PQ-18Iceland - Russia (Arctic Ocean)
12 Sep 1942 - 18 Sep 1942
|The Convoy||45 ships|
|First sighting||On 12 Sep 1942|
Destroyers Achates, Malcolm
Additionally the escort carrier Avenger and two destroyers are escorting the convoy.Close support escorts include Scylla, destroyers Onslow, Onslaught, Opportune, Offa, Ashanti, Eskimo, Somali, Tartar, Milne, Marne, Martin, Meteor, Faulknor, Intrepid, Impulsive and Fury. Covering force of the heavy cruisers Norfolk, London and Suffolk with the battleships Anson and Duke of York on stand by close by.
Among the ships were 3 minesweepers, two fleet tankers, one rescue ship (Copeland) and a tanker. The convoy is spotted by a German recon aircraft on the 12th.
The Luftwaffe sinks in several attacks 7 ships.
Ships hit from convoy PQ-18
|Date||U-boat||Commander||Name of ship||Tons||Nat.|
|13 Sep 1942||U-408||Reinhard von Hymmen||Oliver Ellsworth||7,191||am|
|13 Sep 1942||U-408||Reinhard von Hymmen||Stalingrad||3,559||sj|
|14 Sep 1942||U-408||Reinhard von Hymmen||Atheltemplar||8,939||br|
|14 Sep 1942||U-457||Karl Brandenburg||Atheltemplar (d.)||8,939||br|
3 ships sunk (19,689 tons) and 1 ship damaged (8,939 tons).
8 convoys on route PQ were hit by U-boats in the war.