance repairing to completion
Destroyer HMS Richmond (G 88) (ex USS Fairfax (DD 93)) 01/30/42 in care and maintenance refitting to completion at Cardiff, Wales
Destroyer HMCS Salisbury (I 52) (ex USS Claxton (DD-140)) 01/17/41 refitting to completion at Rosyth

Destroyers (Unallocated)
Destroyer TCG Sultanhisar 10/28/41 departs Ponta Delgada, the Azores (refit and repairs)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) FFN Léopard 02/15/41 at Humber, England repairing to completion

Corvettes (Unallocated)
Corvette HMS Genista (K 200) 12/20/41 arrives Tobermory, Scotland
Corvette HNoMS Potentilla (K 214) (ex HMS Potentilla) at Renfrew (refit and repairs)
Corvette HMS Mignonette (K 38) 01/08/41 repairing to completion the Clyde, Scotland

Controlled Minelayer HMS Jay 12/20/41 arrives at Freetown, South Africa

Patrol Sloop HMS Kingfisher (L 70) at Ardrossan (Anti-submarine Experimental Ship)

Monitor HMS Frederick Roberts (F 40) 12/26/41 departs Freetown, South Africa for Capetown, South Africa

Light Cruiser HMS Cardiff (D 58) at the Clyde, Scotland (Gunnery Training Cruiser)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) FFN Mistral (DD) in Clyde in care and maintenance refitting (attendant to HMS Cardiff)

Controlled Minelayer HMS Loch Nevis at Whitehaven, England
Controlled Minelayer HMS M.4 at Peterhead, England

Depot Ship Orange Nassau (Netherlands) at Holyhead, England

Target Towing Tug St Martin (Lt E Swanson) at Greenock, Scotland

Admiralty Cable Ships
Cable Ship CS Castlerock at Leith, England
Cable Ship CS Kilmun at Scapa Flow, Scotland
Cable Ship CS M.180
Cable Ship CS Alert at Fowey
Cable Ship CS Ariel at Oban
Cable Ship CS Saxon Queen
Cable Carrier Accruity 12/06/41 departs London, England





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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 2/22/2012 6:33:39 PM   
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Naval Information
Awards for Britain's Navy: http://www.britainsnavy.co.uk/Battle%20Honours/North%20Africa%201942-43.htm
British Aircraft Carriers: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
British Officers: http://www.unithistories.com/
British Submarines: http://home.cogeco.ca/~gchalcraft/sm/index.htm
French Oran Fleet: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1942/11/08.htm
Halcyon Class Minesweepers: http://www.halcyon-class.co.uk/speedwell/speedwell_1942.htm
Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML): http://www.hmsmedusa.org.uk/index.html
Hyperwar: Vichy French Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Ultra/SRH-BA-Appendix/Appendix-17.html
Hyperwar: WAR AT SEA 1939-1945VOLUME II THE PERIOD OF BALANCE http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/index.html#index
Hyperwar: THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1st August - 31st December, 1942 http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar: Appendix H Torch Composition of Allied Naval Forces: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-H.html
Hyperwar: Creation of Allied Force http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/DDE-Torch.html
Naval History Net http://www.navsource.org/
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3900Intro.htm
Naval History Net HOME FLEET - October to December 1942: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWD-HF1942d.htm
Naval History Net Service Histories by Name, Type, and Class: http://wow.naval-history.net/xGM-aContents.htm
Navweps OOB Casablanca: http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Casablanca.htm
Netherlands Navy: http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/
Polish Navy: http://www.polishnavy.pl/index.html
Royal Canadian Navy: http://cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_4_1-17.pdf
Royal Navy Research Archive: Royal Navy Escort Carriers http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
Corvette HMS Violet http://www.platenboring.com/violet/
Sloop HMS Stork: http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/stork.html
Trawlers - HULL STEAM/SIDEWINDER INDEX: http://hulltrawler.net/Sidewinder.html
World Naval Ships Forums: http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8896
U-boat Net http://uboat.net/

Merchant and Convoy Information
Siri Holm Lawson Warsailors.com: http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/kmsconvoys.html
Arnold Hague Convoy Database http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html
Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html
Ocean class Liberty Ships: http://fortships.tripod.com/oceans.htm
Clydebuilt Database: http://clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=9961
The Blue Star Line: http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/browning3.html
The Silver Line: http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8473543/UK_Silver-Line
The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm
The Duchess of Bedford: http://www.duchessofbedford.com/ssdob/
Amazon Dot Com: http://www.amazon.com/If-Perish-Frontline-Nurses-World/dp/product-description/0375415149
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications: http://atlantic-cable.com/Cableships/Mirror(2)/index.htm
Naval Armed Guard Afloat http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Admin-Hist/173-ArmedGuards/173-AG-6.html
Blue Flue losses WW2 http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=36027

Air unit Information
Fleet Air Arm: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/Aircraftcarrierindex.html
Operation Torch Aircraft: http://uncleted.jinak.cz/utorch.htm
52nd Fighter Group http://raf-112-squadron.org/52nd_fg.html

Army unit Information
General’s names: http://www.generals.dk/
North African Landing Beaches: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/algeria/algeria.htm
Hyperwar: Taking Safi http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-6.html
Hyperwar: Fedala to Casablanca http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar: Mehdia to Port-Lyautey http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-8.html
Hyperwar: Oran landings: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-11.html
Hyperwar: Algiers landings: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar: Chapter XIII The Occupation of Algiers: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar: Chapter VII Fedala to Casablanca: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar: 1st Infantry Division (USA) boat employment http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/1InfDiv_FO-1/index.html
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2

Operations
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe): http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_dieppe1.html
Operation Pedestal: http://www.world-war.co.uk/pedestal1.php3
Operation Pedestal: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Pedestal.htm
Operation Train: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Operations.htm
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http://www.wikiled.com/japaneseromajikanji-english-Default.aspx
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http http://read2ch.com/r/army/1268410478/

Miscellaneous
Translations: http://free-translation.imtranslator.net/default.asp?ldr=ja/en&loc=en
Abbreviations and Symbols: http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/abbreviations.htm
Supplement to the London Gazette, March 23, 1949: ttp://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862

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10/14/42 - 12/21/42 Summary of events

10/14/42 during exercises Minesweeper HMS Ilfracombe (J 95) damaged in collision with Minesweeper HMS Eastbourne (J 127)


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10/28/42 - 10/30/42 Operation Train: from Gibraltar to flyoff 29x Spitfires to Malta 2x Spitfires remain onboard with defects


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10/29/42 HMS Rodney, HMS Lookout, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn arrive at Gibraltar



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11/03/42 Convoy KX.4B arrives at Gibraltar


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11/04/42 Convoy KX.4A arrives at Gibraltar


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11/06/42 Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) arrives at Gibraltar


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11/05/42 West of Gibraltar
Convoy KMF.1G (Fast) divides into Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) (Algiers, Algeria) and Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) (Oran, Algeria)
Convoy KMS.1G (Slow) divides into Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) (Algiers, Algeria) and Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) (Oran, Algeria).


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Force H
11/05/42 14:00 Force H arrives off the approaches to the Strait of Gibraltar and divides prior to entering the harbor
11/05/42 19:00 HMS Duke of York, HMS Renown, and a destroyer screen enter the harbor, anchor, and refuel

11/06/42 the remainder of Force H enters the harbor to refuel
11/06/42 06:00 HMS Duke of York, HMS Renown, and a destroyer screen sail for 36ºN, 3ºW to await the remander of Force H
11/06/42 18:00 Force H rendezvous and recombines

11/07/42 16:45 Force H is attacked Junkers Ju-88’s but are driven off by the ships anti-aircraft fire
11/07/42 air attack causes serious structural damage Destroyer HMS Panther (G 41) leaves Force H and returns to Gibraltar at low speed for repair
11/07/42 late in the evening HMS Furious, HMS Rodney, HMS Beagle HMS Boreas and HMS Bulldog are detached from Force H to the Cover Force for the CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE


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11/05/42 - 11/08/42 All ships for Operation Torch landings have passed through Gibraltar.

Submarines are used as navigational beacons to guide the convoys to the beach “lowering positions”.


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WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (French Morocco)
11/08/42 Convoy UGF.1 arrives off Casablanca, French Morocco
00:01 landings commence for Northern Attack Group: Operation Goalpost (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco)
01:30 landings commence for Center Attack Group: Operation Brushwood (Fedala, French Morocco)
00:35 landings commence for Southern Attack Group: Operation Blackstone (Safi, French Morocco)


11/08/42 The Naval Battle of Casablanca

Sunk by US gunfire
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Fougueux (DD)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Frondeur (DD)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Boulonnais (DD)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Brestois (DD)
Passenger liner Savoie Marseille
Cargo ship Ile de Edienruder

Sunk by aircraft
Light Cruiser (Croiseur Léger) Primauguet (CL)
Destroyer (Contre-torpilleur) Milan (DL)
Destroyer (Contre-torpilleur) Albatros (DL)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Amphitrite (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) La Psyché (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Le Conquèrant (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Oréade (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Sidi Ferruch (SS)
Passenger liner Porthos
Tanker Ouessant
Cargo ship Lipari

Damaged by US gunfire and aircraft Battleship (Cuirassé) Jean Bart (BB)

Damaged by US gunfire
Destroyer (Contre-torpilleur) Le Malin (DL)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) L'Alcyon (DD)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Tempete (DD)
Destroyer (Torpilleur) Simoun (DD)
Damaged Submarine (Sous-marin) Méduse (SS)
Damaged Colonial Sloop (Aviso) La Grandière (PS)
Damaged Minesweeper Sloop (Aviso-Dragueur de mines) Commandant Delage (PMS)
Damaged Minesweeper Sloop (Aviso-Dragueur de mines) La Gracieuse (PMS)

Captured Intact
Submarine (Sous-marin) Amazone (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Antiope (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) La Sibylle (SS)
Submarine (Sous-marin) Orphée (SS)
Tanker Lot (AO)
Tanker Elore (AO)

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CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria)
11/07/42
The Cover Force for the CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE precedes the convoys to Oran
16:00 4x Trawlers, 2x Landing Craft Tank (LCT), and 10x Motor Launches from Gibraltar rendezvous with Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow)
16:00 Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) and Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) divide into Western Landing Group, Centre Landing Group, and Eastern Landing Group: Beach ZEBRA.
17:00 CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE Cover Force is twenty-five miles to seaward of Oran to support the landings

19:45 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) approaches submarine HMS Unshaken for the Western Landing Group: Beach X-RAY and Centre Landing Group: Beach YORKER.
23:00 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) approaches submarine HMS Ursula for the Eastern Landing Group: Beach ZEBRA.

23:45 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) arrives off Western Landing Group and Centre Landing Group beaches
23:45 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) arrives off Eastern Landing Group beaches
23:50 4x Trawlers and 3x Landing Ships Tank (HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, HMS Tasajera) from Gibraltar rendezvous with Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow)

11/08/42
01:45 landings commence for Western Landing Group: Beach X-RAY
01:45 landings commence for Centre Landing Group: Beach YORKER
01:20 landings commence for Eastern Landing Group: Beach ZEBRA
05:30 HMS Furious, HMS Rodney, HMS Beagle HMS Boreas and HMS Bulldog rendezvous with CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE: Cover Force 25 miles north of Oran, Algeria

11/08/42 - 11/12/42 Cover Force twenty to thirty miles offshore of Oran

11/08/42 Operation RESERVIST (Oran, Algeria)
Sunk by French gunfire Sloop HMS Hartland (Y 00)
Sunk by French gunfire Sloop HMS Walney (Y 04)


11/08/42 Naval Actions off Oran
British gunfire sinks Destroyer (Torpilleur) Tornade (Tornado or Whirlwind) (DD)
British gunfire sinks Destroyer (Torpilleur) Tramontane (North Wind) (DD)
British gunfire sinks Destroyer (Torpilleur) Typhon (Typhoon) (DD)
British gunfire sinks Minesweeper Sloop (Aviso-Dragueur de mines) La Surprise (Surprise) (PMS)
British depth charge and sink Submarine (Sous-marin) Actéon (Action) (SS)
British depth charge and sink Submarine (Sous-marin) Argonaute (Argonaut) (SS)

11/09/42 British gunfire sinks Destroyer (Contre-torpilleur) Épervier (Sparrowhawk) (DL) off Oran


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EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria)
11/05/42 Force O precedes the convoys to Algiers
11/05/42 19:30 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) passes through Gibraltar
11/05/42 - 11/06/42 during the night Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) passes through Gibraltar
11/06/42 15:30 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) passes through Gibraltar
11/06/42 22:30 Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) passes through Gibraltar

11/07/42 05:35 U-205 torpedoes Attack Transport USS Thomas Stone (APA-29)
11/07/42 18:00 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) approaches submarines Shakespeare, P48, and Unrivaled
11/07/42 21:30 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) arrives off Centre Landing Group: Beach BEER and Eastern Landing Group: Beach CHARLIE
11/07/42 22:45 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) arrives off Western Landing Group: Beach APPLES

11/08/42 01:00 landings commence for Western Landing Group: Beach APPLES
11/08/42 01:00 landings commence for Centre Landing Group: Beach BEER
11/08/42 01:30 landings commence for Eastern Landing Group: Beach CHARLIE

11/08/42 Operation TERMINAL (Algiers, Algeria)
Sunk by French gunfire Destroyer HMS Broke (D 83)
Severely damaged by French gunfire Destroyer HMS Malcolm (D 19)

11/08/42 off Algiers 34x Heinkel He-111 bombers raid ships with torpedo and bomb attacks


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11/08/42 German aircraft imobilize Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) at Algiers
11/08/42 Axis air attack causes extensive damage to Escort Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) at Algiers


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11/09/42 a flight RAF Spitfires from Gibraltar land at a French airfield are captured and used to strafe the beaches and ships at Beach ZEBRA
11/09/42 Corvette HMS Gardenia (K 99) is sunk in a collision with Minesweeper Trawler HMS Fluellen (T 157) at 35º49'N, 01º05'W off Oran
11/09/42 a few Heinkel He-111 bombers raid ships off Algiers but cause no damage
11/09/42 13:00 Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) sunk by 2x German bombers at Algiers
11/09/42 15:40 Ships and the dock at Algiers are bombed by 7x German bombers
11/09/42 16:45 the transport Exceller (USA) is damaged by three bombs at Algiers


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11/10/42 03:54 U-431 sinks Destroyer HMS Martin (G 44) position 37º53'N, 03º57'E off Algiers
11/10/42 Sloop HMS Ibis (U99) Sunk by Italian torpedo bombers 10 miles north of Algiers 36º55'N 03º05'E during attacks.
11/10/42 Anti-Submarine Trawler HMS Lord Nuffield (FY 221) sinks the Italian submarine Emo off Algiers.

11/10/42 - 11/14/42 Operation Perpetual The Assault on Bougie and Djidjelli

11/10/42 Convoy KX.5 arrives at Gibraltar


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11/11/42 05:24 U-407 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) Viceroy of India (19,627 tons) (CW) 34 miles northwest of Oran returning to Gibraltar from Torch

11/11/42 06:00 off Oran Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) divides into Convoy KMS.2 (A) (Slow) and Convoy KMS.2 (O) (Slow) off Oran, Algeria.
11/11/42 Convoy KMS.2 (O) (Slow) arrives at Oran, Algeria

11/11/42 Bougie, Algeria
Axis Ju-88 bombers damage Monitor HMS Frederick Roberts (F.40)
Axis Junkers Ju-88 bombers and Heinkel He-111 torpedo bombers sink Landing Ship Infantry (L) Awatea (13,482 tons) (CW)

11/11/42 13:08 U-380 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) Nieuw Zeeland (11,069 tons) (Netherlands) 80 miles from Gibraltar returning from Torch

11/11/42 19:48 - 19:56 off Fedala, French Morocco firing at the anchored ships U-173:
Sinks Attack Transport USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50) (9,359 tons)
Damages Destroyer USS Samuel Hambleton (DD-455)
Damages Fleet Oiler USS Winooski (AO-38) (9,900 tons)


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11/12/42 Convoy KMS.2 (A) (Slow) arrives at Algiers, Algeria

11/12/42 02:06 U-515 sinks Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (10,850 tons) west of Gibraltar
11/12/42 02:11 U-515 causes extensive damage to Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35) west of Gibraltar
11/12/42 05:16 U-593 sinks Transport SS Browning (5,332 tons) (CW) at 35°53'N, 00°33'W off Oran

11/12/42 18:28 off Fedala, French Morocco with one salvo U-130 sinks:
Attack Transport USS Tasker H. Bliss (AP-42) (12,568 tons)
Attack Transport USS Hugh L. Scott (AP-43) (12,579 tons)
Attack Transport USS Edward Rutledge (AP-52) (ex SS Exeter) (9,360 tons)

11/12/42 U-660 scuttles after sustaining damage by depth charges from Corvette HMS Lotus (K 130) and Corvette HMS Starwort (K 20) near Oran 36°07'N, 01°00'W

11/12/42 Bougie, Algeria
Italian submarine Argo sinks Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald
Axis Junkers Ju-88 aircraft sink Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Cathay (15,225 tons)
Axis aircraft sink Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Karanja (F 128) (9,891 tons)
Italian Submarine Platino torpedoes Transport SS Narkunda (16,632 tons) (CW) 36º52'N, 05º01'E


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11/13/42 06:15 U-431 sinks Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) at 37º23'N, 02º12'E
11/13/42 U-411 sunk by 4 depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (Squadron 500/D) in the North Atlantic west of Gibraltar in position 36°00'N, 09°53'W


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11/14/42 Axis aircraft sink Transport SS Narkunda (16,632 tons) (CW) leaving Bougie, Algeria
11/14/42 08:57 U-413 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) Warwick Castle (20,107 tons) (CW) 200 miles northwest of Cape Espichel, Portugal

11/14/42 U-595 sunk by depth charges from 2 British Hudson aircraft (Squadron 608/C and D) Northeast of Oran 36°38'N, 00°30'E
11/14/42 U-605 sunk by depth charges from a British Hudson aircraft (Squadron 233/B) near Algiers 36°20'N, 01°01'W


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11/15/42 U-98 sunk by depth charges from the Destroyer HMS Wrestler (D 35) west of Gibraltar in position 36°09'N, 07°42'W

11/15/42 04:14 120 miles northwest of Gibraltar
U-155 sinks Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier HMS Avenger (D14)
U-155 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) Ettrick (11,279 tons) (CW)
U-155 damages Attack Cargo Ship USS Almaack (AKA-10)

11/15/42 07:40 U-173 damages Cargo Transport USS Electra (AK-21) (8,113 tons) off French Morocco returning to Gibraltar

11/15/42 U-259 sunk by depth charges from British Hudson aircraft (Squadron 500/S) north of Algiers 37.20N, 03.05E

11/15/42 Submarine (Sous-marin) Le Tonnant (SS) Scuttled at Cadiz


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11/16/42 U-173 sunk by depth charges from Destroyers USS Melancthon Brooks Woolsey (DD-437), USS Claude Augustus Swanson (DD-443), and USS John Henry Quick (DD-490) at Casablanca 33º40’N, 07º35’W


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11/17/42 U-331 badly damaged by a Hudson aircraft (Squadron 500) she signaled surrender to a seaplane but was sunk by a torpedo-equipped Fairey Albacore (No. 820 Squadron FAA) from Aircraft Carrier HMS Formidable (67) north of Algiers in position 37.05N, 02.27E


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11/23/42 Convoy KMF.3 arrives at Algiers, Algeria


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11/26/42 Convoy KMS.3 arrives at Bone, Algeria


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12/12/42 05:00 Decima Flottiglia MAS Raids Algiers (all 18 members are captured)
Transport SS Empire Centaur (7,041 tons) (CW) heavily damaged at Algiers by limpet mine attached by Italian frogmen from the submarine Ambra
Liberty Ship SS Ocean Vanquisher (7,174 tons) (CW) heavily damaged northwest of Algiers by limpet mine attached by Italian frogmen from the submarine Ambra
Transport SS Harmattan (4,558 tons) (CW) beached to avoid sinking after being damaged in Bay of Algiers by limpet mine attached by Italian frogmen from the submarine Ambra
Transport SS Berto (ex Botnia ex Medemi) (1,493 tons) (Norway) sunk at Algiers by limpet mine attached by Italian frogmen from the submarine Ambra


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11/23/42 Axis torpedo bomber severely damages Transport RMS Scythia (19,761 tons) (CW) at Algiers
11/24/42 German air attack sinks Transport SS Trentbank (5,060 tons) (CW) off Algeria


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11/26/42 Convoy KMS.3G from the Clyde, Scotland to Bone, Algeria


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12/13/42 Convoy KMS.4G arrives at Bone, Algeria


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12/27/42 Convoy KMS.5G arrives at Bone, Algeria


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12/21/42 02:23 U-562 sinks Transport SS Strathallan (23,722 tons) (CW) 36°01'N, 00°33'W 12 miles off Oran


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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 2/22/2012 6:57:52 PM   
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Great job! (This topic should be made a sticky). 

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4th (City of Dundee) Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Independent Company




is there any better name for an infantry unit than "The Black Watch" ?

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4th (City of Dundee) Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Independent Company




is there any better name for an infantry unit than "The Black Watch" ?

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Quite simply, no

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4th (City of Dundee) Battalion The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Independent Company




is there any better name for an infantry unit than "The Black Watch" ?



“Black Watch” was originally just a nickname for the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot, but in 1881, when the 42nd amalgamated with the 73rd Regiment of Foot, the new regiment was named “The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)”. The uniform changed over time, but the nickname has been more enduring. The regimental motto was “Nemo me impune lacessit” (no one attacks me with impunity).

Nicknames:
"Ladies from Hell" (during WWI)
"The Forty Twa" (from regimental number - 42) (spelling is correct: Twa)
Black Jocks (slang term used by members of other regiments)

To my knowledge the 42nd was only defeated twice in its history. When General Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown and at the Battle of New Orleans.




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There are many Black Watch. There is a canadian regiment black watch in Montreal. I believe it's a militia now. I also believe 4 companies of this regiment (the canadian one) were almost entirely eliminated during WW2 in the battle around Antwerp in 1944.

The black watch name is even older than 19th century. Black Watch units were raised in Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally their job was to check some rebellious highland's clans.

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Just some really good links I've found while researching Operation TORCH.


WORLD NAVIES YESTERDAY (line drawings)

British Submarine histories

Italian Naval Federations in WW2 (Multilingual)




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Just some really good links I've found while researching Operation TORCH.


WORLD NAVIES YESTERDAY (line drawings)

British Submarine histories

Italian Naval Federations in WW2 (Multilingual)



Warspite1

Good find on the line drawings - excellent site. Shame the QE-class drawing is Malaya or Barham not Warspite, Valiant or QE but really good to see the drawings at that scale

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 4/9/2012 11:18:49 PM   
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Here is the current list of links for Operation Torch

Naval Information
Awards for Britain's Navy: http://www.britainsnavy.co.uk/Battle%20Honours/North%20Africa%201942-43.htm
British Aircraft Carriers: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
British Officers: http://www.unithistories.com/
British Submarines: http://home.cogeco.ca/~gchalcraft/sm/index.htm
British Submarines: 10th Submarine Flotilla http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Submarines.htm
French Oran Fleet: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1942/11/08.htm
Halcyon Class Minesweepers (Speedwell): http://www.halcyon-class.co.uk/speedwell/speedwell_1942.htm
Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML): http://www.hmsmedusa.org.uk/index.html
Hyperwar: Vichy French Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Ultra/SRH-BA-Appendix/Appendix-17.html
Hyperwar: WAR AT SEA 1939-1945 VOLUME II THE PERIOD OF BALANCE http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/index.html#index
Hyperwar: THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1st August - 31st December, 1942 http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar: Appendix H Torch Composition of Allied Naval Forces: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-H.html
Hyperwar: Creation of Allied Force http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/DDE-Torch.html
Italian Naval Federations in WW2 (Multilingual) http://www.multilingualarchive.com/ma/dewiki/en/Italienische_Marineverb%c3%a4nde_im_Zweiten_Weltkrieg
Naval History Net http://www.navsource.org/
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3900Intro.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES and REPORTS http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWarDiaries-Contents.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES and REPORTS NORTH ATLANTIC COMMAND, GIBRALTAR - August to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-NAtGib1942b.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES and REPORTS WEST AFRICA COMMAND, FREETOWN - April to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-WAfrica1942.htm
Naval History Net Service Histories by Name, Type, and Class http://wow.naval-history.net/xGM-aContents.htm
Naval History Net NAVAL EVENTS, APRIL-DECEMBER 1942 http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-4204-44APR-DEC.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 1: Abelia to Azalea http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower01.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 2: Balsam to Campion http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower02.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 3: Candytuft to Cyclamen http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower03.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 4: Dahlia to Gentian http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower04.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 5: Geranium to Hibiscus http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower05.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 6: Hollyhock to Lavender http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower06.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 7: Loosestrife to Myosotis http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower07.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 8: Narcissus to Potentilla http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower08.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 9: Primrose to Stonecrop http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower09.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 10: Sunflower to Royal Indian Navy - Hyderabad http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower10.htm
The Patriot Files http://www.patriotfiles.com/index.php?name=Sections
Navweps OOB Casablanca: http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Casablanca.htm
Navships WW2 Cruisers http://www.world-war.co.uk/index.php3
Netherlands Navy: http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/
Polish Navy: http://www.polishnavy.pl/index.html
Royal Canadian Navy: http://cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_4_1-17.pdf
Royal Navy Research Archive: Royal Navy Escort Carriers http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
Corvette HMS Violet http://www.platenboring.com/violet/
Sloop HMS Stork: http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/stork.html
Trawlers - HULL STEAM/SIDEWINDER INDEX: http://hulltrawler.net/Sidewinder.html
U-boat Net http://uboat.net/
US Ships Transferred to Britain http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-072.htm
World Naval Ships Forums: Palomares & Pozarica http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8896
WORLD NAVIES YESTERDAY http://www.navypedia.org/retro_view/yesterday_index.htm

Merchant and Convoy Information
Siri Holm Lawson Warsailors.com: http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/kmsconvoys.html
Arnold Hague Convoy Database http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html
Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html
Ocean class Liberty Ships: http://fortships.tripod.com/oceans.htm
Belgian Merchant Ships http://www.belgian-navy.be/t3636-un-bateau-nomme-sambre
Clydebuilt Database: http://clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=9961
The Blue Star Line: http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/browning3.html
The Silver Line: http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8473543/UK_Silver-Line
The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm
The Duchess of Bedford: http://www.duchessofbedford.com/ssdob/
Amazon Dot Com: http://www.amazon.com/If-Perish-Frontline-Nurses-World/dp/product-description/0375415149
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications: http://atlantic-cable.com/Cableships/Mirror(2)/index.htm
Naval Armed Guard Afloat http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Admin-Hist/173-ArmedGuards/173-AG-6.html
Blue Flue losses WW2 http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=36027

Air unit Information
Fleet Air Arm: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/Aircraftcarrierindex.html
Operation Torch Aircraft: http://uncleted.jinak.cz/utorch.htm
52nd Fighter Group http://raf-112-squadron.org/52nd_fg.html
U.S. Navy Squadron Designations and Abbreviations http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/squades.htm

Army unit Information
General’s names: http://www.generals.dk/
North African Landing Beaches: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/algeria/algeria.htm
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Northern Attack Group: Operation Goalpost (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-8.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Center Attack Group: Operation Brushwood (Fedala, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Southern Attack Group: Operation Blackstone (Safi, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-6.html
Hyperwar: CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE: Oran landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-11.html
Hyperwar: EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Algiers landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar: 1st Infantry Division (USA) boat employment http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/1InfDiv_FO-1/index.html
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2

Maps
Hyperwar: Map 32. Operation 'TORCH' - Outward movements of assault and advance convoys http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map32.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 34. Operation TORCH - The Assault on Algiers http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map34.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 35. Operation 'TORCH' - The Assault on Oran http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map35.jpg

Operations
Axis and Allied Operations http://ww2db.com/ref.php?q=
Operation Crupper http://www.gravitazero.org/history/ardeola/ardeola_en.htm
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe): http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_dieppe1.html
Operation Pedestal: http://www.world-war.co.uk/pedestal1.php3
Operation Pedestal: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Pedestal.htm
World Naval ships Forum: Assault on Bougie and Djidjelli ttp://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862
Operation Train: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Operations.htm
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http://www.wikiled.com/japaneseromajikanji-english-Default.aspx
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http http://read2ch.com/r/army/1268410478/

Miscellaneous
Translations: http://free-translation.imtranslator.net/default.asp?ldr=ja/en&loc=en
British Abbreviations and Slang http://www.acesofww2.com/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations and Symbols http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations of World War II http://asisbiz.com/Il2/US-Navy-Naval-Abbreviations.html
U.S. Army Glossary of Code Names http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/SP1941-42/gloss2.htm




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8th Submarine Flotilla (Gibraltar)
Commanding Officer HMS Maidstone. Captain 8th Submarine Flotilla (Gibraltar, Algiers, Alexandria). Captain George Barney Hamley Fawkes (RN).

Submarine HMS HMS Clyde (12 F)
1942 makes 5 Operation MAGIC CARPET runs.
10/10/42 Submarine HMS HMS Clyde (12 F) makes an unsuccessful attack on Submarine U-605

Submarine HMS P 222 (ex P 72) (P 222)
12/12/42 Torpedo Boat RN Fortunale attacks and sinks Submarine HMS P 222 (P 222) with depth charges in Bay of Naples, southeast of Capri.

Submarine HMS Parthian (75 P)

Submarine HMS Safari (P 211)
10/11/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sinks Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italian) east of Tunisia in position 34º45'N, 12º31'E.

Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212)
11/13/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) sinks Transport SS Scillin (1,903 tons) (Italian) 10 miles north of Cape Milazzo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. SS Scillin was sailing from Tripoli to Sicily transporting about 815 Commonwealth prisoners of war, of which many drowned. HMS Sahib rescued 27 POW's from the water (26 British and one South African) plus the Scillin's captain and 45 Italian crewmembers. Only when the commander of HMS Sahib heard the survivors speaking English, did he realize that he had sunk a ship carrying British POWs and some Italian soldiers. At a subsequent inquiry into this 'friendly fire' tragedy, the commander of HMS Sahib was cleared of any wrongdoing as the SS Scillin was unmarked and at the time he firmly believed that the ship was carrying Italian troops. The Ministry of Defence kept this incident a closely guarded secret for fifty-four years, maintaining that they had died while POW's in Italian camps or simply 'lost at sea'. It was not until 1996, after repeated requests for information from the families of the drowned men that the truth came out.
12/14/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) torpedoes and sinks the Transport SS Honestas (4,960 tons) (Italian) about 30nm NNW of Cape Bon, Tunisia, 37º29'N, 10º46'E.

Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247)
11/09/42 HMS Saracen torpedoes and sinks the Submarine RN Granito (630 tons, built 1942) near Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38º34'N, 12º09'E
11/16/42 09:07 hours HMS Saracen fires three torpedoes against a convoy made up of the Tanker Labor (510 tons) (Itialian), the Tansport SS Menes (5,609 tons) (German) escorted by the Torpedo Boats RN Calliope and RN Climene north of the Gulf of Tunis in position 37º30'N, 10º40'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target(s).
12/17/42 HMS Saracen fires four torpedoes against the Transport SS Ankara (4768 tons) (German) and one of her escorts the Destroyer RN Camicia Nera north of Bizerte, Tunisia. All torpedoes fired missed their targets.

Submarine HMS Seraph (P 219)
10/20/42 - 10/25/42 Operation Flagpole: carried General Mark Clarke, USA and his staff to Algiers, Algeria to meet with General Charles Maret to negotiate an unopposed Allied landing when the time came.
10/27/42 - 11/10/42 Operation Kingpin: smuggling the anti-Vichy General Henri Harove' Giraud from Vichy occupied France to Gibraltar, to rally French North African Forces to the allied cause. He would only co-operate, if the allies pledged him a command in keeping with his rank and reputation. He refused to co-operate with the British, and would only travel in an American Submarine. In consequence, Seraph became American in all respects, under the command of Captain Jerauld Wright USN, causing Seraph to become known as the "Ship with two Captains".

Submarine HMS Shakespeare (P 221)
11/08/42 EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria) Western Landing Group: Beach APPLES ~ performing as beacon to the convoy

Submarine HMS Tigris (63 T)
12/06/42 torpedoed and sank the Submarine RN Porfido about 90nm NNE of Bône, Algeria postion 38º10'N, 08º35'E.


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10th Submarine Flotilla (Malta)
Commander Malta Submarine Base Captain George Walter Gillow "Shrimp" Simpson, CB, CBE (RN)

Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35)
10/23/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) torpedoes and destroys Transport SS Amsterdam (10,873 tons) (Italian), which had been grounded after being hit by a torpedo during an air attack. And sinks the tug Pronta (Italian) that was trying to salvage the Amsterdam.
11/11/42, during Operation Torch, HMS Umbra was ordered to intercept three Littorio-class Italian battleships, which had left their base at Taranto. HMS Umbra sighted, pursued, and watched with frustration as the Italian battleships turned to starboard and passed the very spot HMS Umbra had just vacated. HMS Umbra persisted, and at 16:19 fired one salvo at the trio from 4,000 yards. Captain Simpson, Captain 10th Subnarine Flotilla at Malta, wrote, "For some inexplicable reason, the Captain of HMS Umbra (Lieutenant Maydon) allowed the enemy 29 knots and all torpedoes missed. A P.R.U. (Photographic Reconnaissance Unit) pilot later sighted the battleships and estimated their speed at 15 knots."
12/13/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) north of Sousse, Tunisia damages the Transport SS Macedonia (2,875 tons) (German), which was beached and abandoned. She also launched an attack on Transport SS Nino Bixio (7,137 tons) (Italian) but missed.

Submarine HMS P 48 (P 48)
11/08/42 EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria) Centre Landing Group: Beach BEER ~ performing as beacon to the convoy
12/25/42 Sunk by depth charges from Destroyer Escorts RN Ardente, RN Ardito and possibly RN Audace, northwest of Zembra Island in the Gulf of Tunis position 37º15'N 10º30'E.

Submarine HMS Una (87N) Sank 1 supply ship, 1 tanker, 1 schooner, totalling 15,355 tons. Carried and used an old (Boer War) 12-pounder gun

Submarine HMS Unbeaten (P 33)
Sank 2 submarines, 2 supply ships, 1 tanker, 1 collier, and 2 schooners, totalling 30,616 tons in 17 patrols from Malta.
11/11/42 a Vickers Wellington bomber from No.172 Squadron RAF attaccks and sinks in error Submarine HMS Unbeaten (P 33) in the Bay of Biscay, position 7º00''N 7º00'W. All hands, 4 officers and 32 crew were lost.

Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42)
10/10/42 torpedoes and damages the Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italian) northwest of Tripoi, Libya in position 34º45'N 12º31'E. The Titania is taken in tow by the Destroyer RN Ascari. HMS Unbroken is badly damaged by a counter attack and is repaired at Malta.

Sunmarine HMS Unbending (P 37)
10/19/42 Sunmarine HMS Unbending (P 37) attacks an Axis convoy from Naples bound for Tripoli, sinking Transport SS Beppe (ex Kingarth ex Berwyn ex Mattawa ex Framktor ex Saint Hugo) (4,874 tons) (Italian) and Destroyer RN Giovanni Da Verazzano, south of Pantelleria.

Submarine HMS Unison (P 43)
10/10/42 torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Enrichetta (4,652 tons) (Italian) about 12 nm west-south-west of Kyparissia, Greece poaition 37º11'N 21º26'E.
11/16/42 22:50 fired four torpedoes but missed a medium-sized tanker east of Isola Marettimo, Italy position 37º57'N 11º56'E.

Submarine HMS United (P 44)
10/01/42 torpedoed and (furher) damaged Transport SS Ravenna (1,148 tons) (Italian) near Locri, Calabria, Italy. The Ravenna was already grounded after air attack and a fire on 09/29/42.
10/19/42 torpedoed and damaged the Tanker SS Petrarca (3,329 tons) (Italian) about 20 nm west of Lampedusa Island.
11/08/42 attacked, but missed, the Light Cruiser RN Attilio Regolo with torpedoes off Capo San Vito, Sicily, 38º15'N, 12º47'E. The Attilio Regolo had lost her bow due to an attack the previous day by HMS Unruffled.

Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45)
11/08/42 EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria) Eastern Landing Group: Beach CHARLIE ~ performing as beacon to the convoy
12/03/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoes and damages the Torpedo Boat RN Antonio Mosto in the Gulf of Tunis in position 37º16'N, 10º22'E. Also damages with gunfire the Italian sailing vessel Cesira Curreri (81 GRT) in the Gulf of Tunis in position 37º09'N 10º29'E
12/26/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) sinks with gunfire Auxilery Submarine Chaser RN Margherita (O-97) (69 tons) about 5nm north of Mehedia, Tunisia in position 35º32'N, 11º05'E.
12/31/42 42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoes and sinks the Transport SS Maddalena (345 tons) (Italian) southeast of Mehedia, Tunisia in position 35º18'N, 11º23'E.

Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46)
10/11/42 sank Transport SS Una (1,391 tons) (Italian) off Capri.
10/13/42 sank Transport SS Loreto (1,053 tons) (Italian) off Capri, 130 POW's aboard were lost.
11/09/42 torpedoed and damaged Italian light cruiser Attilio Regolo west of Sicily, removing the cruiser's bow up to the bridge. Lt Stevens had no more torpedoes, and the cruiser was towed to port by the tug Polifemo, escorted by torpedo boats Cigno, Lince and Abba. United tried to finish off the cruiser, but failed.
12/14/42 sank the Transport SS Castelverde (6,666 tons) (Italian) and Transport SS Honestas (4,959 tons) (Italian) off the Tunisian coast.
12/1542 sank the Transport SS Sant'Antioco (5,050 tons) (Italian) off Tunisia.

Submarine HMS Unseen (P 51)
10/23/42 12:00 arrived at Gibraltar from patrol
11/08/42 CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) Western Landing Group Beach X-RAY ~ performing as beacon to the convoy

Submarine HMS Unshaken (P 54) (10th Submarine Flotilla element)
11/08/42 CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) Centre Landing Group: Between X-RAY and Beach YORKER ~ performing as beacon to the convoy

Submarine HMS Uproar (P 31)
11/29/42 attacks but misses the Light Cruiser RN Raimondo Montecuccoli about 70 nautical miles south of Taranto, Italy at position 39º20'N 17º33'E.

Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59)
11/08/42 CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) Eastern Landing Group Beach ZEBRA ~ performing as beacon to the convoy
11/11/42 (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) attacked, but missed, the German Type VIIB U-boat U-73 off Cabo de Gata, Spain in position 36º42'N 01º46W
12/01/42 sank Auxiliary Submarine Chaser RN Togo (V 135) (108 GRT) with scuttling charges 15 miles south of Cape Mele, Corsica.
12/03/42 torpedoed and sank Transport SS Sainte Marguerite II (1,855 tons) (German) near San Remo, Italy.
12/28/42 torpedoed and sank Transport SS Odysseus (ex Gran (Norwegian)) (4,140 tons) (German) about 12 nm NW of Marettimo Island, Italy in position 38º09'N 11º54'E.

Submarine HMS Utmost (ex 19N ex N 19) (P 42)
10/13/42 sank Tanker SS Languste (ex Oberschlesien (German) ex Nautilus (Italian)) (2,070 tons) (German) off Cape Figari, Sardinia, Italy in position 41º01'N, 09º38'E.
11/23/42 possibly attacked, but missed, Auxiliary Minelayer RN Barletta (332 GRT) with torpedoes about 40 nm north-west of Capo San Vita, Sicily, Italy in position 38º31'N, 12º01'E.
11/25/42 sunk by depth charges from the Torpedo Boat RN Groppo northwest of Sicily in position 36.30N, 12.00E.

Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14)
10/03/42 laid a minefield (46 mines) west of Tobruk, Libya.
11/18/42 torpedoed and sank the Tanker SS Giulio Giordani (10,535 tons) (Italian) about 45nm northeast Misurata, Libya position 32º58'N 15º38'E.
11/19/42 torpedoed but missed Auxiliary Patrol Vessel RN Fertilia (F 39) (223 tons) off the Libyan coast.
11/23/42 sinks Auxiliary Patrol Vessel RN Fertilia (F 39) (223 tons) with gunfire off Kerkennah, Tunisia.



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Naval Information
Awards for Britain's Navy: http://www.britainsnavy.co.uk/Battle%20Honours/North%20Africa%201942-43.htm
British Escort Aircraft Carriers: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
British Officers: http://www.unithistories.com/
British Submarines: http://home.cogeco.ca/~gchalcraft/sm/index.htm
British Submarines: 10th Submarine Flotilla http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Submarines.htm
French Oran Fleet: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1942/11/08.htm
Halcyon Class Minesweepers (Speedwell): http://www.halcyon-class.co.uk/speedwell/speedwell_1942.htm
Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML): http://www.hmsmedusa.org.uk/index.html
Hyperwar: Vichy French Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Ultra/SRH-BA-Appendix/Appendix-17.html
Hyperwar: WAR AT SEA 1939-1945 VOLUME II THE PERIOD OF BALANCE http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/index.html#index
Hyperwar: THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1st August - 31st December, 1942 http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar: Appendix H Torch Composition of Allied Naval Forces http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-H.html
Hyperwar: Creation of Allied Force http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/DDE-Torch.html
Hyperwar: The End of Operation TORCH: Bougie, Djidjelli, and Bône http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-15.html
Italian Naval Federations in WW2 (Multilingual) http://www.multilingualarchive.com/ma/dewiki/en/Italienische_Marineverb%c3%a4nde_im_Zweiten_Weltkrieg
Naval Source http://www.navsource.org/
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3900Intro.htm
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY NAVAL EVENTS, APRIL-DECEMBER 1942 http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-4204-44APR-DEC.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: NORTH ATLANTIC COMMAND, GIBRALTAR - August to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-NAtGib1942b.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: MEDITERRANEAN FLEET - October to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-MedFleet1942c.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: MALTA COMMAND - April to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-Malta1942a.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: WEST AFRICA COMMAND, FREETOWN - April to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-WAfrica1942.htm
Naval History Net Service Histories by Name, Type, and Class http://wow.naval-history.net/xGM-aContents.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 1: Abelia to Azalea http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower01.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 2: Balsam to Campion http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower02.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 3: Candytuft to Cyclamen http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower03.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 4: Dahlia to Gentian http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower04.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 5: Geranium to Hibiscus http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower05.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 6: Hollyhock to Lavender http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower06.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 7: Loosestrife to Myosotis http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower07.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 8: Narcissus to Potentilla http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower08.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 9: Primrose to Stonecrop http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower09.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 10: Sunflower to Royal Indian Navy - Hyderabad http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower10.htm
The Patriot Files http://www.patriotfiles.com/index.php?name=Sections
Navweps OOB Casablanca: http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Casablanca.htm
Navships WW2 Cruisers http://www.world-war.co.uk/index.php3
Netherlands Navy: http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/
Netherlands Submarines: http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/index.htm
Polish Navy: http://www.polishnavy.pl/index.html
Royal Canadian Navy: http://cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_4_1-17.pdf
Royal Navy Research Archive: Royal Navy Escort Carriers http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/ESCORT/index.htm
Corvette HMS Violet http://www.platenboring.com/violet/
Sloop HMS Stork: http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/stork.html
Trawlers - HULL STEAM/SIDEWINDER INDEX: http://hulltrawler.net/Sidewinder.html
U-boat Net http://uboat.net/
US Ships Transferred to Britain http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-072.htm
World Naval Ships Forums: Palomares & Pozarica http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8896
WORLD NAVIES YESTERDAY http://www.navypedia.org/retro_view/yesterday_index.htm
The South African Military History Society http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol013hk.html

Merchant and Convoy Information
Siri Holm Lawson Warsailors.com http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/index.html
Arnold Hague Convoy Database http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html
Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html
Ocean class Liberty Ships: http://fortships.tripod.com/oceans.htm
Belgian Merchant Ships http://www.belgian-navy.be/t3636-un-bateau-nomme-sambre
Clydebuilt Database: http://clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=9961
The Blue Star Line: http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/browning3.html
The Silver Line: http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8473543/UK_Silver-Line
The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm
The Duchess of Bedford: http://www.duchessofbedford.com/ssdob/
Amazon Dot Com: http://www.amazon.com/If-Perish-Frontline-Nurses-World/dp/product-description/0375415149
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications: http://atlantic-cable.com/Cableships/Mirror(2)/index.htm
Naval Armed Guard Afloat http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Admin-Hist/173-ArmedGuards/173-AG-6.html
Blue Flue losses WW2 http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=36027
United States Maritime Commission C1 and C1-M Type Ships http://www.usmm.org/c1ships.html
Pier 70 San Francisco ~ Ships Built in San Francisco: Pre-World War II http://www.pier70sf.org/history/shipsBuilt/ShipsBuiltpreWW2.html
http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/oskms/search.php?searWords=on&Send=Search&match=2&search=0&items=10&start=50

Air unit Information
Fleet Air Arm: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/Aircraftcarrierindex.html
Operation Torch Aircraft: http://uncleted.jinak.cz/utorch.htm
52nd Fighter Group http://raf-112-squadron.org/52nd_fg.html
U.S. Navy Squadron Designations and Abbreviations http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/squades.htm
Martlesham Heath Aviation Society http://www.mhas.org.uk/MHAS/runway22/200609.pdf

Army unit Information
General’s names: http://www.generals.dk/
North African Landing Beaches: http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/algeria/algeria.htm
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Northern Attack Group: Operation Goalpost (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-8.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Center Attack Group: Operation Brushwood (Fedala, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Southern Attack Group: Operation Blackstone (Safi, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-6.html
Hyperwar: CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE: Oran landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-11.html
Hyperwar: EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Algiers landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar: 1st Infantry Division (USA) boat employment http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/1InfDiv_FO-1/index.html
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2

Maps
Hyperwar: Map 32. Operation TORCH - Outward movements of assault and advance convoys http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map32.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 34. Operation TORCH - The Assault on Algiers http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map34.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 35. Operation TORCH - The Assault on Oran http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map35.jpg

Operations
Axis and Allied Operations http://ww2db.com/ref.php?q=
Operation Crupper http://www.gravitazero.org/history/ardeola/ardeola_en.htm
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe): http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_dieppe1.html
Operation Pedestal (Malta): http://www.world-war.co.uk/pedestal1.php3
Operation Pedestal (Malta): http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Pedestal.htm
Operation Pedestal Assault on Bougie and Djidjelli: World Naval ships Forum http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862
Operation Train: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Operations.htm
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http://www.wikiled.com/japaneseromajikanji-english-Default.aspx
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http http://read2ch.com/r/army/1268410478/

Miscellaneous
Wreck Site EU http://www.wrecksite.eu
Translations: http://dictionary.reverso.net/italian-english/
British Abbreviations and Slang http://www.acesofww2.com/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations and Symbols http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations of World War II http://asisbiz.com/Il2/US-Navy-Naval-Abbreviations.html
U.S. Army Glossary of Code Names http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/SP1941-42/gloss2.htm

ANCXF - Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force ~ Admiral Sir Andrew Browne "ABC" Cunningham KT, GCB, DSO and 2 Bars (RN)
AOC Eastern Air Command - Air Officer Commanding Eastern Air Command ~ Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh KCB, DSC, AFC (RAF)
FOIC - Fleet Officer in Charge ~ British naval officer in charge of a port
NCWNTF - Naval Commander Western Naval Task Force ~ Rear-Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (USN)

Bône, Algeria is now known as Annaba, Algeria
* - No actual dates or time found for the ship{s) joining but multiple confirmations that they were in this group at this approximate time.

Operation AGREEMENT (commando raid on Tobruk): due to bad sea conditions British Commandos from Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) fail to set up beacons on the shore to guide the main British force.

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OPERATION TORCH OCTOBER 1942 SUMMARY
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October 1, 1942 Thursday
10/01/42 Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) arrives at Beirut from patrol and Operation AGREEMENT.
10/01/42 Submarine HMS United (P 44) torpedoes and (furher) damages Transport SS Ravenna (1,148 tons) (Italy) near Locri, Calabria, Italy. The Ravenna was already grounded after air attack and a fire on 09/29/42.

October 2, 1942 Friday
10/02/42 11:07 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) attacked with gunfire and torpedo Transport SS Veglia (ex Kosovo, Yugoslava) (896 tons) (Italy) which beached itself off Korcula, Croatia in position 42º57'N 17º17'E and was observed still on fire eleven hours later.
10/02/42 Convoy KX.1 from the Clyde, Scotland Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Jura, HMS Stronsay, HMS Rousay, and HMS Ruskholm Merchant Ships: 6
10/02/42 Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) arrives at Malta with petrol, aircraft torpedoes, and a small quantity of vital stores.

10/02/42 Operation MAZ.1 Three MTBs were sail from Paphos to attack shipping in the vicinity of Rhodes. Nothing was found and the alternative plan was carried out. Torpedoes were fired into the harbor and five explosions were heard. There were two ships in the harbor but the results of the operation were not known.

October 3, 1942 Saturday
10/03/42 joins Convoy KX.1 from the United Kingdom Corvettes: KNM Rose, HMS Penstemon, and HMS Starwort
10/03/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) laid a minefield (46 mines) west of Tobruk, Libya.
10/03/42 Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) arrives Malta with a small quantity of stores.

October 4, 1942 Sunday
10/04/42 07:44 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) damages by gunfire (one hit at a range of 5.500 yards) Transport SS Valentino Coda (4,485 tons) (Italy) southbound off Gargano Head.
10/04/42 joins Convoy KX.1 from the United Kingdom Sloop: HMS Ibis
10/04/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) returns to Malta from patrol in the Misurata area

October 4, 1942 Sunday
10/04/42 Convoy WS.23 from Oversay, England to Freetown, Sierra Leone Light Cruisers: HMS Despatch and HMS Durban Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Beagle, HMS Bicester, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Wrestler, HMS Velox, and RHS Kanaris Armed Merchant Cruisers: HMS Carthage and HMS Queen of Bermuda Merchant ships: 8

October 5, 1942 Monday
10/05/42 11:25 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) damages by gunfire (twenty hits out of twenty rounds) Transport SS Eneo (545 tons) (Italy) seven miles south of south of Sebenik, Yugoslavia in position 43º38'N, 15º52'E. The ship was beached on Tara.
10/05/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) returns to Malta from patrol in the Kuriat area

October 6, 1942 Tuesday
10/06/42 Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12) arrives at Malta from Gibraltar with petrol and stores.
10/06/42 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) departs from Beirut for her 13th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Aegean Sea.

October 8, 1942 Thursday
10/08/42 07:35 Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) sinks a small eastbound merchant vessel north of Ras el Hilal.
10/08/42 16:20 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) attacks with gunfire Coaster SS Lupa (379 tons) (Italy). The enemy promptly abandoned ship. The coaster was boarded, some papers were captured and she was sunk by a demolition charge. She was carrying a cargo of wine and foodstuffs in position 33º41'N 11º44'E.
10/08/42 17:29 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) damages by torpedo and hit a full laden southbound merchant ship of 1200 tons in position 43º30'N 15º58'E. HMS Safari sustained slight damage in a counter attack by the escort and shore batteries.
10/08/42 from Convoy WS.23 returns to the Clyde, Scotland Destroyer: HMS Beagle
10/08/42 detached from Convoy KX.1 to the Clyde, Scotland Corvettes: HMS Penstemon, HMS Starwort, and KNM Rose Sloop: HMS Ibis
10/08/42 Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Kreta (853 tons) (Germany) about 10 nautical miles North of Ras al Hilal, Libya.

October 9, 1942 Friday
10/09/42 10:10 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) fired nine rounds at a southbound passenger train at position 39º04'N 16º06'E. The fourth round hit the third coach and shortly afterwards, the train stopped.
10/09/42 15:20 Submarine HMS Traveller (N 48) attacks and misses the northbound Tanker SS Proserpina (4870 tons) (ex Beauce, French) (Italy) in ballast escorted by Torpedo Boat RN Castore and Torpedo Boat RN Cicloneand in position 35º45'N, 23º13'E.
10/09/42 20:00 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) attacks with gunfire a schooner who was sunk by using a can of shale oil and a box of matches in position 34º08'N 11º00'E.
10/09/42 23:25 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Alga (3,000 ton) (Italy) carrying petrol, which caught fire and was seen to be still burning some hours later in position 34º02'N 11º03'E.
10/09/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) joins 10th Submarine Flotilla (Flotilla has ten operational submarines).

10/09/42 Operation BLACKBIRD: Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) lands two men in the early hours in the Naples area. It is feared that they were captured or executed.

October 10, 1942 Saturday
10/10/42 11:00 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) attacked a convoy of three ships in ballast scoring two hits on the largest ship estimated at 4000 tons in position 42º32'N 18º13'E.
10/10/42 from Convoy WS.23 returns to the Clyde, Scotland Destroyer: HMS Wrestler
10/10/42 from Convoy WS.23 to Londonderry, Northern Ireland Local Escort Destroyer: HMS Bicester
10/10/43 from Convoy WS.23 to Londonderry, Northern Ireland for repairs Destroyer: HMS Zetland
10/10/42 Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12) makes an unsuccessful attack on Submarine U-605 (Type VIIC).
10/10/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) torpedoes and damages the Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italy) northwest of Tripoi, Libya in position 34º45'N 12º31'E. The Titania is taken in tow by the Destroyer RN Ascari. HMS Unbroken is badly damaged by a counter attack and is repaired at Malta.
10/10/42 Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Enrichetta (4,652 tons) (Italy) about 12nm west-south-west of Kyparissia, Greece at position 37º11'N 21º26'E.
10/10/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) torpedoes and damages the Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italy) northwest of Tripoi, Libya in position 34º45'N 12º31'E. The Titania is taken in tow by the Destroyer RN Ascari. HMS Unbroken is badly damaged by a counter attack and is repaired at Malta.
10/10/42 Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Enrichetta (4,652 tons) (Italy) about 12nm west-south-west of Kyparissia, Greece at position 37º11'N 21º26'E.

10/10/42 - 10/13/42 Move NEEDLE: Transport SS Princess Kathleen (5,875 tons) with 1,000 military personnel was sailed from Port Said for Famagusta escorted by Escort Destroyer HMS Dulverton (L 63), Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28), and Escort Destroyer HMS Aldenham (L 22).

October 11, 1942 Sunday
10/11/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) sinks Transport SS Una (1,391 tons) (Italy) off Capri.
10/11/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoed and sank a fully laden 2500 ton merchant ship which caught fire immediately and sank in less than an hour at position 40º29'N 14º15'E.

10/11/42 - 10/12/42 Operation JUPITER: Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) attempts to land three Greek agents with stores on the east coast of Euboea but failed due to high swell.

October 12, 1942 Monday
10/12/42 14:00 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) sinks with gunfire and demolition a 200 ton Greek schooner (In German service) in the Aegean Sea, about 15 nautical miles east of Cape Drepano, Sithonia peninsula, Greece at position 39º56'N 24º17'E.
10/12/42 17:00 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) sinks with gunfire and demolition a second 200 ton Greek schooner (In German service) about 10 nautical miles south-west of Cape Pinnes, Athos peninsula, Greece at position 40º01'N 24º10'E.
10/12/42 Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) returns to Beirut on completion of her 5th Operation Magic Carpet trip to Malta.

October 13, 1942 Tuesday
10/13/42 18:33 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoed and sank a 1500 eastbound merchant vessel in ballast at position 38º14'N 13º14'E.
10/13/42 joins Convoy WS.23 from Bathurst, Gambia Destroyer: HMS Antelope
10/13/42 Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) returned to Beirut having completed a storing trip to Malta.
10/13/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) sinks Transport SS Loreto (1,053 tons) (Italy) off Capri, 130 POW's aboard were lost.
10/13/42 Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) sinks Tanker SS Languste (ex Oberschlesien (German) ex Nautilus (Italy)) (2,070 tons) (German) off Cape Figari, Sardinia, Italy in position 41º01'N, 09º38'E.

October 14, 1942 Wednesday
10/14/42 Convoy KX.1 arrives Gibraltar Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Jura, HMS Stronsay, HMS Rousay, and HMS Ruskholm Merchant ships: 6
10/14/42 joins Convoy WS.23 from Shore Establishment HMS Saint Vincent, Portsmouth, England Destroyer: HMS Velox
10/14/42 Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) returns to Beirut from a patrol off the Libyan Coast.
10/14/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) arrived at Malta from a successful working up patrol.

10/14/42 - 10/15/42 Operation WASHLEATHER: Submarine HMS Una (N 87) successfully landed three men near Catania, Sicily.

October 15, 1942 Thursday
10/15/42 from Convoy WS.23 to Freetown, Sierra Leone Light Cruisers: HMS Despatch and HMS Durban Armed Merchant Cruiser: HMS Queen of Bermuda delivers 1,918 Personnel
10/15/42 Military Convoy 1 from Freetown, Sierra Leone to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Puckeridge and HMS Velox Merchant Ships: 2

October 16, 1942 Friday
10/16/42 Convoy WS.23 arrives Freetown, Sierra Leone Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Velox, and RHS Kanaris Merchant Ships: 3
10/16/42 joins Freetown, Sierra Leone Local Escort Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Puckeridge, and HMS Velox
10/16/42 Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12) returned to Beirut after a storing trip to Malta.
10/16/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) returned to Malta from a very successful patrol.

October 18, 1942 Sunday
10/18/42 Convoy KX.2 from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Incholm, HMS Islay, HMS Jura, HMS Mull, and HMS Rysa Merchant Ships: 18

10/18/42 evenning - 10/20/42 Attack on Enemy Convoy: aircraft sight a southbound convoy consisting of one large tanker and three merchant vessels escorted by seven destroyers in the vicinity of Pantellaria.
10/19/42 - 10/20/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211), Submarine HMS United (P 44), Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42), Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19), and Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) were moved so as to intercept this convoy and attacked at various times. Swordfish and Albacore aircraft attacked with bombs and torpedoed at night.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) sinks Destroyer RN Giovanni da Verazzano and Transport SS Beppe (4,459 tons) (Italy) about 30 nautical miles south-west off Lampione Island in position 37º52'N, 12º05'E.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Edda (6,107 tons) (Italy) near Gerba, Tunisia in position 33º45'N, 11º12'E.
10/20/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sinks Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italy) east of Tunisia in position 34º45'N, 12º31'E.

October 19, 1942 Monday
10/19/42 joins Convoy KX.2 from Greenock, Scotland Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, and HMS Bulldog Minesweepers: HMS Felixstowe, HMS Rhyl, HMS Rothesay, and HMS Stornoway
10/19/42 Convoy KX.3 from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Achates and HMS Vanoc Merchant Ship: 1
10/19/42 - 11/27/42 Task Force 34 Submarine Forces on patrol off Dakar, Senegal Submarine USS Blackfish (SS-221)
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) attacks an Axis convoy from Naples bound for Tripoli, sinking Transport SS Beppe (ex Kingarth ex Berwyn ex Mattawa ex Framktor ex Saint Hugo) (4,874 tons) (Italy) and Destroyer RN Giovanni Da Verazzano, south of Pantelleria.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) joins 10th Submarine Flotilla (Flotilla has eleven operational submarines)
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returned from patrol in the northern Ionian Sea.
10/19/42 torpedoes and damages the Tanker SS Petrarca (3,329 tons) (Italy) about 20 nm west of Lampedusa Island.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) arrives at Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla. She carried a small amount of stores whilst on passage from Gibraltar.

October 20, 1942 Tuesday
10/20/42 00:25 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) sinks with gunfire Tug Roma (130 tons) (Italy) off Stampalia, Greece at position 36º43'N, 26º41'E. This tug was in service with the Italian Navy as an auxiliary minesweeper.
10/20/42 06:00 Submarine HHMS Papanikolis (Y-2) on passage from Port Said to Haifa reports that she is unable to dive owing to a damaged hydroplane. Corvette HMS Primula (K 14) sails from Beirut to escort her into harbor.
10/20/42 11:30 arrives Londonderry, Northern Ireland Destroyer: HMS Marne
10/20/42 13:00 arrives Londonderry, Northern Ireland Destroyer: HMS Escapade and HNMS Isaac Sweers
10/20/42 15:15 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Lero (1,980 tons) (Italy) between Symi and Rhodos Islands, Greece at position 36º26'N 27º54'E. SS Lero was being escorted by two destroyers
10/20/42 from Freetown, Sierra Leone joins Convoy WS.23F Light Cruiser: HMS Durban Destroyer: RHS Kanaris
10/20/42 Convoy WS.23F from Freetown, Sierra Leone to Durban, South Africa Light Cruiser: HMS Durban Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale and RHS Kanaris Corvette: HMS Tamarisk Armed Merchant Cruiser: HMS Carthage
10/20/42 Force M from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Furious
10/20/42 joins Force M at sea from Londonderry, Northern Ireland at sea Destroyers: HMS Escapade, HMS Marne, and HNMS Isaac Sweers
10/20/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) returned to Beirut on completion of an Operation MAGIC CARPET trip to Malta.
10/20/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sinks Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italy) east of Tunisia in position 34º45'N, 12º31'E.
10/20/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) returns to Malta damaged as a result of a heavy and accurate counterattack following the 10/19/42 attack on a southbound convoy in the vicinity of Lampedusa.

10/20/42 - 10/25/42 Operation Flagpole: Submarine HMS Seraph (P 219) carried General Mark Clarke, USA and his staff to Algiers, Algeria to meet with General Charles Maret to negotiate an unopposed Allied landing when the time came.

October 21, 1942 Wednesday
10/21/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) returns to Malta from patrol.
10/21/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) returned to Malta having completed a very successful first Mediterranean Patrol.

