N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                 FROM:
  Escorts of ONS 5.                                                               ADMIRALTY.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C IN C W A.  
  ACIO.  
  COMINCH?)  
  NSHQ Ottawa.  
  HQCC.  
  CTG 24.7.  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  D/F Bearings on 11068 KCS at 1111Z indicate U.Boat has reported Convoy.  
     
     
                                                         TOO 241440B/4.  
     
     
  107.  NCKR.  From Admiralty.  TOR 241418/4.  
  480.  DD.  
  Dist:  1-16  18  25  29a  31  33  x.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 303  
  (R)  A C I O                                                                B 7  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T .
 
     
          ONS 5.  Position course and speed at 1400B 24th (58?) 33 North  13 44 West (X) 308  6.5.  
  42 ships and all escorts in company.  
  HMS DUNCAN is topping up with fuel now.  
  4771  9246.  
     
                                                                      T O O  241630/4/43.  
     
  T O R  241802  
  T/P "E"   Via Burnham on 8250 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-12, 16c, 19, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  
          AIG 303 - C in C WA  (R)  COMNAV  HXBQ PCNF  CTF 24  
                           CTG 24.7  Admiralty C in CNA HQCC  
     
     
     
     
     
     
                                

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 302                                                                  N C S O  Iceland  
  C.T.U. 24.1.5  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T
 
     
  O N (S) J 5.  First 2 letters local W/T call sign G for George, Q for Queen.  
  (a)  1930B/24th April  
  (b)  7 knots  
  (c)  Local Commodore C.O. SAPELO  
  (d)  For Halifax BOSWORTH (9), for Boston (GUDVOR (Nor 7-1/2),  For New York SAPELO (U.S.A? (10)  
  (e)  Ship hold (23)  and (24)  and S.P.  02388 (419)  
  (f)  HMS VIDETTE  
  (g)  ICOMP 061 degs.  01' North  024 degs. 19' West at 0600Z/26th April.  
     
                                                                                        B  
                                                                T.O.O.  241742/4/43  
     
  U/T "M" 107 K/Cs.  T.O.R. 250154  
  1-4  6-10  16c  26  31.  
  (AIG 302 - CTF 24 (R) Connav C in C W A, Admiralty  
  C in C N A, F O N F, N S H Q, C T G 24.7, A C I C, H Q C C)  
     
     
                                

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Escorts (O?) N.S. 5,                                                        Acic.  
  C in C W A,  
  Admiralty,  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          My 231316.  Sailed 2030B 24th April O N S J 5.  
     
          3 Merchant Ships escorted by VIDETTE to Icomp in 061° 01' North 024° 18' West at 0800B 26th April.  
     
                                                                  T.O.O.  242053B/4/43.  
     
  W/T in "A" on 107 K.c.'s T.O.R. 242250C/April.  
  Ref:  O.N.S.J. 5.  
  1-11, 16c, 26, 31.  
  A.D.  
     
                                

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  SHIPS ESCORTING ONS 5                                                     A C I C
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  ACI 330.  Procedure B.  Set Watch on D/F frequency 3923 K/Cs. at 0530B and 1105B and 16(30?)B to-day Sunday and keep a look-out for Catalinas Call Signs 122L and 122L1 and 122L2.  Transmit bearings on 3925 K/Cs.  
     
                                         T.O.O. 250221B.  
     
  107 K/Cs.  N.C.K.R.    t.o.r.  250347/4/43.  
  117.  EDL.  
  Dist.  1-10,  16,  25,  31,  33,  X,  R.A.F.D.S.O.,  & R.D.F.O.  
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  VIDETTE                                                    Acic
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ( R ) C in C W A   
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          Expect to see Hudsons sweeping alongside your track from 1215B to PLE then returning.  
     
                                                          T O O  250714B/4/43  
     
  107 Kcs  NCIR    TOR  250820/4/42  
     
  209  NLM  
     
  Dist:  1-10  16  25  31  33  X  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  Escorts O N S 5                                                                           Acic
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ( R ) C in C W A   
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          You may see Fortress A/C sweep alongside your track from 1405B to 1655B  
     
                                                          T O O  250828B/4/43  
     
  107 Kcs  NCIR    TOR  250946/4/43  
     
  225                    NLM  
     
  Dist:  1-10  16  25  31  33  X  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  Escorts of O N S 5 for Commodore                                   C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  VIDETTE  
  (R) AIG 303  
 
IMMEDIATE TO SHIPS & ACIC
 
 
------------------------------------
 
     
  O N S 5    N K.  
  From (XD) steer for (XL) 62 degs 01; N  28 degs 02' W  (XM)  61 degs 40' N  32 degs 59' W  (XN)  57 degs 00' N  41 degs 58'  thence to (XG)  
  2.  Amend stragglers route.  Cancel (T) to (W) and substitute  
  (A)  62 degs 30' N  28 degs 01' W  
  (B)  62 degs 20' N  33 degs 02' W  
  (C)  57 degs 10' N  43 degs 30' W  
  (D)  50 degs 00' N  44 degs 10' W  
  (E)  45 degs 30' N  46 degs 30' W  
  3.  ONSJ 5 Amend ICOMP 61 degs 14' N  21 degs 55' W at 1000Z/26.  
     
                                                  T.O.O.  251607Z/4/43  
  Encyphered in "PP" at 251835/4  
  Dist. 1-9, 11,  16c,  26,  31.  
  AIG 303  C in C W A  (R) Connav, CTF 24, CTG 24.7  
  Admiralty, NSHQ  FONF  COAC  HQCC  Acic.  
  MJL  
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  ESCORTS ONS 5.                                                                 C. IN C.W.A.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) ADMIRALTY.  
     
  Amended stragglers route  
  Cancel (T) to (W) and substitute  
  (A)  62  30 N.  28  01 W.  
  (B)  62  20 N.  33  02 W.  
  (C)  57  10 N.  43  30 W.  
  (D)  50  00 N.  44  10 W.  
  (E)  45  30 N.  46  30 W.  
     
                                                       T.O.O. 251717B  
     
  T/P.  MERSIGS.  TO ADMIRALTY TO PASS TO C.T.O.   C.T.O. PASS TO SHIPS AND RADIO TO PASS TO SHIPS OF ONS 5.         T.O.D. 2109/4/43  
     
  T/P.  MERSIGS.  PASS TO ADMIRALTY LONDON.  BAMS 1R.   T.O.D. 252116/4/43  
  366.  EDL.  
  Dist.  1-4,  6-9,  16,  25,  31, X.  
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  Escorts O N S 5.                                                                           ACIC.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ( R )   VIDETTE  
  C IN C WA.  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  ACI 330.  Procedure B.  Set watch on D/F Frequency 3925 KCS.  at 0540B and keep look out for Catalina A/C Call Sign 122 L and at 1320B for Catalina 122 L 1 and at 1510B for Catalina 122 L 2.  
  Transmit bearings on frequency ordered 3925 KCS.  
  2.  Expect to see other Catalinas on A/S Sweep.  
     
                                                      TOO 260155B/4.  
     
  T/P NCKR.  From ACOS.  TOR 260603/4.  
  109.  BO.  Dist:  1-10  13  16  25  31  x.  RAF DSO and KUFO.  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
B
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 303                                                                                DUNCAN  
  ( R ) ( ? ) Escorts of O N S 5  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Iceland portion joins at 1500Z.  During ( Gale? ) last night number 93 BORNHOLM collided with number 104 BERKEL both damaged.  104 is continuing but BORNHOLM unescorted for Reykjavik at 1400Z.  43 Ships and all Escorts present.  Reference My 241630B  Rubber Hose burst after only 2 tons of Oil had been received and continued gales have ( prevented ? ) further attempts to fuel.  Percentage of Fuel remaining at ( 08 ? ) 00Z today Monday 63.  Daily consumption at slowest capable speed is 8 per cent.  
          If I cannot refuel ( DUNCAN ? ) before first ( Daylight ? ) after passing through position  ( XM ) intend to proceed to join GREENLAND for fuel.  Request SOPA may be warned and that I may be informed where Fuel may be obtained.  Further Signal will be made.  
     
          My P C & S  60 46 N  20 55 W " X "  295 degs. 4.  Weather Reports 5772  0667  
     
                                                                        T O O  261500Z//43  
  Ref.  O N S 5  
  107 Kcs.  " E "             TOR  270957/4/43  
  HLM  
  Dist 1 - 11  12  16c  19  26  30  31  
     
  AIG 303  C in C W A  (R)  Connav  CTF 24  CTG 24.7  Admiralty  NSHQ  FONF  C in C C N A   BQCC  
     
                                

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ESCORTS ONS5                                                            ACIC
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) C IN C W A  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
     
  ACI 330.  Procedure B.  set watch on D/F frequency 3925 KCS at time indicated for HUDSONS.  At 0545B for A/C 122L and at 0835B for 122L 1 and at 1125B for 122 L 2 and at 1415B for 122 L 3 and at 1655B for 122L 4 and at 1920B for 122L 5 and at 2140B for 122L 6.  Transmit bearing on 3925 KCS.  Expect also to see Catalinas proceeding on and returning from A/S sweep.  
     
                                                                           T.O.O.  270201B/April  
     
  107 KCS NCKR  T.O.R.  270814/April  
  Dist:  1-10, 13, 16, 25, 26, 31, 33, x,  RAF DSO & RDPO.             149   SMS  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  OPS ROOM R.A.F. WICK RADIO.                          WICK RADIO.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ADMIRAL LYNESS.  
                                               PASS TO C. IN C.W.A. FOR INFORMATION  
 
IMPORTANT.
 
     
  Received 1808 GMI on 375 K/Cs - From Gallonhead Radio - Begins.  
  Intercepted at 1803Z - Begins -  
  Reykjavik Radio from BORNHOLM Eatracsport Reykjavik Urgent ship sinking slowly (unread) salvage Tug immediately will pass Reykjavik about 8 P.M. - MASTER.  
     
                                                        T.O.O. 272010.  
     
  T/P   P/L   FROM ACOS.     T.O.R. 272135/4/43.  
     
  687.   KDL.  
     
  Dist.  1-10,  12,  16,  19,  25,  31,  x.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ESCORTS ONS 5
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) C.IN.C.W.A.                                                                    A.C.I.C.  
     
  Catalinas and Hudsons will sweep across your track and to Southwards between 0705B and 0052B 29th April.  
     
                                                                    T.O.O. 280139B.  
     
     
  107.   N.C.K.R.                      T.O.R. 280247/4/43.  
     
  98.  EDL.  
     
  Dist.  1-10, 16, 25, 31, 33, x.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  HMS DUNCAN                                                                Comtask 24  
  (R) S.O. Present Afloat Greenland.  
  C in C W A.  
  C in C C N A.  
  C.C.N.F.  
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Sense of HMS DUNCAN'S 271901 being passed to SOPA Greenland for comment on practicability of fuelling if (required?) at (Narsarsauak?).  
  Attention is (invited to?) extensive ice field estimated limit  
 
     60 North, 46 30 West thence
     59 North, 46 30 West thence
58 20 North,      44 West thence
58 40 North,      44 West thence
58 20 North,       42 West thence to North eastward.
 
  Ice dangerous to turn screw vessel probably be encountered in Fiord en route (Narsarasuak?)  
     
                                                       T.O.O.  280215Z/4/43  
     
  T.O.R.  280833/4/43.  
  T/P NC "S" H  (via Cables & Wireless London).  
  Dist:  1-11  16c  19  30  31.                               
  Ref:  Nor held.  
  DD.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  STOR .                                                                             A.C.I.C.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  CAPE PALLISER.  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  Rejoin convoy.  BORNHOLM has arrived Reykjavik.  
     
     
                                                                T.O.O. 260105B  
     
  P/N.                           N.C.K.R.                    T.O.R. 280225/4/43.  
     
  88.       EDI.  
     
  Disc.  6-9,  11,  12,  16,  25,  31,  X.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 303                                                                         ACIC  
  (R) DUNCAN  
     
  DUNCAN'S 261500.               BORNHOLM arrived Reykjavik.  
     
                                                        T.O.O. 280227B/4/43.  
     
  T.O.R.  280644/4/43.  
  V/T 107 KC's NC "S" R  
  Dist:  1-3  6-8  10 16c  19  31.  
  Ref:  BORNHOLM Collided with BERKEL in gale both damaged.  
  DD.  
  AIG 303 - C in C W.A. (R) CONNAV, CTF 24, CTG 24.7  
                   Admiralty, NSHQ.  C in C C.N.A. FONF HQCC.  
                   ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  Escorts of ONS 5                                 C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIG 303  
     
 
IMMEDIATE to ships & ACIC.
 
