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War Diary records for Naval operations in Northwest African waters, 1942-1943

See also: Books about Naval operations in Northwest African waters, 1942-1943


4 November 1942
Atlantic Ocean
USN submarines Shad, Gunnel, Herring, Barb, and Blackfish deployed for reconnaissance off Rabat, Fedala, Casablanca, Safi, and Dakar

7 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Operation Torch: USN transport Thomas Stone, loaded with 2nd Battalion of US 39th Infantry Regiment, damaged by U-205 (sometimes attributed to Luftwaffe attack) en route to Algeria

Seven hundred troops from transport Thomas Stone load into 24 landing craft for 150-mile voyage to Algeria

Two hours after troops depart, RN destroyers arrive to tow Thomas Stone to Algiers

Atlantic Ocean
USN destroyer Mervine damaged in collision with fishing boat off Safi, French Morocco

8 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Operation Torch: With landing craft breaking down, 700 troops of 2nd Battalion of US 39th Infantry Regiment from transport Thomas Stone rescued by RN corvette Spey

French Morocco
Operation Torch: Western Task Force lands US forces at Casablanca, Safi, and Port Lyautey

Operation Torch: USN destroyers Bernadou and Cole run into Safi harbor and land elements of 47th Infantry Regiment of US 9th Infantry Division

Operation Torch: Vichy French patrol boat Victoria captured by USN minesweeper Hogan off Cape Fedala

Operation Torch: USN destroyers Ludlow and Murphy damaged by Vichy French shore batteries off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine La Psyche sunk by US aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Oreade sunk by US aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Amphitrite sunk by US aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: At Casablanca, Vichy French naval forces sortie to attack USN Western Task Force

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyers Milan and Albatros damaged by USN warships and aircraft off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Boulonnaise sunk by USN warships off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Fougeux sunk by USN warships off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French light cruiser Primauguet damaged by USN warships off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyers Frondeur and Brestois damaged by USN warships off Casablanca and later sunk

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine La Sybille sunk by USN warships and aircraft off Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French battleship Jean Bart damaged by USN battleship Massachusetts and air attack at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Le Malin damaged by USN battleship Massachusetts at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French liner Savoie Marseille sunk by USN battleship Massachusetts at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French cargo vessel Ile de Edienruder sunk by USN battleship Massachusetts at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French vessel Porthos sunk by USN aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French vessel Lipari sunk by USN aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: Vichy French vessel Ouessant sunk by USN aircraft at Casablanca

Operation Torch: USN battleship Massachusetts and cruisers Wichita and Brooklyn damaged by Vichy French shore batteries off Casablanca

Operation Torch: USN destroyer Dallas damaged and driven off when attempting to force the Sebou River at Port Lyautey

Operation Torch: Vichy French vessel Ville du Havre sunk by USN submarine Herring off French Morocco

Algeria
Operation Torch: Center Task Force lands US forces in Oran sector

Operation Torch: RN cutters Hartland and Walney with British naval detachment and elements of 6th Armored Infantry Regiment of US 1st Armored Division attempt to run into Oran and capture the harbor area

Operation Torch: RN cutter Hartland sunk with heavy casualties to landing party as it attempts to force its way into Oran harbor

Operation Torch: RN cutter Walney sunk with heavy casualties to landing party as it attempts to force its way into Oran harbor

Operation Torch: Vichy French flotilla leader Epervier sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Typhon sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Tramontane sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French destroyer Tornade sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Ariane sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Argonaute sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Acteon sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Pallas sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Diane sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Ceres sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Vichy French minesweeper La Surprise sunk at Oran

Operation Torch: Eastern Task Force lands Allied forces in Algiers sector

Operation Torch: RN destroyers Broke and Malcolm with elements of 135th Infantry Regiment of US 34th Infantry Division embarked attempt to run into Algiers and capture the harbor

Operation Torch: RN destroyer Broke sunk with heavy casualties to landing party as it attempts to force its way into Algiers harbor

Operation Torch: RN destroyer Malcolm with landing party unable to force its way into Algiers harbor

Operation Torch: US vessel Exceller damaged by Luftwaffe attack off Algiers

Operation Torch: US vessel Leedstown damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft off Algiers

Operation Torch: 700 troops of 2nd Battalion of US 39th Infantry Regiment from transport Thomas Stone, rescued by RN corvette Spey, arrive Algiers overnight

Atlantic Ocean
All available U-boats ordered to proceed to positions off French Morocco and Gibraltar

10 November 1942
French Morocco
Operation Torch: At Port Lyautey, USN destroyer Dallas sails up Sebou River and lands Rangers to occupy airstrip

Operation Torch: USN auxiliary carrier Chenango ferries USAAF P-40s to Port Lyautey

Operation Torch: Vichy French sloops Commandant Delage and La Gracieuse sortie from Casablanca and bombard positions of US 7th Infantry Regiment before being driven off by USN destroyers Tillman and Edison