October 22, 1942 Thursday
10/22/42 Convoy KX.4A from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Broke, HMS Malcolm, HMS Venomous, and HMS Wrestler Minesweeper: HMS Brixham Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Foula, HMS Hunda, HMS Kintyre, and HMS Westray Landing Ship Tanks: 3 Merchant Ships: 17
10/22/42 Convoy KMS.1G (Slow) from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Carrier: HMS: Avenger Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Alynbank Destroyer: HMS Vansittart Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus, HMS Rhododendron, HMS Marigold, HMS Samphire, HMS Penstemon, HMS Gardenia, HMS Vetch, and HMS Violet Sloops: HMS Deptford and HMS Stork Minesweepers: HMS Acute, HMS Alarm, HMS Albacore, and HMS Cadmus Merchant Ships: 48
10/22/42 Submarine HMS United (P 44) returns to Malta from a patrol in the Misurata area.

October 23, 1942 Friday
10/23/42 12:00 arrives at Gibraltar from patrol
10/23/42 joins Convoy WS.23F from Freetown, Sierra Leone Light Cruiser: HMS Despatch Sloop: HMS Milford
10/23/42 detached from Convoy WS.23F to transport shipwreck survivors at Marshall, Liberia to Freetown, Sierra Leone Destroyer: HMS Avon Vale
10/23/42 Military Convoy 2 from Scapa Flow, Scotland to Gibraltar Battleship: HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Lookout, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn
10/23/42 Military Convoy 1 arrives Gibraltar Destroyer: HMS Puckeridge Merchant Ships: 2
10/23/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) torpedoes and destroys Transport SS Amsterdam (10,873 tons) (Italy), which had been grounded after being hit by a torpedo during an air attack. And sinks the tug Pronta (Italy) that was trying to salvage the Amsterdam.
10/23/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) arrives at Malta on completion of a short patrol.

10/23/42 Operation LIGHTFOOT: At 22:00 the Eighth Army began the main attack on the El Alamein line after twenty minutes intensive bombardment of the enemy's position by about eight hundred guns. As almost the entire Middle East fighter effort was concentrated on the Eighth Army, naval assistance in the operation was therefore limited. Bombardment by Cruisers and destroyers was considered an unwarranted risk, and would have had little material effect on events. MTBs and HUNT class destroyers were held in readiness at Alexandria for attacks on enemy shipping along the coast.

10/23/42 Operation TRUNDLE: Naval personnel for Western desert ports as far as Benghazi were called up and were ready from now onwards. Arrangements were put in hand to call forward tugs, schooners, salvage vessels, mobile lighters, and small craft. The docking and preparation of suitable ships for the Western Desert run were now complete.

October 24, 1942 Saturday
10/24/42 arrives Marshall, Liberia embarks shipwreck survivors Destroyer: HMS Avon Vale
10/24/42 Military Convoy 3 from from Bathurst, Gambia to Gibraltar Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyer: HMS Antelope Corvette: HMS Hydrangea
10/24/42 Convoy KX.4B from Milford Haven, Wales to Gibraltar Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Hussar, and HMS Speedwell Salvage Tug: HMS Resolve Merchant Ship: 1
10/24/42 Convoy UGF.1 from Hampton Roads, Virginia (USA) to Casablanca, French Morocco
TG 34.1 Covering Group
Battleship: USS Massachusetts Heavy Cruisers: USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita Destroyers: USS John Mayrant, USS Alexander Colden Rhind, USS Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, and USS Thornton Alexander Jenkins Fleet Oiler: USS Chemung
TG 34.8 Northern Attack Group: Operation Goalpost (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco)
Carrier: USS Sangamon and USS Chenango Battleship: USS Texas Light Cruiser: USS Savannah Destroyers: USS Alexander James Dallas, USS Edward Walter Eberle, USS John Ericsson, USS Samuel Hambleton, USS Lawrence Kearny, USS Samuel Livermore, USS David B. Macomb, USS Foxhall Alexander Parker Jr., and USS Francis Asbury Roe Minesweeper: USS Raven and USS Osprey Seaplane Tender: USS Barnegat Submarine: USS Shad Merchant Ships: 8
TG 34.9 Center Attack Group: Operation Brushwood (Fedala, French Morocco)
Carriers: USS Ranger and USS Suwannee Heavy Cruiser: USS Augusta Light Cruiser: USS Cleveland Destroyers: USS Thomas Boyle, USS Mark Lambert Bristol, USS Jean Constance Corry, USS Thomas Alva Edison, USS Theodore Gordon Ellyson, USS LeRoy Fitch, USS Dulany Forrest, USS Richmond Pearson Hobson, USS Augustus C. Ludlow, USS John McLeod Murphy, USS Stephen Clegg Rowan, USS Claude Augustus Swanson, USS Benjamin Ryan Tillman, USS Charles Wilkes, and USS Melancthon Brooks Woolsey Destroyer Minesweepers: USS Daniel Hogan, USS James Shedden Palmer, and USS John Stansbury Minelayers: USS Miantonomah and USS Terror Minesweeper: USS Auk Submarines: USS Herring and USS Gunnel Fleet Oiler: USS Winooski Merchant Ships: 15
TG 34.10 Southern Attack Group: Operation Blackstone (Safi, French Morocco)
Carrier: USS Santee Battleship: USS New York Light Cruiser: USS Philadelphia Destroyers: USS Frank Edmund Beatty, USS Thomas Jefferson Cowie, USS John James Doran, USS George Foster Emmons, USS Austin Melvin Knight, USS William Mervine, USS John Henry Quick, and USS Hugh Rodman Destroyer Minesweepers: USS Archibald Hamilton and USS Charles W. Howard Minelayer: USS Monadnock Fleet Tug: USS Cherokee Submarine: USS Barb APD Destroyers: USS John Baptiste Bernadou and USS Edward Ball Cole Fleet Oilers: USS Merrimack and USS Housatonic Merchant Ships: 6

10/23/42 - 10/24/42 night Operation SLENDER: In order to assist military operations, a feint seaborne landing was made west of Ras el Kenayia. A force of twelve L.C.T.s escorted by two Fairmiles (Motor Launch), eight MTBs, Escort Destroyer HMS Exmoor (ii) (L 08), Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28), and Escort Destroyer HMS Belvoir (L 32) was sailed from Alexandria in daylight on 23rd October, to the westward. A normal convoy of four merchant ships from Port Said continued westward after passing Alexandria astern of this force. None of our forces were sighted during daylight house. After dark all ships except the MTBs returned to Alexandria. The MTBs close the beaches to within 400 yards, opened fire with machine guns, and fired numerous Very's lights. The enemy fired no alarm signals and no opposition was met. The MTBs were shadowed by aircraft after being detached and were subsequently attacked by JU 88s and Macchi's from midnight till 03:00. One MTB sustained slight superficial damage by cannon fire. There were no casualties and all boats returned safely. Light Cruiser HMS Arethusa (26) escorted by Destroyer HHMS Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga) (D 15 aka H 86) was sailed from Port Said in daylight as an added diversion to the operation and returned to harbor after dark. The Army Commander signaled as follows: "Information suggests that this operation had an influence on our main objective."

October 25, 1942 Sunday
10/25/42 12:00 Force M arrives Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Furious Destroyers: HMS Escapade, HMS Marne, and HNMS Isaac Sweers
10/25/42 arrives Freetown, Sierra Leone with shipwreck survivors Destroyer: HMS Avon Vale
10/25/42 Convoy KX.3 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Achates and HMS Vanoc Merchant Ship: 1
10/25/42 joins Convoy WS.23F from Freetown, Sierra Leone Corvette: HMS Amaranthus
10/25/42 from Convoy WS.23F to join Freetown, Sierra Leone Local Escort Corvette: HMS Tamarisk
10/25/42 from Bathurst, Gambia to Military Convoy 3 Corvette: HMS Burdock
10/25/42 Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) from Loch Ewe, Scotland to Gibraltar Destroyer: HMS Bradford Sloops: HMS Bideford and HMS Swale
10/25/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returns to Malta after a four-day patrol.

October 26, 1942 Monday
10/26/42 08:04 Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) torpedoes and sinks Tanker SS Arca (2,238 tons) (Italy) in position 38º04'N 25º27'E.
10/26/42 13:00 Destroyers: HMS Escapade, HMS Marne, and HNMS Isaac Sweers refuel at Ponta Delgada, Azores
10/26/42 from Convoy WS.23F to join Freetown, Sierra Leone Local Escort Corvette: HMS Amaranthus
10/26/42 from Bathurst, Gambia to Military Convoy 3 Corvette: HMS Snowdrop
10/26/42 joins Military Convoy 3 Corvette: HMS Burdock
10/26/42 from Military Convoy 3 arrives Bathurst, Gambia Destroyer: HMS Antelope
10/26/42 Military Convoy 4 from Bathurst, Gambia to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Antelope and HMS Boreas
10/26/42 Military Convoy 5 from Bathurst, Gambia to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale and HMS Brilliant
10/26/42 Military Convoy 6 from Bathurst, Gambia to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Puckeridge and HMS Velox
10/26/42 Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Biter Destroyer: HMS Clare Sloops: HMS Aberdeen, HMS Enchantress, HMS Exe, HMS Hartland, HMS Ibis, HMS Rother, HMS Spey, HMS Swale, HMS Tay, and HMS Walney Landing Ship Headquarters: HMS Bulolo and HMS Largs Merchant Ships: 36
10/26/42 from Belfast, Northern Ireland to join Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) Light Cruiser: HMS Sheffield with 670 members of 3rd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, USA for Operation TERMINAL (Algiers, Algeria)
10/26/42 Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) from Liverpool, England and the Clyde, Scotland Corvettes: HMCS Louisburg, HMCS Prescott, HMCS Woodstock, and HMS Erne Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Sloops: HMS Leith, HMS Londonderry, HMS Rochester, HMS Sandwich, and HMS Scarborough
10/26/42 Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) Destroyer: HMS Bradford Corvettes: HMCS Louisburg, HMCS Prescott, HMCS Woodstock, and HMS Erne Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Sloops: HMS Bideford, HMS Leith, HMS Londonderry, HMS Rochester, HMS Sandwich, HMS Scarborough, and HMS Swale Merchant Ships: 52
10/26/42 Submarine HMS Traveller (N 48) arrived at Port Said from patrol.
10/26/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212)) returned to Malta after an uneventful patrol in the Cape Dukato area.

October 27, 1942 Tuesday
10/27/42 08:04 Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) sinks a Caique SS Lora (121 tons) (Greece) off the Gulf of Kassandra, Greece.
10/27/42 joins Military Convoy 3 Corvette: HMS Snowdrop
10/27/42 from Military Convoy 3 arrives Bathurst, Gambia Corvette: HMS Hydrangea
10/27/42 from Convoy KMS.2G (Slow) to Gibraltar Destroyer: HMS Bradford Sloop: HMS Swale
10/27/42 joins Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) Light Cruiser: HMS Sheffield with 670 members of 3rd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, USA for Operation TERMINAL (Algiers, Algeria)
10/27/42 Force LX from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Argus and HMS Dasher Light Cruisers: HMS Delhi and HMS Jamaica Destroyers: HMS Bicester, HMS Farndale, and HMS Zetland
10/27/42 Force P from Milford Haven, Wales to Gibraltar Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Tynwald Destroyers: HMS Lamerton, HMS Wilton, and HMS Wheatland

10/27/42 - 11/10/42 Operation Kingpin: Submarine HMS Seraph (P 219) smuggles the anti-Vichy General Henri Harove' Giraud from Vichy occupied France to Gibraltar, to rally French North African Forces to the allied cause. He would only co-operate, if the allies pledged him a command in keeping with his rank and reputation. He refused to co-operate with the British, and would only travel in an American Submarine. In consequence, Seraph became American in all respects, under the command of Captain Jerauld Wright USN, causing Seraph to become known as the "Ship with two Captains".

October 28, 1942 Wednesday
10/28/42 Military Convoy 7 from Plymouth, England to Gibraltar Light Cruiser: HMS Scylla, with ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham aboard Destroyer: HMS Opportune
10/28/42 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) returned to Beirut from a patrol in the Aegean Sea.

10/28/42 - 10/30/42 Operation TRAIN: Force M from Gibraltar to fly off 29x Spitfires to Malta 2x Spitfires remain aboard with defects. Carrier: HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Aurora and HMS Charybdis Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Bramham, HMS Cowdray, HMS Vanoc, HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, HMS Wishart, and ORP Blyskawica
10/28/42 sailed with ships of Force M with stores for Malta Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48).

October 29, 1942 Thursday
10/29/42 09:30 Convoy KX.2 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, and HMS Bulldog Minesweepers: HMS Felixstowe, HMS Rhyl, HMS Rothesay, and HMS Stornoway Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Incholm, HMS Islay, HMS Jura, HMS Mull, and HMS Rysa Merchant Ships: 18
10/29/42 At Scapa Flow, Scotland Landing Ship Infantry: SS Lady of Mann (2,029 tons) (CW) comes alongside and disembarks 407 men of No. 9 Commando onto the Battleship HMS Nelson (28).
10/29/42 from Force M makes independent passage to Malta Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48).

10/29/42 Operation MG.9 A feint landing was simulated in the Kanais area by a force of eight MTBs, nine LCTs, Escort Destroyer HMS Exmoor (ii) (L 08), Escort Destroyer HMS Belvoir (L 32), and Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28). This force was sailed from Alexandria during daylight and after dark all units except the MTBs turned back to Alexandria. The MTBs closed the beaches at 00:45, opening fire with machine guns. On withdrawal they were engaged by shore guns and attacked by aircraft. Enemy aircraft continued to attack a smoke cloud cover, which had been made for one hour after withdrawal. There were no casualties or damage to any of our units.

October 30, 1942 Friday
10/30/42 joins Convoy WS.23F from Freetown, Sierra Leone Destroyer: HMAS Norman Corvettes: HMS Rockrose and HMS Thyme
10/30/42 Force M arrives Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Aurora and HMS Charybdis Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Bramham, HMS Cowdray, HMS Vanoc, HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, HMS Wishart, and ORP Blyskawica
10/30/42 arrives Malta disembarks stores and sails for Gibraltar Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48).
10/30/42 Military Convoy 8 from Gibraltar to refuel Force M at sea, and return to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Boadicea, HMS Lookout, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn Fleet Oilers: RFA Brown Ranger and RFA Dingledale
10/30/42 Military Convoy 8 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Boadicea, HMS Lookout, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn Fleet Oilers: RFA Brown Ranger and RFA Dingledale
10/30/42 Force H from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Victorious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Bermuda Destroyers: HMS Pathfinder, HMS Partridge, HMS Porcupine, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin
10/30/42 Convoy KX.5 from the Clyde, Scotland to Gibraltar Corvettes: HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Montbretia, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Elbury, HMS Filey Bay, HMS Goth, and HMS Negro Merchant Ships: 31

October 31, 1942 Saturday
10/31/42 from Convoy WS.23F to join Convoy WS.24 Light Cruiser: HMS Despatch
10/31/42 from Convoy WS.23F to Freetown, Sierra Leone Sloop: HMS Milford
10/31/42 09:00 Military Convoy 4 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Antelope and HMS Boreas
10/31/42 10:56 Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) torpedoes and sinks Tanker SS Cerere (1,267 tons) (Italy) about 10 nautical miles south of Cape Sounio, Greece in position 37º30'N 24º03'E.
10/31/42 11:00 Military Convoy 5 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale and HMS Brilliant
10/31/42 18:30 Military Convoy 6 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Puckeridge and HMS Velox
10/31/42 17:00 Force X joins Force H off Northwest Ireland at position 55º30'N 10ºW Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Nelson Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, and HMS Tartar
10/31/42 Convoy WS.24 from Londonderry, England to Bahia, Brazil Destroyers: HMS Holcombe, HMS Onslow, HMS Offa, HMS Oribi, HMS Sardonyx, and HMS Skate Armed Merchant Cruiser: HMS Queen of Bermuda Seaplane Tender: USS Barnegat Merchant Ships: 7
10/31/42 Force Q from Scapa Flow, Scotland to Ponta Delgado, Azores Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk Destroyers: 5x Destroyers (No information)
10/31/42 Submarine HMS Osiris (N 67) refitting at Port Said

10/31/42
Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) On passage, Beirut to Malta
Submarine HMS Osiris (N 67) At Port Said
Submarine HMS Traveller (N 48) At Port Said
Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) On patrol in Aegean
Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) At Beirut
Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) At Malta
Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) On passage to Malta (for Operation TORCH)
Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) (damaged) At Malta
Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) (1st Submarine Flotilla) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS United (P 44) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) (1st Submarine Flotilla) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Una (N 87) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH
Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) (1st Submarine Flotilla) Resting at Malta for Patrols for Operation TORCH

Greek Submarines
Submarine HHMS Katsonis (Y-1) At Ismailia
Submarine HHMS Nereus (Y-4) On Patrol in the Aegean Sea
Submarine HHMS Papanikolis (Y-2) At Beirut
Submarine HHMS Triton (Y-5) At Port Said


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ANCXF - Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force ~ Admiral Sir Andrew Browne "ABC" Cunningham KT, GCB, DSO and 2 Bars (RN)
AOC Eastern Air Command - Air Officer Commanding Eastern Air Command ~ Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh KCB, DSC, AFC (RAF)
FOIC - Fleet Officer in Charge ~ British naval officer in charge of a port
NCWNTF - Naval Commander Western Naval Task Force ~ Rear-Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (USN)

Bône, Algeria is now known as Annaba, Algeria
* - No actual dates or time found for the ship{s) joining but multiple confirmations that they were in this group at this approximate time.

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NOVEMBER 1942


November 1, 1942 Sunday
11/01/42 11:30 ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) holds a conference of Commanding Officers and Senior Officers of Flotillas in the Tower at Gibraltar.
11/01/42 12:00 at Gibraltar ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) hoists his flag on the Battleship HMS Nelson (28).
11/01/42 14:17 Instructions are received from the Admiralty to carry out Operation TORCH.

Air Operations
11/01/42 12:50 two British Lockheed Hudson Mk.III of No. 233 Squadron RAF damage Submarine U-565 south of the Balearic Islands, Spain. One Hudson is shot down

Naval Operations
11/01/42 Military Convoy 7 arrives Gibraltar Light Cruiser: HMS Scylla (with ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) aboard) Destroyer: HMS Opportune
11/01/42 Convoy KMF.2 (Fast) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Algiers, Algeria Cutter: HMS Banff Sloops: HMS Egret, HMS Fleetwood, HMS Pelican, and HMS Sennen Convoy Escort Vessel (Yacht): HMS Philante Merchant Ships: 18
11/01/42 Light Cruiser HMS Jamaica (C 44) sails from Force LX for Gibraltar

Submarine Operations
11/01/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) sails from Malta to her patrol area off Cape San Vito, Sicily for Operation TORCH.
11/01/42 Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) sails from Malta to her patrol area in which the approaches to Messina and the Northwest corner of Sicily were covered for Operation TORCH.


11/01/42 - 11/06/42 Operation MG.8 an aborted attempt to sail a 15-knot transport to Malta to relive the urgent petrol shortage.

11/01/42 - 11/02/42 Operation MAZ.5 Four MTBs simulate landings in bays off Ras Gibeisa, Egypt and Ras el Daba, Egypt at night. Rafts, calcium flares, and balloons were dropped, which successfully drew the enemy's fire. No damage or casualties were sustained by the MTBs who returned to Alexandria at 07:00.

11/01/42 - 11/02/42 Operation SUPERCHARGE In the northern sector of the Western Desert, Allied forces began an attack westward during the night. By dawn, the final objectives had been reached. Diversionary attacks were made in the central and southern sectors with some success.



November 2, 1942 Monday
11/02/42 Liberty Ship SS Ocean Trader (7,178 tons) (CW) has a fire break out in hold #4 that destroys 2 radio vans.
11/02/42 Force Q searches for Portuguese fishing boat Gil Eannes

Naval Operations
11/02/42 12:45 sails from 43°20’N 27°W to join Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) Destroyers: HMS Albrighton, HMS Cleveland, and KNM Eskdale
11/02/42 Military Convoy 3 arrives Gibraltar Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Corvettes: HMS Burdock and HMS Snowdrop
11/02/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Force H Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, HMS Bulldog, HMS Panther, HMS Penn, HMS Lookout, HMS Opportune, and HMS Puckeridge
11/02/42 Force P arrives Gibraltar Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Tynwald Destroyers: HMS Lamerton, HMS Wilton, and HMS Wheatland
11/02/42 sails from Convoy WS.24 to Ponta Delgado, the Azores to refuel and join Force Q Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa, and HMS Oribi
11/02/42 Destroyer HMS Broke (D 83) sails to Gibraltar to refuel and return to Convoy KX.4 (A)
11/02/42 Light Cruiser HMS Jamaica (C 44) arrives Gibraltar from Force LX
11/02/42 Corvette HMS Aubretia (K 96) sails from the United Kingdom to join Convoy KX.5
11/02/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Gibraltar

Submarine Operations
11/02/42 Extensive orders are issued to carry out Operation TORCH for submarines, which have proceeded on TORCH patrols.
11/02/42 Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) arrives at Malta with a small amount of vital stores for the garrison.
11/02/42 Submarine HMS P 712 (ex RN Perla) (P 712) arrives at Port Said, Egypt for extensive refitting.
11/02/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) sails from Malta for her patrol area off the western coast of Calabria, Italy for Operation TORCH.
11/02/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) sails from Malta for her patrol area off Palermo, Italy for Operation TORCH.
11/02/42 Submarine HMS United (P 44) sails from Malta for her patrol area off the northwest of Sicily for Operation TORCH.



November 3, 1942 Tuesday
11/03/42 13:40 A French armed trawler, escorting four French Merchant ships, pass eastbound through the Straits of Gibraltar
11/03/42 a boarding party from Destroyer HMS Oribi (G 66) boards the Portuguese fishing boat Gil Eannes and arrests the radio officer Gastao de Freitas Ferraz for questioning at Gibraltar.

Air Operations
11/03/42 15:15 Consolidated PBY Catalina L.210 attacks a U boat forty miles off Cape Tenez, Algeria four depth charges were dropped but results were inconclusive.
11/03/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar are flown for Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow), Convoy KMF.1 (Fast), and Convoy KX.4 (A). The Catalina escorting Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) failed to return.
11/03/42 Aircraft sighted three other U boats but no attacks were made.
11/03/42 photographic reconnaissance of Algiers, Algeria shows 1x escort vessel, 2x submarines, and 24x Merchant ships.

Naval Operations
11/03/42 02:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) Anti-aircraft Ships: HMS Palomares and HMS Pozarica Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, HMS Velox, HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, and HMS Wishart
11/03/42 08:00 Force LX arrives Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Argus and HMS Dasher Light Cruiser: HMS Delhi Destroyers: HMS Bicester, HMS Farndale, and HMS Zetland
11/03/42 10:45 Destroyer HMS Wivern (D 66) sails to overtake from Gibraltar and join Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) delayed due to a defect
11/03/42 12:30 Light Cruiser HMS Jamaica (C 44) sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (Fast)
11/03/42 18:30 Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) sails from Gibraltar to join Force H.
11/03/42 Convoy KX.4 (B) arrives Gibraltar Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Hussar, and HMS Speedwell Salvage Tug: HMS Resolve Merchant Ship: 1

Submarine Operations
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12) arrives at Malta from Beirut, French Mandate of Syria with a cargo of petrol and torpedoes.
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sails from Malta to her patrol area off the East Tunisian coast in the Gulf of Sirte for Operation TORCH.
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) sails from Malta to her patrol area between Cape de Armi and Cape Spartivento, Calabria for Operation TORCH.
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) sails from Malta to her patrol area off the southern approaches of Messina and Port Augusta for Operation TORCH.
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) sails from Malta to her patrol area in the Kerkennah and Gulf of Sirte areas for Operation TORCH.
11/03/42 Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) sails from Malta to her patrol in the Tunis and Bizerta area for Operation TORCH.

11/03/42 - 11/04/42 night Operation HOLLYM Submarine HHMS Nereus (Y-4) successfully carried out. This consisted of landing one and a half tons of stores and three Greek agents on the Euboean coast.



November 4, 1942 Wednesday
11/04/42 west of Gibraltar Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) divides into Oran Cover Force, Force O, Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) (Algiers, Algeria), and Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) (Oran, Algeria)
11/04/42 west of Gibraltar Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow) divides into Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) (Algiers, Algeria) and Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) (Oran, Algeria).
11/04/42 west of Gibraltar Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) and Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) proceed westwards In order to pass through the Straits of Gibraltar on schedule.

Air Operations
11/04/42 11:49 a Junkers Ju-88 approached Gibraltar from the Northeast and attacks the harbor area with cannon fire. No damage is caused. Four Spitfires went up but failed to intercept. The undercarriage of one of these was damaged in the take off and the pilot was badly injured when he baled out. Anti-aircraft guns on shore opened fire, but no hits were claimed.
11/04/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar are flown for Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow) and Convoy KX.4 (A). Eight crewmen are killed when a Consolidated PBY Catalina crashed while taking off to escort Convoy KMF.1 (Fast).

Naval Operations
11/04/42 02:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) Anti-aircraft Ships: HMS Palomares and HMS Pozarica Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, HMS Velox, HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, and HMS Wishart
11/04/42 10:45 Destroyer HMS Wivern (D 66) sails to overtake from Gibraltar due to a defect and join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast)
11/04/42 19:00 sails from Gibraltar to Lisbon, Portugal Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Ruskholm and HMS Jura Cable ship: Mirror sail to carry out repairs to cables
11/04/42 from Gibraltar joins Force H Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, HMS Bulldog, HMS Panther, HMS Penn, HMS Lookout, HMS Opportune, and HMS Puckeridge
11/04/42 relieved from Force H to refuel at Gibraltar Light Cruiser: HMS Argonaut Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Porcupine, HMS Quality, HMS Quentin, and HMS Tartar
11/04/43 Convoy KX.4 (A) arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Broke HMS Malcolm, HMS Venomous, and HMS Wrestler Minesweeper: HMS Brixham Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Foula, HMS Hunda, HMS Kintyre, and HMS Westray Landing Ship Tanks: 3 Merchant Ships: 17
11/04/42 Force H arrives off Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Victorious and HMS Formidable Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Nelson Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Bermuda Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, HMS Bulldog, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Quality, HMS Quentin, and HMS Tartar
11/04/42 Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) sails from Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) for Oran, Algeria Sloops: HMS Hartland and HMS Walney Landing Ship Headquarters: HMS Largs Merchant Ships: 18
11/04/42 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) sails from Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow) for Oran, Algeria Merchant Ships: 24
11/04/42 Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) sails from Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) for Algiers, Algeria Landing Ship Headquarters (L): HMS Bulolo Merchant ships: 16
11/04/42 from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) Anti-aircraft Ships: HMS Palomares and HMS Pozarica Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, HMS Velox, HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, and HMS Wishart
11/04/42 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) sails from Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow) for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus, HMS Gardenia HMS Marigold, HMS Penstemon, HMS Rhododendron and HMS Samphire Sloops: HMS Enchantress and HMS Stork
11/04/42 Light Cruiser HMS Jamaica (C 44) from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMF.1 (Fast)
11/04/42 Light Cruiser HMS Aurora (12) sails from Gibraltar to form Oran Cover Force
* 11/04/42 Destroyer HMS Broke (D 83) sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast)
11/04/42 Destroyer HMS Wivern (D 66) from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMF.1 (Fast)

Submarine Operations
11/04/42 Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) sails from Malta to her patrol area for Operation TORCH off Cagliari, Sardinia.
11/04/42 Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) sails from Malta to her patrol area for Operation TORCH.

11/04/42 - 11/09/42 Operation CRUPPER
Attempting to take advantage of the confusion from Operation TORCH the disguised transports Ardeola and Tadorna were sent out with Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow). They detached on November 4, 1942 west of Gibraltar and passed the Straits and proceeded along the North African coast as far as Cape Bon where they were fired on and ordered to stop by French shore batteries. One of the assumptions of Operation TORCH was that there would be little if any opposition by the French. So when both ships were fired on and ordered to stop, they didn’t scuttle their ships, on the assumption that they could "explain" and be allowed to proceed. They were in fact captured and taken in to Bizerta where they were unloaded, their cargoes seized, and the ships turned over to the Italians. Ardeola was renamed Aderno and Tadorna was renamed Balzac. 11/09/42 Transports SS Ardeola (CW) (2,609 tons) and Tadorna (CW) (1,947 tons) Captured by Vichy France
03/07/43 U.S. aircraft sinks Transport SS Balzac (ex Tadorna (CW)) (1,947 tons) (Italy) 20 nautical miles north/northeast of Zembra Island.
06/23/43 Submarine HMS Torbay (N 79) sinks Transport SS Aderno (2,609 tons) (ex Ardeola (CW)) (Italy) about 2 miles from Civitavecchia, Italy at position 42º04'N, 11º47'E.

11/04/42 - 11/06/42 Move TENTERDEN: Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Antwerp escorted by Minesweeper HMS Whitehaven (J 121) and Destroyer HHMS Ierax (D 36) arrived at Beirut, French Mandate of Syria. Bringing 2,400 troops from Cyprus and 1,200 had been put in. There were no incidents.

11/04/42 - 11/06/42 night Operation MAZ.6: 6 MTBs and 2 M.L.s carried out a sweep from Alexandria as far as Mersa Matruh, Egypt to destroy any attempted evacuation of enemy troops by sea. Nothing, however, was seen. Escort Destroyer HMS Exmoor (II) (L 08), Escort Destroyer HMS Croome (L 62), Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28), and Escort Destroyer HMS Aldenham (L 22) remained at El Kot anchorage as a striking force if required.



November 5, 1942 Thursday
11/05/42 14:00 Force H arrives off approaches to the Strait of Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Victorious and HMS Formidable Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Nelson Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruisers: HMS Bermuda Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, HMS Bulldog, HMS Lookout, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, HMS Penn, and HMS Puckeridge

Air Operations
11/05/42 10:32 an enemy aircraft approached Gibraltar from the East at 25,000 feet. Fighters went up but no contact was made.
11/05/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were flown for Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow), Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow), Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast), Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast), and UGF.1
11/05/42 5x Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and 14x Lockheed Hudson aircraft are flown from the United Kingdom to Gibraltar
11/05/42 a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress fly's Commanding General European Theater of Operations, Commander in Chief of Operation TORCH: Lieutenant-General Dwight David (Ike) Eisenhower (USA) from England to Gibraltar

Naval Operations
11/05/42 07:00 Corvette HMS Samphire (K128) arrives Gibraltar from Convoy KMS.1 (G) (Slow) with a defect
11/05/42 07:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Force H Destroyers: HMS Calpe and HMS Farndale
11/05/42 09:00 Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa HMS, and Oribi rendezvous with Force Q Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk then proceeds to patrol off Azores
11/05/42 10:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) Corvettes: HMS Jonquil and HMS Spiraea
11/05/42 11:30 Destroyer HMS Wivern (D 66) escorts the captured Transport SS Caudebec (ex Oldenburg) (1,471 tons) (France) into Gibraltar under an armed guard.
11/05/42 17:40 Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Sirius (82) sails from Gibraltar to join Force H delayed due to defective turrets
11/05/42 18:30 Force R (Refueling Force for Force H) sails from Gibraltar Corvette: HMS Coreopsis Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Cava, HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, HMS Juliet, HMS Othello, HMS Mull, HMS Rysa, and HMS Stroma Motor Launches: ML-307, ML-238 ML-273 ML-283 ML-295 ML-336 ML-338 and ML-444 Fleet Oilers: RFA Brown Ranger and RFA Dingledale
11/05/42 19:00 Force O sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Carrier: HMS Argus Light Cruisers: HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sheffield Destroyers: HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica)
11/05/42 19:00 elements of Force H enter Gibraltar anchor and start refueling Battleship: HMS Duke of York Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruiser: HMS Argonaut Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Quality, HMS Quentin, and HMS Tartar. After refueling Force H forms up in Gibraltar Bay
11/05/42 19:00 Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast)
11/05/42 Convoy WS.23 (F) arrives Durban, South Africa Light Cruiser: HMS Durban Destroyers: HMAS Norman and RHS Kanaris Corvettes: HMS Rockrose and HMS Thyme Armed Merchant Cruiser: HMS Carthage
11/05/42 from Convoy WS.24 arrives Ponta Delgado, the Azores refuels and joins Force Q Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa, and HMS Oribi
11/05/42 Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) sails from Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) to join Force H off the Straits of Gibraltar.