     
  ONS 5.  N.K.  
     
          From (XM) alter course to  
          (XO)  60 35 N.  37 40 W.  
          (XQ)  56 02 N.  46 59 W.  thence to (XH).  
          Amend stragglers route (F)  60 44 N.  38 10 W.  
                                              (G)  56 20 N.  47 00 W.  
                                              (H)  50 05 N.  46 30 W.  
  thence to (E) omitting (C) and (D).  
     
                                              T.O.O. 280954Z/4/43.  
     
  Encyphered in "PP" at 281214B/4.  
  DB.  Dist.  1-9  11  13  15  16c  26  31.  
  AIG 303 - C in C WA, (R) Connav, CTF 24, CTG 24.7  
  Admiralty, NSHQ, FONF, C in C CNA, HQCC, ACIC.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  SHIPS OF ONS 5.                                                                 C. IN C.W.A.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  STRAGGLERS ONS 5  
  (R) ADMIRALTY  
                              NEXT ROUTINE BAMS  
     
  ONS 5  
  Amend stragglers route  
  (F)  60 44 N  38 10 W  
  (C)  56 20 N  47 00 W  
  (H)  50 05 N  46 30 W  
  Thence to E omitting (C) and (D)  
     
                                                                            TOO 281013/Z  
     
  T/F OUTCON  419 to Admiralty London to pass to Lands End Radio to pass to Ships and Stragglers of ONS 5  TOD 281306/4/43  
  T/P OUTCON 419 to Admiralty Admiralty pass to CTO  CTO pass to Lands End Radio to pass to ships and Stragglers of ONS 5.  TOD 281312/4/43  
  1-3  6-9  16  25  31  X                                                  MF  328  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  Admiralty                                                                                    A.C.I.C.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C IN C WA  
     
 
DEFERRED.
 
     
  SS BORNHOLM arrived Reykjavik ex ONS 5 with collision damage she was flooded aft to depth of 10 feet and has now been pumped out, temporary repairs to fairly extensive damage estimated to take several days.  
     
                                                   TOO 282000B/4.  
     
  T/P  TYPEX.  From ADMIRALTY.  TOR  290152/4.  
     
  120.  DD.  
  Dist:  1 - 3  6 - 9  16  19  25  31  x.  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                    B.7.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  A.C.I.C.  
  S.C.127.  
  S.O.ESCORT GROUP.4.  
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
  Submarine sighted 240 degs, 22.7 miles ONS 5.  Position, course and speed 61 37 North,  32 49 West "S" 245 degs, 6.  H/F D/F activity suggests several more in the vicinity.  Weather report 4865 9026.  
     
                                                         T.O.O. 282120Z.  
     
  T/F.    N.O.B.R.              T.O.R. 290040/4/43.  FROM DUNCAN.  
     
  32.  EDL.  
     
  Dist:  1-16,  18,  25,  30,  31,  33,  x.  
     
  AIG 303 - C. in C.W.A., (R) CONNAV, C.T.F. 24., Admiralty, N.S.H.Q. Ottawa, FONF., COAC Halifax, C.T.G.24.7., H.Q.C.C., A.C.I.C.  
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  A.I.G. 303                                                         
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) Escorts of O N S 5  
  A.C.I.C.  
  ITCHEN.                                                                           S.O. E.G. 4.  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
          Do not consider S C 127 seriously threatened by U-Boats at present.  Area in vicinity of convoy was well searched by day with negative results.  D/F bearings appear to indicated U-Boats are in the vicinity of O N S 5.  Position course and speed 60 degs 45'  26 degs 10' 135 degs 5 knots.  
          Weather report 3855 (?)56.  
     
                                                        T.O.O. 282350Z/4/43.  
  Burnham Radio  
  T/P via / NCKR T.O.R. 290246.  
  A.I.G. 303:  C in C W A, (R) Admiralty, C in C C N A  FONF ACIC  HQCC NSHQ CTG 24.7 CTF 24.  
  1-11  13-16c  26  31  30.  (2 for Convoys.)  
  H.P.  
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  D.8                                                                                       C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) 4th Escort Group  
  Escorts O.N.S.5.  
  AIG 303  
 
IMMEDIATE TO AUTHORITY ADDRESSED
 
     
          Detach ORIBI forthwith to support O.N.S.5.  
          Position course and speed at 2120Z 61 37'  32 49' W  245  6.  ORIBI to proceed at 20 knots Weather permitting.  
     
                                                                T.O.O. 290145B/4/43  
  Encyphered in "PP"  
  1-11, 13, 14, 16c, 26, 31, 33.  
           (3 to 3)  
  AIG 303 - C in C W A  (R) Connav, CTF 24  
                    CTG 24.7, Admiralty, NSHQ, FONF  
                    C in CCNA  HQCC ACIC.  
     
  A.D.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                    B.7.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) Acic  
  Oribi  
  Noic Londonderry  
  Escort ONS 5  
  S O Escort Group 3  
  S O Escort Group 4  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  My 282120.  This U-boat was detected by H/F D/F, sighted at 3000 yards and attacked by (depth charges?).  No A/B contact in heavy sea.  5 other (sweeps?) by escort during day failed to sight U-boat.  After dark escort drove off 5 attempts to attack from windward side during which 3 S.M's were sighted.  2 of DUNCAN'S attacks very promising.  All 43 ships and escort in company PENHALE Number 81 was sent to Iceland with defects DUNCAN has expended 33 depth charges.  My position course and speed 61 (027) North (34?) 34 West "X" 245 degrees 7.  Weather report 5527 (84?) 33  
     
                                                                     t.o.o. 290500Z/April  
  T/P NCBR  TOR 1746/29/4/43 from C & W London  
     
  607 NJ  
     
  Ref S/M Sighted  
  Dist:  1-16  1B  25  29a  30(2)  31  33  X.  
  Aig  303  C in C W A  (R) Connav C T F 24.  Admiralty  NSHQ Ottawa FONF  Como Halifax  C T G 24.7  HQ Coastal Command  
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  A.I.G. 303                                                               S. O. 4th E.G.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C in C H F  
  R.A.D.H.F.  
     
          ORIBI detached at 0240Z.  ECLIPSE to Scapa at 0720Z.  My position course and speed 60 16' N.  24 04' W.  113  6 knots   
  Weather report 4388  2155  
     
                                                             T O O  291230Z/4/43  
     
  T O R  291540  
  T/P  B N "K"  
  Dist 1-11  13  16c  26  30  31.  
  A I G 303 - C in C W A  (R)  CONNAV, CTF 24,  
                     CTG 24.7,  Admiralty, NSHQ.  FONF.   
                     C in C C N A.  HQCC.  ACIC.  
  JW.  
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  ADMIRALTY PASS TO NSHQ OTTAWA  C IN C C NA
  ______________________________________________________________  
  FONF, AND TO COMNAVEU FOR PORT DIRECTOR NEW YORK FOR ACTION AND TO COMINCH (C & R)  
  CT 24 FOR INFORMATION                                                    C IN C W A  
     
  P/L  NOT N/T  
     
  ONS 5.  My 230804Z/4.         Cancel MODLIN, BORNHOLM, PENHALE,  
  Amend following destinations OTTINGE for New York  F/O  
  GHARINDA for Port-land (Maine)  
     
                                                               T O O 291324Z/April.  
     
  T/P P/L ADMIRALTY PASS TO NSHQ OTTAWA, C IN C C  N A, FONF, AND TO COMNAVEU FOR PORT DIRECOR NEW YORK FOR ACTION, AND TO COMINCH (C & R) CT 24 FOR INFORMATION   TOD  291547/April.  
     
  506.PP.                  (Ref:  NOS 5)  
     
  Dist:  1-9,  11,  12,  16,  19,  25,  31,  x.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 303                                                                         FONF  
  Ships escorting  
  ONS 5.  
  H.M.S. ORIBI  
  EG3  
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Your 290026Z.  
  3rd Escort Group sailed at 1330Z April 29th routed through 47 N 47 W thence to 57 12 N 44 41 W at 15 knots to support ONS 5.  
     
                                                                       T.O.O.  291338Z/4/43  
     
  T.O.R.  291729                 T/P  NC"R"R  
                                       (via Cables and Wireless)  
  AKI.                      DIST:  1-11  13  14  16c  19  26  31  
     
  Ref:  3rd Escort Group to be sailed to support ONS 5.  
  AIG C in C WA  (R)  CONNAV.  CTF 24.  C T G 24.7  
          Admiralty  NSHQ.  FONF.  C in C C N A  HQCC  ACIC  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
INTERCEPTED
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  (R)  Escorts of ONS 5                                                           Cominch
  ______________________________________________________________  
  Admiralty  
  NSHQ  
  JOPA Greenland  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          U-boat position by D/F at 1322/29 within 100 miles 60 North 40 West  11068 Kc/s Enigma, Groups blank.  
     
                                                                T.O.O.  291458Z/4/43.  
     
  T.O.R.  291934/4.  W/T.  107 Kc/s,  NC"H"R.  
  DB.  Dist:  1-10  13  15  16c  31.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                    DUNCAN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  A.C.I.C.  
  S.O. ESCORT GROUP 3.  
 
IMPORTANT.
 
     
  ONS 5.  Position course and speed at 1800Z  60 degs, 04' North, 39 degs, 00' West, X  220 degs, 5-1/2.  ORIBI joined last night and topped up with fuel to-day.  2 U-Boats in contact last night but did not attack.  Nothing heard so far to-day.  All 42 ships and escorts in company.  
  Weather  66(30?).  
     
                                                                   T.O.O. 301700Z.  
     
  T/P  N.O.B.R.  FROM C.&.&.LONDON.    TOR 302250/4/43.  
  T/P  N.C.B.R.  PASS TO N.O.I.C. LONDONDERRY.  T.O.D. 010012B/5/43.  
     
  845.    EDL.  
     
  Dist.  1-11,  13,  15,  16,  19,  25,  30,  31,  x.  
     
  AIG 303 - C. in C.W.A.,  (R)  CONNAV, C.T.F.24.,  Admiralty, N.S.H.Q. Ottawa, FONF.  C.O.A.C.Halifax,  C.T.G.24.7.,  N.Q.C.C.,  A.C.I.C.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
INTERCEPTED
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Escorts O.N.S. 5,                                                           NCHQ
  ______________________________________________________________  
  Escorts O.N. 180,  
  C in C C N A,  
  FONF  
  (R) Admiralty,  
  Cominch,  
  SHNO.W.A.T.  
  ACIC  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          U-boat by D/F at 1502Z 30th within 100 miles (59?) 30 40 00 positions North and West unless otherwise stated (Frequency) 12950 ENIGMA 52 groups.  
     
                                                                 T.O.O.  301715Z/4/43.  
     
  W/T in "M" on 107 Kc/s T.O.R. 302225/April.  
  1, 2, 3, 4, 6-8, 10, 13, 15, 31.  
  A.D.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ESCORTS ONS 5                                                                       A.C.I.C.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C. IN C.W.A.  
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
  ACI.330.  Procedure B.  Set watch on D/F frequency 385 K/Cs at 1025B and 1544B and keep look-out for Liberator A/C Call Sign 122L and 122L 1 respectively.  Transmit bearings on 2925 K/Cs.  
     
     
  T/F  N.C.K.R.   FROM ACCS.     T.O.R.  010415/5/43.  
     
  152.  RDL.  
     
  Dist.  1-11,  16,  25,  31,  33,  X.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303                                                                        HMS DUNCAN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  (ACIC?)  
  S.O.EG 3  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  ONS5 almost stopped since (20?)00/30 in South Westerly Gale.  2 U-Boats in contact during the night, one which attacked but was detected, sighted and driven off by SNOWFLAKE  ? ? ? ? ? in this weather.  U Boats have shifted to series 8.  All 42 ships and escorts present but spread out.  My p.c.&s. 59 degs 33' N 39 degs 45' W 252 degs 2-1/2 knots.  Weather report 5481  8858.  
     
