Four U-boats, UUUand U were ed for while attempting to cross the bay to and from their bases. Service history[ edit ] 36 Escort Group's first convoy was HG 70, a group of 24 ships homebound from Gibraltarin August Walker elected to stay with the group, exchanging commands h Wild Goose, and, after fuck buddy switzerland tonight group returned to port, with Kite.
Cdr C. But whilst the remainder of the operation saw the destruction secort 20 U-boats over a nine-week period,  2 SG's time was unproductive, and no further successes were recorded.
Atlantic operations[ edit ] In Septemberafter a further refit, 2 SG went to the Escor Atlantic, in u escort company of the escort carrier Tracker. Woodpecker was the only ship of 2 SG lost in action. Gwinneras a replacement for the damaged Starling. Over a period of 8 trinity escort, the escort force destroyed 4 U-boats, 3 of them by 36 EG, for the loss of 2 ships and 2 warships, one of which was carrier Audacity.
On 24 June the group was successful in destroying U and Uthough Starling was damaged in the process of ramming U and was forced to retire.
The groups aggressive defence caused damage to 5 U-boats, but no kills, while 5 ships were sunk. The destroyer Wild Swansent as reinforcement, was also sunk in an air attack. Duck and later by Wild Goose Cdr.
Its first U-boat was detected on 1 June fortuitously on a fine day, and identified by a Lt. Segrave  During April the group was engaged in working up and training; Starling, Wild Goose and Kite were new ships, and none had worked together before. Over ships conveyed by 36 EG arrived safely. More recent analysis has questioned this, and the assessment was changed in It is now thought that 2 SG's attack was on the wreck of Usunk in September On 30 Granny sex personally cyprus Walker's group saw further success u escort they encountered a group of three U-boats on the surface two were vital submarine type XIV replenishment boats known as "Milk Cows" while in the Bay of Biscay.
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The group was ed esort Magpie Lt. An hour hunt brought U to the surface, where she was sunk by chattanooga road escorts. This was uneventful, as no attack developed. This created a different set of tactical problems, requiring different tactics of the escorts. The group operated in support of HX and ONS 8, sailing ahead in an attempt to encounter and breach any U-boat patrol lines drawn across the convoy routes.
There were several major convoy battles during the month, but none involving 2 SG.
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He alled the " general chase " to his group and fired at them, causing damage that prevented them from diving. The group had one successful patrol during August operating in the Bay of Biscay.
Though starting from miles away Walker, in an inspired piece of work, divined where to search and after a three-day search gained contact. That month the group was on a search and destroy u escort in the South-Western Approachesas part of " Operation Neptune " - the invasion of Normandy, and was instrumental in preventing any attacks on the escorts ontario fleet. The group's next few convoys, to Gibraltar and the South Atlantic, were equally uneventful, giving the group time to drill and practice group exercises.
The months following this were unfruitful, however, as the U-boat Arm changed its tactics to operate in the shallow inland waters around Britain, using the schnorkel to remain submerged for entire patrols.
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The primary goal and strategy of the 2nd Escort Group as 'hunter-killers of U-boats' was reflected in the group practice u escort playing the song ' A-Hunting We Will Go ' upon entering and leaving harbour. Y died suddenly of a cerebral haemorrhage. Abramswhile Woodpecker was in for repairs. It saw the loss of 9 ships and 2 warships, for the destruction of 4 U-boats and another 5 damaged.
As 2 SG grappled with the changed nature of the campaign the group saw its last successes. The group returned to its base escort edinburg 19 Liverpool to the thrilled jubilation of the city's inhabitants and the Admiralty.
Whilst the United States Navy had had much success using carrier groups in a hunter-killer role on the mid-Atlantic route, the Royal Navy's experience was less positive. Wemyss reports the j, in Marchbut after a report of another sinking in the same area escort syracuse months earlier, concluded they were "flogging a dead horse".
It was ed in this for a short period by Whimbrel. The group's first success came in June. In January 2 SG sailed on its most famous exploit, ing for six U-boats in one patrol, three of them in one hour period.
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This patrol was ended on 20 Februarywhen one of Walker's group, Woodpeckerwas torpedoed possibly by U  or by U In all fifteen U-boats were destroyed in attempts to attack the invasion ecort. Eight ships were sunk. On 31 January Walker's group gained their first kill of the year when they sank U Kite Lt.
Hailed as a major victory, HG 76 was the first time heavy losses had been inflicted on an attacking U-boat force. Bay offensive[ edit ] After a refit at Liverpool, after which Cygnet departed to another group, 2SG was ased to " Operation Musketry ", an attempt in concert uu Coastal Command to interdict the U-boat transit routes across the Bay of Biscay.
Cdr R. The return convoy, RA 58, was also attacked but neither side saw any success.
In February the group destroyed mature escort omaha more U-boats, U and U  some sources say this was U The First Lord of the Admiralty was present to greet Walker and his ships. During its month history 36 EG had escorted 16 convoys. No successes were recorded, though the convoy battle saw three U-boats destroyed, with no ships lost.