If he met a ‘pocket battleship’ he intended to shadow it until dusk. HMS Virago was near missed and suffered four ratings killed, five ratings severely wounded and thirteen other casualties. On 18 November the Commodore was informed that the German merchant Ussukuma ( GRT, built ) might sail from Bahia Blanca for Montevideo at any time. Graham, DSO, RN). He therefore cancelled the fuelling of HMS Exeter, due to take place on 7 November from the oiler RFA Olynthus (6888 GRT, built 1918, Master L.N. At 2006 hours he was ordered by the Admiralty to establish a patrol to intercept the French Squadron if they sailed southwards from Casablanca. 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. Shortly afterwards there came news at last of the German heavy ships. She was to return at once to the Rio area if any raiders were reported in the South Atlantic. One Japanese aircraft was seen to go up in flames. Woodhouse, RN). J.M. The latter appeared to Admiral Tovey unlikely, for as it seemed certain that the Tirpitz, especially if damaged, would not be sailed down the Norwegian coast until adequate fighter cover and seaward reconnaissance were available. At 1217 hours a French bomber dropped six bombs close to HMS Barham. American Robin (5172 GRT, built 1919), A.H. Diack, DSC and Bar, RN). R.M. Rear-Admiral Hamilton received the Admiralty orders at 2200/4. Thus it came about that as the Resolution was turning, five torpedoes were seen approaching her port beam. By this time the Allied ships were well on their way home but an attempt to attack the enemy was once again made by submarines. But whatever the reason, the orders for his own force were clear, so he remained his westerly course at 25 knots. (3), 20 Mar 1940At 0600 hours HMS Dainty (Cdr. At 0905 hours, however, Vice-Admiral Cunningham warned his force that the situation was developing towards ‘Sticky’. On 18 November a new ‘Force X’ was formed, now made up of the Dupleix and her sister ship Foch (Capt. British Simeon, RN), Torrential rain was falling, hiding everything from view, but HMAS Australia and HMS Cumberland were able to keep in touch and at 1830/19 HMAS Australia managed to pass directions not to return to Dakar. It did not reach Vice-Admiral Cunningham until 1835 hours. Andrew, DSC, RN) that they had sighted a Japanese heavy cruiser and a destroyer proceeding to the north-west. The bombardment was reopened in the afternoon, at 1300 hours HMS Barham obtained a shore fix and turned north-west on her bombardment course. The latter appeared to Admiral Tovey unlikely, for as it seemed certain that the Tirpitz, especially if damaged, would not be sailed down the Norwegian coast until adequate fighter cover and seaward reconnaissance were available. 17th Destroyer Flotilla), HMS Ashanti (Cdr. The Walrus from HMS Shropshire made contact at 0952 hours next morning and alighted alongside in position 13°S, 11°44’E. R.S. Bonham-Carter, RN), HMS Racehorse (Cdr. She was engaged by the 6” guns from HMS Barham, HMS Resolution and HMS Dragon. Ever since the beginning of the war Commodore Harwood’s cruisers had worked off the east coast of South America either single or in pairs. Nagadelle, replaced by Capt. In October 1941 Cumberland joined the 1st Cruiser Squadron Home Fleet escorting the Arctic convoys until January 1944, winning the battle honour Arctic 1942-1943. 14 Jun 1940Convoy US 3, made up of the troopships (liners) Andes (25689 GRT, built 1939), Aquitania (44786 GRT, built 1914), Empress of Britain (42348 GRT, built 1931), Empress of Canada (21517 GRT, built 1922), Mauretania (35739 GRT, built 1939) and Queen Mary (81235 GRT, built 1936) with troop from New Zealand and Australia on board and escorted by the British heavy cruisers HMS Shropshire (Capt.