Submarine Operations
11/05/42 02:10 Submarine HMS Unseen (P 51) reports a U boat 19 miles off Cape Palos, Spain course 290 degrees speed 6 knots
11/05/42 16:44 Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) torpedoes and sinks Submarine RN Granito at a range of 800 yards near Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy at position 38º34'N, 12º09'E.
11/05/42 Submarine HMS Sibyl (P 217) and Submarine HMS P 222 (P 222) arrive at their patrol position off Toulon, France.


November 6, 1942 Friday
11/06/42 04:00 Force H in Gibraltar Bay consists of Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Rodney Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruiser: HMS Argonaut Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Quality, HMS Quentin, and HMS Tartar
11/06/42 08:00 at Gibraltar ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) transfers his flag from Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Scylla (98) to Battleship HMS Nelson (28)
11/06/42 10:25 Two French submarines, escorted by a destroyer, pass eastbound through the Straits of Gibraltar
11/06/42 13:00 Five Vichy French Merchant ships pass eastbound through the Straits of Gibraltar
11/06/42 17:00 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) passes through the Straits of Gibraltar eastbound.
11/06/42 18:30 Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) passes through the Straits of Gibraltar
11/06/42 in the early hours Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) and the LCT convoy pass through the Straits of Gibraltar
11/06/42 Force H ships at Gibraltar Battleship: HMS Nelson Destroyers: HMS Porcupine and HNMS Isaac Sweers
11/06/42 Battleship HMS Nelson (28) is in a collision when taking .up her berth with Tanker: SS Empire Gawain (from Convoy KX.2) and Minesweepers: HMS Brixham (from Convoy KX.4 (A)) and HMS Bude (from Convoy KX.4 (B)), causing damage to their stanchions and guardrails. HMS Nelson disembarks No. 9 Commando to reinforce Gibraltar and refuells.

Air Operations
11/06/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were flown for Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow), Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow), Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast), Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast), and UGF.1
11/06/42 10x Spitfires and 10x Lockheed Hudson aircraft are flown from United Kingdom to Gibraltar

Naval Operations
11/06/42 02:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Oran Cover Force Destroyers: HMS Vanoc and HMS Wrestler
11/06/42 02:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) Destroyers: HMS Malcolm, HMS Wrestler, and HMS Vanoc relieves Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, and HMS Wivern
11/06/42 04:00 Force H sails from Gibraltar Bay to rendezvous at position 36ºN, 3ºW Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Rodney Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruiser: HMS Argonaut Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin
11/06/42 05:45 from Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, and HMS Wivern
11/06/42 detached from carriers (HMS Formidable and HMS Victorious) joins Force H off the Straits of Gibraltar Battleship: HMS Nelson Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Boadicea, HMS Brilliant, HMS Calpe, and HMS Puckeridge.
11/06/42 06:30 elements of Force H enter Gibraltar anchor and start refueling Battleship: HMS Nelson Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Boadicea, HMS Brilliant, HMS Calpe, HMS Porcupine, HMS Puckeridge, and HNMS Isaac Sweers
11/06/42 14:45 Military Convoy 9 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) Trawlers: 4 Motor Launches: ML-280, ML-369, ML-463, ML-471, ML-480, and ML-483 Harbour Defence Motor Launches: HDML-1127, HDML-1128, HDML-1139, and HDML-1142 Landing Craft Tank (LCT): 2
11/06/42 15:00 Military Convoy 10 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) Trawlers: 4 Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera
11/06/42 15:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Oran Cover Force Destroyer: HMS Vansittart Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Brixham, and HMS Felixstowe
11/06/42 17:00 Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) sails from Gibraltar to escort to Gibraltar Fleet Repair Ship HMS Vindictive and Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20)
11/06/42 18:00 Force H rendezvous at position 36ºN, 3ºW, recombines, and will patrol as far eastward as position 3ºN, 30ºE Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Victorious Battleships: HMS Duke of York and HMS Rodney Battlecruiser: HMS Renown Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, HMS Bermuda and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Ashanti, HMS Beagle, HMS Boreas, HMS Bulldog, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Martin, HMS Meteor, HMS Milne, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Quality, HMS Quentin, and HMS Tartar.
11/06/42 23:50 sails from Military Convoy 10 to join Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) Trawlers: 4 Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera
11/06/42 the remainder of Force H enters Gibraltar anchors and starts refueling Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Victorious Light Cruisers: HMS Bermuda and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, HMS Farndale, HMS Lookout, HMS Opportune, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn.
* 11/06/42 Destroyer HMS Brilliant (H 84) from Gibraltar joins Force H
11/06/42 sails from Gibraltar for position 36ºN, 3ºW Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Victorious Light Cruisers: HMS Bermuda and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Boadicea, HMS Brilliant, HMS Calpe, HMS Farndale, and HMS Puckeridge
11/06/42 sails from Gibraltar for position 36ºN, 3ºW Destroyers: HMS Boreas, and HMS Tartar to relive Force H destroyers
11/06/42 sails from position 36ºN, 3ºW for Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Boadicea, HMS Brilliant, HMS Calpe, HMS Farndale, and HMS Puckeridge
11/06/42 Military Convoy 2 arrives Gibraltar Battleship: HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Lookout, HMS Panther, and HMS Penn
11/06/42 sails from Convoy KMF.1 (Fast) to join Gibraltar Local Escort Sloops: HMS Exe, HMS Rother, and HMS Swale
* 11/06/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Force O Carrier: HMS Avenger Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyer: HMS Cowdray and HMS Zetland
11/06/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Oran Cover Force Carrier: HMS Dasher Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Amazon, HMS Antelope, HMS Boadicea, HMS Brilliant, and HMS Wivern
* 11/06/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Oran Cover Force Carrier: HMS Biter Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Alynbank


11/06/42 - 11/14/42 Operation SNEEZE
11/06/42 Precautions against Force "X" (French ships) in Alexandria Harbor, Egypt in event of hostile action by that Force consequent on impending allied landings in North Africa.
11/06/42 all shipping was cleared from Alexandria Harbor, Egypt except the small amount out of range of the French units.
11/07/42 The French battleship LORRAINE was docked in the Admiralty Floating Dock. This was done at Admiral Godfroy's request, made many months ago. This suited us admirably, considerably reducing the strength of Force "X" in the event of hostile action.
11/07/42 The Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron and all available destroyers carried out exercises off Port Said, Egypt and on completion steered towards Alexandria, Egypt for Operation SNEEZE.
11/08/42 Commander in Chief, Mediterranean interviewed Admiral Godfroy on receipt of Admiralty Instructions and informed him of the Allied Landings in North Africa. Admiral Godfroy's reactions were confused and in spite of all arguments he could not decide on any course of action.
11/08/42 adequate precautions in Alexandria, Egypt were taken to meet all eventualities. Heavy and light Army guns disposed around the harbor covered all ships of Force "X". MTBs were positioned so as to be able to torpedo ships if offensive action had to be taken. Boarding parties were in readiness to take over the ships after all resistance had ceased.
11/08/42 Shipping in Alexandria harbor, Egypt had been cleared by this date down to a bare minimum. What little that was left was berthed so as to be hidden from Force "X"'s armament.
11/08/42 Commander in Chief had a further interview with Admiral Godfroy in company with General Andrews, General Commanding First Army, out of which nothing further was achieved. It appeared fairly certain that Admiral Godfroy would take no action against us unless Vichy declared war.
11/08/42 The Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron and all destroyers were ordered to return to Port Said, Egypt and keep steam at short notice.
11/08/42 late in the evening, Force "X" appeared to be raising steam, which later did not materialize into action.
11/09/42 the situation as regards Force "X" appeared to be easing. All precautions in the harbor remained in force. The undocking of LORRAINE was delayed twenty-four hours.
11/09/42 the late Hospital Ship HMHS Somersetshire was moved across the boom as a further obstacle to prevent the ships of Force "X" leaving harbor.
11/10/42 the French battleship LORRAINE undocks from the Admiralty Floating Dock. As a result of an interview with a representative of the Allied Commander in Chief, North Africa, Darlan ordered all sea, land, and air forces in North Africa, including Tunisia, to cease hostilities.
11/11/42 the Fifteenth Cruiser Squadron at Port Said, Egypt was ordered to revert to normal notice. The remaining ships of the Fleet and those units in Alexandria Harbor, Egypt reverted to one hours notice for steam.
11/13/42 the operation and loading of Western Desert ships and craft in Alexandria, Egypt took precedence over the restrictions previously imposed due to Operation SNEEZE.
11/14/42 orders for Operation SNEEZE are cancelled, but certain naval precautions were kept at reasonable notice.


November 7, 1942 Saturday
11/07/42 ANCXF sends a signal of congratulations to the Captain of the Dockyard and his staff for the smooth working of harbor movements during November 5th and 6th.
11/07/42 Light Cruiser HMS Sheffield (C 24) requests that Anti-submarine patrols be extended until dark, since aircraft had spotted her and there was a U boat in the vicinity.
11/07/42 Force H consists of 2x Carriers, 2x Battleships, 1x Battlecruiser, 3x Light Cruisers, and 17x Destroyers

Air Operations
11/07/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were flown for Convoy KMS.1 (A), Convoy KMS.1 (O), Convoy KMF.1 (A), Convoy KMF.1 (O), Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow), and Convoy UGF.1
11/07/42 patrolling RAF flying boats sight 6x U-boats and make four attacks, one of which appeared promising.
11/07/42 photographic reconnaissance of Algiers, Algeria and Oran, Algeria showed no change of naval shipping since October.
11/07/42 photographic reconnaissance of Casablanca, French Morocco showed an increase of one large destroyer, two escort vessels, and six or seven submarines.
11/07/42 photographic reconnaissance of Toulon, France showed Battleship Dunkerque in dry dock, Battleship Strasbourg near the dry dock, 3x cruisers, 8x large destroyers and 12x destroyers, and 15x Merchant ships.
11/07/42 12:16 a single Junkers Ju-88 at 1,200 feet flies towards Gibraltar. Fighters go up but fail to make contact before the aircraft withdraws.
11/07/42 16:45 Force H is attacked by Junkers Ju-88’s that are driven off by the ships Anti-aircraft fire.
11/07/42 17:00 Force H is subjected to sporadic air attacks.
11/07/42 18:30 a near miss during an air attack holes and floods forward Destroyer HMS Panther (G 41) at position 37º34'N, 0º01'E. Some fires brake out and her fuel is contaminated. She sails for Gibraltar for repair at 6 knots eventually getting her speed up to 14 knots.
11/07/42 Destroyer HMS Vanoc (H33) rescues a pilot from a crashed Supermarine Seafire IIc Fighter from Escort Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus (D 49).
11/07/42 British Lockheed Hudson aircraft (No. 500 Squadron RAF) badly damage Submarine U-331 and she signals surrender to a seaplane. But she is attacked by a torpedo-equipped Albacore aircraft from the British aircraft carrier HMS Formidable (No. 820 Squadron FAA) and sunk north of Algiers, Algeria at position 37º05'N, 02º27'E
11/07/42 U.S. Army aircraft sink Submarine RN Antonio Sciesa off coast of Libya at position 32°05’N, 23°59’E.

Naval Operations
11/07/42 03:00 sails from Gibraltar to join Oran Cover Force Carrier: HMS Furious Light Cruiser: HMS Delhi Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Calpe, HMS Farndale, and HMS Puckeridge
11/07/42 04:00 from Force R joins Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Cava, HMS Othello, HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, HMS Juliet, HMS Mull, HMS Rysa, and HMS Stroma Motor Launches: ML-238, ML-273, ML-283, ML-295, ML-336, ML-307, ML-338, and ML-444
11/07/42 04:00 Military Convoy 10 joins Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) Trawlers: 4 Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera
11/07/42 07:20 sails from 36°20’N 15°10’W to join Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) Corvette: HMS Coltsfoot
11/07/42 08:00 Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35) from Gibraltar sails to overtake Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) and escort to Gibraltar Fleet Repair Ship HMS Vindictive and Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20)
11/07/42 16:00 sails from Military Convoy 9 to join Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) Trawlers: 4 Motor Launches: ML-280, ML-369, ML-463, ML-471, ML-480, and ML-483 Harbour Defence Motor Launches: HDML-1127, HDML-1128, HDML-1139, and HDML-1142
11/07/42 18:00 from Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) arrives Gibraltar Corvettes: HMS Jonquil, and HMS Spiraea
11/07/42 18:00 Convoy TE.1 from Gibraltar for Oran, Algeria Anti-Submarine Trawlers: HMS Kingston Chrysolite, HMS Lord Hotham, HMS Lord Nuffield, and HMS Scottish
11/07/42 21:59 Fast Patrol Boat HMS Minna from Gibraltar sails to overtake and join Convoy TE.1
11/07/42 23:15 Convoy KMS.1 (A) (Slow) arrives Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus, HMS Gardenia HMS Marigold, HMS Penstemon, and HMS Rhododendron Sloops: HMS Enchantress and HMS Stork
11/07/42 23:15 Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) arrives Algiers, Algeria Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Palomares, HMS Pozarica, and HMS Tynwald Destroyers: HMS Broke, HMS Malcolm, HMS Vanoc, HMS Velox, HMS Wishart, and HMS Wrestler Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Cava, HMS Othello, HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, HMS Juliet, HMS Mull, HMS Rysa, and HMS Stroma Motor Launchs: ML-238, ML-273, ML-283, ML-295, ML-336, ML-307, ML-338, and ML-444 Landing Ship Headquarters (L): HMS Bulolo Merchant ships: 16
11/07/42 late in the evening sails from Force H to Oran Cover Force Battleship: HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Boreas, and HMS Bulldog
11/07/42 late in the evening Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) sails from Force H and joins Force O.
11/07/42 from Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) to stand by Attack Transport USS Thomas Stone (APA-29) Destroyers: HMS Velox and HMS Wishart Sloop: HMS Spey

Submarine Operations
11/07/42 05:35 Submarine U-205 torpedoes Attack Transport USS Thomas Stone (APA-29) in the stern on the port side knocking out her propeller and bending her rudder to starboard


11/07/42 - 11/08/42 Operation MAZ.8: two MTBs sail from Alexandria, Egypt to the westward to rescue Royal Air Force crews at position 32º55'N, 26º15'E, but found nothing.


November 8, 1942 Sunday
Air Operations
11/08/42 14:40 24x Spitfires fly from Gibraltar to Tafaraoui aerodrome (Oran), Algeria
11/08/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were flown for Force H, Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow), Convoy KX.5, and Attack Transport USS Thomas Stone (APA-29). Eleven Anti-submarine patrols were carried out, and one U-boat was sighted. Two aircraft failed to return from these patrols.
11/08/42 52x Spitfires and 2x Hurricanes fly from Gibraltar to Maison Blanche aerodrome and Blida aerodrome Algeria.

Naval Operations
11/08/42 05:30 from Gibraltar joins Oran Cover Force Carrier: HMS Furious Light Cruiser: HMS Delhi Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Calpe, HMS Farndale, and HMS Puckeridge
11/08/42 05:30 from Force H joins Oran Cover Force Battleship: HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Boreas, and HMS Bulldog
11/08/42 Destroyer HMS Escapade (H 17) sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.2 (Fast)
11/08/42 Convoy KMF.1 (O) (Fast) arrives Oran, Algeria Sloops: HMS Hartland and HMS Walney Landing Ship Headquarters: HMS Largs Merchant Ships: 18
11/08/42 Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) arrives Oran, Algeria Trawlers: 8 Motor Launches: ML-280, ML-369, ML-463, ML-471, ML-480, and ML-483 Harbour Defence Motor Launches: HDML-1127, HDML-1128, HDML-1139, and HDML-1142 Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera Merchant Ships: 24
11/08/42 from Convoy KMS.1 (O) (Slow) for Operation RESERVIST (Oran, Algeria) Motor Launches: ML-480 and ML-483
11/08/42 Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Bône, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Wivern, HMS Venomous, and HMS Verity Corvettes: HMCS Lunenburg, HMCS Weyburn, HMS Campion, HMS Carnation, HMS Coreopsis, HMS Jonquil, HMS La Malouine, HMS Mallow, HMS Myosotis, HMS Nasturtium, and HMS Stonecrop Sloops: HMS Enchantress, HMS Fowey, HMS Black Swan, and HMS Fleetwood Catapult Aircraft Merchantmen (CAM): SS Eastern City (5,185 tons) (CW) and SS Empire Foam (7,047 tons) (CW) Merchant Ships: 57

Submarine Operations
11/08/42 Submarine U-431 and Submarine U-565 attacks CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) but are repulsed by escort
11/08/42 11:25 Submarine HMS United (P 44) witnesses an attack on Light Cruiser RN Attilio Regolo by Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) 16 miles northwest of Cape San Vito, which blew a considerable portion of her bow away. Submarine HMS United (P 44) attempted to finish her off, but missed, though an escorting destroyer may have been hit.
11/08/42 Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) arrives at Port Said, Egypt from Malta for docking.


November 8, 1942 Sunday ================ Operation TORCH D-Day ================
11/08/42 Light Cruiser: HMS Argonaut Destroyer: HMS Ashanti deploy for a wireless signal deception operation to divert enemy attention away from the landings.

11/08/42 ================ WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Casablanca, French Morocco) ================
Convoy UGF.1 arrives Casablanca, French Morocco and starts its landings

TG 34.1 Covering Group
Naval Operations
Battleship: USS Massachusetts Heavy Cruisers: USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita Destroyers: USS John Mayrant, USS Alexander Colden Rhind, USS Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, and USS Thornton Alexander Jenkins Fleet Oiler: USS Chemung

TG 34.8 Northern Attack Group: Operation GOALPOST (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco)
Carrier: USS Sangamon and USS Chenango Battleship: USS Texas Light Cruiser: USS Savannah Destroyers: USS Alexander James Dallas, USS Edward Walter Eberle, USS John Ericsson, USS Samuel Hambleton, USS Lawrence Kearny, USS Samuel Livermore, USS David B. Macomb, USS Foxhall Alexander Parker Jr., and USS Francis Asbury Roe Minesweepers: USS Raven and USS Osprey Seaplane Tender: USS Barnegat Merchant Ships: 8

60th Regimental Combat Team, 9th Infantry Division, USA
1st Battalion (reinforced), 66th Armored Regiment

Operation GOALPOST'S mission was to capture the Port-Lyautey aerodrome to support the attack on Casablanca, French Morocco.

Submarine Operations
Submarine: USS Shad ~ performing as beacon to the convoy


TG 34.9 Center Attack Group: Operation BRUSHWOOD (Fedala, French Morocco)
Naval Operations
Carriers: USS Ranger and USS Suwannee Heavy Cruiser: USS Augusta Light Cruiser: USS Cleveland Destroyers: USS Thomas Boyle, USS Mark Lambert Bristol, USS Jean Constance Corry, USS Thomas Alva Edison, USS Theodore Gordon Ellyson, USS LeRoy Fitch, USS Dulany Forrest, USS Richmond Pearson Hobson, USS Augustus C. Ludlow, USS John McLeod Murphy, USS Stephen Clegg Rowan, USS Claude Augustus Swanson, USS Benjamin Ryan Tillman, USS Charles Wilkes, and USS Melancthon Brooks Woolsey Destroyer Minesweepers: USS Daniel Hogan, USS James Shedden Palmer, and USS John Stansbury Minelayers: USS Miantonomah and USS Terror Minesweeper: USS Auk Fleet Oiler: USS Winooski Merchant Ships: 15

7th Regimental Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, USA
30th Regimental Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, USA
Task Force A, 2nd Armored Division, USA
756th Tank Battalion

Operation BRUSHWOOD was the main amphibious landing for the capture of Casablanca, French Morocco.

Submarine Operations
Submarines: USS Herring and USS Gunnel ~ performing as beacon to the convoy


TG 34.10 Southern Attack Group: Operation BLACKSTONE (Safi, French Morocco)
Naval Operations
Carrier: USS Santee Battleship: USS New York Light Cruiser: USS Philadelphia Destroyers: USS Frank Edmund Beatty, USS Thomas Jefferson Cowie, USS John James Doran, USS George Foster Emmons, USS Austin Melvin Knight, USS William Mervine, USS John Henry Quick, and USS Hugh Rodman Destroyer Minesweepers: USS Archibald Hamilton and USS Charles W. Howard Minelayer: USS Monadnock Fleet Tug: USS Cherokee Submarine: USS Barb APD Destroyers: USS John Baptiste Bernadou and USS Edward Ball Cole Fleet Oilers: USS Merrimack and USS Housatonic Merchant Ships: 6

47th Regimental Combat Team, 9th Infantry Division, USA
67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, USA
70th Tank Battalion

Operation BLACKSTONE'S mission was to capture Safi, French Morocco for the landing of medium tanks for the Western Task Force.


11/08/42 ================ CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) ================
11/08/42 Light Cruiser: HMS Aurora engages a small fully lighted French convoy, which disrupts the scheduled landings at Mersa bou Zedjar (Oran), Algeria. The French convoys trawler escort flees, one ship is boarded, and 4 run ashore off Cap Figalo.
11/08/42 6 Sea Hurricanes from No. 800 Squadron FAA (from HMS Biter) and No. 802 Squadron FAA (from HMS Dasher) while escorting eight Fairey Albacores of No 882 squadron FAA (from HMS Furious) on a dive-bombing strike on the La Sénia aerodrome (Oran), Algeria shoot down 5 French Dewoitine D.520 fighters. The strike at La Sénia put out of action or destroyed 47 French aircraft. All six Sea Hurricanes are lost in poor visibility in the target area, five managed to crash land in American held territory (Royal Navy Research Archive). A few minutes after the Albacore strike ten Supermarine Seafires from HMS Furious strafe La Sénia.

11/08/42 - 11/09/42 Naval Actions off Oran
British
Light Cruisers: HMS Aurora and HMS Jamaica Destroyers: HMS Brilliant, HMS Boadicea, HMS Westcott and HMS Achates Escort Destroyers: HMS Calpe and HMS Farndale
Vichy French
Large Destroyer (Contre-torpilleur): Épervier (Sparrowhawk) Destroyers (Torpilleur): Tornade (Tornado or Whirlwind) Tramontane (north Wind) Typhon (Typhoon) Minesweeper Sloop (Aviso-Dragueur de mines): La Surprise (Surprise) Submarines (Sous-marin): Actéon (Action) and Argonaute (Argonaut)
11/08/42 (French version)
Destroyer HMS Boadicea sends the recognition signal, when the French don’t answer she opens fire on the Tornado, which returns fire. A 130mm (5 inch) shell hits iHMS Boadicea in the forward shell room, which results in some compartment flooding. She ceases fire and makes smoke screen for concealment. She will be repaired in Gibraltar. Escort Destroyer HMS Calpe’s opens fire and her first salvo lands very close to Tornade. Light Cruiser HMS Aurora adds her fire to that of HMS Calpe. Tornade is damaged by gunfire from the HMS Aurora and HMS Calpe. Her first hit is on her stern, another penetrates the engine room under the waterline, the last projectile crossed the stern deck and bursts on the starboard side. Her speed decreased rapidly and she started to list to starboard. A few shells fell close as boats and rafts were gathered to evacuate the injured. The Tornade was listing heavily to starboard as the captain ordered the remaining crew to abandon ship. 07:30 she capsized and sank by the stern. Tramontane is sunk at position 35º55’N, 01º05’W damaged by gunfire from the Light Cruiser Aurora and Escort Destroyer HMS Calpe. The first broadside swept the bridge of Tramontane and disabled half of her armament. She runs aground under the cliffs off Cape Aiguille.
(English version: 11/09/42 Typhon sails with Épervier instead of on 11/08/42 with Tornade and Tramontane)
Typhon has numerous fires break out when two oil fuel tanks are hit above the water line by gunfire from HMS Aurora. A 152mm (6 inch) shell passes through the funnel before exploading on the port side, killing several sailors. She could finally come back to the harbor where she will be scuttled 11/10/42 in an attempt to block access to the harbor of Oran.
Minesweeper Sloop (Aviso-Dragueur de mines) makes it out to sea and heads for the transports but is cut off by Destroyer HMS Brilliant (H 84). One salvo from the HMS Brilliant swept bridge, which was literally torn off. She was cut in two by gunfire and sank shortly after daybreak at position 35º55’N, 01º05’W.
Position 36º48’N, 00º59’W Submarines (Sous-marin) Actéon and Argonaute sunk by Destroyers HMS Achates and HMS Westcott.
11/09/42 (French version)
Although Épervier had not completed a long period of repairs from continuations operations in the North Sea and on the coasts of Norway in 1940 she still attempted to leave the port like the others. She is quickly hit and set on fire by HMS Aurora, HMS Jamaica, and two destroyers. After exhausting all her offensive capability she is beached on the coast.


Oran Cover Force
11/08/42 13:00 Battleship HMS Rodney (29) opens fire on Fort du Santon at a range of 30,000 yards (the French 194mm/50 M1902 was thought to have a maximum range of 28,500 yards). HMS Rodney had to take great care not to cause civilian damage because housing surrounded the fort. After firing sixteen 16-inch shells low cloud caused her to cease firing. Damage to fort was difficult to ascertain, as during the bombardment the guns of Fort du Stanton remained silent. During the shoot HMS Rodney was forced to make an emergency turn to avoid a torpedo (the torpedo had possibly been fired by a Vichy French submarine, either the Actéon or the Argonaute both had sailed from Oran, Algeria earlier and both were sunk later in the day by HMS Achates and HMS Westcott). (Naval History Net)
11/08/42 Oran Cover Force consists of Carriers: HMS Biter, HMS Dasher, and HMS Furious Battleship: HMS Rodney Light Cruiser: HMS Delhi Destroyers: HMS Amazon, HMS Avon Vale, HMS Beagle, HMS Boadicea, HMS Boreas, HMS Bulldog, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Vansittart, and HMS Wivern Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Brixham, and HMS Felixstowe
11/08/42 Light Cruiser HMS Aurora (12) engages a small fully lighted French convoy, which disrupts the scheduled landings at Mersa bou Zedjar. The French convoys trawler escort flees, one ship is boarded, and 4 run ashore off Cap Figalo.


Western Landing Group: Beach X-RAY (Bay of Mersa bou Zedjar; Oran, Algeria)
Senior Naval Officer Landings: Captain George Roland Gordon Allen (RN) Flagship: Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Stefan Batory.

Aboard HMS Largs:
Commander CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) Commodore Thomas Hope Troubridge (RN) Flagship: Landing Ship Headquarters (L) HMS Largs
Commanding General Central Task Force and Commanding General II Corps (USA) Major-General Lloyd Ralston Fredendall (USA).
Assistant Commander USAAF Twelfth Air Force: Colonel Lauris Norstad (USA).
American Vice-consul Mr. Leland L. Rounds (recently been brought out from Oran) liaison to friendly French elements ashore and political intelligence adviser to General Fredendall.

Light Cruiser: HMS Aurora Destroyer: HMS Calpe Corvettes: 2 Sloops: 2 Trawler: 1 Motor launch: 1 Landing Ship Headquarters (L): HMS Largs Landing Ship Infantry (L): 1 Landing Ships Infantry (M): 2 Liberty Ships: 2 Transports: 2 Landing Ship Tank (Mk 1): 1

6th Armored Infantry Regiment (USA), 1st Armored Division (USA) to clear Beach X-RAY enabling Task Force GREEN to land
Task Force GREEN: One third of Combat Command B (-), 1st Armored Division (USA) to attack either toward Tafaraoui or La Sénia

Submarine Operations
Submarine HMS Unseen (P 51) ~ performing as beacon to the convoy
Submarine HMS Unshaken (P 54) between Beach X-RAY and Beach YORKER ~ performing as beacon to the convoy


Centre Landing Group: Beach YORKER (Les Andalouses; Oran, Algeria)
Senior Naval Officer Landings: Captain E. V. Lees (RN) Flagship: Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Glengyle
1st Infantry Division (USA) Assistant Commander Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (USA)
26th Infantry Regiment (USA) Commander Colonel Alexander N. Stark Jr. (USA)

Destroyers: HMS Brilliant and HMS Verity Trawlers: 4 Motor Launches: 5 Landing Ships Infantry (L): 3 Transports: 2

26th Regimental Combat Team 1st Infantry Division (USA) to capture Djebel Santon and Djebel Murdjadjo


Eastern Landing Group: Beach ZEBRA (Golfe d'Arzew; Oran, Algeria)
Senior Naval Officer Landings: Captain Quintin Dick Graham (RN) Flagship: Landing Ship Infantry (L) RMMV Reina Del Pacifico (CW)
Commanding General 1st Infantry Division, USA (Major-General Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr.)
Commanding General Combat Command B, 1st Armored Division, USA (Brigadier General Lunsford Errett Oliver)
Commander 18th Regimental Combat Team, 1st infantry division, USA (Colonel Frank Upton Greer)

Light Cruiser: HMS Jamaica Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Alynbank Destroyers: HMS Achates, HMS Farndale, and HMS Bicester Corvettes: 5 Sloop: HMS Deptford Cutters: 2 Trawlers: 3 Minesweepers: HMS Brixham, HMS Bude, HMS Clacton, HMS Felixstowe, HMS Polruan, HMS Rhyl, HMS Rothesay, and HMS Stornoway

16th Regimental Combat Team, 1st infantry division (USA) to capture Arzew and St. Cloud
Two thirds of Combat Command B (-), 1st Armored Division (USA) to capture Damesme and St. Leu.
1st Ranger Battalion (USA) to capture Fort de la Pointe and Fort du Norde.