                                                                       T.O.O. 010801Z/May  
     
  107 KCS NCBE TOR 1443/2/5/43  
  382 CB              AIG 303 - C IN C WA, (R)  CONNAV, CTF 24,  
                                             ADMIRALTY, NSHQ OTTAWA, FONF, COAC  
                                             HALIFAX, CTG 24.7, HQCC, ACIC.  
  (? check asked for)  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-16, 19, 25, 29a, 30,31,33,X  
     
     

 

 
 
                                                             OUT                                                 A  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  3rd Escort Group                                                                  C in C W A          
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
     
  O N S 5  
     
  For information  
  S.O. of Escort DUNCAN  
  Commodore Brook in RENA 42 ships.  
  Escort Oilers ARGON (Canvas)  
  BRITISH LADY (Wire and rail Buoyant Hose)  
  Additional A/S Escort for Rescue duties  
  NORTHERN SPRAY and NORTHERN GEM  
     
                                                                     T.O.O. 011308/5/43  
  Encoded on "PP" at 011620/5  
     
  MJL     Dist.  1-4,  6-8,  10,  12,  13,  19,  31.  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  EG 3                                                                                   C IN CWA
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ORIBI  
  (R) B.Y.  
  AIG 303  
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  When 3rd Escort Group join ONS 5 ORIBI is to rejoin the 3rd Escort Group.  
     
                                                                   TOO 011916Z  
     
  PN  NCPPR to ACIC ORIBI EG 3  DUNCAN  TOD 2152/5/43  
  RAF pass to HQCC  NCPPR   TOD 2307/1/5/43.  
     
  TP  NCPPR   C and W London   pass to Navywit Halifax  Pass to     by B/CL to 3rd Escort Group, Duncan HMS, ORIBI HMS          TOD 2300/1/5/43  
  T/F  NCPPR Western Union pass to Connav Washington DC, Uanavcon Argentia, Naval Ottawa, Navy Charge Halifax.     TOD 2307/1/5/43  
     
  1-4  6-11  13  16  19  25  31  X  
                                                                            JW 758  
  AIG 303  C in CWA  (R)  Connav  Admiralty  CTF 24  NSHQ Ottawa  FONF  COAC  Halifax  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303                                                                        B 7
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  A C I C  
  ESCORT ONS 5  
  S.O. EG 3  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  My 01(067)01Z, your 011642Z and E G 3's  011600Z.  Gale has increased to force 10 and Convoy is badly scattered.  When weather moderates and I can collect ships course will be for position (XH).  A/C has reported icebergs on port bow.  Further signal will be made.  Am in company with Cdre.  U boats appear quiet.  My p.c.& s. 59 14 N 40 10 W "X" 230 degs 1.  Please inform S.O.P.A. Greenland that DUNCAN does not now require fuel.  Weather report 6370  9859.  
     
                                                                                   T.O.O.  012008/May  
     
  107 KCS  NCSR  TOR 1431/2/5/43  
  AIG 303 - C IN C WA, (R)  CONNAV, CTF 24, ADMIRALTY NSHQ OTTAWA, FONF, COAC HALIFAX, CTG 24.7, HQCC, ACIC  
  377 GB  
  (Ref - secret cypher - 011600Z - p.c.&s.  S O 3rd E.G.)  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-11, 13, 16c, 19, 25, 30, 31, X  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  Escorts ONS 5                                                                        ACIC
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C in C W A  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  ACI 330  Procedure B  Set watch on D/F frequency 385 Kcs to-day Sunday at 0715B and 1315B and 1900B and keep lookout for Liberator aircraft call sign 122 L and 122 L 1 and 122 L 2 respectively.  Transmit bearing on 3925 Kcs.  
     
                                                                 t.o.o.  020012B/May  
     
  T/F  NCKR  TOR  0920/2/5/43 from Admiralty  
  213 NJ  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-10, 16, 18, 25, 31, 33, X RAF REFO & DSO.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303                                                                                  B 7
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  ESCORTS ONS 5  
  ESCORTS GROUP 3  
  ESCORTS ON 180  
  ACIC  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  My 012000Z.  20 ships in company with Commodore.  Escort and Liberator rounding up remainder.  ONS5 altered 190 degs at 0900Z.  Speed 5 knots.  My position 59 degs 04' North  41 degs 17' West (X).  Weather report 5872  1043 request following R/V (for?) stragglers be broadcast on B A M S.  
  1200Z (3rd?) 56 degs 05' (42 degs?) 03' 1200Z 4th 53 degs 27' (42 degs?) 51'.  
     
                                                                                T.O.O. 020901Z/May  
     
  107 KCS  NCBR  TOR  0915/3/5/43  
  (Ref.-asked for)  
  183 GB  
  AIG 303 - C IN C WA, (R) CONNAV, ADMIRALTY NSHQ OTTAWA, FONF, ACIC, HQCC  C IN C CNA  COMMANDER (D) ARGENTIA.  
     
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 16, 19, 25, 30, 31, 33, X.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 303                                                                              B 7  
  (R)  E G 3  
         Escorts of O N S 5  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
          My 020901Z.  ONS 5 Position course and speed 57 38 North 41 48 West (X) 202 deg. for (XR) 3.  Speed has dropped owing to more South West gales.  About 32 ships in company out of 42.  Escort Group 3 joined at 2000Z/2nd.  My oil fuel percentages remaining 40, VIDETTE 51.  If weather does not improve DUNCAN must proceed St. Johns N.F. for fuel at dusk tonight Monday, followed by VIDETTE on Wednesday.  NORTHERN GEM has 70 survivors on board, intend to send her to St. Johns N.F. at dawn Tuesday.  BRITISH LADY has only 100 tons fuel available unless she proceeds to St. Johns N.F. from (X R) but weather makes fuelling unlikely.  Remainder group oil fuel (74?), lowest percentage 40.  Support Group lowest 53.  Weather report 5471  0139.  
     
                                                                     T O O  030801Z/5/43.  
  T O R 040215  
  T/P "B" via Burnham 4740 Kc/s  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-12, 14, 16c, 19, 26, 31, 33, 30.  
  EG  AIG 303 - C in C W A  (R)  CONNAV, Admiralty NSHQ  
                          FONF, Cdre.  D. Argentia, ACIC HQCC  
                          C in C C N A  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  Escorts of O N S 5                                                                  C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) AIG 303  
        E.G. 3  
 
I M M E D I A T E   TO ALL
 
 
+++++++++++++++++++++
 
     
  O N S 5  
  Your 020901Z received too late to order R/V's  Comply with my 021709Z.  Stragglers not in contact with an escort will be ordered to proceed direct to Stragglers route thence St. Johns keeping as far West as ice permits.  
     
                                                                   T.O.O. 030801Z/5/43  
     
  ENCYPHERED IN "PP"  at 031025/5  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-9, 11, 16c, 26, 31.  
  MJL  
  AIG 303 C in C W A  (R)  Connav Cdre D Argentina, Admiralty C in C C N A NSHQ  FONF  HQCC Acic  
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  STRAGGLERS OF ONS 5                                                   C IN CWA
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) ADMIRALTY.  
     
 
BAMS  ESSENTIAL NIGHT ROUTINE
 
     
          ONS 5.  
          If you are not in contact with an escort proceed direct to Stragglers Route thence to St. Johns keeping as far West as ice permits.  
     
                                                    T O O  030805Z/May.  
     
  T/P  P/L  PASS TO ADMIRALTY  TOD   031105/May.  
  T/P  MERSIG TO CONNAV WASHINGTON  STRAGGLERS OF ONS 5 TOD  1110/3/5  
  T/P  MERSIG VULO TO MAVAL OTTAWA  TOD  111/3/5/43.  
     
  208.PP.  
     
  Dist:  1-4, 6-9, 16, 25, 31, x.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  B. 7.                                                                                            (N?) G 3.  
  Escorts O N S 5  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
 
---------------------
 
     
  Reference B 7's 030801Z May.  
  Present weather conditions will preclude oiling at sea intend detaching PENN  PANTHER  IMPULSIVE to St. John's N.F. for fuelling ay 0905/4th.  Estimate they will have 17% oil fuel remaining on arrival.  It is most unlikely weather will improve enough to make oiling from S.S. ARGON practicable in which case OFFA  ORIBI must leave convoy a.m. 5th.  O N S 5 Position course and speed 57 18 N.  61 55 W.  (X)  220  3 knots.  Weather report  3577  1258.  
     
                                                                  T O O  032000Z/5/43  
  T O R 041107  
  T/P Admy "M"  Dist 1-4  6-14  16c  19  26  30  31  33.  
  Ref.  ONS 5  AIG 303 - C in C W A  (R)  CONNAV C in C C N A.  Cdre D Argentia.  Admiralty NSHQ.  FONF.  HQCC.  ACIC.  
  JW.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  EG 1                                                                 C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  FONF  
  (R)  AIG 303  
         EG 3  
         Escorts ONS 5  
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  FONF's 031451 not to all addressees.  Proceed at best speed through positions 47 North 47 West and thence to reinforce ONS 5.  Estimated position, course and speed at 2000B/4  56 11 N.  42 52 W.  196  3 knots.  
  S.O. TAY 32 out of 42 ships present Commodore Brook in RENA.  
     
                                                                  T.O.O. 040819Z/5/43.  
     
  Encyphered in "PP" at 041035/5.  
  DB.  Dist.  1-4  6-11  13  16c  26  31.  
     
                     Ref - Sailing of 1st E.G.  
     
  AIG 303 - C IN C WA,  (R)  Connav, C IN C CNA, Cdre. D Argentia, Admiralty, NSHQ, FONF, HQCC, ACIC.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
INTERCEPTED
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Escorts of O N S 5                                                           N.S.H.Q.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C in C C N A  
  F.O.N.F.  
  (R)  Admiralty.  
         Cominch .  
         S.B.N.O. W.At.  
         A.C.I.C.  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
 
++++++++++++
 
     
          U-Boat by D/F at 1129Z on 12225 Kc/s has made (possible?) sighting report in position 055 degs 30' N.  040 degs 30' W.  accuracy 120 miles.  
     
                                                                     T.O.O. 041301Z/5/43.  
     
  W/T 107 Kc/s  "H"  T.O.R.  041621.  
  2 3 4 6-8 10 13 15 31 33  
  E.F.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ESCORTS ONS5                                                             ADMIRALTY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  EG3  
  ESCORTS SO 128  
  H M S PENN  
  H M S PANTHER                    CONFIDENTIAL     IMMEDIATE  
  H M S DUNCAN  
  (R)  ESCORTS ON180  
  C IN C W A  
  A C I C ?  
  HQCC  
  COMINCH  
  EYEBRIGHT  
  NSHQ OTTAWA  
     
  Heavy and continuing W/T traffic on 12215 KC/S and 10525 KC/S since 1415Z indicates that a convoy is being shadowed but very poor D/F conditions make it impossible to say whether ONS5 of SC128 is the convoy shadowed.  
     
                                                                                    T.O.O  041920B/May  
     
  T/P  P/L FROM ADMIRALTY TOR 041940B/May  
  651  CB  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-16, 18, 25, 26, 29a, 31, 33, X  2 copies Duty Captain  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  G B 7A                                                                        C in C C N A  
  (R) AIG 303  
     
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
          My 041825.  
          Aircraft attacked submarine 56 38 North  42 32 West  4 depth charges.  Debris and oil possibly damaged second S/M sighted 56 10 North  42 55 West at 1850Z.  No attack.  
     
                                                                          T O O  041920Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  042327  
  T/P "S"  Vis C & W.  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-10, 13-16c, 31.  
  ML  
  AIG 303 - C in C WA  (R)  Admiralty CONNAV NSHQ FONF  C IN CCNA  cdre D Argentia  HQCC  ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
B
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 302  
  Escorts SC 128                                                                      E G 3  
  E G 1  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E .
 
     
          ORIBI sighted U-boat on the surface in position 55 30 North  42 20 West (X)  
          U-boat now (dived?).  
          Weather report 3280  3466.  
     
                                                                          T O O 041950Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  042255  
  T/P "M" Via  Burnham on 8290 Kc/s  
  Dist: 1-4, 6-16c, 19, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  
  AIG 302 - C in CCNA  (R) CONNAV Cdre. D Argentia  
                   Admiralty C in C WA NSHQ FONF  HQCC  ACIC.  
                                

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 303                                                                                     TAY  
  (R)  DUNCAN  
         Escorts ONS 5  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T .
 
     
          NORTHERN GEM detached for St. John's N.F. at 0800Z.  31 ships in company.  H.M.S. PINK and 4 ships position course and speed 56 32  40 50  235  5 to leeward of main Convoy.  
          Suggest she be separately routed.  
          My position courses and speed  56 00  42 45  201  6-1/2.  
          Weather report  6230  3154.  
     
                                                               T O O  042005Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  042245  
  T/F "M" Via  Prenton on 8290 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-13, 16c, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  AIG 303 - C in C WA  (R) CONNAV  NSHQ Cdre D Argentia  FONF C in C CCNA  HQCC  ACIC  Admiralty  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  G B 7 A                                                                         C in C C N A  
  (R)  AIG 302  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
          S/M sighted by A/C on surface in position 49 39 N  44 09 W at 2039 Z.  
     
