Allied Warships

HMS Bonaventure (31)

Light cruiser of the Dido class

HMS Bonaventure in October 1940

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
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° 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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1Capt. Henry Jack Egerton, RN29 Mar 194031 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.

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