Submarine Operations
Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) ~ performing as beacon to the convoy


Operation RESERVIST (Oran, Algeria)
11/05/42 arrives at Gibraltar durring the night Transport SS Leinster (4,303 tons) (CW).
11/06/42 Transport SS Leinster (4,303 tons) (CW) transfers Lieutenant Colonel George F. Marshall and 17 officers, 376 men, from the 3rd Battalion, 6th Armored Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, USA to Sloops: HMS Hartland and HMS Walney.
11/08/42 02:45 HMS Walney approaches the harbor in the shadow of the cliffs on the eastern edge of the bay followed in five minutes' by HMS Hartland
The harbor is enclosed on its Northern edge by a breakwater and across the eastern end by a small jetty extending from the Môle du Ravin Blanc with an opening about 200 yards wide blocked by a floating boom. Fixed fortified batteries commanded the entrance, the harbor itself, and all adjacent waters. While dual-purpose artillery, machine guns, and the naval guns of warships in the northwestern corner of the harbor can be brought to bear on intruders.
11/08/42 03:00 the sloops near the entrance and one of the motor launches speeds ahead to lay a smoke screen. As a searchlight sweeps the bay and tracer bullets hit far in front of HMS Walney. Then the searchlight finds her and artillery fire starts to range in. A large American flag at her stern, and a loud speaker repeatedly asserting the approaching force was friendly, makes no difference to the French. The ship is soon jarred by a hit the ship that throws men to the deck. Captain Peters turns to the north, with the HMS Hartland still following, and circles to try for the harbor entrance at top speed. He seems to have disregarded a message he received during his approach to the harbor from headquarters on HMS Largs, which reported: "No shooting thus far; landings unopposed"; and instructed the RESERVIST force: "Don't start a fight unless you have to."
The second approach
HMS Walney is hit by artillery and machine gun fire, but she reaches the boom, brakes it, and slips inside the harbor and the French shift their fire to HMS Hartland. No longer under fire HMS Walney launches three canoes in the Western end of the port. Just after passing between the Môle du Ravin Blanc and a floating dry-dock moored near the Northern breakwater, a French destroyer approaches head on from the west. HMS Walney fails in an attempt to ram the destroyer and is subjected to intense fire from the destroyer as the two ships scrape past each other. Shortly after this HMS Walney is hit by intense fire from ahead, port, and starboard sides. HMS Walney is on fire, her ammunition exploding, her guns out of action, and all bridge officers dead accept one that is wounded. The troops under Colonel Marshall keep up small arms fire until thy fall or receive word to abandon ship. HMS Walney is left a semi-submerged wreck in the Western end of the harbor.
HMS Hartland is caught by heavy fire just short of the smoke screen at the harbor mouth. A shell splinter temporarily blinds Commander Billot, while most of her gun crews and many of the troops crouching below decks were wounded or killed during this approach. In the darkness and Unable to find the entrance HMS Hartland strikes the jetty south of it. The wounded Commander Billot has the vessel backed off and again sent forward despite the damage already received and succeeds in entering the port. As HMS Hartland swings around the end of the Môle du Ravin Blanc to reach her disembarkation point and runs into the pointblank fire from the French destroyer Typhon moored beside the mole. The shells tear through the unarmored hull and explode inside HMS Hartland knocking out her controls and setting her on fire in several places. Adrift and in danger of exploding Commander Billot orders abandon ship.
11/08/42 04:00 HMS Hartland’s survivors leave the burning vessel in two motor launches and withdraw seaward.
Of the 17 officers and 376 enlisted men of the 6th Armored Infantry, 9 officers and 180 enlisted men were killed or presumed dead while 5 officers and 152 enlisted men were wounded. Only 3 officers and 44 enlisted men landed unhurt.
U.S. Navy casualties were 5 killed and 7 wounded; Royal Navy losses, 113 killed and 86 wounded.
All survivors were held first as civil, then military, prisoners while the battle for Oran continued, its ultimate outcome almost unaffected by this bloody episode.



11/08/42 ================ EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria) ================
11/08/42 17:00 the Allied ships off Algiers, Algeria are attacked by 13 German Junkers Ju-88 torpedo bombers (III./KG 26) "Löwengeschwader (Lion Tamers)". An aerial torpedo hits Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) (9,135 tons) on the starboard side aft while anchored 3 miles off Cape Matifon. The explosion destroys her steering gear and floods her after section.
11/08/42 Four Martlet IV (Grumman F4F-4B) fighters from No. 882 Squadron FAA (Aircraft Carrier HMS Victorious (R 38)) land at Blida airdrome, Algiers, Algeria and accept its surrender.
11/08/42 34 Heinkel He-111 bombers raid ships of EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE (Algiers, Algeria) with torpedo and bomb attacks off Algiers, Algeria.
11/08/42 Axis bombers and torpedo bombers heavily attack Escort Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) while she patrols off Beach CHARLIE, east of Cap Matifou (Algiers, Algeria). The torpedoes miss but a bomb strikes the forward structure on starboard side and explodes under the hull. Extensive damage is sustained and No. 1 Boiler Room and was disabled.
11/08/42 12th Minesweeping Flotilla (elements) performed minesweeping duties to beaches then performed anti-submarine duty.

Force O (EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE Cover Force)
Carriers: HMS Argus and Avenger Light Cruisers: HMS Bermuda, HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sheffield Destroyers: HMS Cowdray, HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, HMS Zetland, and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica)
11/08/42 05:30 Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) sails from Force H to join Force O
Force O consists of Carriers: HMS Argus and Avenger Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Light Cruisers: HMS Bermuda, HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sheffield Destroyers: HMS Cowdray, HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, HMS Zetland, and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica)


EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE Reserve Force
Commanding Officer Centre and Eastern Task Forces (Vice Admiral Sir Harold Martin Burrough KBE, DSO (RN)) Flagship: Landing Ship Headquarters (L) HMS Bulolo (F.82)
Commanding General 34th infantry Division, USA (Major-General Charles Wolcott Ryder) aboard HMS Bulolo
Commanding General 78th Infantry Division, British (Major-General Vyvyan Evelegh) aboard HMS Bulolo

Destroyers: HMS Clare, HMS Wheatland, and HMS Wilton Sloops: HMS Aberdeen and HMS Ibis Landing Ships Infantry (L): 2 Liberty Ship: 1 Transports: 5

78th Infantry Division (Battleaxe) (British) Commander Major-General Vyvyan Evelegh (British)
36th Infantry Brigade, 78th Infantry Division (British) 7,100 men in reserve aboard 8 Transports off Beach APPLES and Beach BEER
5th Battalion The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment).
6th Battalion Royal west Kent Regiment
8th Battalion The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.


Western Landing Group: Beach APPLES (Castiglione Beach; Algiers, Algeria)
Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Pozarica Destroyer: HMS Bramham Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus and HMS Marigold Sloops: HMS Stork and HMS Enchantress Landing Ship Headquarters (L): HMS Bulolo Landing Ships Infantry (L): x3 Landing Ship Gantry/Oiler: x1 Liberty Ships: x2 Transports: x2

11th Infantry Brigade, 78th Infantry Division (British) Commanding Brigadier General Edward Earnshaw Eden "Copper" Cass (British) 7,230 officers and enlisted men to establish southern flank protection
1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment (British) Commanding Lieutenant Colonel William Basil Samuel Joseph Anthony Edward Wilberforce (British)
5th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment (British) Commanding Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Ainslie-Crook (British)
2d Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers (British) Commanding Lieutenant Colonel L. A. Manly (British)

Submarine Operations
Submarine HMS Shakespeare (P 221) ~ performing as beacon to the convoy


Centre Landing Group: Beach BEER (between Cap Sidi Ferruch and Fort Duperre; Algiers, Algeria)
Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Palomares Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyers: ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) and HMS Wilton Minesweepers: HMS Acute, HMS Algerine, and HMS Hussar Landing Ships Infantry (L): x7

168th Regimental Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (USA) to cut the branch roads to the main highway between Castiglione and Algiers and capture the administrative headquarters in old Fort L'Empereur directly west of Algiers.
No. 1 Commando (-) (British and USA) five troops to capture Fort de Sidi Ferruch
No. 6 Commando to capture Fort Anglais and Fort Independence.

Submarine Operations
Submarine HMS P 48 (P 48) ~ performing as beacon to the convoy. Afterwards carrying out a patrol in the Gulf of Tunis.


Eastern Landing Group: Beach CHARLIE (between Jean-Bart Village and Taya Village; Algiers, Algeria)
11/08/42 Axis bombers and torpedo bombers heavily attack Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) while she patrolled off Beach CHARLIE, east of Cap Matifou (Algiers, Algeria). The torpedoes miss but a bomb strikes the forward structure on starboard side and explodes under the hull. Extensive damage is sustained and No. 1 Boiler Room and was disabled.

Anti-aircraft Ship: Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald Destroyers: Escort Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) and Escort Destroyer HMS Zetland (L 59) Corvettes: Corvette HMS Penstemon (K 61) and Corvette HMS Samphire (K128) Minesweepers: Minesweeper HMS Speedwell (J 87), Minesweeper HMS Alarm (J 140), Minesweeper HMS Albacore (J 101), and Minesweeper HMS Cadmus (J 230) Attack Transports: x2 Attack Cargo Ships: x1 Landing Ship Infantry (L): x1 Liberty Ship: x1 Transports: x3

Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Palomares Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyers: ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) and HMS Wilton Minesweepers: HMS Acute, HMS Algerine, and HMS Hussar Landing Ships Infantry (L): 7

39th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, 9th Infantry Division (USA) to cut the branch roads to the main highway between Castiglione and Algiers and capture the administrative headquarters in old Fort L'Empereur directly west of Algiers.

Troops No. 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 of No. 1 Commando (British and USA) Commanding Leutenant Colonel Thomas Hoult Trevor (British) to capture Fort de Sidi Ferruch
Troops No. 1, 2, and 3 of (British) Troops No. 7 and 8 (USA).

Submarine Operations
Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) ~ performing as beacon to the convoy. On completion she carried out a patrol in the Gulf of Tunis.


Operation TERMINAL (Algiers, Algeria):
11/07/42 sails from Force O to Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) Light Cruiser: HMS Sheffield transfers members of 3rd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, USA to Destroyers: HMS Broke and HMS Malcolm
11/08/42 sails from Convoy KMF.1 (A) (Fast) for Operation TERMINAL (Algiers, Algeria) Destroyers: HMS Broke HMS, Malcolm, and HMS Westcott

3rd Battalion (Colonel Edwin Swenson, USA), 135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, USA.

Destroyer HMS Malcolm (D19) and Destroyer HMS Broke (D83) attempt to land troops under the command of Colonel Edwin Swenson, USA to capture and prevent damage to the port facilities at Algiers, Algeria. Destroyer HMS Malcolm (D19) is forced to retire with severe damage while Destroyer HMS Broke (D83) is able to land its Troops but will sink later. The Troops surrender 7 hours after landing but are able to prevent the destruction of the port before the French defenders have to surrender to larger Allied forces.

11/08/42 ================ Operation TORCH D-Day ================


November 9, 1942 Monday
11/09/42 Force H at Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Formidable Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc

Air Operations
11/09/42 12:55 2 German Junkers Ju-88 bombers attack with three bombs Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) (9,135 tons). One Ju88 is shot down but USS Leedstown is further damaged by a near miss.
11/09/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were flown for Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow), Convoy KX.5, and Attack Transport USS Thomas Stone (APA-29). Twelve patrols were carried out, but no U-boats were sighted.
11/09/42 30x Spitfires and 1x Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress fly from Gibraltar to Oran, Algeria

Naval Operations
11/09/42 23:50 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) Corvettes: HMS Armeria, HMS Cyclamen, HMS Geranium, and HMS Spiraea Minesweeping trawler: HMS Foula, HMS Hunda, HMS Kintyre, and HMS Westray Fleet Oiler: RFA Abbeydale Merchant ship: SS Empire Ruskin.
11/09/42 sails from Force H arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, and HMS Tartar
11/09/42 Oran Cover Force arrives Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Furious Battleships: HMS Rodney Destroyers: HMS Calpe, and HMS Puckeridge
* 11/09/42 Convoy TE.1 arrives Oran, Algeria Anti-Submarine Trawlers: HMS Kingston Chrysolite, HMS Lord Hotham, HMS Lord Nuffield, and HMS Scottish Fast Patrol Boat: HMS Minna
11/09/42 Corvette HMS La Malouine (K 46) from Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) arrives Gibraltar
11/09/42 Convoy TE.2 sails from Gibraltar to Oran, Algeria Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Jura, HMS Rousay, HMS Ruskholm, and HMS Stronsay Armed Boarding Vessel (Yacht): Charles McIver Boom defence vessel: HMS Bardolf
11/09/42 sails from Gibraltar for Algeriers, Algeria to rendezvous with Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier HMS Avenger (D 14) and escort her back to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Brilliant and HMS Wishart.
11/09/42 sails from Gibraltar to rendezvous with Carrier: HMS Avenger and escort her back to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Wishart and HMS Brilliant.
11/09/42 Destroyer HMS Panther (G 41) from Force H arrives Gibraltar is placed in dry-dock for repair. HMS Panther resumes duties 12/10/42.
11/09/42 Minesweeper Trawler HMS Fluellen (T 157) in collision with and sinks Corvette HMS Gardenia (K 99) off Oran, Algeria at position 35º49'N, 01º05'W
11/09/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) towed by Minesweeper HMS Algerine (J 213) and beached 7 miles from Algiers, Algeria. HMS Cowdray prepared for scuttling.

Submarine Operations
11/09/42 14:04 Submarine U-331 hits Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) (9,135 tons) with 2 torpedoes off Algiers, Algeria.
11/09/42 16:15 Attack Transport USS Leedstown (AP-73) (9,135 tons) sinks. The commander of USS Leedstown and 103 survivors are picked up by HMS Samphire (K 128)
11/09/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) torpedoes and severely damages Light Cruiser RN Attilio Regolo west of Sicily (the cruiser's bow is removed up to the bridge but HMS Unruffled is out of torpedoes)
11/09/42 Submarine HMS Clyde (N 12) was sails for Gibraltar and the United Kingdom for refit.
11/09/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) torpedoes and damages Light Cruiser RN Attilio Regolo west of Sicily, removing the cruiser's bow up to the bridge. HMS Unruffled had no more torpedoes, and the cruiser was towed to port by the tug Polifemo, escorted by Torpedo Boats Cigno, Lince and Abba. United tried to finish off the cruiser, but failed.


11/09/42 Operation MAG.1: The Fourteenth Minesweeping Flotilla, consisting of Minesweeper HMS Cromer (J 128), Minesweeper HMS Cromarty (J 09), and Minesweeper HMS Boston (J 14), in company with danlayers and A/S craft, reported having swept up 46 mines during the day in the vicinity of Mersa Matruh, Egypt. 17:15 Minesweeper HMS Cromer (J 128) struck at mine and blew up at position 31º26º8'N, 27º16'E. Minesweeper HMS Cromarty (J 09) and Minesweeper HMS Boston (J 14) picked up four officers and thirty-two ratings (nine of which were seriously wounded). The Commanding Officer was amongst those missing. It would appear that Minesweeper HMS Cromer (J 128) struck a mine, which was slowing sinking just below the surface.


November 10, 1942 Tuesday
11/10/42 AOC Eastern Air Command (Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh), and his Staff left for Algiers, Algeria

Air Operations
11/10/42 Italian torpedo bombers sink Sloop HMS Ibis (U 99) 10 miles north of Algiers, Algeria at position 37º00'N, 03º00'E.
11/10/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar 25x aircraft are available for Anti-submarine or shipping patrols.
11/10/42 7x Hurricanes and 6x Swordfish fly from Gibraltar flown to Algiers, Algeria aircraft
11/10/42 25x American Spitfires fly from Gibraltar to Oran, Algeria

Naval Operations
11/10/42 08:00 sails from Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) to Gibraltar Local Escort Destroyers: HMS Albrighton, HMS Cleveland, and KNM Eskdale Corvettes: HMCS Prescott and HMCS Woodstock, HMS Armeria, HMS Cyclamen, HMS Geranium, and HMS Spiraea Sloop: HMS Londonderry Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Foula HMS Hunda HMS Kintyre HMS Westray
11/10/42 afternoon Oran Cover Force arrives Gibraltar Carriers: HMS Biter and HMS Dasher with Destroyers: 5
11/10/42 Force Q sails from the Azores for Gibraltar Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa HMS, and Oribi
11/10/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KX.5 Destroyers: HMS Blean and KNM Glaisdale
11/10/42 Convoy KX.5 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Blean and KNM Glaisdale Corvettes: HMS Aubretia, HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Montbretia, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Elbury, HMS Filey Bay, HMS Goth, and HMS Negro Merchant Ships: 31
11/10/42 Algiers, Algeria Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier HMS Avenger (D 14) enters Algiers harbor for repairs. Her speed had been reduced to 14 knots due to engine defects.
11/10/42 Destroyer HMS Escapade (H 17) sails from Convoy KMF.2 (Fast) to join Convoy MKF.1 (X)

Submarine Operations
11/10/42 from Convoy TE.3 Destroyer HMS Verity (D 63), Destroyer HMS Westcott (D 47), Destroyer HMS Wivern (D 66), Corvette HMS Lotus (K 130), and Corvette HMS Starwort (K 20) take part in a concentrated depth charge attack on Submarine U-660 off Oran.
11/10/42 07:10 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) sighted an enemy force of three 6 inch Cruisers, escorted by six destroyers at position 37º11'N, 15º30'E.
11/10/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) was retained at Malta for a possible landing of military personnel in the Sousse area, Tunisia to captain certain coast Defense guns.


11/10/42 - 11/12/42 Operation MH.1:
11/10/42 07:00 Minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) escorted by Escort Destroyer HMS Dulverton (L 63), Escort Destroyer HMS Croome (L 62), Escort Destroyer HMS Beaufort (L 14) and Escort Destroyer HMS Aldenham (L 22) was sailed from Port Said arriving at Alexandria after dark. Two hundred military personnel were embarked for passage to Malta.
11/11/42 05:00 Minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) escorted by Escort Destroyer HMS Dulverton (L 63), Escort Destroyer HMS Beaufort (L 14), Escort Destroyer HMS Aldenham (L 22), Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28), and Escort Destroyer HMS Belvoir (L 32) was sailed from Alexandria for Malta. On passing through the boom, Minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) grounded after outside the quarantine breakwater. With the assistance of a tug she was refloated at 06:20 reporting no apparent damage and proceeded. After dark, the HUNTs turned back for Alexandria and Minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) continued to Malta at high speed.


11/10/42 Operation MBZ.1: Two MTBs sail from Alexandria to rescue an RAF crew in approximately position 32º55'N, 26º15'E. This was successful and both MTBs proceeded to Mersa Matruh, Egypt on completion.


November 10, 1942 Tuesday - November 12, 1942 Wednesday ================ Operation Perpetual ================
The Assault on Bougie, Algeria and Djidjelli, Algeria Note: do not confuse this with 11/10/41 - 11/12/41 Operation Perpetual

Naval Operations
11/10/42 17:00 Slow Assault Convoy from Algiers, Algeria to Bougie, Algeria Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyer: ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, and HMS Rysa Merchant Ships: 5
11/10/42 17:17 Escort Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus (D 49) is hit by a bomb during an air raid and only has 7x Supermarine Seafire IIc Fighter left.
11/10/42 18:00 Minesweeper Trawler HMS Mull (T 110) and Landing Ship Gantry/Oiler RFA Dewdale (A151) from Algiers, Algeria delayed refueling ships sails to overtake Slow Assault Convoy
11/10/42 20:00 Fast Assault Convoy sails from Algiers, Algeria for Bougie, Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Sheffield Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Tynwald Destroyer: HMS Bramham Sloops: HMS Rother and HMS Spey Minesweepers: HMS Albacore, HMS Algerine, and HMS Cadmus Landing Ship Infantry: HMS Cathay, HMS Karanja, and SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde
11/10/42 20:00 Djidjelli Fast Assault Convoy sails from Algiers, Algeria for Bougie, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Bicester and HMS Wilton Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Awatea
11/10/42 Force O sails from Algiers, Algeria for Bougie, Algeria Carrier: HMS Argus Light Cruisers: HMS Charybdis and HMS Scylla Destroyers: HMS Vanoc and HMS Wrestler

Submarine Operations
11/10/42 Submarine U-561 fires four torpedoes at the Escort Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus (D 49), with no result at position 37º03’N, 03º30’E.
11/10/42 Submarine U-565 damage to periscope causes her to return La Spezia, Italy
11/10/42 Anti-Submarine Trawler HMS Lord Nuffield (FY 221) sinks by gunfire Submarine RN Emo at position 36º50'N 02º50'E.


November 11, 1942 Wednesday
Air Operations
11/11/42 dawn Algiers, Algeria Carrier: HMS Avenger with engine defects is ordered to put to sea and to fly off two sorties of four Hurricanes each to reinforce HMS Argus. One of these sorties is unable to locate HMS Argus and returns to HMS Avenger.
11/11/42 07:20 the Naval Commander decides to hoist all craft and anchor closer into the harbor.
11/11/42 08:00 aboard Escort Destroyer HMS Wilton (L 128) Commander Thery meets the Military Commander of Bougie to advise of the upcoming relocation of the landing ships.
11/11/42 12:00 Fighter protection of shipping at Bougie, Algeria ceases. RAF fighters were to have flown to Djidjelli aerodrome before noon on 11/11/42. But when the news of the failure to land at Djidjelli reached Algiers, their departure was delayed until 11/12/42.
11/11/42 13:45 five Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) torpedo bombers attack shipping in Bougie bay. One was shot down, one probably destroyed, and two were damaged. There was no damage to ships.
11/11/42 16:30 SS Awatea finishes unloading RAF personnel, stores, and petrol but carries no motor transport (except a few Bren-gun carriers which were appropriated by the 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)) and the ships with motor transport had not yet been unloaded, the RAF Servicing Commandos have no transport to take their stores, and petrol to the aerodrome.
11/11/42 16:40 an air attack by about 30 Axis Junkers Ju-88 bombers develops and is followed by an attack by Axis Heinkel He-111 torpedo bombers. One Heinkel He-111 torpedo bomber is shot down.
11/11/42 Axis Junkers Ju-88 bombers hit SS Awatea with 4 bombs causing a fire in No. 2 hold and others flooding the engine-room, causing a 40° list.
11/11/42 two bombs hit HMS Frederick Roberts. One of these exploded in the issue room and one on the sloping side armour. Boiler room fans were put out of action and the inner and outer bilges on the port side flooded, but otherwise the ship's fighting efficiency is not impaired.
11/11/42 Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Cathay (15,225 tons) is hit by one bomb in the galley, which did not explode, and had some near misses. All the available landing craft were sent over and the majority of the 1,200 soldiers still aboard were landed.
11/11/42 since HMS Cathay was known be carriing depth charges, HMS Karanja and SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde shifted their anchorage.
11/11/42 SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde anchors off Cap Aokas outside the anti-submarine patrol area.
11/11/42 23:00 Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Awatea (13,482 tons) sinks.
11/11/42 23:15 A fire starts in a hold and HMS Cathay is abandoned she burns all night.
11/11/42 20:30 SNO, Lieutenant R. H. H. Webber (RN) (from SS Awatea), who had taken over Beach Master in control of landing craft at the Eastern Boat Slip was asked by the Military Liaison Officer Major Jordan, if the Navy would undertake the transportation of petrol to the aerodrome as there was no army transport available, priority one having been allocated to the 5th Battalion, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Lieutenant Webber then volunteered to take the petrol, stores and RAF Commandos by landing craft at dawn the next day.
11/11/42 Axis Junkers Ju-88 bombers hit SS Awatea with 4 bombs causing a fire in No. 2 hold and others flooding the engine-room, causing a 40° list.
11/11/42 two bombs hit HMS Frederick Roberts. One of these exploded in the issue room and one on the sloping side armor. Boiler room fans were put out of action and the inner and outer bilges on the port side flooded, but otherwise the ship's fighting efficiency is not impaired.
11/11/42 Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Cathay (15,225 tons) is hit by one bomb in the galley, which did not explode, and had some near misses. All the available landing craft were sent over and the majority of the 1,200 soldiers still aboard were landed.
11/11/42 a Vickers Wellington bomber from No.172 Squadron RAF attacks and sinks in error Submarine HMS Unbeaten (P 33) in the Bay of Biscay at position 7º00''N, 7º00'W. All hands, 4 officers and 32 crew were lost.

Naval Operations
11/11/42 03:45 Light Cruiser HMS Sheffield (C 24) from Fast Assault Convoy to independently support the assault
11/11/42 04:30 Bougie Fast Assault Convoy arrives Bougie, Algeria Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Tynwald Destroyer: HMS Bramham Sloops: HMS Rother and HMS Spey Minesweepers: HMS Albacore, HMS Algerine, and HMS Cadmus Landing Ships Infantry: HMS Cathay, HMS Karanja, and SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde
11/11/42 04:45 the landing ships anchor at their debarkation locations. HMS Karanja's boats are dispatched to ferry HMS Cathay's assault troops ashore.
11/11/42 05:30 assault troops from SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde make their approach to the Beach D WHITE.
11/11/42 05:47 Bougie Slow Assault Convoy arrives Bougie, Algeria Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyer: ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) Corvettes: HMS Penstemon and HMS Samphire Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, and HMS Rysa Merchant Ships: 5
11/11/42 06:00 Minesweeper Trawler HMS Mull (T 110) and Landing Ship Gantry/Oiler RFA Dewdale (A151) from Algiers, Algeria joins Slow Assault Convoy
11/11/42 06:00 Bougie Slow Assault Convoy arrives Bougie, Algeria Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Destroyer: ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) Corvettes: HMS Penstemon and HMS Samphire Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Hoy, HMS Incholm, HMS Mull, and HMS Rysa Landing Ship Gantry/Oiler RFA Dewdale (A151) Merchant Ships: 5
11/11/42 from the Bougie Slow Assault Convoy Monitor: HMS Frederick Roberts Corvettes: HMS Penstemon and HMS Samphire stand off Cap Carbon preparing to bombard.
11/11/42 06:00 assault troops from HMS Cathay make their approach to the Beach D WHITE.
11/11/42 06:14 Djidjelli Fast Assault Convoy arrives Bougie, Algeria to join Bougie Fast Assault Convoy Destroyers: HMS Bicester and HMS Wilton Merchant Ships: 1 SNO Commander P. Stubbs (RN) had abandoned the assault on Djidjelli because of the swell, which was causing heavy surf on the beaches.
11/11/42 06:15 the first troops land from Bougie Fast Assault Convoy the 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment lands in heavy surf at Cap Carbon.
11/11/42 10:00 Landing Ship Infantry: HMS Cathay, HMS Karanja, and SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde and SS Awatea anchor in Bougie Bay. The transports of the Bougie Slow Assault Convoy anchor soon afterwards.
11/11/42 11:40 Force O sails from Bougie, Algeria for Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Argus Light Cruisers: HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sheffield Destroyers: HMS Vanoc and HMS Wrestler
11/11/42 13:05 sails from Bougie, Algeria for Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Bramham and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica)
11/11/42 afternoon Merchant Ships: SS Glenfinlas, SS Stanhill, and SS Urlana enter the harbor. Unloading of personnel from SS Awatea, HMS Cathay HMS Karanja, and SS Marnix Van St. Aldegonde continued from the bay.
11/11/42 16:25 sails from Bougie, Algeria for Algers, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Bicester and HMS Wilton Landing Ship Infantry: SS Awatea.
11/11/42 17:40 arrives Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Bramham and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) .
11/11/42 sails from Algiers, Algeria to Bougie, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Bramham and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) Landing Ship Infantry: SS Strathnaver.
11/11/42 Light Cruiser HMS Sheffield (C 24) is involved in collision during passage with Minesweeper HMS Cadmus (J 230). HMS Sheffield suffers slight structural damage in her waist and a Stoker rating on the upper deck was killed.

November 12, 1942 Wednesday
Air Operations
11/12/42 02:05 Axis aircraft drop flares over the harbor
11/12/42 05:40 Axis Junkers Ju-88 bombers from low cloud hit by at least two bombs Landing Ship Infantry (L) HMS Karanja (F 128) (9,891 tons). An oil fuel fire immediately broke out and the amidships portion burst into flames. The fire spread very rapidly. Survivors from HMS Cathay and some military personnel lowered the lifeboats without orders. The ship's company of HMS Karanja salvage some Oerlikon guns and ammunition.
11/12/42 08:30 HMS Karanja is abandoned when nothing further could be done. The ship was empty except for some petrol.

Naval Operations
11/12/42 arrives Bougie, Algeria Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Strathnaver (22,283 tons) (CW) Destroyers: HMS Bramham and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica).

Submarine Operations
11/12/42 04:45 Submarine RN Argo sinks Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald at Bougie, Algeria. Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald weighed anchor in readiness for the expected dawn air attack. Thirty minutes later, two violent explosions occurred and the ship settled down in seven fathoms of water. The ship was abandoned and boats from HMS Frederick Roberts and Corvette HMS Samphire picked up survivors. The cause of the explosion was not known, but it was belived that at 02:05 the aircraft that dropped flares over the harbour had laid mines.


================ Operation Perpetual ================
November 11, 1942 Wednesday
11/11/42 Amiral de la Flotte Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan surrenders all Vichy French forces in French North Africa to the Allies.
11/11/42 Light Cruiser HMS Aurora (12) (Commander CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE (Oran, Algeria) Commodore Thomas Hope Troubridge (RN) aboard) tours Beach X-RAY and Beach YORKER.
11/11/42 Algiers, Algeria Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier HMS Avenger (D 14) with engine defects, is ordered to put to sea and to fly off two sorties of 4x Hawker Sea Hurricane to reinforce HMS Argus. One of these sorties is unable to locate HMS Argus and returns to HMS Avenger.

Air Operations
11/11/42 twenty-seven Anti-submarine patrols from Gibraltar were carried out. Seven U-boats were sighted and three attacked: results unknown.
11/11/42 6x Swordfish aircraft fly from Gibraltar to Oran, Algeria
11/11/42 a Vickers Wellington bomber from No.172 Squadron RAF attacks and sinks in error Submarine HMS Unbeaten (P 33) in the Bay of Biscay, position 7º00''N, 7º00'W. All hands, 4 officers and 32 crew were lost.