                                                                      T O O 042110Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R 042354  
  T/P  "S"  via C & W  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-10, 13-16c, 31.  
  EG  
  AIG 302  CONNAV Admiralty C in C C N A, NSHQ  FONF   
                  Cdre. D Argentia  ACIC  HQCC  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  G B 7 A                                                                         C in C C N A  
  (R)  AIG 302  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
          My 042110Z.  S/M attacked with depth charges probably damaged.  Engaged S/M with machine gun fire.  Position amend to read  55 35' North  43 14' West.  
  S/M broke off action.  
     
                                                                        TOO 042155Z/5/43.  
     
  TOR 050100/5/43.  
  T/P "S" via C & W.  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-10, 13-16c, 19, 31.  
  AIG 302  CONNAV, Cdre. D Argentia, Admiralty,  
                  C in C W A, NSHQ, FONF, HQCC, ACIC.                  
  MJW.  
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  PINK                                                              C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  Escorts ONS 5,  
         DUNCAN  
         AIG 303  
         E.G.1.  
 
IMMEDIATE TO SHIPS.
 
     
  ONS 5.  TAY's 042005Z not to all addressees.  
  Route for 4 M/Vs escorted by PINK.  
  Alter course forthwith for (XY)  54 01 North  46 30 West  thence rejoining convoy route in (XR).  
     
                                                                                   TOO 042244Z/5/43.  
  Encyphered in "PP" at 050101/5/43.  
  Dist. 1-4, 6-13, 16c, 26, 31.  
  AIG 303 - CONNAV  C IN C C N A, Cdre. D. Argentia,  
                    Admiralty, NSHQ, FONF, HQCC, ACIC.  
  MJW.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 303                                                                                (TAY?)  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E .
 
     
          (O N ?) S (5?) attacked in position 55 North 43 West.  3 ships sunk.  
     
                                                                         T O O 050130Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R 050417  
  T/P "S" Via Burnham on 8290 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-10, 13-16c, 31.  
  ML.  
     
  AIG 303 - C in C WA  (R) Cdre. D Argentia  CONNAV NSHQ FONF  
                   C in CCNA Admiralty AOIC  HQCC  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303                                                                           NORTHERN GEM
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) ONS 5  
  3RD ESCORT GROUP  DUNCAN  
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Position, Course and Speed ONS 5 on leaving 0830Z 4th.  056 55' 042 25' approx. 209 (4?) knots (.?)  My position course and speed 0200 Z 5th.  (054?) 15'  043 (45'?) approximately 195 10 knots for (XR) wind South West, 4 swell 3.  
     
                                                                           TOO 050201Z  
     
  T/P from Prenton  Received on 8290 kcs.  NCOR  TOR  0600/5/5/43  
  1  2  (2)  2A 3  4  6-9  11  12  16  25  30  31  33  X  
     
  AIG 303  C in C Western Approaches,  (R)  CONNAV,  HQ Coastal Command, C in C Canadian North Atlantic,  Admiralty,  NSHQ Ottawa, FONF,  Commander (D) Argentia, ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                                                HMS PELICAN  
  (R)  Ships escorting ONS 5  
         AIG 303  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T.
 
     
          Your 042355B May.  
     
          My position course and speed at 0500Z/5th 47 07 N 48 21 W 098 deg. 13 knots.  Altering to (016 deg.?) at 0930Z.  Weather report 3862  3414  
     
                                                                        T O O 050455Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  050718  
  T/P "M" via Burnham  4740 Kc/s  
  Dist. 1-4, 6-11, 16c, 26, 30, 31.  
  EG  
                         AIG 303 - C in C W A  CONNAV  Admiralty NSHQ   
                                          FONF  ACIC  HQCC  C in C C N A  
                                          Cdre.  D Argentia  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  AIG 303                                                                                             TAY  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
     
          Convoy attacked 054 40'  043 22'  One ship (torpedoed?)  still floating.  
     
                                                                     T.O.O.  050515Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P in "M" on 8290 KC/s via Admiralty T.O.R. 050810.  
  1-10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16c, 19, 29c, 31, 33  
  AIG 303 - C in C W A  (R) Connav, C in C C N A,  
                   Cdre (D) Argentia, Admiralty, HSHQ,  
                   FONF, HQCC  ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  G.B. 7 A.                                                                     C in C.W.A.  
  (R) A I G 302  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
 
-------------------
 
     
          1 ship torpedoed still floating in position 054 40' N.  043 22' W, at 0515Z.  
     
                                                                          T O O  051144Z/5/43  
     
  T O R   051431/5  
  T/P  C&W "S"  
  Dist:  1-4  6-10  12-13  16c  19  26  31.  
     
  A I G 302 - C in C.W.A.  (R)  CONNAV  C in C C N A  
                     Cdre D Argentia,  Admiralty, NSHQ,  
                     FONF,  HQCC,  ACIC.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  Escorts of O.N. 180                                                           C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  E.G.1.  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          Following received from TAY begins "Convoy attacked 054 40'  043 22'.  1 ship torpedoed still floating.  050515Z.  Ends.  
     
                                                                              T.O.O.  051210B/5/43.  
     
  Encyphered in "PP"  T.O.D.  051220B/May.  
  2-3, 6, 8.  
  A.D.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
INTERCEPTED
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Escorts of O N S 5                                                           N.S.H.Q.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  Escorts S C 128  
  Escorts O N 180  
  C in C C N A.  FONF.  
  (R) Admiralty  
        COMINCH  
        SBNO N. Atlantic  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
 
-------------------
 
     
  Enemy W/T activity continues heavily on series 2 and majority seems to originate from area 54 57 N.  30 (44?) W (.?)  
  Poor D/F's indicate this traffic on O N S 5 since no apparent indications by D/F that O N 180 or S C 128 are being contacted.  
     
                                                                    T O O  051226Z/5/43  
     
  T O R  051624  
  W/T 107 K/C's "M"  
  Dist:  1-4  6-8  10  13  15  31.  
     
JW.
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 303                                                                           TAY  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
 
-------------------
 
     
          Convoy attacked in position 53 50 N.  44 00 W.  One ship torpedoed.  
     
                                                                 T O O 051414Z/5/43  
     
  T O R  051618  
  T/F Admy "M"  
  Dist  1-4  6-10  12-16c  19  26  29a  31  33.  
     
  A I G 303 - C in C W A  (R)  CONNAV  C in CCNA  
                     Cdre D Argentia  Admiralty,  NSHQ, FONF  
                     HQCC, ACIC.  
  JW.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN C W A                                                                         PINK
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) FONF  
  N S H Q OTTAWA  
  DUNCAN  TAY  
  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC  
  CONNAV  
  COMMODORE LONDONDERRY.  
     
  IMMEDIATE  
     
  At 1220Z 5th attacked first class A/S contact in position 055 degs 021 north 043 degs 31' west.  Consider attack promising.  No evidence of damage or destruction (although ?) blowing of tanks heard after several attacks.  Hunt (abandoned ?) (13 ?) 30Z to (intercept ?) 5 ships.  
  40 Depth Charges and 24 Hedgehogs expended.  31 Depth charges 42 Hedgehogs remaining.  Fuel stock remaining at 1000Z 80 tons (34 ?).   
  Your 042244Z, E T A (XY) 060700Z  (Position ?) (XR) not known.  
  Request this information.  
     
                                                                     051420Z/5.  
  (RE:  SEC:  O N S 5 - Altered course)  
     
  T/P NCKR from BURNHAM tor 2036/5/5/43.  
  TOR at BURNHAM on 12685.  KC/S.  2026/5/5/43.  
     
1-4 6-13 16 19 25 31 X (2 for 008.)                          758  ih.
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
S E C R E T
 
 
========
 
C Y P H E R  M E S S A G E
 
=========   ===========
 
     
  T:  AIR MIN WHITEHALL RRR ADMIRALTY HQ COASTAL COMMAND NO 15 GROUP HQ RCAF LONDON (A.M. PASS TO ADMIRALTY)  
  FROM:  HQ  EAC CANADA                                                 SER. NO. 479  
     
  A.955    5 MAY  
  ===========  
  OPS 4 MAY.  TIMES GMT  
  (A)  ONS 5  1022  TO  0316.  NOT MET.  TWO SORTIES.  
  SC 129  0805  TO 2000.  THREE SORTIES.  
  SWEEP  SC 129  1815 TO 2021.  THREE SORTIES.  
  SC128  1348 TO 2212.  NOT MET.  ONE SORTIE.  
  ON 18)  1108  TO 2252.  NOT MET.  TWO SORTIES.  
  (B)  A/S SORTIES TWO.  US A/C FOUR SORTIES.  ENEMY SIGHTINGS THREE.  CANSO A WILLIAM OF 5BR ON ESCORT FOR ONS5 SIGHTED SUBMARINE AT 1757 IN POSN 5638N 4232W ATTACKED WHILE STILL SURFACED WITH FOUR D.C.'S  SUBMARINES COURSE 340 DEG T.  A/C ATTACKED FROM 10 DEG OFF SUBMARINES STARBOARD BOW FIRST D/C FELL 80 FT AHEAD.  SECOND ABOUT 40 FEET AHEAD.  THIRD AND ROURTH OBSERVED TO FALL ON PORT SIDE LESS THAN 12 FEET AWAY.  ONE JUST AHEAD AND ONE JUST AFT CONNING TOWER.  OIL SLICK SPREADING X 200 - 800 FEET AND PLANKS OR TIMBERS WITH FRESH CRACKS IN THEM PLAINLY VISIBLE.  PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT SERIOUSLY DAMAGED POSSIBLY SUNK.  SAME A/C SIGHTED SECOND SUBMARINE AT 1850 IN POSN 5610N 4255W.  NO ATTACK.  CANSO A EASY OF 5BR ON ESCORT FOR ONS 5 SIGHTED SUBMARINE AT 2059 IN POSN 5536N  4314W.  
  END PART ONE PART TWO FOLLOWS.  
     
 
T. O. O. 051455    
 
 
T. O. O. 052300 B
 
 
T. O. O. 052340 B
 
  DISTR:  CONT, NAV, D/CDR, INT (PASS NARR)  
     
 
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN C W A                                                                         PINK
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  DUNCAN  
         TAY    
         FONF  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  WEST MADAKET,  Torpedoed.  My position course and speed 54 degs 17 mins. North  044 degs. 11 min.  West  240 degs.  8.  
     
                                                                          T.O.O.  051545Z/5/43  
     
     
  T/P NCKR From London T.O.R.  052043/5/43  
  DIST:  1-4  6-16  25  31  X  
  AKI.   752  
 
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  DUNCAN  
  Escorts O N S 5.  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  My 050515Z and 051414Z.  Night attack on surface 7 U Boats.  Day attack submerged 1 U-Boat.  ORIBI sighted 3 U-Boats on the surface at 1110Z in position 053 degs 30' north 043 degs 40' west.  NORTHERN SPRAY with 143 survivors on board detached to ST. JOHNS at 1600Z.  The following ships have been sunk NORTH BRITISH  HARPERLEY,  WEST MAXIMUS, WENTWORTH, BRISTOL CITY.  The following abandoned not considered salvable HARBURY, DOLIUS.  
  Survivors from above ships in this order 11, 38, 50, 42, 29, 44, 66.  Convoy still appears to be shadowed.  Am trying to oil destroyer from BRITISH LADY this will necessitate her proceeding subsequently to ST. JOHNS.  My position course and speed 053 degs (38?) north 044 degs 32' west 102 degs 7.5  weather 90 60 10 42.  
     
                                                    051601Z/5.  
  (RX: 051414Z.  Convoy attacked)  
  (RX: 050515 Convoy attacked one ship torpedoed)  
  T/P NCKR from BURNHAM tor 2126/5/5/43.  
  TOR AT BURHAM on 12685 KC/S 2120/5/5/43.  
     
  1-4 6-16  19  25  31  29A  33 Z                  795 ih.  
     
  AIG 303.  C IN C W A  (R) CONNAV  HQ COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC  ADMIRALTY, N S H Q OTTAWA,  FONF, COMMODORE (D) ARGENTIA,  ACIC  
     
 

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  ESCORTS OF ON 180.                                                    C IN CWA
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  ESCORTS O N S 5.  
  AIG 303  
 
IMMEDIATE TO SHIPS ADDRESSED  CONFIDENTIAL CODE.
 
