Allied Warships

HMS La Capricieuse

Minesweeper of the Elan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassElan 
Pennant 
Built byA & Ch Dubigeon (Nantes, France) 
Ordered 
Laid downJan 1938 
Launched19 Apr 1939 
Commissioned7 Jul 1940 
End service6 Jun 1945 
HistorySeized by the British on 3 July 1940 while at Portsmouth.
Operated by the Royal Navy until returned to France on 6 June 1945.
Stricken in September 1964. 

Commands listed for HMS La Capricieuse

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Sidney Albert Jones, RNR7 Jul 194021 May 1941
2Lt.Cdr. George William Dobson, RNR21 May 194118 Oct 1943
3Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clement Meyrick Norman, RN18 Oct 1943mid 1944

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Notable events involving La Capricieuse include:


27 Nov 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Jones, RNR) and HMS Van Oost. (1)

22 Jan 1941
HMS Cachalot (Cdr. J.D. Luce, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to lay a minefield off Bud, Norway.

She was escorted north by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Jones, RNR) until 1400/23 when HMS Wastwater (T/Lt. A.C. Munro, RNVR) took over the escort until 0900/24.

As no log for this period is available no map can be displayed. (2)

29 Jan 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol of the Azores.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Snapper (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol can be displayed. (3)

1 Feb 1941
HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) coming from patrol also joined for the passage north through the Irish Sea. (4)

3 Feb 1941
During 3 and 4 February 1941, HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN), conducted exercises in Inchmarnock Water. These included night exercises. Several practice attacks were made on HMS Cutty Sark (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN). (5)

9 Feb 1941
HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay west of the Gironde.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

No map of this patrol can be displayed as there are no logs available for HMS Talisman for this period. (6)

16 Feb 1941
At 0800 hours, HMS Talisman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). Both vessels then proceeded north through the Irish Sea towards Holy Loch. (6)

13 Apr 1941
At 0530 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) also joined company for the passage north. (7)

18 Apr 1941
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) ended her refit at Troon. She returned to Holy Loch the next day. En-route trials and exercises were carried out which included special W/T trials with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Jones, RNR). (8)

14 Jun 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (9)

24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.

The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.

This convoy was attacked in the morning by two submarines; HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) and HMS H 43 (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN).

In the afternoon the convoy was attacked (near Campbeltown) by HMS L 27 (Lt. H.N. Edmonds, DSC, RN), HMS H 31 (Lt. R.J. Hemingway, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN). (10)

25 Jun 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse

Later practice attacks were made on HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) and her escort which was made up of HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse and FFS La Moqueuse. (11)

9 Jul 1941
At 0343 hours, HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO, RN), made rendes-vous with her escort towards Holy Loch, HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (7)

24 Aug 1941
HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Barrow. She was sent back to her builders yard to make good several defects before she was to be sent to the Mediterranean.

During the passage to Barrow P 34 was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

1 Sep 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (12)

16 Sep 1941
HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN) departed Barrow for Gibraltar. She was to proceed to Malta to join the 10th submarine flotilla based there.

During the passage south through the Irish Sea P 34 was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) until Bishops Rock.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed.

22 Oct 1941
HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN) departed Sheerness for Rothesay. She was escorted until 2120 hours by HMS Cottesmore (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN).

At 0745/25 H 31 made rendez-vous with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) for onwards passage to Rothesay under escort. (13)

30 Oct 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Equerry (T/Lt. H.C. Hutchinson, RNVR). (12)

3 Nov 1941
In the morning HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with her escort HMS La Capricieuse (former French) (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (12)

7 Dec 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Gibraltar. She was escorted until Bishops Rock by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

As no log of HMS P 35 is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of the passage to Gibraltar. (14)

23 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) departed Rothesay for Milford Haven. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (15)

3 Jan 1942
HMS Tempest (Lt.Cdr. W.A.K.N. Cavaye, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) until 0106/5.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tempest during this passage see the map below.

(16)

8 Jan 1942
HMS Sealion (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (4)

5 Apr 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) departed Portsmouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (17)

8 Apr 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) and her escort HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) arrive at Rothesay. (17)

2 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) and HMS P 222 (Lt. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) departed their builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (18)

6 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN), HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) conducted practice attacks on a convoy made up of the submarine tenders HMS Cyclops (Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), HMS Titania (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) and their escort HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR). (19)

14 May 1942
After a work up period in the Clyde area HMS Traveller (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She makes the first part of the passage through the Irish sea together with HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) and HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, DSC and Bar, RN). They were escorted until Bishops Rock by the British minesweeper/escort vessel HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (20)

20 May 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (4)

26 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) as target. (18)

26 May 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included practice attacks on HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (21)

1 Jun 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) ended her 5th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick for Rothesay later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (22)

9 Jun 1942
HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for special noise trials off Barra Head. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (23)

10 Jul 1942
HrMs O 24 (Lt. W.J. de Vries, RNN) conducted radar trials on the Clyde. She also made some practice attacks on the British minesweeper/escort vessel HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (24)

14 Jul 1942
HrMs O 24 (Lt. W.J. de Vries, RNN) conducted radar trials on the Clyde together with Motor Torpedo Boats, HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN). (24)

15 Jul 1942
HMS P 48 (Lt. M.E. Faber, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made part of the passage together with HMS P 511 (Lt. D.E.O. Watson, DSC, RN) which was en-route to Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (25)

20 Jul 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) departed from Lerwick bound for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(G.W. Dobson, RNR). (4)

20 Jul 1942
HMS Sturgeon (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch together with HMS Trident (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) (26)

5 Aug 1942
HMS P 311 (Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (27)

8 Oct 1942
HMS Unique (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN) departed Holy Loch for her 22th war patrol.

Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Ursula (Lt. R.B. Lakin, DSC, RN), HMS Sealion (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN) and HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

Unique was ordered to patrol off Northern Spain to intercept the German blockade runner Belgrano and to proceed to Gibraltar upon completion of this patrol where she was to join the Mediterranean Fleet. She was expected to arrive at Gibraltar on 23 October and was declared overdue the next day. (4)

12 Oct 1942
With her refit completed, HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN), departed from Plymouth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (28)

14 Oct 1942
HMS P 54 (Lt. C.E. Oxborrow, DSC, RN) arrived at Holy Loch.

She departed for Gibraltar later the same day. During passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). At Gibraltar P 54 was to join the 8th Submarine Flottilla temporarily for the upcoming Allied invasion of North Africa. (29)

23 Oct 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north together with HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN). Escort was provided by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (30)

5 Nov 1942
HMS Trooper (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for the secret base of Port H.H.Z. (at Loch Cairnbawn) where she arrived the next day. Here she will take on board her Chariot human torpedoes.

Passage was made together with HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) and HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) that were both en-route to Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (4)

12 Nov 1942
HMS P 311 (Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) departed from Port HHZ (on the North-West coast of Scotland) bound for Malta. She is not stop at Gibraltar so not to alert the German and Italian spies stationed in 'neutral' Spain on the Chariot containers on her deck.

Passage south through the Irish sea was made together with HMS Trooper (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (31)

19 Nov 1942
HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (2)

7 Dec 1942
HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) and HMS P 49 (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) both departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (32)

22 Dec 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(G.W. Dobson, RNR) served as target. (33)

23 Dec 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(G.W. Dobson, RNR) served as target. (33)

26 Dec 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(G.W. Dobson, RNR) served as target. (33)

27 Dec 1942
HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(G.W. Dobson, RNR) served as target. (33)

17 Feb 1943
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, DSC, RN) cunducted gunnery exercises with a target towed by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (34)

25 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN).

The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (35)

18 Mar 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until about Scapa Flow when HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) took over the escort.

22 Mar 1943
During the night of 22/23 March 1943, HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN), conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Practice attacks were made on HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN) which was escorted by HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

These were followed by exercises in which HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) served as target for HMS Universal. (36)

29 Apr 1943
HMS Unsparing (Lt. A.D. Piper, DSC and 2 bars, RNR) departed Holy Loch for passage to Gibraltar. She made the passage south through the Irish Sea together with HMS Simoom (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN). They were escorted, until about 1800 hours/1 May, by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (37)

12 May 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN), USS Barb (Lt.Cdr. N. Lucker, Jr., USN) and USS Blackfish (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Davidson, USN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

23 May 1943
After repairs, HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Lerwick for the Clyde. She made the passage together with HMS Surf (Lt. D. Lambert, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (38)

31 Aug 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, DSC, RN) departs Holy Loch for Loch Loch Cairnbawn (Port H.H.Z.). She made the passage together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN), HMS Truculent (Lt.Cdr. R.L. Alexander, DSO, RN) and HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (39)

5 Sep 1943
HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Lerwick. She departed later the same day for Holy Loch escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until 0715/6 when off Scapa Flow where HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) joined and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) took over the escort. (37)

21 Sep 1943
HMS Unbroken (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Stoic (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN) and HMS Varangian (Lt. J. Nash, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (40)

24 Sep 1943
At 1653 hours (time zone -1), HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN), slipped and departed Lerwick bound for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (41)

28 Sep 1943
HMS P 614 (Lt. H.W. Wilkinson, RN) arrived at Holy Loch. She departed for Dundee later the same day. She was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) until 1053/30 when HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort. (42)

29 Sep 1943
HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. From Scapa Flow onwards she made the passage together with HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Unswerving (Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR). The submarines were escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (43)

30 Sep 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Scapa Flow bound for Holy Loch.

She made the passage together with HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) and HMS Stonehenge (Lt. D.S.M. Verschoyle-Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN). The submarines were escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (44)

1 Nov 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She makes the passage together with the British submarine HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN).

Early on the 3rd, off Scapa Flow, the other two ships left O-23 and the British ASW trawler HMS Thornwick Bay (A/Skr.Lt. J. Windram, RNR) took over the escort. (45)

27 Nov 1943
HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. She was escorted to Bishops Rock by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (46)

29 Nov 1943
At 1045 hours HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) and her escort, the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN), parted company off Bishops Rock. (46)

4 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She (and HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN)) were escorted in by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) with which they had made rendezvous the previous day of Bishops Rock. (29)

6 Dec 1943
At 1825 hours, HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN), HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) which came from Falmouth. They then proceeded north up the Irish Sea. (47)

6 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) departed Falmouth for Tobermory. She made te passage together with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN)). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). Off the Scillies they were joined by HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN). (29)

7 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). In the moring of 9 December by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) took over the escort. (48)

16 Jan 1944
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed Lerwick for passage to Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR). Around 0930/17 they made rendez-vous off Scapa Flow with HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) and their escort HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (20)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth where her battery was to be replaced. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (49)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Vox (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (50)

24 Mar 1944
HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) departed Lerwick for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS Truant (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS Safari (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN), HMS Vivid. (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) and HrMs Zeehond (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN). They were escorted by the British minesweepers HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN). (51)

16 May 1944
After a period of trials and training off the Scottish West coast, HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), departed from Holy Loch for the Far East. The first leg of the trip is to Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) and HrMs Zwaardvisch (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN). They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN).

No positions are noted in the ships logs so no map of this passage can be displayed. (52)

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ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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