Naval Operations
11/11/42 06:00 Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) divides off Oran, Algeria into Convoy KMS.2 (A) (Slow) (Algiers, Algeria) and Convoy KMS.2 (O) (Slow) (Mer el Kebir Oran, Algeria)
11/11/42 06:00 Convoy KMS.2 (A) (Slow) from Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMCS Louisburg, HMS Coltsfoot, HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Sloops: HMS Bideford, HMS Erne, HMS Leith, HMS Rochester, HMS Sandwich, HMS Scarborough Merchant Ships: 42
11/11/42 06:00 Convoy KMS.2 (O) (Slow) from Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) for Mer el Kebir (Oran), Algeria Merchant Ships: 9
11/11/42 07:30 Force Q arrives Gibraltar Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa HMS, and Oribi
11/11/42 08:00 Convoy KMF.3 (Fast) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Aubretia HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Merchant Ships: 18
11/11/42 08:00 Convoy TE.3 from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Aubretia, HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Merchant Ships: 17
11/11/42 14:00 Military Convoy 12 sails from Gibraltar for Oran, Algeria Corvette HMCS Woodstock (K 238) and Transport SS Alpera (1,777 tons) (CW)
11/11/42 16:00 Force Q sails from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa HMS, and Oribi Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Stefan Batory (14,287 tons) (Polish) and Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Monarch of Bermuda (22,424 tons) (CW)
11/11/42 Convoy KMS.2 (O) (Slow) arrives Mer el Kebir (Oran), Algeria Merchant Ships: 9
11/11/42 Convoy TE.2 arrives Oran, Algeria Minesweeper Trawlers: HMS Jura, HMS Rousay, HMS Ruskholm, and HMS Stronsay Armed Boarding Vessel (Yacht): Charles McIver Boom defence vessel: HMS Bardolf
1111/42 Military Convoy 11 sails for Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Marne and HMS Venomous Fleet Repair Ship HMS Vindictive Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20)
11/11/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.2 (Fast) Destroyers: HMS Verity, HMS Westcott, and HMS Wivern
11/11/42 Destroyer HMS Boadicea (H 65) arrives Gibraltar from Oran Cover Force with 425 survivors from Landing Ship Infantry (L) and SS Viceroy of India (19,627 tons)
11/11/42 Battleship HMS Rodney (29) sails from Gibraltar and joins Force H cruising south of the Balearic Islands, Spain

Submarine Operations
11/11/42 13:08 Submarine U-380 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) Nieuw Zeeland (11,069 tons) (Netherlands) 80 miles from Gibraltar at position 35°57'N, 03°58'W.
11/11/42 Submarine U-407 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Viceroy of India (19,627 tons) (CW) 34 miles northwest of Oran at position 36°26'N, 00°24'W returning to Gibraltar.
11/11/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) returns to Malta from patrol for Operation TORCH.
11/11/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) was ordered to intercept three Littorio-class Italian battleships, which had left their base at Taranto. HMS Umbra sighted, pursued, and watched with frustration as the Italian battleships turned to starboard and passed the very spot HMS Umbra had just vacated. HMS Umbra persisted, and at 16:19 fired one salvo at the trio from 4,000 yards. Captain Simpson, Captain 10th Submarine Flotilla at Malta, wrote, "For some inexplicable reason, the Captain of HMS Umbra (Lieutenant Maydon) allowed the enemy 29 knots and all torpedoes missed. A P.R.U. (Photographic Reconnaissance Unit) pilot later sighted the battleships and estimated their speed at 15 knots."
11/11/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) returns to Malta from patrol for Operation TORCH.
11/11/42 Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) attacks but misses German U-boat U-73 off Cabo de Gata, Spain at position 36º42'N, 01º46'W.


November 12, 1942 Thursday
11/12/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Gibraltar to Casablanca, French Morocco Admiral Bernhard Henry Bieri (USN) (on the staff of the Commander-In-Chief the of US Fleet) and five staff Officers aboard.

Air Operations
11/12/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar eleven patrols were carried out. Five U-boats were sighted and two were attacked with unknown results.

Naval Operations
11/12/42 00:35 Rescue Tug HMS Salvonia (W 43) sails from Gibraltar to assist Military Convoy 11
11/12/42 02:30 sails from Gibraltar to assist Military Convoy 11 Destroyers: HMS Albrighton and KNM Glaisdale
11/12/42 04:00 Corvette HMCS Prescott (K 161) sails from Gibraltar to assist Military Convoy 11
11/12/42 13:43 sails from Gibraltar for Military Convoy 11 to relive Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth
11/12/42 from Gibraltar joins Military Convoy 11 relives Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth
11/12/42 from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMS.2 (G) (Slow) Corvettes: HMS Armeria, HMS Cyclamen, HMS Geranium, and HMS Spiraea Minesweeping trawlers: HMS Foula, HMS Hunda, HMS Kintyre, and HMS Westray Fleet Oiler: RFA Abbeydale Transport: SS Empire Ruskin.
11/12/42 Convoy KMF.2 (Fast) arrives Algiers, Algeria Cutter: HMS Banff Sloops: HMS Egret, HMS Fleetwood, HMS Pelican, and HMS Sennen Convoy Escort Vessel (Yacht): HMS Philante Merchant Ships: 18
11/12/42 Convoy KMS.2 (A) (Slow) arrives Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMCS Louisburg, HMS Coltsfoot, HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Sloops: HMS Bideford, HMS Erne, HMS Leith, HMS Rochester, HMS Sandwich, HMS Scarborough Merchant Ships: 42
11/12/42 Corvette HMS Jonquil (K 68) sails from Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) to Military Convoy 11 to stand by Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35)
11/12/42 Convoy TE.3 divides into Convoy TE.3/1 and Convoy TE.3 (A)
11/12/42 Convoy TE.3 (A) sails from Convoy TE.3 for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Aubretia, HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Merchant Ships: 13
11/12/42 Convoy TE.3/1 sails from Convoy TE.3 for Oran, Algeria Merchant Ships: 4
11/12/42 Military Convoy 11 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Albrighton and KNM Glaisdale Fleet Repair Ship HMS Vindictive
11/12/42 Military Convoy 13 sails from Algiers, Algeria to Bône, Algeria Destroyers acting as APDs: HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland
11/12/42 Military Convoy 13 arrives Bône, Algeria Destroyers acting as APDs: HMS Lamerton and HMS Wheatland
11/12/42 Convoy MKF.1 sails from Algiers, Algeria for Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Velox, HMS Wishart, and HMS Zetland
11/12/42 sails from Algiers, Algeria for Gibraltar to join Convoy MKF.1 (Y) Carrier: HMS Avenger Destroyers: HMS Brilliant and HMS Wishart
11/12/42 sails from Convoy KMF.2 (Fast) to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Verity and HMS Wivern
11/12/42 Corvette HMS Jonquil (K 68) sails from Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) and joins Military Convoy 11 to stand by Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35)
11/12/42 Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) from Military Convoy 11 arrives Casablanca, French Morocco delivers 568 survivors from Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20) crew complment 847 (279 died).
11/12/42 Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) from Gibraltar joins Force R to refuel and then join Force H

Submarine Operations
11/12/42 03:54 Submarine U-431 sinks Destroyer HMS Martin (G 44) northeast of Algiers, Algeria. HMS Martin has 63 survivors out of her crew of 224 when she sinks at position 37º53'N, 03º57'E.
11/12/42 15:16 Submarine U-593 fires two salvos of torpedoes at Convoy KMS.2 (Slow) only Transport SS Browning (5,332 tons) (CW) is hit and the burning ship is abandoned. Minesweeper Trawler HMS Fluellen (T 157) picks up 61 survivors. SS Browning later explodes and sinks at 35°53’N 00°33’W.
11/12/42 00:15 Submarine U-515 hits Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20) with one torpedo.
11/12/42 01:28, 01:49, and 02:06 Submarine U-515 hits Destroyer Depot Ship with three coups de grâce torpedoes
11/12/42 02:06 Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20) sinks west of Gibraltar at 35°43'N, 09°54'W
11/12/42 02:11 While Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35) is picking up suvivors from Destroyer Depot Ship HMS Hecla (F 20). Submarine U-515 torpedoes HMS Marne and causes extensive damage to stern and totally disables her X-mount at position 35º50’N, 9º57’W.
11/12/42 Destroyer HMS Venomous (D 75) takes Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35) in tow but this has to be abandoned when Submarine U-515 closes to make another attack.
11/12/42 Submarine RN Argo sinks Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Tynwald at Bougie, Algeria
11/12/42 Submarine U-77 fires a spread of 3 torpedoes (1 failed to leave it's tube) at Sloop HMS Stork (L 81). A hit is observed near the bridge of HMS Stork. HMS Stork returns to the United Kingdom to finish repairing after making temporary repairs at Gibraltar.
11/12/42 Corvette HMS Lotus (K 130) and Corvette HMS Starwort (K 20) damage Submarine U-660 with depth charges. Submarine U-660 scuttles near Oran, Algeria at position 36º07'N, 01º00'W. Corvette HMS Lotus (K 130) and Corvette HMS Starwort (K 20) are credited for the sinking.
11/12/42 Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) returns to Port Said, Egypt from patrol in the Aegean Sea.
11/12/42 Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


11/12/42 Operation MAZ.2: Two MTBs sail from Mersa Matruh, Egypt to patrol off Ras el Mreisa during the night to intercept shipping and small craft proceeding from Bardia and Tobruk.


November 13, 1942 Friday
11/13/42 at Gibraltar ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham hauls down his flag on the Battleship HMS Nelson (28).
11/13/42 Lieutenant-General Dwight David Eisenhower (USA) and Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) fly to Algiers, Algeria for negotiations with Amiral de la Flotte Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan.

Naval Operations
11/13/42 Oran Cover Force arrives Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Avenger Light Cruisers: HMS Aurora and HMS Jamaica Destroyers: HMS Clare, HMS Vanoc, and HMS Wishart
11/13/42 Convoy TE.3/1 arrives Oran, Algeria Merchant Ships: 4
11/13/42 Convoy TE.3 (A) arrives Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Aubretia, HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Merchant Ships: 13
11/13/42 from Military Convoy 11 for Gibraltar Corvette: HMS Jonquil Rescue Tug: HMS Salvonia towing Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35)
* 11/13/42 from Military Convoy 11 arrives Gibraltar Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth
* 11/13/42 Military Convoy 12 arrives Oran, Algeria Corvette HMCS Woodstock (K 238) and Transport SS Alpera (1,777 tons) (CW)
11/13/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Gibraltar
11/13/42 Force O arrives Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Argus Light Cruisers: HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sheffield Destroyers: HMS Vanoc and HMS Wrestler

Submarine Operations
11/13/42 05:00 Submarine U-431 hits Destroyer HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) with 2 torpedoes. HNMS Isaac Sweers had just refueled that night with Force R and the first torpedo hits her fuel tank and sets her on fire. The second torpedo hits her officer's quarters and crew compartment killing all 13 officers. HNMS Isaac Sweers has 86 survivors out of her crew of 194 when she sinks at position 37º23’N, 02º12’E.
11/13/42 Sloop HMS Enchantress (L 56) sinks Submarine RN Corallo at position 36º58'N, 05º07'E.
11/13/42 14:31 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sank with gunfire Auxiliary Brigantine Bice (269 tons) (Italy) five miles east of Sousse, Tunisia. Only the Captain of the Bice was taken prisoner, the remaining survivors, ten of them, being left in their boat. They gave HMS Safari an enthusiastic send off on her departure. Secret papers, including the weeks Italian aircraft and minor war vessels recognition signals were found on the Captain of the Brigantine.
11/13/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) sinks Transport SS Scillin (1,903 tons) (Italy) 10 miles north of Cape Milazzo in the Tyrrhenian Sea. SS Scillin was sailing from Tripoli to Sicily transporting about 815 Commonwealth prisoners of war, of which many drowned. HMS Sahib rescued 27 POW's from the water (26 British and one South African) plus the Scillin's captain and 45 Italian crewmembers. Only when the commander of HMS Sahib heard the survivors speaking English, did he realize that he had sunk a ship carrying British POWs and some Italian soldiers. At a subsequent inquiry into this 'friendly fire' tragedy, the commander of HMS Sahib was cleared of any wrongdoing as the SS Scillin was unmarked and at the time he firmly believed that the ship was carrying Italian troops. The Ministry of Defence kept this incident a closely guarded secret for fifty-four years, maintaining that they had died while POW's in Italian camps or simply 'lost at sea'. It was not until 1996, after repeated requests for information from the families of the drowned men that the truth came out.
11/13/42 Submarine HMS United (P 44) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.
11/13/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.
11/13/42 Submarine HHMS Nereus (Y-4) arrived in Beirut, French Mandate of Syria from a long patrol in the Aegean Sea, in spite of several engine defects.


November 14, 1942 Saturday
11/14/42 sunset Gibraltar ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) transfers his flag from Battleship HMS Nelson (28) to the Light Cruiser HMS Aurora (12).
11/14/42 ANCXF states that 4 ships present in Gibraltar harbor would be ready to sail to USA by 11/17/42, and requested information of NCWNTF when Convoy GUF.1 and Convoy GUF.2 were to sail
11/14/42 Naval Control of Shipping Officer Oran requests to be informed of future movements of convoys in order to adjust sailings from Oran. He reported that all berths at Oran and Mers El Kebir (Oran) were occupied, and requested that no more ships be sent at present.
11/14/42 Force Q redeploys at Gibraltar Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) (Flagship) to carry out attacks on enemy supply ships

Air Operations
11/14/42 Algiers, Algeria a Supermarine Walrus seaplane base is established at the Air France Station and 6x Swordfish are based at Blinda aerodrome for Anti-submarine patrols.
11/14/42 British Lockheed Hudson aircraft C and D (No. 608 Squadron RAF) attack Submarine U-595 with depth charges. U-595 dived but re-surfaced shortly afterwards heavily damaged unable to sty submerged. It was decided to beach the submarine on the Algerian coast when British Lockheed Hudson aircraft F, J, K, X and W (No. 608 Squadron RAF) and attacked the fleeing U-boat. Despite the odds U-595 managed to beach near Ténès, Algeria at position 36º38’N, 00º30’E while damaging aircraft F, K, and X.
11/14/42 British Hudson aircraft No. 233/B RAF sinks Submarine U-605 with depth charges near Algiers, Algeria at position 36º20'N, 01º01'W.
11/14/42 Axis aircraft sink Transport SS Narkunda (16,632 tons) (CW) leaving Bougie, Algeria

Naval Operations
11/14/42 during the night Force H arrives at Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Formidable Battleships: HMS Duke of York Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, HMS Bermuda, HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla, and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Opportune, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, and HMS Tartar.
11/14/42 sails from Gibraltar and joins Force H Light Cruisers: HMS Charybdis, and HMS Scylla
11/14/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy MKF.1 (Y) (Fast) Carriers: HMS Argus and HMS Avenger Destroyer: HMS Wrestler
11/14/42 Force Q arrives the United Kingdom Heavy Cruisers: HMS Cumberland and HMS Norfolk Destroyers: HMS Onslow, HMS Offa, and HMS Oribi Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Stefan Batory (14,287 tons) (Polish) and Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Monarch of Bermuda (22,424 tons) (CW)
11/14/42 Force Q redeploys at Gibraltar to carry out attacks on enemy supply ships Light Cruiser: HMS Bermuda (Flagship)
11/14/42 Convoy TE.3/1 arrives Oran, Algeria Merchant Ships: 4
11/14/42 sails from Gibraltar for Scapa Flow, Scotland Light Cruiser HMS Jamaica (C 44) and Light Cruiser HMS Sheffield (C 24)
11/14/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Gibraltar to Algiers, Algeria with stores

Submarine Operations
11/14/42 05:13 Submarine U-73 torpedoes and damages Transport SS Lalande (7,453 tons) (CW) at position 36°08’N, 03°46W.
11/14/42 06:19 Corvette HMS Marigold (K 87) reports SS Lalande is not in immediate danger of sinking. Sloop HMS Aberdeen (L 97), Anti-Submarine Trawler Imperialist (FY 126), and Rescue Tug HMS St. Omar (W 34) sailed to her assistance. Destroyer HMS Pathfinder (G 10) picks up 3 survivors and Corvette HMS Marigold (K 87) picks up 33, two of which were injured.
11/14/42 Submarine U-413 sinks Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Warwick Castle 200 miles northwest of Cape Espichel, Portugal 39°12'N, 13°25'W
11/14/42 Submarine HMS P48 (P 48) arrives at Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla.
11/14/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) arrives at Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla.


November 15, 1942 Sunday
11/15/42 Commander Force H Vice Admiral Sir Edward Neville Syfret transfers his flag from Battleship HMS Duke of York (17) to Battleship HMS Nelson (28).
11/15/42 FOIC Oran, Algeria is instructed to sail two French merchant ships empty to Gibraltar in Convoy MXF.2 and other French merchant ships in Convoy ET.1 in order to clear berths.
11/15/42 the Admiralty points out the desirability of keeping together escorts accustomed to work together, particularly in view of the present concentration of U Boats on either side of Gibraltar.
11/15/42 00:01 Flag of 10th Cruiser Squadron transferred from Light Cruiser HMS Sheffield (C 24) to Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) at Gibraltar.

Air Operations
11/15/42 09:15 18x Axis aircraft attack Escort Destroyer HMS Bicester (L 34).
11/15/42 while attacking Submarine U-259 a British Lockheed Hudson aircraft (No. 500 Squadron RAF/S) has a depth charge explode on contact with the U-boat. The explosion crippled the aircraft forcing the crew to bail out. The pilot and one crewman were the only ones found and rescued by the Sloops HMS Erne and HMS Leith. U-259 sinks north of Algiers, Algeria at position 37º20'N, 03º05'E.

Naval Operations
11/15/42 18:30 Force R arrives Gibraltar Anti-Submarine Trawlers: HMS Arctic Ranger, HMS St. Nectan, HMS Loch Oskaig Fleet Oilers: RFA Brown Ranger and RFA Dingledale
11/15/42 21:15 sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Aurora (ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) aboard) Destroyers: HMS Beagle and HMS Wishart
11/15/42 from Gibraltar rendezvous and transfers aircraft to the Force H Carriers of Rear-Admiral Sir Arthur Lumley St George Lyster and returns to Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Furious Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Vanoc, and HMS Wishart
11/15/42 Convoy TE.3/2 from Algiers, Algeria for Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 2
11/15/42 Convoy MKF.1 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Velox, HMS Wishart, and HMS Zetland
11/15/42 arrives Gibraltar Sloop HMS Aberdeen (L 97), Sloop HMS Enchantress (L 56), Anti-Submarine Trawler Imperialist (FY 126) and Rescue Tug HMS St. Omar (W 34) towing Transport SS Lalande (7,453 tons) (CW)

Submarine Operations
11/15/42 03:46 Submarine RN Ascianghi sinks Minesweeper HMS Algerine (J 213) off Bougie, Algeria at position 36º45'N, 05º11'E. Of the 32 survivors 24 later died of internal wounds caused by the detonation of the minesweepers own depth charges, which detonated at their preset depth.
11/15/42 Submarine U-155 with one salvo sinks Auxiliary Aircraft Carrier HMS Avenger (D 14), Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Ettrick (11,279 tons) (CW) and damages Attack Cargo Ship USS Almaack (AKA-10) (9,902 tons) 120 miles northwest of Gibraltar at position 36°15’N, 07°45’W.
11/15/42 Destroyer HMS Wrestler (D 35) sinks Submarine U-98 west of Gibraltar at 36°09'N 07°42'W
11/15/42 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) and Destroyer HHMS Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga) (D 15 aka H 86) sinks Submarine RN Uarsciek at position 35º08'N 14º22'E.
11/15/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) lands a rail sabotage party in the Gulf of Eufemia area, Italy. Due to considerable barded wire entanglements being met, the party was forced to withdraw.
11/15/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) while on patrol in the Gulf of Sirte, reports that British prisoners of war were being evacuated from Benghazi to Tripoli in small coastal shipping.


November 16, 1942 Monday
Air Operations
11/16/42 08:00 ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) arrives Oran, Algeria from Gibraltar.
11/16/42 due to the intense submarine activity off the coast of Casablanca, French Morocco NCWNTF requested 18 Grumman TBF Avenger Torpedo bombers to be allocated to him for Anti-submarine patrols.
11/16/42 a minefield is completed off Casablanca, French Morocco.

Naval Operations
11/16/42 10:00 Force H sails from Gibraltar eastward to carry out a sweep in the vicinity of the Balearic Islands, Spain Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Bulldog, HMS Eskimo, HMS Opportune, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/16/42 17:30 sails from Gibraltar to join Force H Destroyers: HMS Calpe, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, and HMS Puckeridge to relive Force H Destroyers: HMS Bulldog and HMS Opportune.
11/16/42 17:30 sails from Force H to Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Bulldog and HMS Opportune
11/16/42 late at night Force H arrives at Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Calpe, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/16/42 from Military Convoy 11 arrives Gibraltar Corvette: HMS Jonquil Rescue Tug: HMS Salvonia towing Destroyer HMS Marne (G 35)
11/16/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Cowdray (L 52) towed into Algiers, Algeria for temporary repair.

Submarine Operations
11/16/42 German Auxiliary Submarine Chaser UJ-2102 sinks Submarine HHMS Triton (Y 5) east of Cape Kafireas, Euboia Island in the Aegean Sea.
11/16/42 09:07 Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) fires three torpedoes at a convoy made up of Tanker Labor (510 tons) (Itialian), Tansport SS Menes (5,609 tons) (German) escorted by Torpedo Boats RN Calliope and RN Climene north of the Gulf of Tunis at position 37º30'N, 10º40'E. All torpedoes fired missed their target(s).
11/16/42 22:50 Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) fires four torpedoes but missed a medium-sized tanker east of Isola Marettimo, Italy at position 37º57'N, 11º56'E.
11/16/42 23:00 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) torpedoes Transport SS Hans Arp (2,645 tons) (German) at Ras el Ali anchorage which blew up in a sheet of flame; the ship was seen to be still burning twenty four hours later when the anchorage was again closed.
11/16/42 Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) arrives at Beirut, French Mandate of Syria from Port Said, Egypt.


11/16/42 - 11/20/42 01:30 Operation STONAGE: Four Fast Merchant ships to Malta ~ Convoy MW.13 from Port Said, Egypt to Malta
11/16/42 Convoy MW.13 sails from Port Said, Egypt for Malta Merchant Ships: 4
11/20/42 01:30 Convoy MW.13 arrives Malta Merchant Ships: 4


November 17, 1942 Tuesday
11/17/42 In view of the improved situation in the Mediterranean, submarines of the 1st Submarine Flotilla discontinued carrying petrol and stores to Malta.

Naval Operations
11/17/42 09:00 Force H sails for Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/17/42 Convoy WS.23 (A) forms at sea from Convoy WS.23 for Aden, Yemen Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Carthage (F 99) Merchant Ships: 3
11/17/42 sails from Freetown, Sierra Leone to join Convoy WS.23 (A) Merchant ships: 1
11/17/42 Convoy WS.23 (B) forms at sea from Convoy WS.23 for Bombay, India Merchant Ships: 2
11/17/42 Light Cruiser HMS Mauritius (80) from Kilindini Harbor Mombasa, Kenya joins Convoy WS.23 (B)
11/17/42 Convoy TE.3/2 arrives Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 2
11/17/42 Convoy WS.24 arrives Bahia, Brazil Destroyers: HMS Holcombe, HMS Sardonyx, and HMS Skate Armed Merchant Cruiser: HMS Queen of Bermuda Seaplane Tender: USS Barnegat Merchant Ships: 7
11/17/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Algiers, Algeria to Malta with stores

Submarine Operations
11/17/42 14:16 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) torpedoes and damages Transport SS Piemonte (15,209 tons) (Italy) at position 38º21.5'N, 15º27.5'E. She probably sank a 7000 ton Italian passenger ship.
11//17/42 dawn Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) fired one torpedo at a concentration of LCTs and lighters in the vicinity of the Ras el Ali pier, Tunisia. The torpedo exploded at the landing place, where it probably blew up a ammunition lighter.
11/17/42 21:25 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) torpedoes and sinks a schooner in the southwestern corner of Marsa el Brega, Libia at position 30º25'N, 19º35'E.


November 18, 1942 Wednesday
Naval Operations
11/18/42 06:00 from Force H arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Bulldog and HMS Opportune.
11/18/42 12:00 Force H arrives at Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/18/42 14:00 Force C sails westwards from Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Malcolm, HMS Westcott, and KNM Glaisdale
11/18/42 16:00 Force A sails westwards from Gibraltar Carrier: HMS Victorious (Flagship) Battleship: HMS Duke of York Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, and HMS Opportune
11/18/42 16:00 Force B sails westwards from Gibraltar Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Milne, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin
11/18/42 sails from Algiers, Algeria arrives Gibraltar Light Cruiser: HMS Aurora (ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) aboard) Destroyers: HMS Beagle and HMS Wishart
11/18/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Malta disembarks stores and sails for Gibraltar

Submarine Operations
11/18/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) torpedoes and sinks the Tanker SS Giulio Giordani (10,535 tons) (Italy) about 45nm northeast Misurata, Libya at position 32º58'N, 15º38'E.
11/18/42 07:47 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sinks with gunfire a small light vessel with no crew was at position 020 degrees Ras el Ali, Tunisia 10 miles.
11/18/42 10:10 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) uses gunfire on an enemy LCT at Ras el Ali, Tunisia. HMS Safari silenced one of the LCT guns and caused its ammunition to explode.


November 19, 1942 Thursday
11/19/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) is retained at Malta for an operation to land troops near Sousse, Tunisia.
11/19/42 the Port of Philippeville, Algeria becomes available.

Air Operations
11/19/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar Lockheed Hudson aircraft sight two U-boats. One submerged submarine was attacked.

Naval Operations
11/19/42 16:00 Force A, Force B, and Force C rendezvous at position 37º00'N, 10º40'W.
11/19/42 16:00 Force A and Force C combine at position 37º00'N, 10º40'W.
11/19/42 16:00 Force B sails for Gibraltar Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Milne, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin

Submarine Operations
11/19/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) misses Auxiliary Patrol Vessel RN Fertilia (F 39) (223 tons) with torpedoes off the Libyan coast.
11/19/42 Submarine HMS Unison (P 43) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


November 20, 1942 Friday
Air Operations
11/20/42 durring an air attack while under way off Algiers, Algeria Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Delhi (D 47) is hit by a bomb on her quarterdeck. It destroys her stern structure her fighting efficiency seriously impaired remains on patrol with reduced speed, capability, and limited steering.
11/20/42 during an air attack while escorting a convoy between Philippeville (now Skikda), Algeria and Bône, Algeria Escort Destroyer HMS Bramham (L 51) sustains damage when a bomb hit aft abreast of the 4in mounting, passed through structure, and exploded in the sea. This flooded an aft compartment and she had to be towed to Algiers, Algeria for temporary repair.

Naval Operations
11/20/42 sails from Gibraltar and joins Convoy KMF.3 Destroyers: HMS Milne, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin

Submarine Operations
11/20/42 10:12 Submarine U-263 torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Grangepark (5,132 tons) (CW) at position 35°55'N, 10°14'W.
11/20/42 10:12 Submarine U-263 torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Prins Harald (7,244 tons) (Norway) at position 35°55'N, 10°14'W.
11/20/42 10:13 Liberty Ship SS Ocean Pilgrim (7,178 tons) (CW) is attacked by Submarine U-263 but the torpedo explodes in the net defenses.
11/20/42 Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) arrives at Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.
11/20/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) arrives at Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


November 21, 1942 Saturday
Air Operations
11/21/42 10:17 Fairey Albacore Torpedo Bomber 817/1 (from HMS Victorious) depth charges and sinks Submarine U-517 at position 46º10'N, 17º08'W. Destroyer HMS Opportune (G 80) picks up 50 survivors.
11/21/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar twenty patrols were carried out, but no U-boats were sighted.

Naval Operations
11/21/42 Force H sails from Mers El Kebir (Oran) Algeria for Gibraltar Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/21/42 Force Q sails from Gibraltar for Mers El Kebir (Oran) Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Bermuda (with 10th Cruiser Squadron aboard) with the intention of forming a Cruiser Striking Force to be based at Algiers, Algeria.
11/21/42 sails from Convoy KMF.3 to Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon, HMS Avon Vale, HMS Milne, HMS Quality, and HMS Quentin
11/21/42 Convoy WS.23 (A) arrives Aden, Yemen Merchant Ships: 4
11/21/42 Convoy MKS.2 sails from Algiers, Algeria for Liverpool, England Destroyer: HMS Lancaster Corvettes: HMS Geranium and HMS Spiraea Sloops: HMS Leith, HMS Rochester, HMS Scarborough, and HMS Erne Armed Boarding Vessel (Yacht): HMS Sayonara Merchant Ships: 32

Submarine Operations
11/21/42 18:45 Submarine HMS United (P 44) enters Burat-el-Hsun harbor, Tripoli (Libya) sinks with gunfire a schooner with her 3" gun on which she scored twelve hits.
11/21/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


November 22, 1942 Sunday
11/22/42 The North African Agreement (known from its signatories as the "Clark-Darlan Agreement") between the Allies and the French Is unilaterally announced by General Eisenhower as an acceptable understanding with Amiral de la Flotte Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan. The general plan provided for the closest possible co-operation in the effort to expel the Axis forces from North Africa, liberate metropolitan France, and "restore integrally the French Empire."

Naval Operations
11/22/42 04:00 sails from Scapa Flow, Scotland to join Force A and Force C at position 46ºN, 17ºW Destroyers: HMS Matchless and HMS Limbourne.
11/22/42 midnight sails from Force A and Force C at position 55º35'N, 7ºW to Londonderry, Northern Ireland Destroyers: HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, HMS Malcolm, HMS Westcott, and KNM Glaisdale.
11/22/42 Force H arrives Gibraltar Battleships: HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney Carriers: HMS Formidable and HMS Furious Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMS Ashanti, HMS Eskimo, HMS Lookout, HMS Meteor, HMS Partridge, HMS Pathfinder, HMS Penn, HMS Porcupine, HMS Tartar, and HMS Vanoc.
11/22/42 sails from Force H to Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria to join Force Q Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius.
11/22/42 sails from Convoy KMF.3 to Algiers, Algeria Corvette: HMS Azalea Sloops: HMS Folkestone, HMS Wellington, and HMS Weston Cutters: HMS Gorleston and HMS Totland
11/22/42 sails from Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) for Gibraltar Corvettes: HMCS Lunenburg, HMCS Weyburn, HMS Campion, HMS Carnation, HMS La Malouine, HMS Mallow, HMS Nasturtium, and HMS Stonecrop Sloops: HMS Black Swan and HMS Fowey
11/22/42 Anti-aircraft Ship HMS Alynbank sails from Oran, Algeria to join Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow)
11/22/42 sails from Force H for Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria to join Force Q Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Sirius.

Submarine Operations
11/22/42 11:56 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) using gunfire scores two hits on an LCT two miles south of Ras el Sultan. After ten minutes, the action was broken off, all ammunition having been expended.


November 23, 1942 Monday
11/23/42 the Admiralty cancels the Sousse, Tunisia operation Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) disembarks army guns, stores, and extra boats and embarks passengers.

Air Operations
11/23/42 Axis torpedo bombers severely damage Transport RMS Scythia (19,761 tons) (CW) 4,300 Personnel at Algiers, Algeria

Naval Operations
11/23/42 11:00 Force A arrives Greenock, Scotland Carrier: HMS Victorious (Flagship) Battleship: HMS Duke of York Destroyers: HMS Limbourne, HMS Matchless, and HMS Opportune.
11/23/42 Convoy KMF.3 (Fast) arrives Oran, Algeria Merchant Ships: 3
11/23/42 Convoy KMF.3 (Fast) arrives Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMS Aubretia HMS Dianella, HMS Lotus, HMS Poppy, and HMS Starwort Merchant Ships: 15
11/23/42 Convoy MKF.3 (Fast) sails from Algiers, Algeria for the Clyde, Scotland Merchant Ships: 16
11/23/42 Convoy MKS.2 (A) sails from Algiers, Algeria for Liverpool, England Merchant Ships: 18

Submarine Operations
11/23/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) using gunfire sinks Auxiliary Patrol Vessel RN Fertilia (F 39) (223 tons) off the Kerkennah Bank, Tunisia.
11/23/42 Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) attacks with torpedoes but missed, Auxiliary Minelayer RN Barletta (332 tons) about 40 nm north-west of Capo San Vita, Sicily, Italy at position 38º31'N, 12º01'E.


