Allied Warships

HMS Bonaventure (31)

Light cruiser of the Dido class


HMS Bonaventure in October 1940

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassDido 
Pennant31 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Mar 1937 
Laid down30 Aug 1937 
Launched19 Apr 1939 
Commissioned24 May 1940 
Lost31 Mar 1941 
Loss position33.20N, 26.35E
History

HMS Bonaventure (Capt. Henry Jack Egerton, RN) was torpedoed and sunk, while escorting convoy GA-8 from Greece to Alexandria, by the Italian submarine Ambra about 100 nautical miles south-south-east of Crete in position 33º20'N, 26º35'E. There were 310 survivors.  

Commands listed for HMS Bonaventure (31)

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1Capt. Henry Jack Egerton, RN29 Mar 194031 Mar 1941

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Noteable events involving Bonaventure include:


28 Dec 1940
HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) intercepts the German passenger/cargo ship Baden (8204 GRT) about 325 nautical miles north-east Ponta Delgada, Azores in position 43°00'N, 23°50'W. The German ship was en route from Tenerife to France. A capture was not possible due to the bad weather so Bonaventure had to sink the German ship with a torpedo.


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