Allied Warships

HMS Vindex (D 15)

Escort Carrier of the Nairana class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 15 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Laid down2 Jul 1942 
Launched4 May 1943 
Commissioned15 Nov 1943 
End service 

Aquired March 1942. Ex merchantile

Original penant was R 15, then changed to D 15.

After V.E. Day she went to the Far East and became known as the "Pacific Bus Service", transporting materiel and personnel to and fro around the oceans and across to Japan.

She returned to Rosyth in September 1946, and was sold back to the Port Line, her original owners, and was renamed Port Vindex and ran the Australia refridgerated cargo service until 1971 when she was broken up in Taiwan.


Commands listed for HMS Vindex (D 15)

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1Capt. Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss, RN8 Sep 194326 Dec 1944
2A/Cdr. John David Lewis Williams, DSC, RN26 Dec 194422 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Vindex include:

15 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-653 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 53°46'N, 24°35'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.J. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC and Bar, RN).

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 52°30'N, 28°28'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) and the British frigates HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Bligh (A/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Cooper, RNR (retired)) and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN).

22 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-344 was sunk in the Barents Sea north-west of Bear Island, in position 74°54'N, 15°26'E, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft from the escort carrier HMS Vindex (Sqdn. 825/X).

2 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-394 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea some nautical miles south-east of Jan Mayen island, Norway, in position 69°47'N, 04°10'E, by rockets and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) from the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and the British destroyers HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSO, DSC, RNR) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and the British sloops HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN) and HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RNR).

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