11/23/42 Operation BREASTPLATE: The capture of Sousse, Tunisia to assist TORCH forces
The Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48), had been loaded with army guns, stores, and extra boats, is ordered to disembark this equipment, the operation being abandoned. The unloading of the recent convoy and lack of suitable assault craft caused the Admiralty to cancel the operation.


November 24, 1942 Tuesday
Air Operations
11/24/42 German air attack sinks Transport SS Trentbank (5,060 tons) (CW) off Algiers, Algeria

Naval Operations
11/24/42 Convoy WS.23 (B) arrives Bombay, India Light Cruiser HMS Mauritius (80) Merchant Ships: 2

Submarine Operations
11/24/42 Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) returns to Malta from a short patrol in the Khoms - Misurata area.
11/24/40 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.
11/24/42 Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) returns to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


November 25, 1942 Wednesday
Naval Operations
11/25/42 10:30 Force A sails from Greenock, Scotland for Scapa Flow, Scotland Battleship: HMS Duke of York Destroyers: HMS Limbourne, HMS Matchless, and HMS Opportune.
11/25/42 Force K sails from Alexandra, Egypt to Malta Light Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido, and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HMS Belvoir, HMS Hursley, HMS Jervis, HMS Javelin, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian

Submarine Operations
11/25/42 Torpedo Boat RN Groppo sinks with depth charges Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19) northwest of Sicily at position 36º30'N, 12º00'E.
11/25/42 Submarine HMS Thrasher (N 37) sails for Gibraltar and the United Kingdom for refit.
11/25/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) returned to Malta from her patrol area for Operation TORCH.


November 26, 1942 Thursday
11/26/42 from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Aurora (ANCXF Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham (RN) aboard) Destroyer: HMS Brilliant. ANCXF headquarters is relocating sails to Algiers, Algeria.

Naval Operations
11/26/42 09:30 Force A arrives Scapa Flow, Scotland Battleship: HMS Duke of York Destroyers: HMS Limbourne, HMS Matchless, and HMS Opportune.
11/26/42 from Force K to Alexandra, Egypt Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HMS Belvoir, and HMS Hursley
11/26/42 Convoy KMS.4G (Slow) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Gibraltar, Oran, Algiers, and Bône Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Summerside, HMCS Ville de Quebec, HMS Crocus, and HMS Woodruff Sloop: HMS Wear Minesweepers: HMS Ardrossan, HMS Dunbar, HMS Lyme Regis (II), and HMS Worthing Merchant Ships: 62
11/26/42 sails from the Clyde, Scotland to join Convoy MKF.3 (Fast) Cutters: HMS Gorleston and HMS Totland Sloops: HMS Folkestone, HMS Waveney, HMS Wellington, and HMS Weston
11/26/42 Convoy KMS.3 (G) (Slow) arrives Bône, Algeria Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Alynbank Destroyers: HMS Venomous, HMS Verity, and HMS Wivern Corvettes: HMS Coreopsis and HMS Jonquil Sloops: HMS Enchantress and HMS Fleetwood Catapult Aircraft Merchantmen (CAM): SS Eastern City (5,185 tons) (CW) and SS Empire Foam (7,047 tons) (CW) Merchant Ships: 56


11/26/42 - 11/27/42 night Special Operation OXFORD: Submarine HHMS Papanikolis (Y-2) lands a sabotage party of three men at Suia Bay (southern Crete).


November 27, 1942 Friday
Air Operations
11/27/42 while under air attack in Bône harbor (now Annaba), Algeria Destroyer HMS Ithuriel (H 05) sustains two near misses. Both bombs explode under the ship causing major structural damage aft. After being beached and the ship lightened by removal of X and Y mountings it's found her back is broken. 08/18/43 she is towed to Gibraltar 10/43 she becomes an accommodations ship at Gibraltar.

Naval Operations
11/27/42 Force K arrives Malta Light Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido, and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Javelin, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian
11/27/42 Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Gibraltar, Algiers, Oran, Bône, and Philipeville Destroyers: HMS Clare, HMS Hurricane, and HMS Tanatside Cutter: HMS Banff Sloops: HMS Egret, HMS Exe, and HMS Swale Mine Depot Ship: HMS Helvig Merchant Ships: 26
11/27/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy MKF.3 (Fast) Escort Aircraft Carrier: HMS Archer Destroyer: HMS Lancaster and HMS Wells
11/27/42 while under air attack in Bône harbor (now Annaba), Algeria Destroyer HMS Ithuriel (H 05) sustains two near misses. Both bombs explode under the ship causing major structural damage aft. After being beached and the ship lightened by removal of X and Y mountings it's found her back is broken. 08/18/43 she is towed to Gibraltar 10/43 she becomes an accommodations ship at Gibraltar.
11/27/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) embarks passengers and sails from Malta for Alexandra, Egypt.

Submarine Operations
11/27/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) missed with two torpedoes Transport Menes (5,609 tons) (Germany) at position 37º34'N, 10º33'E.
11/27/42 Submarine HMS Una (N 87) was narrowly missed by torpedoes from an E boat when the vicinity of Port Empedocle, Sicily.


November 28, 1942 Saturday
Air Operations
11/28/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar No patrols due to bad weather

Naval Operations
11/28/42 Convoy TE.7 sails from Gibraltar for Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 4
11/28/42 Destroyers HMAS Quiberon (G 81) and HMS Quentin (G 78) (from Force Q operating out of Bône, Algeria) sink Submarine RN Dessiè north of Bône, Algeria.

Submarine Operations
11/28/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) returns to Malta from a patrol in the Gulf of Sirte, Libya.
11/28/42 Submarine HMS Thunderbolt (N 25) arrives at Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla for Special Operations. She had sailed from the United Kingdom direct to Malta, making the passage in eighteen days.
11/28/42 Submarine HHMS Triton (Y-5) did not return from a patrol in the Aegean Sea. Axis broadcasts claimed her by name and her crew as prisoners. Evidence shows she was forced to the surface by depth charges in the Doro Channel after attacking an escorted convoy. She was then rammed and sunk. A large number of her crew were taken prisoner and taken to Piraeus, Greece. Two ratings managed to escape and after some months finally reached Egypt via Turkey and Syria.


November 29, 1942 Sunday
11/29/42 The Greek Commander in Chief agrees to take over Submarine HMS P 712 (ex RN Perla) (P 712) and to undertake the work of reconditioning her.
11/29/42 Algiers, Algeria Flag of 10th Cruiser Squadron was transferred from Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) to Light Cruiser HMS Aurora (12)

Naval Operations
11/29/42 Convoy TE.7 (B) sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Minesweepers: HMS Hussar, HMS Rhyl, and HMS Speedwell Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero and HMS Tasajera Tugs: HM Empire Gnome and HM Empire Minotaur
11/29/42 Light Cruiser HMS Bermuda (52) sails from Algiers, Algeria for Gibraltar.
11/29/42 Minesweeper HMS Dunbar (J 53) and Transport SS Kaimata (5,269 tons) (CW) sails from Convoy KMS.4G (Slow) for Gibraltar
11/29/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives at Alexandra, Egypt disembarks passengers and sails for Haifa, Palestine Mandate

Submarine Operations
11/29/42 Submarine HMS Uproar (P 31) attacks but misses the Light Cruiser RN Raimondo Montecuccoli about 70 nautical miles south of Taranto, Italy at position 39º20'N, 17º33'E.


November 30, 1942 Monday
Air Operations
11/30/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar were provided for Convoys MKS.2, Convoy TE.7 (A), and Convoy TE.7 (B).
11/30/42 No. 821 Squadron FAA (twelve Albacores) moves from the Western Desert to Malta. No aircraft were lost during passage.

Naval Operations
* 11/30/42 Convoy TE.7 (B) arrives Algiers, Algeria Minesweepers: HMS Hussar, HMS Rhyl, and HMS Speedwell Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero and HMS Tasajera Tugs: HM Empire Gnome and HM Empire Minotaur
11/30/42 from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) Destroyers: HMS Avon Vale and HMS Farndale
11/30/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Haifa, Palestine Mandate embarks submarine torpedoes and sails for Malta.

Submarine Operations
11/30/42
1st Submarine Flotilla
Submarine HMS Taku (N 38) At Beirut, French Mandate of Syria
Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) On passage from patrol for Beirut, French Mandate of Syria
Submarine HMS Traveller (N 48) Patrol - Gulf of Taranto
Submarine HMS Parthian (N 75) At Malta
Submarine HMS Porpoise (N 14) At Malta
Submarine HMS Rorqual (N 74) On passage, Beirut, French Mandate of Syria to Malta
Submarine HMS Osiris (N 67) Refitting at Port Said
10th Submarine Flotilla
Submarine HMS Una (N 87) returns to Malta from patrol in the Gulf of Tunis.
Submarine HMS United (P 44) returns to Malta from a patrol off Burat-el-Hsun, Tripoli (Libya), and Kerkennah areas.
Submarine HMS Thunderbolt (N 25) at Malta
Submarine HMS P311 (P 311) arrives Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla. She had sailed from the United Kingdom direct and reported passage uneventful.
Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) at Malta
Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) At Malta
Submarine HMS Saracen (P 247) at Malta
Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) On patrol south of Marittimo
Submarine HMS Trooper (N 91) On passage, Gibraltar to Malta
Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) On passage west of line Cape Bon - Marittimo
Submarine HMS P48 (P 48) On passage west of line Cape Bon - Marittimo
Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) On passage west of line Cape Bon - Marittimo
Greek Submarines
Submarine HHMS Papanikolis (Y-2) on patrol Aegean
Submarine HHMS Nereus (Y-4) Beirut, French Mandate of Syria
Submarine HHMS Katsonis (Y-1) Port Said, refitting
Submarine HMS P 712 (ex RN Perla) (P 712) Refitting at Port Said.


11/30/42 12:00 - 12/05/42 Operation PORTCULLIS: Four Fast Merchant ships to Malta ~ Convoy MW.14 from Alexandra, Egypt to Malta
11/30/42 12:00 arrives Lake Timsah, Egypt Merchant Ships: SS Agwimonte, SS Alcoa Prospector, SS Glenartney, and SS Suffolk
11/30/42 The Senior Officer of HMS Orion is flown from Alexandria, Egypt to Lake Timsah, Egypt to conduct the convoy conference.
11/30/42 sails from Alexandria, Egypt to Port Said, Egypt to await the arrival of Convoy MW.14 Destroyers: HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Belvoir, HMS Hursley, HMS Pakenham, and HMS Petard.



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Naval Information
Awards for Britain's Navy: http://www.britainsnavy.co.uk/Battle%20Honours/North%20Africa%201942-43.htm

British Escort Aircraft Carriers: http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/escort/index.htm
British Officers: http://www.unithistories.com/
British Submarines: http://home.cogeco.ca/~gchalcraft/sm/index.htm
British Submarines: 10th Submarine Flotilla http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Submarines.htm
Destriyer History Foundation (USA) http://destroyerhistory.org/
French Oran Fleet: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/andrew.etherington/1942/11/08.htm
Halcyon Class Minesweepers (Speedwell): http://www.halcyon-class.co.uk/speedwell/speedwell_1942.htm
Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML): http://www.hmsmedusa.org.uk/index.html
Hyperwar: Vichy French Navy: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/ETO/Ultra/SRH-BA-Appendix/Appendix-17.html
Hyperwar: WAR AT SEA 1939-1945 VOLUME II THE PERIOD OF BALANCE http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/index.html#index
Hyperwar: THE AFRICAN CAMPAIGNS 1st August - 31st December, 1942 http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-13.html
Hyperwar: Appendix H Torch Composition of Allied Naval Forces http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/UK-RN-II-H.html
Hyperwar: Creation of Allied Force http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/DDE-Torch.html
Hyperwar: The End of Operation TORCH: Bougie, Djidjelli, and Bône http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-15.html
Italian Naval Federations in WW2 (Multilingual) http://www.multilingualarchive.com/ma/dewiki/en/Italienische_Marineverb%c3%a4nde_im_Zweiten_Weltkrieg
Naval Source http://www.navsource.org/
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-3900Intro.htm
Naval History Net BRITISH and OTHER NAVIES DAY-BY-DAY NAVAL EVENTS, APRIL-DECEMBER 1942 http://www.naval-history.net/xDKWW2-4204-44APR-DEC.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: NORTH ATLANTIC COMMAND, GIBRALTAR - August to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-NAtGib1942b.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: MEDITERRANEAN FLEET - October to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-MedFleet1942c.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: MALTA COMMAND - April to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-Malta1942a.htm
Naval History Net ADMIRALTY WAR DIARIES: WEST AFRICA COMMAND, FREETOWN - April to December 1942 http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKWD-WAfrica1942.htm
Naval History Net Service Histories by Name, Type, and Class http://wow.naval-history.net/xGM-aContents.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 1: Abelia to Azalea http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower01.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 2: Balsam to Campion http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower02.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 3: Candytuft to Cyclamen http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower03.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 4: Dahlia to Gentian http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower04.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 5: Geranium to Hibiscus http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower05.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 6: Hollyhock to Lavender http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower06.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 7: Loosestrife to Myosotis http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower07.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 8: Narcissus to Potentilla http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower08.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 9: Primrose to Stonecrop http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower09.htm
Naval History Net FLOWER-CLASS CORVETTES PART 10: Sunflower to Royal Indian Navy - Hyderabad http://wow.naval-history.net/xDKEscorts20Cor-Flower10.htm
The Patriot Files http://www.patriotfiles.com/index.php?name=Sections
Navweps OOB Casablanca: http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Casablanca.htm
Navships WW2 Cruisers http://www.world-war.co.uk/index.php3
Netherlands Navy: http://www.netherlandsnavy.nl/
Netherlands Submarines: http://www.dutchsubmarines.com/index.htm
Polish Navy: http://www.polishnavy.pl/index.html
Royal Canadian Navy: http://cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_4_1-17.pdf
Royal Navy Research Archive: Royal Navy Escort Carriers http://www.royalnavyresearcharchive.org.uk/escort/index.htm
Corvette HMS Violet http://www.platenboring.com/violet/
Sloop HMS Stork: http://www.secondworldwar.org.uk/stork.html
Trawlers - HULL STEAM/SIDEWINDER INDEX: http://hulltrawler.net/Sidewinder.html
U-boat Net http://uboat.net/
US Ships Transferred to Britain http://www.navweaps.com/index_tech/tech-072.htm
World Naval Ships Forums: Palomares & Pozarica http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8896
WORLD NAVIES YESTERDAY http://www.navypedia.org/retro_view/yesterday_index.htm
The South African Military History Society http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol013hk.html
 
Merchant and Convoy Information
Siri Holm Lawson Warsailors.com http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/index.html
Arnold Hague Convoy Database http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html
Liberty Ships: http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html
Ocean class Liberty Ships: http://fortships.tripod.com/oceans.htm
Belgian Merchant Ships http://www.belgian-navy.be/t3636-un-bateau-nomme-sambre
Clydebuilt Database: http://clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=9961
The Blue Star Line: http://www.bluestarline.org/lamports/browning3.html
The Silver Line: http://oceania.pbworks.com/w/page/8473543/UK_Silver-Line
The Ships List: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/​saint.htm
The Duchess of Bedford: http://www.duchessofbedford.com/ssdob/
Amazon Dot Com: http://www.amazon.com/If-Perish-Frontline-Nurses-World/dp/product-description/0375415149
History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications: http://atlantic-cable.com/Cableships/Mirror(2)/index.htm
Naval Armed Guard Afloat http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/Admin-Hist/173-ArmedGuards/173-AG-6.html
Blue Flue losses WW2 http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=36027
United States Maritime Commission C1 and C1-M Type Ships http://www.usmm.org/c1ships.html
Outboard Profiles of Maritime Commission  VesselsThe C2 Cargo Ship and his Subdesigns http://drawings.usmaritimecommission.de/drawings_c2.htm
Pier 70 San Francisco ~ Ships Built in San Francisco: Pre-World War II http://www.pier70sf.org/history/shipsBuilt/ShipsBuiltpreWW2.html
http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/oskms/search.php?searWords=on&Send=Search&match=2&search=0&items=10&start=50
 
Air unit Information
Fleet Air Arm: http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/Ships/Aircraftcarrierindex.html
Operation Torch Aircraft: http://uncleted.jinak.cz/utorch.htm
52nd Fighter Group http://raf-112-squadron.org/52nd_fg.html
U.S. Navy Squadron Designations and Abbreviations http://www.history.navy.mil/branches/squades.htm
Martlesham Heath Aviation Society http://www.mhas.org.uk/MHAS/runway22/200609.pdf
 
Army unit Information
General’s names: http://www.generals.dk/
North African Landing Beaches:  http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/algeria/algeria.htm
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Northern Attack Group: Operation Goalpost (Port-Lyautey, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-8.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Center Attack Group: Operation Brushwood (Fedala, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-7.html
Hyperwar: WESTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Southern Attack Group: Operation Blackstone (Safi, French Morocco) http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-6.html
Hyperwar: CENTRAL NAVAL TASK FORCE: Oran landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-11.html
Hyperwar: EASTERN NAVAL TASK FORCE: Algiers landings http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-MTO-NWA/USA-MTO-NWA-13.html
Hyperwar: 1st Infantry Division (USA) boat employment http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/rep/TORCH/1InfDiv_FO-1/index.html
Gibraltar Command 1942 http://74.6.238.254/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=Gibraltar+1942&xa=mg.dLHibBSWUPXf7rPMLWA--%2C1321111203&fr=yfp-t-471&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Gibraltar+1942&d=4532668314747426&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=352e3f24,55c6b5f6&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=uzvTTAG0G8y4KoULH_TJoA--
Malta http://warships1discussionboards.yuku.com/topic/17700/Looking-for-OOB-on-British-Army-1940-43?page=2
 
Maps
Hyperwar: Map 32. Operation TORCH - Outward movements of assault and advance convoys http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map32.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 34. Operation TORCH - The Assault on Algiers http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map34.jpg
Hyperwar: Map 35. Operation TORCH - The Assault on Oran http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/UN/UK/UK-RN-II/maps/map35.jpg
 
Operations
Axis and Allied Operations http://ww2db.com/ref.php?q=
Operation Crupper http://www.gravitazero.org/history/ardeola/ardeola_en.htm
Operation Jubilee (Dieppe): http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_dieppe1.html
Operation Pedestal (Malta):  http://www.world-war.co.uk/pedestal1.php3
Operation Pedestal (Malta): http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Pedestal.htm
Operation Pedestal Assault on Bougie and Djidjelli: World Naval ships Forum http://www.worldnavalships.com/forums/showthread.php?t=862
Operation Train: http://www.killifish.f9.co.uk/Malta%20WWII/Operations.htm
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http://www.wikiled.com/japaneseromajikanji-english-Default.aspx
Operation Torch Japanese Site needs character font and translation: http http://read2ch.com/r/army/1268410478/
 
Miscellaneous
Wreck Site EU http://www.wrecksite.eu
Translations: http://dictionary.reverso.net/italian-english/
British Abbreviations and Slang http://www.acesofww2.com/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations and Symbols http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/abbreviations.htm
U.S. Navy Abbreviations of World War II http://asisbiz.com/Il2/US-Navy-Naval-Abbreviations.html
U.S. Army Glossary of Code Names http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/SP1941-42/gloss2.htm
 
December 1942 Operation Torch (ex Operation Gymnast)
Commanding General European Theater of Operations, Commander in Chief Operation TORCH - Lieutenant-General Dwight David (Ike) Eisenhower (USA)
Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force (A.N.C.X.F.) Admiral Sir Andrew Browne "ABC" Cunningham KT, GCB, DSO and 2 Bars (RN)
 
ANCXF - Allied Naval Commander Expeditionary Force ~ Admiral Sir Andrew Browne "ABC" Cunningham KT, GCB, DSO and 2 Bars (RN)
AOC Eastern Air Command - Air Officer Commanding Eastern Air Command ~ Air Marshal Sir William Lawrie Welsh KCB, DSC, AFC (RAF)
FOIC - Fleet Officer in Charge ~ British naval officer in charge of a port
NCWNTF - Naval Commander Western Naval Task Force ~ Rear-Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt (USN)
 
Bône, Algeria is now known as Annaba, Algeria
* - No actual dates or time found for the ship{s) joining but multiple confirmations that they were in this group at this approximate time.
 
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(Continued from: 11/30/42 12:00 - 12/05/42 Operation PORTCULLIS:)
11/30/42 12:00 - 12/05/42 Operation PORTCULLIS: Four Fast Merchant ships to Malta ~ Convoy MW.14 from Alexandra, Egypt to Malta
12/02/42 14:30 Convoy MW.14 from Port Said, Egypt Destroyers: HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Belvoir, HMS Hursley, HMS Pakenham, and HMS Petard Merchant Ships: SS Agwimonte, SS Alcoa Prospector, and SS Glenartney
12/02/42 18:00 Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth (L 28) sails from Convoy MW.14 to Alexandria, Egypt with defects.
12/02/42 18:30 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) embarks service personnel from Alexandra, Egypt and sails to overtake Convoy MW.14.
12/02/42 22:30 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) picks up six occupants of an RAF dinghy.
12/02/42 sails from Alexandria, Egypt and joins Convoy MW.14 Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HMS Aldenham, HMS Dulverton, HMS Exmoor, HMS Hurworth, and HMS Paladin
12/02/42 Vice Admiral Malta reports that furnace fuel is urgently required, it is decided that a tanker shortly due at Benghazi, Libya would be included in Convoy MW.14. Originally it had been intended to send the tanker in a separate convoy to Malta.
12/02/42 Convoy MW.14 from Alexandria, Egypt to Malta Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Aldenham, HMS Belvoir, HMS Dulverton, HMS Exmoor, HMS Hursley, HMS Paladin, HMS Pakenham, and HMS Petard Merchant Ships: SS Agwimonte, SS Alcoa Prospector, and SS Glenartney
 
12/03/42 17:00 Escort Destroyer HMS Croome (L 62), Escort Destroyer HMS Tetcott (L 99), and Tanker SS Yorba Linda (6,900 tons) (Panama) joins Convoy MW.14 northeast of Benghazi, Libya.
12/03/42 19:00 Force K sails from Malta to join Convoy MW.14 Light Anti-aircraft Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido, and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian
12/03/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) joins Convoy MW.14 durring daylight and at night proceedes ahead at high speed to Malta.
12/03/42 - 12/04/42 Force K provides close cover during both nights for Convoy MW.14 Light Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido, and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian
 
12/05/42 Convoy MW.14 arrives at Malta Light Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, HMS Dido, HMS Euryalus, and HMS Orion Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Aldenham, HMS Belvoir, HMS Croome, HMS Dulverton, HMS Exmoor, HMS Hursley, HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, HMS Nubian, HMS Paladin, and HMS Tetcott
12/05/42 Destroyer HMS Paladin (G 69) and Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sail from Malta for Alexandra, Egypt.
 
 
DECEMBER 1942
December 1, 1942 Tuesday
Air Operations
12/01/42 11:09 aircraft from Gibraltar sight a Submarine at position 38º27'N, 09º50'W.
 
Naval Operations
12/01/42 Force Q sails from Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria to Bône, Algeria Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, HMS Aurora (Flagship), and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quentin.
12/01/42 Convoy UGS.2 arrives Casablanca, Morocco Minelayers: USS Keokuk, USS Salem, and USS Weehawken Merchant Ships: 40
12/01/42 Destroyer HMS Quentin (G 78) sails from Gibraltar and joins Force Q
12/01/42 Destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (G 92) and Destroyer HMS Redoubt (H 41) sail from Greenock, Scotland to join Convoy KMF.4 (Fast)
12/01/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Malta disembarks submarine torpedoes and sails for Alexandra, Egypt.
12/01/42 Hospital Ship HMHS Newfoundland sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria
 
Submarine Operations
12/01/42 17:05 Submarine U-375 torpedoes and severely damages Fast Cruiser Minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) at position 36º39'N, 00º15'E. HMS Manxman was struck in the port side causing flooding of Engine and Gearing Rooms, which disabled ship and caused 12-degree list. Destroyer HMS Eskimo (F 75) Escort Destroyer HMS Pathfinder (G 10) takes HMS Manxman in tow until Rescue Tug HMS Restive (W 39) arrived to take over the tow.
12/01/42 Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) sinks Auxiliary Submarine Chaser RN Togo (V 135) (108 tons) with scuttling charges 15 miles south of Cape Mele, Corsica.
 
 
12/01/42 17:05 - 12/03/42 06:40 The Battle of the Skerki Banks
12/01/42 17:05 Force Q sails from Bône, Algeria to intercept Axis Convoy H Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut, HMS Aurora (Flagship), and HMS Sirius Destroyers: HMAS Quiberon and HMS Quentin
12/01/42 Axis Convoy H sails from Palermo, Italy for Bizerte, Tunisia Destroyers: RN Camicia Nera, RN Folgore, and RN Nicoloso da Recco (Flagship) Torpedo Boats: RN Procione and RN Clio Merchant Ships: Transport Aspromonte (976 tons) (Italian), Transport Aventino (3,794 tons) (Italian), Transport KT-1 (850 tons) (German), and Transport Puccini (2,422 tons) (Italian).
12/02/42 proceeding at high speed Force Q engages Axis Convoy H at night. Destroyer RN Folgore sinks at position 37º40'N, 11º38'E Merchant Ships: Aspromonte sinks at position 37º43'N, 11º15'E, Aventino sinks at position 37º40'N, 11º00'E, KT-1 sinks at position 37°40'N, 11°5'E, and Puccini sinks at position 37º40'N, 11º10'E. Destroyers RN Nicoloso da Recco and RN Camicia Nera are severely damaged. Force Q suffers no damage.
12/02/42 08:45 Torpedo Boat RN Procione arrives Tunisia
12/02/42 22:00 Torpedo Boat RN Clio arrives Trapani, Sicily
12/03/42 Force Q returning to Bône, Algeria is 50 miles 048° from Cap de Guarde, Algeria when they come under air attack, first from German torpedo bombers from Kampfgeschwader 26 "Löwengeschwader (Lion Tamers)" (KG 26), then by a formation of 13 Junkers Ju-88s.
12/03/42 06:36 Destroyer HMS Quentin (G 78) is severally damaged by a hit in the side by a 500-kg bomb. HMAS Quiberon is damaged with near misses while she rescues HMS Quentin's crew.

12/03/42 06:40 HMS Quentin sinks with the loss of 10 of her crew at position 37º40'N, 08º55'E.
 
 
December 2, 1942 Wednesday
Air Operations
12/02/42 British Lockheed Hudson bombers from No. 500 Squadron RAF sink Submarine RN Dessie off Bône, Algeria at position 37°48'N, 02°14'E.
 
Naval Operations
12/02/42 Destroyer HMS Eskimo (F 75) joins Force Q at Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria.
12/02/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Croome (L 62) and Escort Destroyer HMS Tetcott (L 99) sail from Malta for Benghazi, Libya
12/02/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Alexandra, Egypt and embarks service personnel.
12/02/42 Rescue Tug HMS Restive tows Cruiser-minelayer HMS Manxman (M 70) to Mers El Kebir (Oran), Algeria
 
Submarine Operations
12/02/42 19:30 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) sinks by gunfire the over forty year old Transport Sacro Cuore (1100 tons) (Italian), sailing from Tripoli, Libya to Italy at position 35º28N, 11º20E. Some Luftwaffe personnel and a few soldiers were on board. HMS Umbra took nine German Air Force personnel and one soldier prisoner the remainders were able to reach shore on their own. Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returned to Malta to land her prisoners 12/04/42 HMS Umbra sails to resume her patrol twenty-four hours later.
 
 
12/02/42 - 12/04/42 Convoy "C" from Naples, Italy to Tripoli, Libya  
Italian Convoy "C"
Torpedo Boat RN Ardito
Torpedo Boat RN Arethusa
Torpedo Boat RN Lupo
Torpedo Boat RN Sagittario
Tanker Devoli (ex Perun, Yugoslavia) (4500 tons) (Italy)
Transport Chisone (6168i tons) (Italy)
Transport Veloce (5464 tons) (Italy)
12/02/42 Italian Convoy "C" sails from from Naples, Italy Torpedo Boats: RN Ardito, RN Arethusa, RN Lupo, and RN Sagittario Merchant ships: 3
12/02/42 14:00 Force K Destroyers sail from Malta to intercept Convoy "C" Destroyer Flotilla Leader: HMS Jervis Destroyers: HMS Javelin, HMS Nubian, and HMS Kelvin.
12/02/42 21:00 4x Fairey Albacore torpedo Bombers from No. 821 and No. 828 FAA squadrons attack the convoy south of the Kerkennah shoals and sinks Transport Veloce (Italian).
12/03/42 shortly after 00:01 Force K destroyers arrive and sinks Torpedo Boat RN Lupo, which was engaged in picking up survivors from Veloce which had just been sunk.
12/03/42 00:47 Torpedo Boat RN Lupo sinks at position 34°34'N, 11°39.5'E. Destroyer HMS Javelin (F 61) observes about 200 to 300 men in the water. Force K sustained no damage or casualties.
12/04/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returns to Malta and lands her prisoners, HMS Umbra sails to resume her patrol twenty-four hours later.
 
 
December 3, 1942 Thursday
12/03/42 The entire Spanish Fleet is reported to be arriving at Cartagena, Spain.
 
Air Operations
12/03/42 1x Douglas C-53 Skytrooper, 1x Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota), and 8x Supermarine Spitfire aircraft fly to Oran, Algeria.
12/03/42 1x Fairey Fulmar and 12x Hawker Hurricane aircraft fly to Algiers, Algeria.
 
Naval Operations
12/03/42 Convoy MKF.3 (Fast) arrives the Clyde, Scotland Escort Aircraft Carrier: HMS Archer Destroyer: HMS Lancaster and HMS Wells Cutters: HMS Gorleston and HMS Totland Sloops: HMS Folkestone, HMS Waveney, HMS Wellington, and HMS Weston Merchant Ships: 16
12/03/42 Convoy MKS.2 (Slow) arrives Liverpool, England Corvettes: HMS Aubretia, HMS Campion, HMS Carnation, HMS La Malouine, HMS Myosotis, HMS Mallow, and HMS Stonecrop Sloops: HMS Fowey and HMS Black Swan Minesweeper Trawler: HMS Port Stanley Catapult Aircraft Merchantman (CAM): Empire Day Merchant Ships: 32
12/03/42 Convoy TE.7 arrives Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 4
12/03/42 Convoy TE.7 (A) sails from Algiers, Algeria for Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 2
12/03/42 Convoy MKS.3 (X) (Slow) sails from Bône, Algeria for Liverpool, England Minesweepers: HMS Brixham, HMS Felixstowe, HMS Polruan, and HMS Rothesay Catapult Aircraft Merchantman (CAM): SS Empire Foam (7,047 tons) (CW) Merchant Ships: 50
12/03/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Avon Vale (L 06) and Escort Destroyer HMS Farndale (L 70) sail from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.4 (Fast)
12/03/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Clacton, and HMS Rhyl
 
Submarine Operations
12/03/42 Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Sainte Marguerite II (1,855 tons) (German) near San Remo, Italy.
12/03/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoes and damages the Torpedo Boat RN Antonio Mosto in the Gulf of Tunis at position 37º16'N, 10º22'E. HMS Unrivalled also damages with gunfire the Sailing Vessel Cesira Curreri (81 GRT) (Italy) in the Gulf of Tunis at position 37º09'N, 10º29'E.
 
