Second world war
Second world war

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Second world war




Flag Officer in Charge of London

1939

Rear-Admiral Edward Boyle is appointed as the Flag Officer-in-Charge of London on the outbreak of the Second World War

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Location: Britain



Jack Hayward Volunteers for the Raf

1939

Jack Hayward volunteers to serve in the RAF at the start of WW2. After training in Yorkshire he flew Dakota transport aircraft supplying the 14th Army in Burma.

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Location: Britain



Von Mücke is Released

1939

Hellmuth von Mücke had eventually been released from the Kiel concentration camp and with the war approaching he volunteers to join the Kreigsmarine. However, he was considered politically unreliable and sent back to a concentration camp instead, this time in Hamburg. Luckily for him the Reichsstatthalter of Hamburg, Karl Kaufmann, considered von Mücke a national hero for his service in the Great War. He released von Mücke after a few months, citing that he was too ill for imprisonment.

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Location: Germany



Rmts Laird's Isle joins the Royal Navy

Aug 28, 1939

RMTS Laird's Isle is leased to the Royal Navy and becomes HMS Laird's Isle as an armed boarding vessel. She was fitted with one 4 inch gun and two QF two-pounder guns.

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Location: Britain



Torpedo Training Vessel

Sep 1939

HMS Melpomene is converted to a torpedo training vessel, fitted with one 21 inch torpedo tube on the forecastle.

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Location: Britain



HMS Warspite is Assigned to the Home Fleet

Sep 03, 1939

HMS Warspite is assigned to the Home Fleet

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Location: Britain



King George Vi Goes to France

Dec 1939

King George VI visits military forces in France

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Location: France



Whitworth is Made Vice-Admiral

Jan 01, 1940

Rear-Admiral Whitworth is promoted to the rank of Vice-Admiral

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Location: Britain



Torpedo Training Ship

1940

HMS Laird's Isle is converted to a torpedo training ship

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Location: Britain



Von Mücke Moves to Ahrensburg

1940

Hellmuth von Mücke moves to Ahrensburg in Schleswig-Holstein

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Location: Germany



Second Battle of Narvik

Apr 13, 1940

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Location: Norway



Liaison Officer to Leopold Iii

May 1940

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes is appointed liaison officer to Leopold III when Germany invades the Low Countries.

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Location: Belgium



Norway Debate

May 07, 1940

Roger Keyes takes his seat in parliament wearing the full dress uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet, including his medals, and then goes on to defend the navy and criticised the government during the debate. Chamberlain's government will fall two days later, and Winston Churchill will be made Prime Minister.

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Location: Britain



Director of Combined Operations

Jun 1940

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes is made the first Director of Combined Operations. His responsibilities will be the training of commandos and raids on hostile coasts.

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Location: Britain



Taranto Escorts Minelayers

Jul 1940

Taranto escorts two minelayers to lay a series of minefields in the Gulf of Taranto and in the southern Adriatic

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Location: Mediterranean



Buckingham Palace Bombed

Sep 13, 1940

Two German bombs explode in a courtyard at Buckingham Palace while the King and Queen were in the palace. In defiance, the Queen declared: "I am glad we have been bombed. It makes me feel we can look the East End in the face."

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Location: Britain



HMS Pegasus Protects Convoys

Nov 1940

HMS Pegasus is converted to the prototype fighter catapult ship. She escorted nine convoys between December 1940 and July 1941.

Fighters were launched from her catapult in order to defend convoys from Focke-Wulf Fw 200 maritime patrol bombers, and stop them from reporting a convoy's location to U-Boots. If they were out of range of land, the fighters would have to ditch at sea at the end of a patrol and hope to be recovered by a ship from their convoy.

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Location: Atlantic



Rowland Bourke joins Canadian Royal Navy

1941

Rowland Bourke joins the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve and is given command of HMCS Givenchy

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Location: Canada



HMS Melpomene is Renamed HMS Menelaus

1941

HMS Melpomene is renamed HMS Menelaus

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Location: Britain



Geoffrey Drummond Dies

Apr 21, 1941

Geoffrey Drummond dies from a fall. He had been serving as a member of the Royal Naval Patrol Service at the time.

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Location: Britain



HMS Medusa is Renamed HMS Talbot

May 1941

HMS Medusa is converted to a repair ship and renamed HMS Talbot as the depot ship for the 10th Submarine Flotilla

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Location: Britain



Keyes Quites Combined Ops

Oct 1941

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes steps down from his position as Director of Combined Operations because of disagreements with the Chiefs of Staff, who considered his ideas impractical.

