Halcyon Class Minesweepers HMS Hussar 1943
 
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Date of Arrival

Place

Date of Departure

Orders, Remarks etc

In Jan 1943 HUSSAR escorted Convoys KMS7 and UGS4 (American) within the Med.

22.1.43

Bone

25.1.43

 

27.1.43

Gibraltar

?

 

After a spell with MKS7 in February she carried out an A/S sweep into the Atlantic before re‑entering the Med for convoys GUS5, UGF6 and RS4.

3.2.43

Oran

6.2.43

 

12.2.43

Gibraltar

?

 

15.2.43

Gibraltar

16.2.43

 

?

Gibraltar

11.3.43

 

12.3.43

Oran

13.3.43

 

19.3.43

Oran

24.3.43

 

23.3.43

Gibraltar

?

 

27.3.43

Oran

28.3.43

 

28.3.43

Oran

?

 

29.3.43

Gibraltar

14.4.43

Maintenance at Gibraltar between 30 March and 7 April

22.4.43

Gibraltar

26.4.43

 

30.4.43

Bone

30.4.43

 

2.5.43

Algiers

2.5.43

 

3.5.43

Bone

?

 

9.5.43

Gibraltar

9.5.43

 

11.5.43

Algiers

15.5.43

 

By mid May the Admiralty was calling for HUSSAR and SPEEDWELL to be sailed home

23.5.43

Bizerta

23.5.43

HUSSAR was attached to the Algerine 12th MSF which joined forces for the Bangor 13th MSF at Bizerta to begin Operation Antidote the clearing of the passage through the Galita and Sicilian Channels as far as Tripoli.

26.5.43

Bizerta

28.5.43

 

2.6.43

Bone

3.6.43

 

5.6.43

Algiers

5.6.43

 

8.6.43

Gibraltar

?

 

20.6.43

Londonderry

22.6.43

 

24.6.43

Humber

11.8.43

26/6 HUSSAR taken in hand Humber Shipwrights Hull, completion 6/8

12.8.43

Scapa

?

 

?

Humber

16.8.43

 

17.8.43

Scapa

26.8.43

 

27.8.43

Londonderry

3.9.43

 

4.9.43

Scapa

12.9.43

 12/9 Left Scapa for Seidisfiord for Operation S F

14.9.43

Leading Supply Assistant John Mackenzie MacDonald D/MX72596 died, age 33 (Death due to 'illness': www.naval-history.net )

14.9.43

Seidisfiord

21.9.43

 21/9 Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F

25.9.43

Seidisfiord

2.10.43

 2/10  Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F, returned 7/10

7.10.43

Seidisfiord

9.10.43

 9/10   Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F, returned 12/10

12.10.43

Seidisfiord

18.10.43

 18/10 Left Seidisfiord for Operation S F, returned to Scapa 25/10

 

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)

25.10.43

Scapa

26.10.43

 Left Scapa for Aberdeen for boiler cleaning, arriving p.m.

26.10.43

Aberdeen

8.11.43

 Boiler cleaning

8.11.43

Scapa

?

 

14.11.43

Aultbea

15.11.43

 

15.11.43

At sea

24.11.43

HUSSAR formed part of Ocean escort for JW54A (19 ships) which left Loch Ewe 15/11 and arrived at the Kola Inlet on 24/11 without detection by the enemy. Local eastern escort included Seagull 24/11 to 26/11.

26.11.43

At sea

28.11.43

HUSSAR and Seagull formed part of the local eastern escort to RA54B (10 ships) 26/11 to 28/11. Harrier formed part of Ocean escort from 27/11 to 9/12. The convoy arrived Loch Ewe on 9/12 undetected after a passage in very poor weather.

29.11.43

Kola Inlet

15.12.43

 

?

Dvina Bar

17.12.43

 

20.12.43

At sea

 

HUSSAR part of eastern local escort to JW55A (which included Speedwell).

23.12.43

Dvina Bar

28.12.43

 

28.12.43

At sea

30.12.43

Eastern local escort to JW55B from 28/12 to 30/12 included Halcyon and HUSSAR.

31.12.43

Dvina Bar

?

 

31.12.43

At sea

1.1.44

Halcyon, HUSSAR and Speedwell provided local eastern escort to RA55B (8 ships).

     

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