The Eastern Fleet and the Indian Ocean, 1942-1944: The Fleet that Had to Hide

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The Eastern Fleet and the Indian Ocean, 1942-1944: The Fleet that Had to Hide

The Eastern Fleet and the Indian Ocean, 1942-1944: The Fleet that Had to Hide

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The armed merchant cruiser HMS Hector, [36] the Norwegian tanker Soli [37] and the old destroyer HMS Tenedos were sunk; three other ships were damaged. There are some adult themes, mostly political and little graphic violence, so this is a good book for the Junior Reader over about 11/12 year with maritime interests. Lumped together in grotesque partnership these motley armadas crept down the China coasts and through the Malacca Straits towards Burma.

In these circumstances, Prince of Wales and Repulse, which were dispatched to intercept the invasion force, were vulnerable to concerted air attacks from the Japanese bases in Indochina and, without their own air cover, they were sunk in December 1941. At 07:16 another Catalina from 413 Squadron RCAF spotted the Japanese fleet, but was shot down while reporting.In December 1945 the British Pacific Fleet was disbanded and its forces were absorbed into the East Indies fleet. This is the second of three volumes covering the transformation of the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War.

Because of the limited number and size of engagements, most of the book extensively covers submarine activity and the hierarchal structure of British command. Catalina FV-R from 205 Squadron RAF took off at 17:45 to shadow the Japanese fleet, making its first report at 22:37 on 4 April, and a final report at 06:15 on 5 April while 110 mi (96 nmi; 180 km) from Ceylon. In mid-1940, Italy declared war and their vessels based in Italian East Africa posed a threat to the supply routes through the Red Sea. Japanese intentions to mount a major offensive into the Indian Ocean were placed on hold in March 1942; strong naval forces were needed in the western Pacific against the United States, and the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) refused to allocate troops for an invasion of Ceylon.

On Arrival at the intermediate base at Manus in the Admiralty Islands they came under the operational control of Admiral Raymond Spruance USN, C in C US Fifth Fleet on March 23rd and Redesignated Task Force 57. On the morning of 5 April, six Swordfish from 788 Naval Air Squadron (788 NAS) began relocating from China Bay, near Trincomalee, to Colombo, in preparation for a strike on the Japanese fleet. Chapter 11 describes the German U-boat attacks in the Indian Ocean in 1943 and their use of the base at Penang off the coast of Malaya. MR 1) at Nowra, he was a member of the local RN dance band, and possibly the last member of MONAB I to leave Nowra after it paid off.

This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees.To this magnificent Command Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser now succeeds, bearing the laurels of his two years’ triumphs with the Home Fleet against the German in Artic waters. After the sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse, Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton assumed command of the Eastern Fleet. The Darkest Hour Volume 2 includes extensive tables detailing the composition of the Japanese air attacks and is illustrated with photographs and with colour artworks of the ships and aircraft involved. The reinforcement of the British Eastern Fleet depended on transfers from Britain and the Mediterranean, a reflection of active warzones and the demands on the Royal Navy's (RN) resources. Somerville's decision to refuel at Port T – rather than on Ceylon – on 2 April allowed the Eastern Fleet to avoid Nagumo a few days later, and likely saved the Eastern Fleet from destruction.



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