HMS Bonaventure (31)
Light cruiser of the Dido class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||20 Mar 1937|
|Laid down||30 Aug 1937|
|Launched||19 Apr 1939|
|Commissioned||24 May 1940|
|Lost||31 Mar 1941|
|Loss position||33° 20'N, 26° 35'E|
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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|1||Capt. Henry Jack Egerton, RN||29 Mar 1940||31 Mar 1941|
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Notable 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.