Allied Warships

HMS Activity (D 94)

Escort Carrier of the Activity class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
ClassActivity 
PennantD 94 
Built byCaledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland): Kincaid 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Feb 1940 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned15 Oct 1942 
End service20 Oct 1945 
History

Former merchant Telemachus, taken over while under construction.
Decommissioned on 20 October 1945.
Sold into merchantile service in April 1946 being renamed Breconshire.
Scrapped at Mihara, Japan starting on 24 April 1967.

 
Former nameTelemachus (merchant)

Commands listed for HMS Activity (D 94)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Capt. Guy Willoughby, RN15 Sep 194218 May 1944
2Capt. Colin Wauchope, DSC, RN18 May 194426 Sep 1944
3A/Capt. Edward John Robert North, RD, RNR26 Sep 194420 Oct 1945

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Noteable events involving Activity include:


3 Apr 1944

German U-boat U-288 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73°44'N, 27°12'E, by depth charges and rockets by Swordfish (Sqdn. 819) and Avenger / Wildcat (Sqdn 846) of the British escort carriers HMS Activity (Sqdn 819) and HMS Tracker (Sqdn 846).

For the following sequence of photographs that show U-288 being attacked shortly before sinking we would like to thank David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Tracker during that time.

Jun 1944


HMS Activity in June 1944.

Photograph with thanks to David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Activity during that time.

20 Feb 1945
HMS Activity (A/Capt. E.J.R. North, RD, RNR) picks up 92 survivors from the American merchant Peter Silvester that was torpedoed and sunk on 6 February by German U-boat U-862 south-west of Australia in position 34°19'S, 99°37'E.


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