     
  My 050956Z.  Escort Trawler and Tug are not (R) not to be detached.  
     
                                                                    051720Z/5.  
     
  (RE:  If prospects for salvage of torpedoed ship favourable - Trawler and Tug to be detached to take in tow)  
     
  T/P  NCPPR TO NAVINIT HALIFAX pass to ESCORTS O N 180 and O N S 5  tod  1944/5/5/43.  
  T/P  NCPPR TO CONNAV WASHINGTON DC, PASS TO FONF.  N S H Q ARGENTIS  C IN CCNA  tod  1955/5/5/43.  
  T/P  NCPPR TO ADMIRALTY PASS TO ACIC  AIP  ADMIRALTY tod 1025/5/5/43.  
  T/P  NCPPR TO HQCC tod 2145/5/5/43.  
     
  1-4 6-10  12  19  25  31  X (2 for convoys)  2 for COS.)  
                                                                 687 ih.  
  AIG 303.  C IN C W A  (R)  CONNAV. HQ COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC,  ADMIRALTY, N S H Q OTTAWA,  FONF,  COMMANDER (D) ARGENTIA, ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  For action:  F O N F                                                    C T F 24  
  (R) C in C C N A  
        COMINCH  
        C in C W A  
        N S H Q  
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
          Following is recoded version of MANHASSETS 051528.  Begins - Abandoned steamer approximately 9000 tons, latitude 54 04 North 44 18 West torpedoed 1300Z.  No apparent settling past 24 hours.  Shall we sink or attempt salvage.  Ends.  
     
                                                                   T O O  051935Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R 052210  
  T/P Cryptograph via C & W  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-16c, 26, 31.  
  EG  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) DUNCAN.  
     
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
  ONS 5 attacked in position 53 20 44 50 3 ships torpedoed 2 floating possibility of salvage.  
     
                                                                        052000Z  
     
  T/P FROM BURNHAM  NCBR  TOR  0005/6/5/43.  MJ 5  
  RECEIVED ON 8290 KC/S  
  DIST  1  2(2)  2A  3  4  6-16  19  25  31  33  X  
  AIG 303 - C IN C W A  (R)  CONNAV  H Q  COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C C N A   ADMIRALTY  NSHQ OTTAWA  FONF  COMMANDER (D) ARGENTIA  ACIC.  
     
 

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  SENNEN                                                                       C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIG 303  
         1st E Group  
         PINK  
         Escorts of ONS 5  
         Escorts of ON 180  
     
 
I M M E D I  A T E to SENNEN and PINK.
 
     
          ONS 5.  
     
          Proceed to support PINK with stragglers of ONS 5.  Estimated position 53 10 N  46 20 W  (R)  53 10 N  46 20 W at 0800B/6 steering for (XR)  50 N  46 W speed 8 knots.  
     
                                                                T O O 052027Z/5/43.  
     
  Encyphered in "PP" at 052243  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-11, 13, 16c, 26, 31.  
  KC  
  AIG 303 - CONNAV  Admiralty  NSHQ  FONF  ACIC  HQCC   
                    C in C C N A, Cdre. D Argentia.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
         C in C WA                                                                     FONF  
  (R)  C in C C N A  
         COMINCH  
          NSHQ Ottawa  
          CTF 24  
 
I M P O R T A N T .
 
     
  Manhasset's 051935Z.  ADHERENT available.  Only suitable escort PORT ARTHUR or ALGOMA now en route to support ON 180.  
     
                                                                   T O O 052041Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  052340  
  T/P TYPEX Naval General Via C & W.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  ML.  
     
                          (Ref:  (CTF 24's?) 051935Z.  Abandoned steamer.)  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN C W A                                                                               PINK
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC  
  FONF  
  NSHQ  OTTAWA  
  FOIC LONDONDERRY  
  CONNAV     OPNAV  
  DUNCAN  
  TAY  
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
  My 051420X.  WEST MADAKET torpedoed 1455Z.  
     
  Have picked up complete crew of 61.  
  In company DIRECTOR, GUDVOR (NOR) DUNSLEY and YEARBY.  
  Position course and speed 2000Z   54 27 N  45 10 W  270 degs 8 altering at 2359Z to 230 and 060400Z to 180.  
  Counter attacked firm A/S contact at 1900Z.  Consider 2 U-Boats now in contact one heavily attacked A.M. to-day.  
  Remaining fuel 69 tons (30 per cent), depth charges 22  Hedgehog 42.  
  In view of fuel and depth charge situation suggest (1)  I proceed to St. Johns N F forthwith with M/V or (2) you route me further west in case fuel situation becomes precarious.  
     
                                                        052101Z  
   T/P FROM BURNHAM NCKR  TOR  0054/6/5/43.  MJ  37  
  RECEIVED ON 12685  KC/S.  
  DIST 1-4  6-16  19  20  21  25  31  33  X.  
  (Ref  Attacked   A/S contact)  
     
 

 

 
 
 
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  _______________________________________________________
  A I G 302                                                                         E G 3  
  E G 1  
  O N S 5  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E .
 
     
          OFFA attacked confirm contact position 53 07  44 40 (X).  5 attacks  U/Boat damaged.  Hunt abandoned to rejoin (O N?) S 5.  3rd E G leaves Convoy for St. Johns at daylight 6th owing to fuel shortage.  
     
          Weather report 4765  2534.  
     
                                                                     T O O 052230Z/5/5/43.  
     
  T O R  060218  
  T/P "S"  Via Burnham on 4740 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-10, 12-16c, 19, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  
                A I G 302 - C IN C C N A (R)  CONNAV  Cdre D Argentia  
                                    Admiralty C in C WA  NSHQ  FONF  HQCC  ACIC  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  PELICAN  
  DUNCAN  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  7 S/M'S in close proximity of convoy sighted on surface.  My position course and speed 052 degs 50' N  044 degs  52' W  202 degs 7 knots.  
     
                                                                052359Z  
     
  T/P FROM BURNHAM NCKR  TOR  0242, 6/5/43.  MJ  106  
  DIST.  1-4  6-16  25  31  33  X.  
  AIG 303.  C IN C WA  (R)  CONNAV  H Q COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C C N A  ADMIRALTY  NSHQ OTTAWA  FONF  COMMANDER (D)  ARGENTIA  ACIC  
     
  RECEIVED ON 8290 KC/S  
     
 

 

 
 
 
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  _______________________________________________________
  F O N F                                                                       C in C C N A  
  (R)  B 7  
         C in C WA  
         NSHQ  
         COMINCH  
     
          TAY's 052000.  Intend to sail tug FOUNDATION ARANEMORE from Halifax a.m. 6th May to St. John's N.F., escorted by PICTOU.  FOUNDATION FRANKLIN can be made available if required.  
     
          Request immediate information.  
     
                                                                        T O O 060105Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  060413  
  T/P "S"  Via C & W.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 19, 26, 31.  
  ML  
                    (Ref:  O N S 5 attacked; possibility of salvage.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                                TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  DUNCAN  
     
  IMMEDIATE.  
     
  My 051601Z following ships torpedoed.  
  GHARINDA SELV(ISR?)AN BONDE  
  Survivors 92, 40, 12, SELV(IER?) AN sunk, GHARINDA and BONDE both salvable.  BONDE torpedoed in stern GHARINDA torpedoed forward 1 or 2 U-Boats, submerged attack. (?) Escort except TAY, whose A/N  temporarily out of action, hunted without results.  
  TAY picked up survivors.  
     
                                                      060115Z/5  
  T/P NCKR from BURNHAM tor 1245/6/5/43.  
  TOR AT BURNHAM on 8290 KC/S 1235/6/5/43.  
     
  (RE:  O N S 5 Night attack on surface 7 UB/S day attack submerged 1 U/B.)  
     
  1-4  6-16  25  29A  31  33  X (2 for COS.      383 ih.  
     
  AIG 303 - C IN C W A  (R)  HQ COASTAL COMMAND.  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC, CONNAV, ADMIRALTY, N.S.H.Q. OTTAWA  FONF  COMMANDER (D)  COMMANDER D. AERGENTIA,  ACIC  COMMODORE D. W.A.  
     
     
 

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
   
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
     
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
          Following is my 052329.  Your 051528 has been referred to F O N F at St. Johns who may be able to provide tug and escort.  Conditions permitting remain vicinity but neither Destroy nor salvage vessel pending further orders.  MANHASSET has for action.  
     
                                                            T O O 060147/5/43.  
     
  T O R  06433  
  T/P Cryptograph Via C & W  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  ML.  
     
     
     
 

 

 
 
 
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  PORT ARTHUR                                                           F O N F  
  (R)  ALGOMA  
         Escorts of ONS 5  
         C 3  
         C in C W A  
         Admiralty  
         C in C C N A  
         COMINCH  
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
     
  1.  Return forthwith to position 47 00 N  47 40 W thence steer 268.  
     
  2.  Effect junction with HMRT ADHERENT who sails St. Johns N.F. approx. 0500Z May 6th course 096 10 knots towards this position.  
     
  3.  When junction effected escort ADHERENT through above position thence to 53 20 N  44 10 W where (2?) torpedoed ships from ONS 5 are still afloat.  Further orders will be issued.  
     
                                                              T O O 060230Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R 060611  
  T/F "M" via C & W   Dist.  1-4, 6-12, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  EG.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN C W A                                                                    HMS PELICAN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  ADMIRALTY  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Have attacked enemy S/M which dived 100 yards ahead of me in position 10 miles 150 degs ONS 5 first attack by eye, second attack by echo, which was followed by (series?) of unexplained explosions.  Contact now lost.  Am searching.  
     
                                                                          T.O.O. 060608Z/May  
     
  T/R NCKR TOR 061051/May from Burnham  
     
  Received on 8290 KCS at 1046.  
     
  289 GB  
     
  Dist:  1-4, 6-16, 25, 29a, 31, 33, X   
     
     
 

 

 
 
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  Admiralty                                                                           SENNEN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C in C N A  
  (R)  FONF  
         TAY  
         PELICAN  
         (PINK?)  
 
I M M E D I A T E
 
 
--------------------
 
     
          (Have?) attacked U-Boat from sighting in position 52 18' N.  46 12' W.  
     
                                                                              T O O 060763Z/5/43  
     
  T O R  061132  
  T/P Prenton "K"  10945 K/C's.  
  Dist  1-4  6-10  12-16c  26  29a  31  33.  
  JW.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  PELICAN                                                                             TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
     
          My close escort is reduced to 1 destroyer who if not fuelled today must leave for St. John's N.F.   1 corvette in action 1 corvette with no depth charges  1 corvette badly knocked about after colliding with a U-Boat and myself with no Asdics.  Request you form close screen.  
     
                                                                 060800Z  
     
     
 

 

 
 
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  Admiralty                                                                           SENNEN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C in C W A  
  (R) F.O.N.F.,  Tay  
        PELICAN, (PINK?)  
     
          My 060755Z.  Lost contact search probably unsuccessful.  Proceeding to join PINK.  My position course and speed 052 degs 18' N.  046 degs 12' W.  (348 degs?) 14.  2944  1954.  
     
                                                          T.O.O.  060945/5/43.  
     
  T/P NCKR via Cables and Wireless London  T.O.R. 061455.  
  Ref:  Attack on U-Boat.  
     
  1-4  6-11  13-16c  26  30  31  33.  
  E.P.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN CWA                                                                             PELICAN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  ADMIRALTY  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Correct 061835 (Z)  ? all before 1 C in CWA (R) Admiralty  
     
                                                                   TOO 061045Z  
     
  Ref:  Spey sighted S/M astern of ONS 5.  
     
  T/P NCKR  from Burnham   TOR  2306/6/5/43         Received on 12685 kcs.  
 
  1  2 (2)  3  4  6-16  25  31  33  X  
                                                                          JW 830  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                              TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  DUNCAN.  
 
IMMEDIATE.
 
     
  24 Attacks were attempted on the convoy during the night.  All repulsed.  5 U.boats sunk.  ORIBI rammed one SUNFLOWER rammed one SNOWFLAKE destroyed one by depth charges.  VIDETTE claims hits with Hedgehog.  
  LOOSESTRIFE depth charged one which surfaced and blew up.  
  ORIBI detached this morning with OFFA.  SUNFLOWER has leak in fore peak and is in hand steering remaining with convoy at convoy speed.  
  SUNFLOWER had one depth charge remaining.  LOOSESTRIFE 13.  
  Survivors TAY has 105  LOOSESTRIFE 71  SUNFLOWER 66,  
  My p, c and s 51 degs 35' N  44 degs 30' W 196 degs 7.  
     
