HMS Activity (D 94)
Escort Carrier of the Activity class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland): Kincaid|
|Laid down||1 Feb 1940|
|Launched||30 May 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Oct 1942|
|End service||20 Oct 1945|
Former merchant Telemachus, taken over while under construction.
|Former name||Telemachus (merchant)|
Commands listed for HMS Activity (D 94)
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|1||A/Capt. Guy Willoughby, RN||15 Sep 1942||18 May 1944|
|2||Capt. Colin Wauchope, DSC, RN||18 May 1944||26 May 1945 (+)|
|3||A/Capt. Edward John Robert North, RD, RNR||26 May 1945|
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Notable events involving Activity include:
17 Sep 1943
HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with aircraft from HMS Activity (A/Capt. G. Willoughby, RN). She also made a practice attack on HMS Activity. (1)
3 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-288 was sunk in the Barents Sea east of Bear Island, in position 73°44'N, 27°12'E, by depth charges and rockets from a Swordfish (819 Sqn FAA) and an Avenger/Martlet team (846 Sqn FAA) of the British escort carriers HMS Activity and HMS Tracker.
Photograph with thanks to David Tolley who's father Raymond Tolley was an Air Artificer aboard HMS Activity during that time.
20 Feb 1945
HMS Activity (A/Capt. E.J.R. North, RD, RNR) picks up 92 survivors from the American merchant Peter Silvester that was torpedoed and sunk on 6 February by German U-boat U-862 south-west of Australia in position 34°19'S, 99°37'E.
- ADM 173/18453
- ADM 173/18941
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.