One ship was bombed on the 6th. V. Hammersley-Heenan, RN) , Menestheus (Capt.(rtd.) Several hours before she was hit, her captain reported that she was running low on four-inch ammunition. That evening convoy PQ 17 also suffered its first attack from the air. Lancaster (7516 GRT, built 1918), Pack-Beresford, RN), Catterick (Lt. A. Tyson, RN), and 4 A/S trawlers. Exterminator (6115 GRT, built 1924), W.J. On commissioning, Curacoa became flagship of the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, part of the Harwich Force, … Lepper, RN), St. Marys (Lt.Cdr. Pan Kraft (5644 GRT, built 1919), The Admiralty decision was conveyed to Rear-Admiral Hamilton in the following three signals;  The liner was steaming an evasive "Zig-Zag Pattern No. Four aircraft are believed to have been shot down. HMS Daniella was escorting the submarines, HMS P 614 and HMS P 615. Pan Atlantic (5411 GRT, built 1919), ... Curacoa recommissioned for the gunnery school on 18 December 1933, until taken in hand in the summer of 1939 for conversion into an AA cruiser. They were about 20 nautical miles off the Irish coast which, had boats or rafts been launched, would have meant they were within easy reach of safety. A.H. Maxwell-Hyslop, AM, RN), light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt.  In July 1939, a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe, she began a conversion into an anti-aircraft cruiser at Chatham Dockyard. HMS Curacoa was engaged in convoy escort duties with the Queen Mary. A Type 279 early-warning radar was also installed. Cruiser force withdraw to the west at high speed. C.L. Rear-Admiral Hamilton was still covering the convoy with his cruiser force some ten miles to the north-eastward, with orders by the Admiralty to do so until ordered otherwise. From time to time boatloads of survivors from other ships already sunk were encountered and picked up. J.W. B.R. Dundas, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. Four aircraft are believed to have been shot down. Rear-Admiral Hamilton received the Admiralty orders at 2200/4. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. For reasons of war-time security, the facts of the tragedy were hushed until the war in Europe ended. C.C. The attacks ended at 0230/10 and half an hour later two Russian flying boats appeared. Komiles (3962 GRT, built 1932), That forenoon Rear-Admiral Hamilton’s force joined the fleet at 1040/6. AE2 – Stoker’s Submarine, Musical Composition by Lieutenant Matthew Klohs RAN. John Randolph (7191 GRT, built 1941), Empire Selwyn (7167 GRT, built 1941), When the mist cleared shadowing aircraft soon regained contact on the convoy. P.F. Anticipating their return to Narvik, HMS Sturgeon and FFL Minerve had been ordered on 6 July to leave the main patrol line and to patrol to the mouth of the Vest Fjord on the 7th and the 8th, one at a time, in case the Tirpitz should pass on the outside of the Lofoten Islands, owning to her heavy draught due to possible damage. Owning to threat of surface ships, convoy is to disperse and to proceed to Russian ports. My 2323B/4. J.W.M. On the 3rd several U-Boats were in contact for short periods but three were driven off by the escorts in the afternoon. Like Rear-Admiral Hamilton and Commander Broome he did not doubt that it heralded the immediate appearance of enemy heavy ships, and as the escorting destroyers parted company to join the cruisers, he signalled to HMS Keppel ‘Many thanks, goodbye and good hunting’ to which Commander Broome replied ‘It’s a grim business leaving you here’. They were escorted by the light cruisers Sirius (Capt. Brooking, RN), Curacoa (Capt. Shortly before that the close cover force had been ordered to withdraw to the west as it was obviously no match for the German heavy ships. Had he been aware that the Admiralty had no further information of the enemy heavy units then he himself possessed he would have remained in a covering position until the convoy was widely dispersed. Brooking, RN), Curacoa (Capt. Now back to the ships of convoy PQ 17. E.G.H. (2136B/4) HMS Daniella was escorting the submarines, HMS P 614 and HMS P 615. (1). Stary Bolshevik (3794 GRT, built 1933) D.C. Kinloch, RN), HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. This force was made up of; the auxiliary minelayers Southern Prince (A/Capt. This convoy of 35 ships sailed in two parts from Archangel and Murmansk and joined at sea on 28 June under Commodore N.H. Gale. The merchant ships proceeded mostly alone, or in groups of two or three. There 12 survivors from the merchant Olopana were found. A.A. Tait, DSO, RN), HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN), the minesweepers HMS Niger (Cdr.ret.) This convoy of 35 ships sailed in two parts from Archangel and Murmansk and joined at sea on 28 June under Commodore N.H. Gale. Three ships out of thirty-seven were now in port, not a very successful convoy so far. The Commander-in-Chief, having spent 4 July cruising about 150 nautical miles north-west of Bear Island, had turned to the south-westward in the early morning of the 5th, and was then on his way back to Scapa Flow some 120 nautical miles south-west of the force of Rear-Admiral Hamilton.
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