                                                                      TOO 061115Z/5  
 
  T/P NCKR.  From C&W Land  TOR 061912B/5.  
  IN TRANSIT TO Car. D. WA.  CTG 24.7.  
  697.  ED.  Dist:  1-16  17a  19  25  31  33  x.  
     
  AIG 303 - C in C WA, (R) CONNAV, HQCC, C in C CNA, Admiralty, NSHQ, FONF, ACIC, Commodore D WA  Commodore D. Argentia.  
     
     

 

 
 
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  C in C W.A.                                                                          PENN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  FONF  
     
  Position course and speed at 1200Z 047 degs 11' N.  047 degs 07' W 274 degs 10 knots.  PANTHER in company.  Weather 0924  2843.  BP  02459(32) last edition held.  
     
                                                                   T O O  061205/May  .43  
     
  T O R  1923/5  
  T/P Cables and Wireless NCKR.  
  1-4  6-11  16  30  31  
  VCA.  
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 303.                                                                              PINK.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  DUNCAN  SENNEN  
  TAY   
     
  IMMEDIATE.  
     
  My 052101Z.  For HARBURY read  GUDVOR (NOR), SENNEN not met.  Your 061105Z.  Am proceeding ST. JOHNS N.F. with (M/V'S ?).  
  Consider have sufficient fuel to escort to ST. JOHNS N.F.  
     
                                                                            061240Z/5  
     
  (RE:  052101Z  Proceeding ST. JOHNS NF   with M/V)  
(RE:  061103Z  Arrival of SENNEN.)
     
  T/P NCKR from BURNHAM tor 1700/6/5/43.  
  TOR AT BURNHAM on 12685.  KC/S.   1652/6/5/43.  
     
  AIG 303.  C IN C W A  (R) CONNAV.  HQ COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C CANADIAN NORTH ATLANTIC  CONNAV  ADMIRALTY    N.S.H.Q. OTTAWA  FONF  COMMANDER W.  COMMANDER (D) ARGENTIA  ACIC  COMMODORE D.  W.A.  
     
  1-4  6-16  19  25  31  33  X            584  ih.  
  2 for COS  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
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  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                                     (SENNEN?)  
  C in C W A.  
  (R)  C.O.N.N.A.V.  
         C.T.F. 24.  
         C.T.G. 24.7.  
          TAY, PINK  
          PELICAN  
          Noic St. Johns.  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
 
= = = = = = = = =
 
     
          Attacked S/M in position 53 08 N.  46 39 W. at (12?) 55Z.  
     
                                                         T.O.O.  061329Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P  "S" via Cables and Wireless London T.O.R.  061743.  
     
  1-4  6-10  12  13  14  15  16c  29a  31  33.  
  E.P.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
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  _______________________________________________________
  F.O.N.F.                                                                       C in C C N A .  
  (R)  N.S.H.Q., C in C W A.  
         Admiralty, A.C.I.C.  
         Cominch.  
         HMCS PICTOU  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T.
 
 
= = = = = = = = = =
 
     
          Tug FOUNDATION ARANMORE escorted by PICTOU sailed 1500Z/6th May for St. Johns routed through 045 N. 060 W. and 046 N/ 053 W.  speed 10 knots.  If situation is clarified before arrival request you will re-route directly to salvage of O N S 5 ships.  
     
                                                                       T.O.O.  061458Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P "S" via Cables and Wireless London T.O.R. 061859.  
  1-4  6-12  16c  19  26  31.  
  E.P.  
     
     

 

 
 
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  A.I.C. 303                                                                          SENNEN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  PELICAN  
  TAY  
  PINK  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E.
 
 
= = = = = = = = = =
 
     
          My 061329Z  Lost contact possibly slight damage inflicted.  Proceeding to join PINK.  Depth charges remaining 333.  Hedgehog projectiles 40.  
     
                                                             T.O.O.  061554Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P "S" via Cables and Wireless London T.O.R.  062136.  
  A.I.G. 303:  C in C W A  (R)  Admiralty, ACIC  HQCC  FONF  NSHQ  CONNAV  C in C CNA  CTF24  CTG 24.7.  
     
  Ref:  Attack on S/M.  
  1-4  6-10  12  13  14  15  16c  29a  31  33.  
  E.P.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
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  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                         S O 3rd E G  
  F O N F  
  (R)  C in C W A  
         B A D  
         ORIBI  
     
          My position course and speed 50 33 N 45 00 W (S) 196 deg.  11 knots  ORIBI in company.  At 0300Z/(6th?)  ORIBI rammed U-boat at right angles abaft conning tower at 22 knots and sustained following damage:  Stem casting (broken?), (bow?) plating and frames broken (and?) severely buckled.  All compartments stem to 17 station below lower deck gun open (to?) sea, also turbine stations 4-9.  
  E T A St. Johns N.F.  0800Z/9th.  Weather report 0952 2384.  
     
  F O N F acknowledge.  
     
                                                                      T O O 061600Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R 062243  
  T/P "A" via Burnham 12685  Kc/s.  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-16c, 19, 26, 30, 31, 33.  
  EC  
     

 

 
 
 
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  AIG 303                                                                 TU 24.1.17  
  (R)  TU 24.1.5  
         TU 24.2.4  
         Capt (D) Greenock  
         Escorts ON 181  
     
 
I M M E D I A T E .
 
     
          (My?) 061549.  No close bearing, all received consistent with vicinity ONS 6.  
     
  (2)  C in C WA's 061008.  Fuel.  
          (a)  KEPPEL refuelled satisfactorily.  
          (b)  ESCAPADE, GARLAND hope to refuel tomorrow weather and repair of gear permitting.   Remaining at 0800/6  211 and 274 tons respectively.  
          (c)  Corvette probably all right minimum 140 at 0800/6 but will refuel if possible.  
  (3)  TAY grade 0115.  Request time of day and direction of any submerged attack.  
  (4)  ON 181 at 2000Z/6.  59 31 North  33 23 West course 259 speed 9.  46 ships in company 1 straggler rejoin with ORCHIS.  
  (5)  Weather report 3865  0763.  
     
                                                                  T O O 061943Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  070228  
  T/P "M" Via Burnham on 8290 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-14, 16c, 19, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  
     
  A I C 303 - C in C WA  (R) Admiralty Cdre (D) Argentia  CONNAV C in CCNA  NSHQ  FONF  ACIC  HQCC  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  FONF                                                                                   TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIG 303.  
     
 
IMPORTANT.
 
     
  BRITISH LADY has proceeded St. Johns N.F.  Request position in which she should be detached and whether escort will be arranged.  
     
                                                                  061955Z  
     
  T/P  FROM BURNHAM  NCKR  TOR  0020/7/5/43.  
  RECEIVED ON 8290  KC/S.                                             MJ 13  
  DIST 1-4  6-11  16  19  25  31  X.  
AIG 303   C in C W A  (R)  CONNAV  HQ COASTAL COMMAND  C IN C C N A  ADMIRALTY  NSHQ   FONF  COMMANDER (D)  ARGENTIA  ACIC  COMMODORE (D) W A.
     
     

 

 
 
 
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A
 
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  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                                  C Halifax  
  CONNAV  
  C IN C WA  
  NSHQ  
  FONF  
  Com D Argentia  
     
          Departures - HMS MONTGOMERY for St. John's N.F.  HMCS PICTOU escorting FOUNDATION ARANMORE for St. Johns N.F.  
     
                                                                       T O O  062042Z/5/43.  
     
  TOR  070328  
  T/P  TYPEX  Naval General Via C&W.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  ML.  
     
     

 

 
 
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  A.I.C. 303                                                                          SENNEN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  PELICAN  
  TAY  
  PINK  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T .
 
     
          Met PINK.  My position 51 41 North   47 27 West.  Weather report 0914  2662.  
     
                                                                      T O O  062300Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  070125  
  W/T "S" 6300 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-9, 11, 16c, 26, 30, 31.  
  ML.  
     
             A I G 303 - C in C WA  (R)  Cdre D Argentia  
                                 CONNAV  C in CCNA  NSHQ  FONF  HQCC  ACIC   
                                 Admiralty  
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C IN CWA                                                                                    PELICAN
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  FONF  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Spey's main bow joint blown necessitate returning harbour by p.m. 9th May.  
     
                                                                           TOO  062302Z  
     
  T/P P/L  Prenton    NCKR  TOR  0055/7/5/43       Received on 8290 kcs.  
     
  1-4  6-11  16  19  25  31  X  
 
                                                          JW 48  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
                                                                                  C in C C N A  
     
  My 061730  Section South West.  
  Correct PICTOU escorting FOUNDATION ARANMORE for 45 42 North read 44 42 North.  
     
                                                                          T O O  062310Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  070415  
  T/P "S"  Via Prenton  on 10945 Kc/s.  
  Dist:  2-3, 6-9, 11.  
  ML  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  1st E.G.                                                                        C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIG 303  
         Escorts of ONS 5  
         SENNEN  
         PINK  
     
 
IMMEDIATE TO SHIPS AND C IN C C N A.
 
     
          At daylight 7th May if Convoy is considered no longer threatened PELICAN WEAR and JED proceed at economical speed through positions 53 00 N 44 40 W and 56 01 N  42 40 W.  
  2.  Report fuel and depth charge position and any derelicts sighted.  
  3.  SENNEN is to remain in company with PINK'S Convoy.  
  4.  SPEY remain with ONS 5 until WESTOMP then proceed to St. Johns.  
     
                                                                 T O O 062357Z/5/43.  
     
  Encyphered in "PP" at 070245.  
  Dist:  1-4, 6-13, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  ML.  
              AIG 303 - Cdre D Argentia  C in C CNA  Admiralty  
                                NSHQ  FONF  HQCC  ACIC  CONNAV  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                               NOIC St. Johns  
  (R)  C in C W A  
         FREQ.  
         C in C C N A  
         Cdre (D) Argentia  
         BAD Washington.  
     
  St Johns N.F. May 6th.  
  Arrivals  TIMMINS ex H X 237.  DUNCAN ex ONS 5.  
                SACKVILLR  GALT  ex Halifax.  
  Departures  ADHERENT to O N S 5.  
  BARRIE  BUCTOUCHE  COWICHAN to O N S 5.  
  MALPEQUE escorting JH 52 A to Halifax.  
  ST CLAIR  CHICOUTIMI  QUESHEL  TRURO to O N 180.  
     
                                                                                T O O  070544Z/5/43  
     
T O R  071401 T/P  Typex Naval General.
  Dist  1-4  6-11  16  26  31.  
     
  JW.  
   

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  C in C W A                                                              HMS PELICAN  
  ( R ) Admiralty  AIG 303  
     
          My 060608Z after review of evidence.  Consider Submarine probably destroyed.  Please pass my 060608Z and 061835Z to Flag Office Newfoundland for HMS TAY on arrival.  
     
                                                                 T O O  071055Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  " S " via Burnham  TOR  071535/5/43  
  Received on 12685 Kcs.  
  NLM  
  Ref U/Boat attacked.  
              Dist  1 - 10  12 - 16c  29a  31  33.  
     
  AIG 303   C in C W A  (R)  Connav  C in C C N A   
  Cdre D Argentia  Admiralty  NSHQ  FONF  HQCC  ACIC  
 
   

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  TAY                                                                                    FONF  
  (R)  C in C W A  
  Admiralty  
  NSHQ  
  C in C C N A  
  CONNAV  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
          Your 061955.  Detach BRITISH LADY at Westomp.  Detail one escort of your group to accompany ship to St. John's Newfoundland.  
     
                                                                        T.O.O.  071202Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  in "S" via Cables & Wireless London T.O.R.  071436/May.  
  1-4, 6-11, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
  (Ref:  BRITISH LADY for St. Johns).  
  A.D.  
 
   

 

 
 
 
INTERCEPTED
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
     
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Escorts of O N S 5                                                           C in C C N A
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  Admiralty  
         (NSHQ?)  
         FONF  
         Cominch C & R  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T
 
 
+++++++++++++
 
     
  O N S 5 from position 047 degs 40' North 045 degs 36' W proceed through new position H W 043 degs 30' North 053 degs 55' West  H X  042 degs 38' 059 degs 26'  H Y  044 degs 16' 062 degs 01'  H Z 044 degs 30'  062 degs 48' thence by Q J A 52 to Halifax omit positions X H.  X J.  X K.  
     
