Allied Warships

HMS Manchester (15)

Light cruiser of the Gloucester class


HMS Manchester in 1942

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassGloucester 
Pennant15 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Nov 1935 
Laid down28 Mar 1936 
Launched12 Apr 1937 
Commissioned4 Aug 1938 
Lost13 Aug 1942 
Loss position36° 50'N, 11° 10'E
History

HMS Manchester (Capt. Harold Drew, DSC, RN) was sunk in the Central Mediterranean near Cape Bon, Tunisia, 4 nautical miles east Kelibia in position 36º50'N, 11º10'E, by 1 torpedo from Italian Motor Torpedo Boats Ms 16 or Ms 22.

 

Commands listed for HMS Manchester (15)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Henry Hugh Bousfield, RN17 Jan 193813 Apr 1940
2Capt. Herbert Annesley Packer, RN13 Apr 19404 Jun 1941
3Capt. Harold Drew, DSC, RN4 Jun 194113 Aug 1942

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1 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Aden for Colombo.

At the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Manchester was part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron which was based on the East Indies Station. The other cruisers that were part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron were her sister ships HMS Gloucester (Capt. F.R. Garside, CBE, RN wearing the Flag of Vice-Admiral Sir R. Leatham, CB, RN) and HMS Liverpool (Capt. A.D. Read, RN).

3 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Aden. She departed later the same day for Colombo.

7 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Colombo.

9 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Colombo for patrol.

14 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Colombo.

16 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Colombo for patrol.

21 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Bombay.

23 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Bombay to escort convoy K 4 part of the way towards Suez.

Convoy K 4 was made up of the British merchant vessels Erinpura (5128 GRT, built 1911), Karanja (9891 GRT, built 1931), Talamba (8018 GRT, built 1924) and Varsova (4691 GRT, built 1914).

23 Sep 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Bombay to escort convoy K 4 part of the way towards Suez.

Convoy K 4 was made up of the British merchant vessels Erinpura (5128 GRT, built 1911), Karanja (9891 GRT, built 1931), Talamba (8018 GRT, built 1924) and Varsova (4691 GRT, built 1914).

25 Sep 1939
Around 0800 hours (zone -4.5), HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) and the ships of convoy K 4 were joined in appoximate position 18°30'N, 63°06'E by HMS Rochester (Cdr. G.F. Renwick, RN) and two more merchant ships; Indora (6622 GRT, built 1938), Rohna (8602 GRT, built 1926).

4 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Aden.

8 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Aden to escort the French merchant vessel Cap Varella (7677 GRT, built 1922) until 1800C/12.

13 Oct 1939
At 0740C/13, HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) made rendez-vous with the British troopship (former liner) Empress of Australia (21560 GRT, built 1920).

15 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Bombay later the same day still escorting the British troopship (former liner) Empress of Australia (21560 GRT, built 1920).

19 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Bombay.

20 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Bombay for Colombo still escorting the British troopship (former liner) Empress of Australia (21560 GRT, built 1920).

23 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Colombo. She departed later the same day for Bombay escorting the British troopship (liner) Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938).

26 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Bombay.

27 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Bombay still escorting the British troopship (liner) Ettrick (11279 GRT, built 1938) until 1030EF/28.

29 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Bombay where she was immediately docked.

30 Oct 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) was undocked.

6 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) conducted exercises off Bombay.

10 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Bombay for Aden. HMS Manchester had been ordered to return to the U.K.

13 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Aden. She departed for Port Said later the same day.

15 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Port Said.

16 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Port Said for Malta.

18 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Malta.

20 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar.

22 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. She departed for Portsmouth later the same day. Upon leaving Gibraltar she was briefly escorted by HMS Keppel (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN).

25 Nov 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. Before joining the Home Fleet she underwent a repair and refit period.

18 Dec 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) conducted trials off Portsmouth. During the day, HMS Venomous (Lt.Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN), made two practice torpedo attacks on the Manchester.

22 Dec 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow.

24 Dec 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow.

26 Dec 1939
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow to relieve HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) on the Northern Patrol.

4 Jan 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

10 Jan 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) conducted exercises in and off Scapa Flow.

15 Jan 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow to intercept the damaged German merchant Trautenfels (6418 GRT, built 1921) off the Norwegian coast.

When it was leart that the Trautenfels had been taken in tow to Narvik the operation was cancelled and HMS Manchester proceeded on Northern Patrol duties.

27 Jan 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

2 Feb 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Northern Patrol.

12 Feb 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

15 Feb 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Northern Patrol.

17 Feb 1940
At 0930Z/17, HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN), is joined by the British destroyer HMS Gurkha (Cdr. A.W. Buzzard, RN).

At 1400Z/27 HMS Gurkha parted company and HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN) took over the escort duties until 0710Z/20.

20 Feb 1940
At 0755Z/20, HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN), joined HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) to escort this cruiser while she was on the Northern Patrol.

21 Feb 1940
At 1523Z/21, HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN), together with the destroyer HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN), intercepted the German merchant vessel Wahehe (4687 GRT, built 1922) in position 62°52'N, 15°03'W.

The Wahehe was taken to Kirkwall by HMS Kimberley. She entered service for the MOWT as Empire Citizen.

25 Feb 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

2 Mar 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Northern Patrol.

12 Mar 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.

18 Mar 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) departed Scapa Flow for the Northern Patrol.

28 Mar 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.H. Bousfield, RN) returned to Scapa Flow.


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