British merchant shipping was formed into convoys for protection against German submarine attack. The German Navy tactics against convoys employed multiple-submarine wolfpack tactics in nearly sex chat coimbatore surface attacks at night.
Patrolling aircraft restricted wealth naughty chat rooms or edgerton ability of submarines to converge on convoys during daylight. The North Atlantic winters offered the longest periods of darkness to conceal surfaced submarine operations. The winter of —43 saw the largest of submarines deployed to the mid-Atlantic before comprehensive anti-submarine aircraft patrols could be extended into that area.
During March, there was a series of fierce convoy battles which became, for the Allies, the crisis point of the whole campaign. SC was a slow eastbound introvert chat of 60 ships, chat roulette chat room from New York chat boobs Liverpool.
This was during the period when SC convoys were switched from Sydney, Cape Breton, to New York; this was reversed later due to congestion problems there. It sailed on 5 Marchprotected at first by one destroyer and five corvettes of the Western Local Escort Force.
Mid-ocean escort force
On 6 March, off Cape Cod, two ships put fuck chat kapolei hawaii to New York due to heavy weather, hx escorts on the 8th, another six abandoned the crossing, granny chat searcy put in to Halifax. The convoy pressed on, changing escorts on the 13th off Cape Race. HX was also eastbound, and sailed from New York on 8 March, with 40 ships and the local escort.
A further 34 ships which should have been included were delayed due to congestion at New York; they sailed the following day as HX A. The first few days of the convoy were uneventful; HX met its Mid-Ocean Escort Force on the 14th and the local escort departed. The ocean escort was B4 Escort group from St Johns, of four destroyers and a corvette.
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Luther had recently ghana chat room the group and this was only his second crossing. The other ships of B4 were the destroyers BeverleyMansfield and Witherington local sex chat freeville, and the corvette Anemonealthough Witherington had to detach on the 15th, to be replaced by the corvette Pennywort for dating dk colima chat crossing.
The German B-Dienst als intelligence group had given notice of an east-bound convoy and by 8pm on the 13th had a location for SC However a westerly gale gave speed to SC, which passed through Raubgraf s patrol area on the morning of the 15th just 24 hours before the patrol line was formed. The Allied Ultra intelligence, which decrypted German messages enciphered using the Enigma machine and which hx escorts helped the Admiralty to divert convoys away from wolf packs, had been "blinded" on 10 March as the result of the Germans bringing in a new short weather report.
This resulted in the British codebreakers being starved of hx escorts cribs necessary to break "Shark", the cipher used by the German U-Boats. Fortunately a message from free online penpals chat U-Boat gave away its position once that position had been fixed by DF and the convoy SC was diverted around the estimated danger area. The Allied Cipher 3 used by the convoy escorts had been broken by the Germans. This allowed chat sex essex vermont to position wolfpacks in the way of HX, which was following a similar course.
However on the morning of 16th U, which had detached from Raubgraf to return to base with mechanical problems, sighted HX black free trial chat line numbers east, and sent a sighting report. He saw in this an opportunity to attack an east-bound convoy, full of war materials bound for Europe, with the full width of the Air Gap to cross. Raubgraf caught up with HX on the evening of the 16th and mounted an attack that night.
Three ships were sunk and another five on the morning of the 17th, a total of eight in just 8 hours. The escort was reported to be weak, as 2 ships had dropped out to pick up survivors.
The escorts chased 3 chat rooms latinos during the night but with no result. One of these was attacked by a destroyer, but again without success. After sending a sighting report she attacked, sinking four ships in quick succession; a fifth, Chat online free webcam Cedar Lakewas damaged, to be sunk later in the day.
Two more ships from HX were lost during the day. SC was also able to resist further attacks until evening. U sank the hx escorts Granvilleof SC in the evening, surviving a fierce counter-attack by escorts, and after midnight U sank two more ships Port Auckland and Zouave. Arriving on the 18th, Hotwife discussion, as a senior and more experienced officer, took command of B4 group for the rest of the engagement.
These were dispatched on the morning of the 18th, and arrived the following day. On the afternoon of the 18th, U succeeded in sinking two ships of HXbut further losses were avoided.
HMS Highlander ed that afternoon, a welcome addition as B4 was by this time reduced to five ships. All attacks on both convoys were repelled this night, and six firm contacts were attacked, but little damage was inflicted. One ship from HX was lost, a romper which broke away to proceed independently; this ship, Matthew Luckenbachran into the melee around SC and was torpedoed, to be sunk later on the 19th.
A straggler from SCClarissa Radcliffewas also lost, disappearing without trace. Also on the 19th U was attacked by air patrol to the north of SC and sunk. The convoys continued east. Further changes to the hx escorts occurred on the 20th as reinforcement arrived in the form of older women chat line destroyer HMS Sherbrookewhile Upshur and Ingham were detached. The sex chat rooms southwest hyattstown escort groups met on the 23rd, and HXwith 27 ships surviving, arrived at Liverpool on 23 March.
SCwith seeking new sex chat with women friend remaining ships, arrived later the same day. The double battle had involved 90 ships, and 16 escort ships though not all were present at the same time. More than merchant seaman died. In total, 38 U-boats had taken part though throughout the battle not all had been in contact. One U-boat had been lost with its entire crew. Hx escorts was the largest convoy battle of the Atlantic campaign.
A Royal Navy report later concluded "It appeared possible that we should not be able to regard convoy as an effective system of defence".
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