 
December 4, 1942 Friday
12/04/42 during the night Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) passes through the Straits of Gibraltar
 
Air Operations
12/04/42 A Vickers Wellington, taking off from Gibraltar for El Adem, Libya crashed into the sea. One of the crew is killed, and one missing.
 
Naval Operations
12/04/42 from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) Minesweepers: HMS Bude, HMS Clacton, and HMS Rhyl
12/04/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives at Malta and disembarks service personnel.
12/04/42 4x MTBs arrive at Malta from Bône, Algeria.
 
 
December 5, 1942 Saturday
12/05/42 A Vickers Wellington bomber taking off from Gibraltar for El Adem, Libya crashes into the sea. One of the crew was killed, and one missing.
 
Naval Operations
12/05/42 08:00 Minesweeper HMS Dunbar (J 53) and Transport SS Kaimata (5,269 tons) (CW) arrive Gibraltar from Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow)
12/05/42 Convoy TE.7 (A) arrives Bône, Algeria Merchant Ships: 2
12/05/42 Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) arrives Gibraltar Merchant Ships: 9
12/05/42 Military Convoy 14 sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Calpe and HMS Quality Merchant ships: 2.
12/05/42 Military Convoy 14 arrives Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Calpe and HMS Quality Merchant ships: 2.
12/05/42 joins Convoy MKS.3 (X) (Slow) Corvettes: HMS Azalea, HMS Coreopsis, HMS Jonquil, and HMS Marigold Sloops: HMS Erne, HMS Leith. HMS Rochester, and HMS Scarborough
12/05/42 sails from Gibraltar to rejoin Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) Destroyers: HMAS Quickmatch, HMS Redoubt, and HMS Tanatside
12/05/42 Destroyer HMS Quality (G 62) joins Force Q at Algiers, Algeria.
12/05/42 Destroyer HMS Antelope (H 46) sails from Algiers to join Convoy KMF.4 (Fast)
12/05/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Calpe (L 71) sails from Algiers, Algeria for Gibraltar.
12/05/42 Destroyer HMS Paladin (G 69) and Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sail from Malta for Alexandra, Egypt.
12/05/42 Convoy KMF.4 (G) (Fast) from Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) to Oran, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Avon Vale, and HMS Farndale Merchant Ships: 5
 
Submarine Operations
12/05/42 Submarine HMS P 712 (ex RN Perla) (P 712) is formally handed over to the Greek Navy and renamed HHMS Matrozos.
 
 
December 6, 1942 Sunday
12/06/42 Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) divides into Convoy KMF.4 (A) (Fast) and Convoy KMF.4 (G) (Fast)
 
Air Operations
12/06/42 24x aircraft fly Anti-submarine sweeps from Gibraltar: 2x U boats are sighted. 1x is attacked with four depth charges: a white streak on the water was observed after the attack.
12/06/42 25x cased aircraft will arrive Gibraltar in Convoy KMS.4 (Slow).
12/06/42 6x Fairey Albacores, 6x Supermarine Walrus Amphibian, 3x Martlet IV (Grumman F4F-4B) Fighters, and 3x Fairey Swordfish, together with flying and maintenance crews for 6x Albacores and 6x Walruses, are being shipping in Escort Aircraft Carrier HMS Argus (D 49) in Convoy KMF.5 (Fast). The 6x Walrus aircraft will relieve No. 813 Squadron FAA at Gibraltar.
 
  Naval Operations
12/06/42 Convoy KMF.4 (A) (Fast) sails from Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) for Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMAS Quickmatch, HMS Redoubt, and HMS Tanatside Cutter: HMS Banff Sloops: HMS Egret, HMS Exe, and HMS Swale Minesweepers: HMS Rhyl, HMS Bude, and HMS Clacton Mine Depot Ship: HMS Helvig Merchant Ships: 8
12/06/42 Convoy KMF.4 (G) (Fast) sails from Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) for Oran, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Avon Vale, HMS Farndale Merchant Ships: 3
12/06/42 Convoy KMF.4 (A) (Fast) arrives Algiers, Algeria Destroyers: HMAS Quickmatch, HMS Redoubt, and HMS Tanatside Cutter: HMS Banff Sloops: HMS Egret, HMS Exe, and HMS Swale Minesweepers: HMS Rhyl, HMS Bude, and HMS Clacton Mine Depot Ship: HMS Helvig Merchant Ships: 8
12/06/42 Convoy KMF.4 (G) (Fast) arrives Oran, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Avon Vale, HMS Farndale Merchant Ships: 3
12/06/42 sails from Algiers to join Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) Light Cruiser: HMS Scylla Destroyers: HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, and HMS Zetland
 
Submarine Operations
12/06/42 Submarine HMS Tigris (63 T) torpedoes and sinks the Submarine RN Porfido about 90nm NNE of Bône, Algeria at position 38º10'N, 08º35'E.
12/06/42 the day after Convoy ON-149 dispersed Submarine U-155 sights Transport SS Serooskerk (8,456 tons) (Netherlands) on a zigzag course at position 37ºN 38ºW. U-155 hits SS Serooskerk with one of two torpedoes at 22:06, which brings her to a complete stop. At 23:17 U-155 hits SS Serooskerk with a coup de grâce in the stern but the ship only settled a bit. At 23:55 U-155 hits SS Serooskerk with a second coup de grâce amidships and sinking her within two minutes. No survivors were seen to abandon ship.
 
 
12/06/42 14:00 - 12/10/42 22:30 Operation QUADRANGLE "A" ~ Convoy MW.15 from Port Said, Egypt for Malta
Merchant ships to Malta are to sail in pairs; they are to be sail with ordinary convoys to the vicinity of Benghazi where surface forces from Malta are to reinforce the escort to Malta.
 
Air Operations
12/10/42 Photographic reconnaissance left some doubt as to whether three 6-inch Cruisers at Messina had left or not.
12/31/42 13:15 Vice Admiral Malta recalls Force K when reconnaissance establishes that there is no threat to Convoy MW.15.
 
Naval Operations
12/06/42 14:00 Convoy MW.15 sails from Port Said, Egypt for Malta Minesweepers: HMS Cromarty, HMS Boston, and HMS Whitehaven Merchant Ships: SS American Packer and SS Ozarda
12/10/42 11:00 Force K sails from Malta to join Convoy MW.15 Light Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian
12/31/42 18:15 Force K arrives Malta Light Anti-aircraft Cruisers: HMS Cleopatra, and HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Nubian.
12/10/42 11:00 Escort Destroyer HMS Belvoir (L 32) sails from Tobruk, Libya to join Convoy MW.15
12/10/42 07:00 joins Convoy MW.15 Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HMS Aldenham, HMS Croome, HMS Exmoor, and HMS Hursley
12/10/42 22:30 Convoy MW.15 arrives at Malta Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HMS Aldenham, HMS Belvoir, HMS Croome, HMS Exmoor, and HMS Hursley Minesweepers: HMS Cromarty, HMS Boston, and HMS Whitehaven Merchant Ships: SS American Packer and SS Ozarda
Operation QUADRANGLE "A"
 
 
December 7, 1942 Monday
Air Operations
12/07/42 1x Lockheed Hudson bomber, 22x Hawker Hurricanes, 9x Supermarine Spitfire, and 5x Bristol Beaufighters fly from Gibraltar to Maison Blanche aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria.
12/07/42 Photographic reconnaissance confirmed that Battleships: RN Vittorio Veneto, RN Littorio, and RN Roma have left Taranto. Force H is put on two hours' notice
 
Naval Operations
12/07/42 Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) arrives Bône, Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Scylla Destroyers: HMS Bicester, HMS Clare, HMS Hurricane, HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, and HMS Zetland Merchant Ships: 3
12/07/42 Convoy KMF.4 (Fast) arrives Philipeville, Algeria Light Cruiser: HMS Scylla Destroyers: HMS Bicester, HMS Lamerton, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton, and HMS Zetland Merchant Ships: 1
12/07/42 Convoy MKS.2 (A) (Slow) arrives Liverpool, England Corvettes: HMS Coltsfoot HMS Geranium HMS Honeysuckle HMIS Hyderabad HMS Lotus HMS Oxlip HMS Rhododendron HMS Spiraea HMS Violet Sloop: HMS Lowestoft Merchant Ships: 18
12/07/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow) Destroyers: HMS Velox and HMS Venomous Sloops: HMS Enchantress, HMS Fleetwood, and HMS Tay
12/07/42 sails from Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow) arrives Gibraltar Corvette: HMS Woodruff Minesweepers: HMS Ardrossan, HMS Lyme Regis (II), and HMS Worthing
12/07/42 Destroyer HMS Paladin (G 69) and Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrive Alexandra, Egypt HMS Welshman (taken in hand for re-conversion to minelayer after a long period as a stores carrier).
12/07/42 4x MTB's sail from Malta to to Bône, Algeria
12/07/42 Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Dido (37) sails from Malta for Bône, Algeria to join Force Q.
12/07/42 Corvette HMS Penstemon (K 61) joins Convoy MKS.3 (X) (Slow)
 
Submarine Operations
12/07/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) returns to Malta from a patrol in the Gulf of Tunis in support of Operation TORCH. Several attacks were carried out but without result.
 
 
Operation MH Two ~ Convoy ME.11 from Malta to Port Said, Egypt
Air Operations
12/07/42 17:55 to 18:25 Axis torpedo bombers unsuccessfully attack Convoy ME.11.  Escort Destroyer HMS Dulverton (L 63) has one officer killed and four ratings wounded by gunfire from the convoy. A Spitfire and Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) each claim to have shot down one aircraft.
12/08/42 13:30 5x Junkers Ju-88's dive-bomb Convoy ME.11 without causing any damage. One aircraft is shot down by gunfire and seen to crash nearby.
12/08/42 09:40 to 10:20 Convoy ME.11 is being shadowed. Fighters destroy two shadowing aircraft.
12/08/42 18:00 Convoy ME.11 fighters destroy a shadowing aircraft.
 
Naval Operations
12/07/42 10:00 Convoy MH.2 sails from Malta to Port Said, Egypt Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HHMS Pindos, HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Aldenham, HMS Belvoir, HMS Croome, HMS Dulverton, HMS Exmoor, HMS Hursley, and HMS Tetcott Merchant Ships: 8 Tanker: SS Yorba Linda
12/08/42 19:00 sails from Convoy ME.11 to join Convoy MW.15 Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Destroyers: HMS Aldenham, HMS Croome, HMS Exmoor, and HMS Hursley.
12/10/42 sails from Convoy ME.11 to Alexandria, Egypt due to fuel shortage Destroyers: HHMS Pindos and HMS Dulverton Tanker: SS Yorba Linda.
12/10/42 Escort Destroyer HMS Belvoir (L 32) sails from Convoy ME.11 to Tobruk, Libya to refuel and to escort Convoy MW.16.
12/11/42 07:00 Convoy ME.11 arrives Port Said, Egypt Destroyers: HHMS Vasilissa Olga, HMS Pakenham, HMS Petard, and HMS Tetcott Merchant Ships: 8
Operation MH Two
 
 
December 8, 1942 Tuesday
Air Operations
12/08/42 Anti-submarine escorts from Gibraltar: 5x aircraft on special night patrol off Almeria, Spain due to Submarine Depot Ship HMS Maidstone (F 44) sailing the next day.
 
Naval Operations
12/08/42 sails from Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow) to Gibraltar to refuel Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Summerside, and HMCS Ville de Quebec
12/08/42 sails from Gibraltar to join Convoy MKS.3 (X) (Slow) Corvettes: HMS Coreopsis and HMS Jonquil Sloops: HMS Tay and HMS Wear Minesweepers: HMS Ardrossan, HMS Dunbar, HMS Lyme Regis (II), and HMS Worthing
12/08/42 from Gibraltar sails to overtake Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow) Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Summerside, and HMCS Ville de Quebec
12/08/42 Destroyer ORP Blyskawica (Blyskavica) (Lightning) (WZ.44) and Destroyer HMS Vanoc (H33) Sloop HMS Sandwich (L 12) escorting French Merchant Ships: 7 arrive Gibraltar from Algiers, Algeria.
12/08/42 Destroyer HMAS Quickmatch (G 92) and Destroyer HMS Redoubt (H 41) arrive Gibraltar from Algiers, Algeria
 
 
December 9, 1942 Wednesday
12/09/42 Sloop HMS Bideford (L 43) rams the anchored Corvette HMCS Louisburg (K 143) in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
 
Air Operations
12/09/42 04:00 3x Lockheed Hudson bombers fly from Gibraltar to Elida aerodrome.
12/09/42 22:00 3x Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) of the 105º Gruppo AS (105th Torpedo group) sink Corvette HMS Marigold (K 87) off Algiers
 
Naval Operations
12/28/42 Convoy TE.11 sails from Gibraltar for Oran, Algeria Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Ville de Quebec, and HMS Nasturtium Boom Defence Vessel: HMS Barbarian Mine Disposal Ship: HMS Borde Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera Merchant Ships: 5
12/09/42 Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Otranto (20,026 tons) (CW) sails from Gibraltar joins Military Convoy 15 for Oran, Algeria
12/09/42 Landing Ship Infantry (L) SS Tegelberg (14,150 tons) (Netherlands) sails from Gibraltar joins Military Convoy 15 for Algiers, Algeria
 
 
December 10, 1942 Thursday
Air Operations
12/10/42 6x Spitfire aircraft fly from Gibraltar for Maison Blanche aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria and 4x Spitfire aircraft for Tafaraoui aerodrome (Oran), Algeria.
12/10/42 3x Lockheed Hudson bombers fly from Gibraltar to Elida aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria.
 
 
December 11, 1942 Friday
12/11/42 40x German bombers heavily damage Destroyer ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) (WZ.44). ORP Blyskawica undergoing repairs until 05/12/42.
 
Naval Operations
12/11/42 Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) sails from the Clyde, Scotland for Bône, Algeria Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Pozarica Corvettes: HMCS Algoma, HMCS Calgary, HMCS Camrose, HMCS Kitchener, HMCS Moosejaw, HMCS Regina, and HMS Petunia Sloops: HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings, and HMS Londonderry Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Minesweepers: HMIS Baluchistan and HMIS Carnatic
  ** 12/11/42 arrives Gibraltar Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Boreas, HMS Porcupine, HMS Vanoc, and ORP Blyskawica (Lightning) (Blyskavica) Submarine Depot Ship: HMS Maidstone
 
Submarine Operations
12/11/42 16:30 Submarine U-443 torpedoes and sinks Escort Destroyer HMS Blean (L 47) about 60 nautical miles west of Oran, Algeria at position 35º55'N, 01º50'W. (Seven officers and eighty ratings, together with four Sergeant Pilots, RAF, who had been taking passage in HMS Blean, were rescued by Destroyer HMS Wishart (I 67) and brought into Gibraltar 12/12/42).
 
 
December 12, 1942 Saturday
Air Operations
12/12/42 20x Spitfire, four Hurricanes, 2x C 47s, and a Fairey Swordfish aircraft fly to Oran, Algeria.
12/12/42 13x Lockheed Hudson bombers returned to Gibraltar from Oran, Algeria.
 
Naval Operations
12/12/42 at Algiers, Algeria Italian frogmen from the Submarine RN Ambra attach a limpet mines: Sinking Transport SS Berto (1,493 tons) (Norway) and Liberty Ship SS Ocean Vanquisher (7,174 tons) (CW); Heavily damage Transport SS Empire Centaur (7,041 tons) (CW); and after being damaged Transport SS Harmattan (4,558 tons) (CW) is beached to avoid sinking.
 
 
 
Submarine Operations
12/12/42 Torpedo Boat RN Fortunale attacks and sinks Submarine HMS P 222 (P 222) with depth charges in Bay of Naples, southeast of Capri.
 
 
December 13, 1942 Sunday
Air Operations
12/13/42 Fleet Air Arm Fairey Albacores sink a merchant ship south of Marittimo bound for Tunis, Tunisia.
 
Naval Operations
12/13/42 18:40 Force K performs an offensive sweep south of Malta Light Cruiser: HMS Orion Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser: HMS Cleopatra Destroyers: HMS Jervis, HMS Kelvin, and HMS Paladin
12/13/42 18:40 Force K performs an offensive sweep south of Malta Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser: HMS Euryalus Destroyer: HMS Nubian and HMS Jervis
12/13/42 Force K returns Malta after being unable to make contact.
12/13/42 Convoy KMS.4 (G) (Slow) arrives Bône, Algeria Destroyers: HMS Velox and HMS Venomous Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Summerside, HMCS Ville de Quebec Sloops: HMS Enchantress and HMS Fleetwood Merchant Ships: Algiers 3 Oran 1 Bône 58
12/13/42 Destroyer HMS Eskimo (F 75) and Destroyer HMS Quality (G 62) deploy with Force Q.
 
Submarine Operations
12/13/42 Sloop HMS Enchantress (L 56) rams and sinks Submarine RN Corallo off Bougie, Algeria at position 36º58'N, 05º07'E.  HMS Enchantress sustained structural damage forward while RN Corallo had no survivors.
12/13/42 Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) damages the Transport SS Macedonia (2,875 tons) (German), which was beached and abandoned. She also launched an attack on Transport SS Nino Bixio (7,137 tons) (Italy) but missed north of Sousse, Tunisia.
 
 
December 14, 1942 Monday
12/14/42 No. 608 Squadron RAF is transferring to Algiers, Vice Admiral Gibraltar, asks for a relief Squadron to be sent to Gibraltar from the United Kingdom. In order that anti-submarine patrols may be maintained.
12/14/42 ASV-radar Albacore aircraft are to be used in the future for night anti-submarine sweeps when Carriers are in harbor. Vice Admiral Gibraltar is instructed to report facilities available at Gibraltar and to explore the facilities at La Senia Aerodrome (Oran), Algeria.
 
Air Operations
12/14/42 Force Q Light Cruisers: HMS Argonaut and HMS Aurora Destroyers: HMS Eskimo and HMS Quality returning from patrol in the Bizerte-Marittimo Channel are attacked by Italian aircraft.
 
Naval Operations
12/14/42 Force K returns Malta from offensive sweep after being unable to make contact.
12/14/42 Convoy MKF.4 (Y) (Fast) arrives Gibraltar Light Cruisers: HMS Delhi Destroyers: HMS Antelope, HMS Boreas, and ORP Blyskawica Merchant ships: 5
 
Submarine Operations
12/14/42 22:12 Submarine U-443 torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Edencrag (1,592 tons) (CW) west of Algiers at position 35º49'N, 01º25'W. Corvette HMS Samphire (K 128) picks up 11 survivors.
12/14/42 Submarine RN Mocenigo badly damages Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Argonaut (61) in her bow and stern west of Gaita Island. 2 of HMS Argonauts 4 propellers remain operational and she was able to reach Algiers, Algeria under her own power.
12/14/42 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) sinks the Transport SS Castelverde (6,666 tons) (Italy) and Transport SS Honestas (4,959 tons) (Italy) off the Tunisian coast.
12/14/42 Submarine HMS Sahib (P 212) torpedoes and sinks the Transport SS Honestas (4,960 tons) (Italy) about 30nm NNW of Cape Bon, Tunisia at position 37º29'N, 10º46'E.
 
 
December 15, 1942 Tuesday
Submarine Operations
12/1542 Submarine HMS Unruffled (P 46) sinks the Transport SS Sant'Antioco (5,050 tons) (Italy) off Tunisia.
 
 
12/15/42 Destruction of the Submarine RN Uarsciek
12/15/42 04:05 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) and Destroyer HHMS Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga) (D 15 aka H 86), while on passage from Benghazi to Malta, at position 35º08'N, 14º28'E sighted on the port bow what was at first thought to be a ship. It was seen to be a submarine and the Commanding Officer of Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) considering it might have been Submarine HMS Umbra (P 35) returning to Malta from patrol in the Gulf of Hammamet, made the challenge.
12/15/42 04:10 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) reported being over the submarine. Three attacks were made, the last by Destroyer HHMS Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga) (D 15 aka H 86), which caused the submarine to surface. After the first attack, the submarine fired two torpedoes. Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) boarded the submarine; while doing so he collided with the submarine not realizing that she was going ahead under wheel after abandoning. Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56)'s bows were set back four feet and she sustained under water damage forward and after necessitating repairs in dock. She was however reasonably seaworthy and could steam at least twenty knots.
12/15/42 11:30 Destroyer HMS Paladin (G 69) and Destroyer HMS Kelvin (F 37) sailed from Malta to assist.
12/15/42 12:23 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) had the submarine in tow until she sank. Thirty-two prisoners were taken which included four officers. The Commanding Officer of the RN Uarsciek was killed. Her signal publications and ciphers were captured.
12/15/42 16:15 Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56) and Destroyer HHMS Vasilissa Olga (Queen Olga) (D 15 aka H 86) arrived at Malta.
 
 
December 17, 1942 Thursday
Air Operations
12/17/42 16x Lockheed Hudson bombers were flown to Blida aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria.
 12/17/42 a Vickers Wellington bomber force lands twelve miles west northwest of Cape Fegalo (Oran) Algeria. A Catalina rescued the crew, and the Wellington is towed into Mersa Buzudjar. HMS Formidable conducted salvage operations.
 
Submarine Operations
12/17/42 HMS Saracen fires four torpedoes at the Transport SS Ankara (4768 tons) (German) and one of her escorts the Destroyer RN Camicia Nera north of Bizerte, Tunisia. All torpedoes fired missed their targets.
 
 
December 18, 1942 Friday
Air Operations
12/18/42 14x Wellington and 3x Lockheed Hudson bombers fly to Algiers, Algeria.
 
 
December 19, 1942 Saturday
Air Operations
12/19/42 10x Vickers Wellington bombers and 14x Bristol Beaufighters arrived Gibraltar from the United Kingdom.
12/19/42 6x Vickers Wellington bombers fly from Gibraltar to Blida aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria; 13x Bristol Beaufighters fly from Gibraltar to Maison Blanche aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria.
 
Naval Operations
12/19/42 17:00 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Alexandra, Egypt for Haifa, Palestine Mandate for mine laying exercises.
 
10/18/42 evening - 10/20/42 Attack on Enemy Convoy:
10/18/42 evening aircraft sight a southbound convoy consisting of one large tanker and three merchant vessels escorted by seven destroyers in the vicinity of Pantellaria.
10/19/42 - 10/20/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211), Submarine HMS United (P 44), Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42), Submarine HMS Utmost (N 19), and Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) were moved so as to intercept this convoy and attacked at various times. Swordfish and Albacore aircraft attacked with bombs and torpedoed at night.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unbending (P 37) sinks Destroyer RN Giovanni da Verazzano and Transport SS Beppe (4,459 tons) (Italy) about 30 nautical miles south-west off Lampione Island at position 37º52'N, 12º05'E.
10/19/42 Submarine HMS Unbroken (P 42) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Edda (6,107 tons) (Italy) near Gerba, Tunisia at position 33º45'N, 11º12'E.
10/20/42 Submarine HMS Safari (P 211) sinks Transport SS Titania (5,397 tons) (Italy) east of Tunisia at position 34º45'N, 12º31'E.
 
December 20, 1942 Sunday
12/20/42 08:30 Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) passes through the Straits of Gibraltar eastbound.
 
Naval Operations
12/20/42 arrives Gibraltar from Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) Sloops: HMS Bideford and HMS Londonderry Cutters: HMS Landguard and HMS Lulworth Minesweepers: HMIS Baluchistan and HMIS Carnatic
 
 
December 21, 1942 Monday
Naval Operations
12/21/42 Destroyer HMS Quality (G 62) from Force Q joins Convoy KMF.5 (A).
12/21/42 sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria LCI (L): 6, 161, 162, 163, and 210.
 
Submarine Operations
12/21/42 Submarine U-562 sinks Transport SS Strathallan (23,722 tons) (CW) 12 miles off Oran at position 36°01'N, 00°33'W.
 
 
December 22, 1942 Tuesday
Naval Operations
12/22/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Haifa, Palestine Mandate for Alexandra, Egypt
 
 
December 23, 1942 Wednesday
12/23/42 16:54 ANCXF reports that the reserve of Fairey Albacore aircraft in the Western Mediterranean is exhausted and requests early replenishment.
 
Naval Operations
12/23/42 from Gibraltar joins Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) Destroyers: HMS Venomous, HMS Velox, and HMS Wivern Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus, HMS Penstemon, HMS Samphire, HMS Vetch, and HMCS Woodstock Sloop: HMS Fleetwood
12/23/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Alexandra, Egypt
 
 
December 24, 1942 Thursday
12/24/42 Amiral de la Flotte Jean Louis Xavier François Darlan is assassinated in his headquarters at Algiers, Algeria.
12/24/42 a Maintenance Party is to be sent from Gibraltar to No. 813 Squadron FAA Algiers, Algeria to assist in the maintenance of shore based aircraft. The party will be accommodated at Blida aerodrome (Algiers), Algeria.
 
Naval Operations
12/24/42 arrives Gibraltar from Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) Corvettes: HMCS Algoma, HMCS Calgary, HMCS Camrose, HMCS Kitchener, HMCS Moosejaw, HMCS Prescott, HMCS Regina, and HMS Petunia Sloop: HMS Hastings
 
 
December 25, 1942 Friday
12/25/42 Torpedo Boats RN Ardente, RN Ardito and possibly RN Audace sink with depth charges Submarine HMS P48 (P 48) northwest of Zembra Island in the Gulf of Tunis at position 37º15'N, 10º30'E.
 
 
12/25/42 - 12/29/42 Operation PENTAGON: The Coordinated demonstration of land, sea, and air power to force Djibouti (a country in the Horn of Africa) to come to terms.
 
 
December 26, 1942 Saturday
Naval Operations
12/26/42 Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser HMS Dido (37) from Force Q joins Force H at Gibraltar.
12/26/42 Force K sails for exercises with Naval Air Squadrons south of Filfla Island (a.k.a. Delimara Island, St Paul's Island, Manoel Island, and Fungus Rock), Malta
12/26/42 Light Cruiser HMS Ajax (22) arrives Gibraltar from the United Kingdom.
 
Submarine Operations
12/26/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) sinks with gunfire Auxiliary Submarine Chaser RN Margherita (O-97) (69 tons) about 5nm north of Mehedia, Tunisia at position 35º32'N, 11º05'E.
 
 
December 27, 1942 Sunday
Naval Operations
12/27/42 Convoy KMS.5 (G) (Slow) arrives Bône, Algeria Anti-aircraft Ship: HMS Pozarica Destroyers: HMS Velox, HMS Venomous, and HMS Wivern Corvettes: HMS Convolvulus, HMS Penstemon, HMS Samphire, HMS Vetch, and HMCS Woodstock Sloop: HMS Fleetwood Merchant Ships: 4
12/27/42 Light Cruiser HMS Ajax (22) sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria.
12/27/42 17:30 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) sails from Alexandra, Egypt for Malta with service personnel and MTB's spare gear for Bône, Algeria and a small quantity of stores for Malta. The Captain Coastal Forces also took passage to Malta on transference of all available MTBs to the Western Mediterranean under Naval Commander Expeditionary ports.
 
 
December 28, 1942 Monday
Naval Operations
12/28/42 Convoy TE.11 sails from Gibraltar for Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Ville de Quebec, and HMS Nasturtium Boom Defence Vessel: HMS Barbarian Mine Disposal Ship: HMS Borde Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera Merchant Ships: 5
 
Submarine Operations
12/28/42 Submarine HMS Ursula (N 59) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Odysseus (ex Gran (Norway)) (4,140 tons) (German) about 12 nm NW of Marettimo Island, Italy at position 38º09'N, 11º54'E.
 
 
December 29, 1942 Tuesday
Naval Operations
12/29/42 Minesweeper HMS Welshman (M 48) arrives Alexandra, Egypt
 
Submarine Operations
12/29/42 Submarine HMS Turbulent (N 98) torpedoes and sinks Transport SS Marte (5,290 tons) (Italy) east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia at position 39º17'N, 09º41'E.
 
 
December 31, 1942 Thursday
Naval Operations
12/31/42 13:00 Force K arrives Malta Light Anti-aircraft Cruiser: HMS Euryalus Destroyers: HMS Pakenham and HMS Javelin
12/31/42 Convoy TE.11 arrives Algiers, Algeria Corvettes: HMCS Alberni, HMCS Baddeck, HMCS Port Arthur, HMCS Ville de Quebec, and HMS Nasturtium Boom Defence Vessel: HMS Barbarian Mine Disposal Ship: HMS Borde Landing Ship Tanks: HMS Bachaquero, HMS Misoa, and HMS Tasajera Merchant Ships: 5
12/31/42 Light Cruiser HMS Ajax (22) joins Force Q at Bône, Algeria.
 
Submarine Operations
12/31/42 Submarine HMS Unrivalled (P 45) torpedoes and sinks the Transport SS Maddalena (345 tons) (Italy) southeast of Mehedia, Tunisia in position 35º18'N, 11º23'E.
 
 
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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 12/10/2012 10:49:09 AM   
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this is the bees Knees

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 12/10/2012 12:34:04 PM   
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 As you can see this is the abridged version of Torch.
 


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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/10/2013 7:27:19 AM   
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Aha!

I gather this is the thread in question ... good OOB for Naval stuff, and I can probably work out the land stuff myself!

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/10/2013 8:03:02 AM   
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Yes for years after I quit the beta I was working trying to get you all ready for the release of MWiF.

I tried to do a guide to how to play the game and help you have at least a naval historical set up.



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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/10/2013 11:00:14 AM   
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Good work, working within the constraints of the game counters I still feel I get a reasonable setup.

Still not exactly what I'd like, but reasonable.

Thanks!

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/10/2013 11:13:26 AM   
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wow!
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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/10/2013 8:30:26 PM   
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This topic should be a sticky.

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/11/2013 12:25:52 AM   
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So is someone going to try to generate a "Historical Start for Global War" saved game (or setup files)? I'd be interested to see it.

Also, remember that you can rename units in MWIF, so that might help add flavor.

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 11/11/2013 1:09:45 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Grotius

So is someone going to try to generate a "Historical Start for Global War" saved game (or setup files)? I'd be interested to see it.

Also, remember that you can rename units in MWIF, so that might help add flavor.

Yes, you can rename units. But be very, very careful.

I have already seen fatal errors from a couple of players who have messed up/damaged the land unit data files when they edited them. The files are not user friendly.

Using a spreadsheet instead of NotePad (or the like) may help prevent typos. The spreadsheet reads in the file as a CSV and then needs to write out the file as a CSV. And for Heavens sake (and yours), make a backup copy of everything before you start editing the data files.

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RE: For the Purists September 9. 1939 - 2/26/2014 8:40:30 AM   
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