                                                                    T.O.O.  071501Z/5/43  
     
  T/P Via Prenton "S" TOR 071923/5  
  Received on 10945 Kcs.  
  Dist. 1-4, 6-9, 11, 16c, 26, 31.  
  MJL  
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  ADMIRALTY PASS TO NSHQ OTTAWA                          C IN C W A
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C IN C CNA, FONF, and to CONNAV for  
  PORT DIRECTOR NEW YORK for action, and  
  to COMINCH (C & R)  CT 24 for information  
     
  ONS5.  
  My 230804Z/5  
  Delete HARBURY, BONDE, NORTH BRITAIN, SELVISTAN, MCKEESPORT, WEST MAXIMUS, WEST MADAKET, BRISTOL CITY, DOLIUS, GHARINDA, HARPERLEY, WENTWORTH.  
     
                                                                    T.O.O. 071542Z/May  
     
  T/P P/L ADMIRALTY PASS TO ALL ADDRESSEES TOD 071829/May  
     
  635 OH  
     
  (Ref-ONS5)  
     
  Dist:  1-4, 6-9, 11, 12, 13, 16, 19, 25, 31, 33, X  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  ALGOMA                                                                      F O N F  
  (R)  B 7  
         (C in C W A?)  
         C in C C N A  
         N S H Q Ottawa  
         W 4  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T.
 
     
          Proceed to join ONS 5 and remain with convoy until MONTGOMERY joins p.m. 8th May then return to St. Johns N.P.  
     
          ONS 5 position course and speed at 2200Z/6th May 50 17 North  45 33 West 180 deg. 7-1/2 knots.  Routed through (XR) 50 00 North 46 00 West; (XH) 44 30 North  45 00 West; (XJ)  43 56 North  53 01 West.  
     
                                                                T O O  071650Z/5/43.  
     
  T O R  072058  
  T/P "S" via C & W  
  Dist.  1-4, 6-9, 11, 16c, 26, 31.  
  EG  
 
     
   

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  TAY.                                                                                N S H Q OTTAWA
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  1st Escort Group B 7  
  C IN C C N A  
  C IN C W A.  
     
  Your 061115Z.  Well done this is the best effort so far.  
     
                                                                        071658Z/5  
     
  (RE:  24 attacks on convoy repulsed - 5 U/B sunk)  
     
  T/P NCKR from ADMIRALTY  tor  1543/9/5/43.  
 
  1-4, 6-16, 17, 17a, 19, 25, 32, 33, X   466 ih.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  AIG 301.                                                                                TAY
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  VIDETTE and LOOSESTRIFE escorting BRITISH LADY, EMPIRE GAZELLE  BERKEL position course and speed 047 degs 33' N  046 degs 56' W  272 degs 8.  TAY  SNOWFLAKE  SUNFLOWER  047 degs 33' N  046 degs  59' W  272 degs 12.  
     
                                                          072359Z  
     
  T/P FROM POSITION  NCKR  TOR  0317  /8/5/43  
  RECEIVED ON 8290  KC/S    MJ  113.  
  DIST 1-4  6-11  16  19  25  31  X.  
  AIG 301  CONNAV HQCC  (R)  C IN C C N A  ADMIRALTY  COMMODORE (D) ARGENTIA  C IN C W A   NSHQ OTTAWA  FONF  COMMODORE (D) W A  ACIC.  
 
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
B
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  ADmiralty                                                                NOIC St. Johns Nfld.  
  C in C W A  
  Commodore (D) Argentia  
  BAD Washington  
     
          St. Johns Newfoundland May 8/43.  
     
          Arrivals PENN  PANTHER  NORTHERN GEM  ex O.N.S. 5.  MONTGOMERY ex Halifax  THREE RIVERS  PORT HOPE  escorting H.J. 50 ex Halifax ROXBOROUGH  SASKATOON DUNVEGAN  MULGRAVE ex S.C. 129.  Departures MONTGOMERY to O.N.S.5/  SACKVILLE to Londonderry  LINCOLN to Halifax.  
     
                                                                T.O.O. 080306Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P Typex Naval General T.O.R.  080740/May  
  1-4, 6-11, 16c, 19, 26, 31.  
     
  A.D.  
     
                                

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  E.G. 1                                                                                 C in C W.A.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  A.I.G. 303  
         ON 181  
         ONS 6  
         E.G.4.  
     
          E.G.1 on crossing 055 North proceed to support O.N.181.  Estimated position 0800B/9  056  50' N:  050 00' W and (MC) 047 31' N: 046 29' W 9 knots  S.O. H.M.S. KEPELL.  
     
     
                                                                                  080906Z  
     
     
 
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  FONF                                                                   Comtask 24  
  C in C CNA  
  Cominch  
  NSHQ  
  C in C WA  
     
         MANHASSET reports search negative.  DERELICT apparently sank.  Resuming regular patrol.  
     
                                                                 T.O.O.  081401/5/43.  
     
  T.O.R.  081926/3.  T/P Cryptograph.  
                           (vis Cables & Wireless).  
  DB.  Dist.  1-4  6-9  11  13-16c  26  31.  
     
     
     
                                

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  FONF                                                                                 VIDETTE.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIC (301?)  
  (Noic St. Johns?)  
  TAY  
  (LOOSESTRIFE?)  
  COMINCH  
     
  In company with LOOSESTRIFE and 3 Merchant ships.  BRITISH LADY  BERKEL and EMPIRE GAZELL.  My position course and speed 1400Z 8th 047 degs 43' N 048 degs 47' (West?) 272? 8 knots.  ETA St. Johns NF  1000Z 9th.  
  LOOSESTRIFE has 71 survivors on board 1 Cot Case.  
  Further reports in accordance with A.P.O. No. 2901/41 para 2. will be made by LOOSESTRIFE.  
  VIDETTE has no survivors on board.  Weather 6664  0854.  
     
                                                                      TOO 081450Z/5.  
     
  T/P  NCKR  From London.    TOR  082115/5.  
     
  SC  DD.  
  Dist:  1-4  6-13  15  16  20  25  30  (2)  31 x.  
     
  (Ref:  APO 2901Z  reports from HM Ships bringing in survivors).  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  FONF                                                                                 PINK
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) C in C WA  
  C in C CNA    DUNCAN  
  Commander (D) ARGENTIA  
  Commodore Londonderry  
     
 
IMMEDIATE
 
     
  ETA ST JOHNS Newfoundland 1100Z.  In company SENNEN Merchant ships from ONS 5  DUNSLEY, GUDVOR, DIRECTOR, YEARBY.  Complete crew of 61 of WEST MADAKET are survivors on board.  
     
                                                                      T.O.O.  081610Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  NCKR from Burnham T.O.R.  081910/5/43  
  Received on 1268 kc/s at 081906/5/43  
  DIST: 1-4  6-13  15  16  25  31 X  
  AKI  658  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  E.G. 1.                                                                               C. in C.W.A.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  A.I.G. 303,  
         O.N. 181,  
         O.N.S. 6.  
     
  Cancel my 080906.  Proceed to support O.N.S. 6.  
  Estimated position course and speed of convoy at 0800 8/9th May 058 34' North 038 11' West routed through (QN) and (QJ).  
     
                                                                         082030Z  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  C in C C N A                                                           MONTGOMERY  
  NCSO Halifax  
  (R)  COMINCH  
         FONF   C in C W A  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T
 
 
--------------------
 
     
  ONS 5.  Position course and speed 2300Z/8 045 35' 049 30' 240 7 knots.  
  17 ships present.  NCSO Halifax 1856Z/8th not to all addresses, confirmed 10 ships for detaching.  LORIENT straggler not present.  Escort MONTGOMERY plus W 4 and ALGOMA.  Propose to retain ALGOMA daylight 9th then detach to St. Johns N.F. after transferring acute appendix case from convoy.  
  Weather 0935  1271.  
     
                                                                T O O 082320Z/5/43  
     
  T O R  090337  
  W/T 4740  K/C's "S"  
  Dist:  1-4  6-9  11  16c  26  30  31.                               
JW.
     
     

 

 
 
 
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B
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  C in C W A                                                                  Fonf  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T
 
 
+++++++++++++
 
     
  Preliminary investigation of attacks on O N S 5 show following points.  Battle divided into two periods divided by three days gale.  First period 28th April to May 1st with pack of about 8 U-Boats.  Second period May 4th to 6th about 25 U-Boats.  
  In first period, 8 unsuccessful night attacks repulsed but one day attack successful.  Scare tactics based on appreciation of H/F D/F bearings were successful.  In second period, two successful day attacks and three successful night attacks delivered and over 30 night attacks repulsed.  U-Boats were attacking by 18 pairs and three's.  Possibly one day attack delivered by pair.  No new tactics in night attacks.  By day U-Boats approached from ahead of centre of convoy and fired from between the columns.  U-Boats were using 2 different H/F frequencies simultaneously during night of 4th May.  
  Possibly 2 different packs attacked.  A C I diagrams and orders used throughout.  Experience shows that at night 6 ships is minimum number on 271 close screen unless weather permits one side of screen to be left unprotected and that now 271 fitted ships of support group should be stationed at least 8 miles clear of convoy.  Co-operation between escort and support group excellent.  Little Air Cover available due to weather which also prevented fuelling of escorts.  Tanker "BRITISH LADY" did not carry enough fuel.  Rescue Trawlers proved their use.  It is strongly suggested that convoy was routed too far north into ice and bad weather.  Only on one night after gale had scattered convoy and in rough sea did U-Boats gain upper hand.  It is thought likely that day attacks will become more, and night attacks less frequent as result of this battle.  Following claims are considered reasonable without close investigation certainties SUNFLOWER  ORIBI  VIDETTE  SNOWFLAKE.  Very probable LOOSESTRIFE  VIDETTE  OFFA  Aircraft of RCAF.  Probable  DUNCAN  PELICAN.  Possible  DUNCAN  OFFA  Aircraft of RCAF  VIDETTE  TAY  PINK  SENNEN  SPEY.  Numerous other attacks were delivered. SNOWFLAKE'S kill was by one depth charge.  VIDETTE Hedgehog a kill.  
     
                                                                      T.O.O.  092225Z /5/43  
     
  T/P  TYPEX Naval General TOR  100348/5  
  Dist.  1-8, 10, 12-16c, 18, 29a, 31, 33.  
     
  MJL.  
     
                                

 

 
 
 
MOST SECRET
 
 
CYPHER MESSAGE
 
  To:                                                                               From:
 
MOST SECRET.
 
  TAY,                                                                       From:  Admiralty.  
  Escort of O.N.S. 5.  
 
For Information.
 
     
  _______________________________________________________
     
          The Admiralty is pleased to pass you the following message from the Prime Minister.  
          "My compliments to you on your unceasing fight against the U-Boats.  Please pass to Commodore of convoy my admiration for steadfastness of his ships."  
                                                                                                 Ends.  
  (2)  S.O. of Escorts of O.N.S. 5 pass to Commodore.  
     
                                                                  T.O.O.  092302B/5/43+++  
     
  T.O.R.  101958  
  T/P.  ADH.   "TT"  
  Distribution:  1 - 2A, 4 - 8, 10, 13 - 15, 16B.  
  S.M.  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  1st E.G.                                                                               C. in C. W. A.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  E.G. 4,  
         A.I.G. 303,  
         Escorts of O.N.S. 6.  
     
  1st E.G. proceed forthwith at best speed to St. John's N.F.  
     
                                                                                         092312Z.  
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                       Noic St. Johns N.F.  
  (R)  N.S.H.Q.  
         C in C C N A  
         Cdr. D. Argentia  
         B.A.D. Washington  
         C in C W A  
     
  St. Johns N.F.  May 9th  
  Arrivals:  ALGOMA,  LOOSESTRIFE,  VIDETTE,  PINK,  SENNEN,            ex O N S 5  
  Departures:  WASAGA, PORT, HOPE, escorting O L 65.  
     
                                                                              T.O.O.  100229Z/5/43.  
     
  T/P  Cryptograph via Cables and Wireless London  
  T.O.R.  101115.  
     
  1-4  6-11  16c  31.  
  E.P.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  FONF                                                                            PORT ARTHUR
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  AIG 303  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  Position 051 degs 16' North 044 degs 05' West course 213 degs speed 11 for 047 degs 40' North 047 degs 40' West thence 268 degs for St. Johns N.F.  ASDIC out of action.  In R/T contact yesterday with ADHERENT.  Present whereabouts unknown.  She reported salvaging a life-boat.  Advises her 092215Z if nothing further to report to return St. Johns N.F.  Weather report 4762  0464.  
     
