Halcyon Class Minesweepers

HMS Gleaner 1943

 
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HMS Gleaner
HMS Gleaner
Source NMM N 6780

DATE OF ARRIVAL

LOCATION

DATE OF DEPARTURE

ORDERS, REMARKS ETC

11.1.43

Scapa

11.1.43

 

13.1.43

Grimsby

24.2.43

14/1 GLEANER taken in hand for refit Consolidated Fisheries, Grimsby  D/C 10/2

12/2 D/C now 23/2

26.2.43

Scapa

6.3.43

 

In early March GLEANER sailed up to Hvalfjord and operated there locally as a minesweeper until mid June when ships of the 15th M/S Flotilla arrived in the area.

9.3.43

Hvalfjord

8.5.43

18/3 Two mines cut by GLEANER while carrying out sweeps, clearance sweep of area will be carried out on completion of boiler cleaning

11.5.43

Scapa

27.5.43

 

30.5.43

Hvalfjord

5.6.43

GLEANER can be taken in hand about 19/6 by Messrs Consolidated Fisheries, Grimsby for making good defects

8.6.43

Hvalfjord

9.6.43

 

14.6.43

Scapa

17.6.43

 

18.6.43

Humber

22.7.43

Maintenance: D of D 12/7 Completes 21/7

24.7.43

Scapa

28.7.43

 

29.7.43

Londonderry

3.9.43

 

 

Halcyon Class Minesweepers - HMS Gleaner, Halcyon, Salamander 6.8.43 Londonderry (IWM)           Halcyon Class Minesweepers - HMS Gleaner, Halcyon, Salamander 6.8.43 Londonderry (IWM)

Gleaner, Halcyon, Salamander 6.8.43 Londonderry (IWM A18557/9)

Halcyon Class Minesweepers - HMS Gleaner, Halcyon, Salamander 6.8.43 Londonderry (IWM)

DATE OF ARRIVAL

LOCATION

DATE OF DEPARTURE

ORDERS, REMARKS ETC

4.9.43

Scapa

12.9.43

 12/9 Left Scapa for Seidisfiord for Operation S F

14.9.43

Seidisfiord

14.9.43

Arrived Seidisfiord, sailing p.m. for Hvalfiord

16.9.43 Hvalfiord   Arrived Hvalfiord
17.9.43 Hvalfiord   Left Hvalfiord for Seidisfiord for Operation S F

19.9.43

Seidisfiord

21.9.43

21/9 Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F (anti U-boat patrols by surface forces and aircraft in the Iceland Faroes passage) 25/9 Returned to Seidisfiord

25.9.43

Seidisfiord

2.10.43

2/10 Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F.

      8/10 Returned to Scapa, sailing p.m. for London for refit
     

 

EXTRACT FROM

THE WAR DIARY OF THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF, HOME FLEET
October 1943

 

 

110. Operation S.F.

 

Operation S F continued throughout October but on a reduced scale owing to the withdrawal of all destroyers after the first week. No Fleet destroyers could be made available owing to increasing commitments elsewhere and the Western Approaches. S class which had been lent for this operation were required for miscellaneous duties in their own command and for trials

           

This reduction left the minesweepers, operating under Commander in Chief, Rosyth, from Seidisfiord, to carry on the patrols to which the 15th Flotilla contributed the majority of ships.

           

All patrols throughout the month were uneventful but Commander in Chief, Rosyth, informed the ships of the effect which their patrols were having in other areas. Air cooperation throughout October was provided by 18 Group.

Details of ships taking part in this operation are as follows:

Destroyers:

SCORPION (1st-2nd, 5th-8th)

SAVAGE (1st-2nd, 5th-6th)

SCOURGE (1st-2nd, 5th-8th) 

SARDONYX (1st-4th)

 

 

Minesweepers

HARRIER (1st-8th) 

HUSSAR (1st-25th)

GLEANER (1st-8th)

SALAMANDER (1st-13th) 

 

 

FRASERBURGH (7th-31st)

BOOTLE (16th-31st)

LLANDUDNO (9th-31st)  

ARDROSSAN (1st-31st)

LYME REGIS (1st-31st)

WORTHING (2nd-31st)

8.10.43

Scapa

8.10.43

GLEANER can be taken in hand for refit on 10/10 Green and Silley Weir, Tilbury

14.10.43

Sheerness

?

 

15.10.43

Tilbury

6.12.43

GLEANER taken in hand for refit by Green and Silley Weir, Tilbury. Date of completion 30/11

?

Sheerness

10.12.43

GLEANER completes today for sailing 1/12

12.12.43

Scapa

17.12.43

 

18.12.43

Aultbea

20.12.43

 

22.12.43

At sea

30.12.43

GLEANER joined as part of Ocean escort for JW55B. Although not attacked, the convoy was pursued by the Scharnhorst which was sunk on 26/12, the gun flashes being visible to the escorts of the convoy. Eastern local escort 28/12 to 30/12 included Halcyon and Hussar.

?

Kola Inlet

7.1.44

GLEANER then acted as local escort for the homeward bound RA55B, and she also performed other local escort tasks in Jan/Feb 1944

 

     

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