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Location: Britain



Sinking of SS Corregidor

Dec 16, 1941

SS Corregidor is sunk in a minefield resulting in one of the greatest maritime disasters in the world.

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Location: Pacific ocean



Raid on Alexandria

Dec 19, 1941

The Italians raid Alexandria with human torpedoes and damage the British warships there

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Location: Alexandria



Ithaki Becomes Panamanian

1942

Ithaki is transfered to the Panamanian registry

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Location: Mediterranean



Rear-Admiral Edward Boyle Retires

1942

Rear-Admiral Edward Boyle retires from his position as the Flag Officer-in-Charge of London

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Location: Britain



Taranto Becomes a Training Ship

Feb 26, 1942

Taranto is turned into a training ship for the Italian navy

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Location: Italy



Bohol is Sunk

Apr 16, 1942

Bohol is sunk by a Japanese air attack in Manila Bay

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Location: Pacific ocean



HMS Pegasus Becomes Training Ship

Apr 20, 1942

HMS Pegasus is turned back into a seaplane training ship, and hosts 763 NAS aboard

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Location: Britain



Crutchley is Promoted to Rear-Admiral

Jun 13, 1942

Captain Crutchley is promoted to Rear-Admiral and given command of Task Force 44 based in Brisbane

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Location: Australia



Battle of Savo Island

Aug 08, 1942

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Location: Pacific ocean



Whitworth is Made Full Admiral

Jan 01, 1943

Vice-Admiral Whitworth is promoted to full Admiral

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Location: Britain



Keyes Created Baron

Jan 22, 1943

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes is elevated to the title of Baron Keyes, of Zeebrugge and of Dover in the County of Kent

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Location: Britain



George Vi Goes to Malta

Jun 1943

King George VI visits military forces in North Africa and Malta

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Location: Malta



Taranto is Scuttled

Sep 09, 1943

Taranto is scuttled in La Spezia, the day after the Italian armistice

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Location: Italy



HMS Laird's Isle Becomes a Landing Ship

1944

HMS Laird's Isle has her guns replaced with two 20-millimetre (0.8 in) Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns as she is converted into a Landing Ship, Infantry (LSI(H))

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Location: Britain



Detached Retina

1944

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes suffers a detached retina

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Location: Britain



HMS Talbot is Renamed HMS Medway Ii

Feb 1944

HMS Talbot is renamed HMS Medway II and becomes the depot ship for the 1st Submarine Flotilla

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Location: Britain



HMS Pegasus Made Barracks Ship

Feb 13, 1944

HMS Pegasus then became a barracks ship

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Location: Britain



George Vi Goes to France

Jun 1944

King George VI visits military forces in Normandy

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Location: France



Goodwill Tour

Jul 1944

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes begins a goodwill tour of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. During this tour he will visit the amphibious warfare ship USS Appalachian when it is attacked by the Japanese. He will suffer smoke inhalation from this attack, from which he will never fully recover.

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Location: Pacific ocean



American Legion of Merit

Sep 1944

Rear-Admiral Crutchley is awarded the American Legion of Merit

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Location: Australia



King George Vi Goes to the Low Countries

Oct 1944

King George VI visits military forces in the low countries

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Location: Belgium



HMS Laird's Isle is Paid Off

1945

HMS Laird's Isle is paid off and returned to the Burns & Laird Lines

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Location: Britain



Flag Officer, Gibraltar

Jan 14, 1945

Rear-Admiral Crutchley is appointed as the Flag Officer, Gibraltar

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Location: Gibraltar



Oldenburg is Sunk

Apr 07, 1945

Oldenburg is attacked by Bristol Beaufighters of Coastal Command while at her moorings in Norway. She was strafed rockets and cannon fire. The attack holed her hull so that she burned and sank.

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Location: Norway



Admiral Keyes Dies

Dec 26, 1945

Admiral of the Fleet Keyes dies at his home in Tingewick

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Location: Britain



King George Vi Addresses the Un

Jan 1946

King George VI addresses the newly formed United Nations at their first assembly in London, and reaffirmed "our faith in the equal rights of men and women and of nations great and small"

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Location: Britain



Jack Hayward is Demobilised

1946

Jack Hayward is demobilised with the rank of Flight-Lieutenant

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Location: Britain



HMS Pegasus for Sale

Jun 1946

HMS Pegasus is listed to be sold

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Location: Britain