                                                             T.O.O.  101345Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  NCKR  C & W London  T.O.R.  101851/5/43  
  DIST:  1-4  6-13  16  19  25  30  (2)  31  X  
  AKI.  612  
  Ref:  092215Z not held.  
  AIG 303  C in C WA  (R)  CONNAV  Admiralty  CTF 24  NSHQ Ottawa  FONF  COAC Halifax  CTG 24.7  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                              NCSO St Johns N F  
  ( R )  NSHQ Ottawa    C in C C N A  
  C in C W A  NCSO Montreal  
  Connav  W 4 for Commodore  
     
          O N S 5  CAMPUS arrived lost convoy.  Slight Ice damage.  
     
                                                            T O O  101934Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  " S "  via C&W       TOR    110414/5/43  
     
  NLM  
     
  Dist 1 - 11  16c  19  26  31  35  
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
OUT CYPHER MESSAGE
 
   
  To:                                                                                         From:
  OFFA                                                           C. in C. W. A.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
     
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
          Report by signal date and time of arrival St. Johns and amount of oil fuel remaining on arrival for OFFA  ORIBI  PENN and PANTHER after supporting O.N.S.5 showing each ship separately.  
     
                                                            T.O.O.  111209B/5/43  
     
  Encyphered in "RR" at     111234/May  
     
  1-11, 16c, 19, 26, 31, 35.  
     
  A.D.  
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  A.I.C. 303                                                                          C T U 24.1.4
  ______________________________________________________________  
 
IMPORTANT
 
     
  My P C & S 52 degs 58' North 45 degs 07' West 193 degs 7 knots.  ACI 42 1 Survivor Gunner A W Titchener of S S NORTH BRITAIN believed Torpedoed 2230 P May 4th whilst straggling, was rescued position 55 degs 17' N 44 degs 15' West.  Other Survivors believed to have been rescued by Trawler FISHERY  PENDANT 136  Weather Report 6480  1415.  
     
                                                                 T O O 111705Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  " X "  via C&W London  TOR  120013/5/43  
     
  NLM  
     
  Dist  1 - 11  13  15  16c  17  17a  19  26  31  35  
     
          AIG 303   C in C W A  ( R ) Connav  C in C C N A   
                           Cdre D Argentia  Admiralty  NSHQ  FONF  HQCC  ACIC  
     
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Admiralty                                                                      NCSO St Johns NF.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  NSHQ  
         NSHQ  
         C in C W A  
         C in C C N A  
         NCSO Montreal.  
     
           O N S 5 MANO arrived heavy weather damage.  
     
                                                               T O O  111755Z/5/43  
     
  T/P  Typex  C & W  Ldn  
                  at 112315  
  Dist  1-11  16c  19  26  31  35.  
     
  JW.  
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  C in C C N A                                                          MONTGOMERY  
  CESF  
  NCSO Halifax  
  Connav  
  (R)  Admiralty  
         C in C W A  
         NSHQ  
         1st Naval District Boston  
         1st U.S. Naval Dist. New York.  
     
 
I M P O R T A N T
 
 
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  3 X B 52 will pass through position (O) at 1100Z (12th?) Course 270 degs speed 6 knots.  10 ships Vice Commodore of Convoy Master of OTTINGE.  Halifax ships of O N S 5 will be 5 hours early at HY Speed 8.  
     
                                                                 T.O.O.  112000Z/5/43  
     
  T/P "S" via C & W London  TOR  112345/5  
  Dist.  1-11, 16c, 26, 31, 35.  
  MJL  
     
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Admiralty                                                                      NCSO St Johns Nfld.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  NSHQ  Connav  
  C in C W A  NCSO  Montreal  
  C in C C N A  
     
  O N S 5 BARON SEMPLE arrived Lost Convoy.  
     
                                                                T O O 121844Z/5/43  
     
  T/P Typex via C&W London  TOR  122329/5/43  
     
  HLM  
     
  Dist  1 - 4  6 - 9  16a  31  
     
     
     

 

 
 
                                                              IN  
 
SECRET CODE MESSAGE
 
                                                                                                              A  
  To:                                                                                    From:
  Admiralty                                                                      NCSO St. Johns NFLD.
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C in C W A  
         NSHQ  
         C in C C N A  
         BAD Washington  
         Cdre.D.Argentia.  
     
  St. Johns NFLD May 11th/43.  
     
  Arrivals.  
  PORT ARTHUR and HMRT ADHERANT, ex search for abandoned ships of ONS 5 .  
  Departures.  
  TROIS RIVIERES, SARNIA, escorting WB 20 to Sydney CB, ML 052 to St. Pierre.  ST. ALBANS, TRAIL TIMMINS to join ON 181.  
     
                                                              TOO 120545Z/5/43  
     
  TOR.  121018/5/43.  
  T/P  Typex.  C & W.  
  Dist.  1-11, 16c, 19, 26, 31, 35.  
  MJW.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ADMIRALTY                                                                 NCSO HALIFAX   
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C IN C W A  
  (R)  CONNAV  
  NSHQ  
     
  Arrivals from outbound Convoy  ONS5 - NOR RENA, PAN OMEGA, BR TEMPLE ARCH, BR BOSWORTH, BR CYDONIA, BR EMPIRE PLANET, GRK AGIOS GEORGIOS, BR PANDORIAN - Straggler from ON 180  
     
                                                T.O.O.  122030Z/May  
     
  T/P  TYPEX  TOR 0159/13/5/43 from London  
     
  87  GB  
     
  Dist:  1-3, 6-9, 16, 19, 25, 31,X  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ADMIRALTY                                                                 N C S O HALIFAX   
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C IN C W A  
     
     
     
  Arrivals from outbound convoys  
  ONS 5 PAN ISOBEL  Lost Convoy due to bad bunkers.  
     
                                                161644Z/5.  
     
  T/P  TYPEX  FROM LONDON tor  2255/16/5/43.  
     
  1 2 3 6 - 9 16 25 X          892  ih.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ADMIRALTY.                                                           N. C. S. O. HALIFAX.   
  ______________________________________________________________  
  C. IN C.W.A.  
     
  Arrivals from Outbound Convoys ONS.5.  PAN ISOBEL lost convoy due bad bunkers  
     
     
     
     
                                                                   T.O.O.  161644Z.  
     
  T/P       TYPEX  FROM ADMIRALTY  T.O.R.  181920/5/43.  
     
  723.        HDL.  
     
  Dist.  1-3, 6-9, 16, 19, 25, 31, X  
     
     
     

 

 
 
 
IN CYPHER MESSAGE
 
 
A
 
  To:                                                                               From:
  _______________________________________________________
  Admiralty                                                               NCSO Halifax  
  (R)  NSHQ Ottawa  
         Cominch  C & R  
         FONF  
         COMNAVEAU  
         Port Director New York  
         Comtask 24  
     
  ONS 5 Panamanian ISOBEL arrived Halifax 15th May, lost Convoy 10 days ago due to bad bunkers.  
     
                                                                          T.O.O.  161654Z/5/43  
     
  T.O.R.  162350/5/43  
  T/P NCSR (Via Cables & Wireless London)  
  DIST:  1-3  6-8  16c  35  
  AKI  
     
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  HMS DUNCAN                                                                ADMIRALTY.   
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C. IN C.W.A.  
  COMMODORE (D) W.A.  
     
                                 CONFIDENTIAL              B/SECRAX  
     
  Your 010801Z, 012000Z and 020501Z all apparently suffered considerable delay before being cleared to Iceland on 4740 KC/S.   
  I request details of any other efforts made to clear messages including approximate position of ship.  
     
                                                                         T.O.O. 260948B/May  
     
  T/P  P/L  FROM ADMIRALTY TOR   261217/May  
     
  355  GB  
     
  (Ref  020900Z - ONS 5, Convoy badly scattered.)  
     
  Dist:  1-4, 6-12, 16, 19, 25, 31, 33, 35, X  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  ADMIRALTY                                                              B.R.L.O NEW YORK.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  C. in C.W.A.  
         B.A.D. WASHINGTON.  
     
  ONS.5. Oil transfer.  
     
  BRITISH LADY  955.  in ten operations.  
  ARGON (U.S.) 46 in one operation.  
  No depth charges carried this convoy.  
  Your 091225/April, paragraph 3 refers.  
     
                                                                 T.O.C.  262142  /5/43.  
     
  T/P.  TYPEX.  T.O.R.  270609.  C & W.  LONDON.  
     
  150.  B.W.  
     
  Dist.  1-4, 6-8, 10, 12-14, 19, 25, 31, 33, 33, 35, X.  
     
  Ref.  Secret.  Report required on oil and depth charge transfer  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  N S H Q OTTAWA                                                        C IN C W A
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R)  COMMODORE D. W A.  
         FONF  
         C IN C CNA  
         CAPT D NEWFOUNDLAND  
     
  CONFIDENTIAL CODE.  
     
  S.O. B 7 Group reports that he was instructed to render his report of proceedings for Convoy O N S 5 direst to FONF.  In view of A C I art 45 para 4 (2) as amended by your 042200Z/5   not to all addressees request report may be forwarded in quadruplicate direct to COMMODORE D. W A by bearer mail.  
     
                                                 271254B/5  
     
  (RE:  Revision of ACI)  
     
  T/P  TO COMMODORE D. W A tod 1430B/27/5/43.  
  T/P NOPPR TO C IN C C N A  N S H Q OTTAWA tod  1424/27/5/43.  
  T/P  NOPPR TO NAVY CHARGE ST. JOHNS NF.  tod  1440/27/5/43  
     
  1-8  10-14  25  31  33  X    326  ih.  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO                                                                                    FROM:
  C in C WA                                                              ADMIRALTY.  
  ______________________________________________________________  
  NSHQ Ottawa  
  (R)  COMINCH  
  BAD Washington  
     
  CONFIDENTIAL CODE  
     
  All attacks by escorts and support group of Convoy O.N.S.5 have now been dealt with by assessment committee.  The following are the assessments of damage which were made.  
  2.  Assessed as "known sunk"  
  R.C.A.F. CANSO A/c W/5 at 1758 4th May LOOSESTRIFE at 0030 6th May  
  ORIBI at 0252 6th May  
  VIDETTE at 0406 6th May  
  3.  Assessed as "probably sunk"  
  PINK at 1154 5th May.  PELICAN at 0551 6th May  
  4.  Assessed as "probably slightly damaged"  
  R.C.A.F. Canso A/C E/5 at 2045 4th May  
  LOOSESTRIFE at 0254 5th May  
  SUNFLOWER at 0443 6th May,  SPEY at 0940 6th May  
  5.  C in C Western Approaches, is requested to convey our congratulations to the ship mentioned in paragraphs 2 and 3.  
  6.  N.S.H.Q. Ottawa, is requested to convey our congratulations to the aircraft mentioned in paragraph 2.  
     
                                                                          TOO  102246B/7/43  
     
  T/P from Admiralty TOR 102215B/7/43  
  DIST:  104  628  10 13-16 25  31  33  35  X  
  AXL       835  
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  ORIBI                                                                             C IN C W A
  ______________________________________________________________  
  (R) CAPT D 17  
     
  CONFIDENTIAL   CODE.  
     
  Admiralty's 10 2246/July is being passed to you.  
  My warmest congratulations - consideration should be given to further recommendations for honours and awards observing only two have been received.  
     
                                                          110827B  
     
  (Ref Assessment of attacks by escorts and support groups of convoy ONS 5.)  
     
  T/P  P/L  ACOS PASS TO ORIBI  CAPT D L7   0905/11/7/43.   MJ 206  
  DIST  1-4  6-10  13-16  25  31  35  X.  
     
  Admiralty 102246 passed at 111105.  
     
     
     

 

 
 
     
 
N A V A L  M E S S A G E.
 
  TO:                                                                                FROM:
  VIDETTE                                                                         C IN C W A
  ______________________________________________________________  
  LOOSESTRIFE  
  PINK  
  PELICAN  
  (R)  Commodore (D) W A  
  SO.  B7 E G  
 
CONFIDENTIAL CODE
 
     
  Admiralty 102246/July is being passed to you.  
  My warmest congratulations  
     
                                                                     TOO  110830B  
     
  AM  102246  passed at 110925  
     
  Ref:  Assessment of attacks by Escorts and Support Groups of Convoy ONS 5.  
     
  T/P  P/L  to Londonderry pass to VIDETTE  LOOSESTRIFE  PELICAN  COMMODORE (D)  WA  S O B 7 E G  TOR  110911/7/43  
  T/P  T/L  to ST CHRISTOPHER pass to PINK TOD  110940/7/43  
     
  1-4  6-10  13-16  25  31  35  X                               MF  207  
     
     

 


 

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