Operation Torch: Vichy French battleship Jean Bart severely damaged at Casablanca by aircraft from USN carrier Ranger

11 November 1942
Algeria
Operation Torch: RN monitor Roberts heavily badly damaged by Luftwaffe attack at Bougie

Operation Torch: British vessel Cathay damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bougie and subsequently sinks

Operation Torch: British vessel Awatea sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bougie

Operation Torch: Damaged US transport Thomas Stone towed into Algiers

French Morocco
Operation Torch: Vichy French submarine Sidi-Ferruch sunk off El Hank by USN aircraft

Operation Torch: US vessel Joseph Hewes sunk by U-173 in Fedala Roads

Operation Torch: US vessel Winooski damaged by U-173 in Fedala Roads

Operation Torch: US destroyer Hambleton damaged by U-173 in Fedala Roads

12 November 1942
Algeria
British vessel Karanja sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bougie

French Morocco
US vessel Tasker H. Bliss sunk by U-130 in Fedala Roads

US vessel Hugh L. Scott sunk by U-130 in Fedala Roads

US vessel Edward Rutledge sunk by U-130 in Fedala Roads

13 November 1942
Algeria
British vessel Glenfinlas sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bougie

14 November 1942
Algeria
British vessel Narkunda heavily damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bougie

16 November 1942
Atlantic Ocean
USN warships lay defensive minefield off Casablanca

U-173 sunk by USN destroyers Woolsey, Swanson, and Quick off Casablanca

24 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
US vessel Thomas Stone further damaged by air attack off Algiers

25 November 1942
Algeria
US vessel Thomas Stone beached and subsequently scrapped

27 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Italian torpedo boat Circe accidentally rammed and sunk by Italian vessel Citta di Tunisia

28 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Italian vessel Citta di Napoli sunk by mine

RN destroyer Ithuriel heavily damaged by Luftwaffe attack at Bone and subsequently scrapped

Italian submarine Dessie sunk by RN destroyers off Bone

29 November 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Axis warships begin defensive minelaying operations to protect their sea lanes to Tunis

RN minelayer Manxman conducts offensive minelaying operations off Tunis

4 December 1942
Tunisia
German vessel Ankara arrives escorted by Italian destroyers Alpino, Granatiere, and Saetta and two torpedo boats

8 December 1942
Tunisia
German detachment captures Vichy French destroyer L'Audacieux at Bizerte

German detachment captures three Vichy French torpedo boats at Bizerte

German detachment captures nine Vichy French submarines at Bizerte

German detachment captures two Vichy French sloops at Bizerte

9 December 1942
Mediterranean Sea
RN corvette Marigold sunk by Italian aircraft off Algiers

11 December 1942
Mediterranean Sea
RAF aircraft unsuccessfully attack Italian convoy en route from Naples to Bizerte

Algeria
Italian submarine Ambra safely enters Algiers harbor and launches three manned torpedoes overnight

12 December 1942
Mediterranean Sea
RN submarine P-222 sunk by Italian torpedo boat Fortunale

Algeria
British vessel Ocean Vanquisher damaged in Algiers harbor by Italian manned torpedoes launched by submarine Ambra

British vessel Berto damaged in Algiers harbor by Italian manned torpedoes launched by submarine Ambra

British vessel Empire Centaur damaged in Algiers harbor by Italian manned torpedoes launched by submarine Ambra

British vessel Harmattan damaged in Algiers harbor by Italian manned torpedoes launched by submarine Ambra

13 December 1942
Mediterranean Sea
Italian submarine Corallo sunk by RN sloop Enchantress off Bougie

16 December 1942
Tunisia
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack ground and sea targets

20 December 1942
Tunisia
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack shipping off Sfax

1 January 1943
Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack shipping at Bone harbor

2 January 1943
Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack shipping at Bone harbor

British vessel Empire Metal burned out at Bone by Luftwaffe attack

British vessel St Merriel burned out at Bone by Luftwaffe attack

RN minesweeper Alarm damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft at Bone, beached, and written off

7 January 1943
Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack shipping at Bougie harbor and sink one vessel

RN ASW trawler Horatio sunk by Kriegsmarine S-boats

9 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

11 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

12 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

13 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

14 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

15 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

16 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft search for Axis shipping off Tunisia

17 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft search for Axis shipping off Tunisia

Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied shipping at Bone harbor

British vessel Polo destroyed by fire at Bougie

18 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

20 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
British vessel Hampton Lodge sunk by Axis aircraft off Algeria

US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack shipping along the coast

21 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

Algeria
Luftwaffe aircraft attack shipping along the coast

22 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

23 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

27 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

29 January 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force aircraft attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

Algeria
RN AA ship Pozarica heavily damaged by Axis aircraft off Bougie and subsequently sinks

RN destroyer Avon Dale damaged by Axis aircraft off Bougie

30 January 1943
Tunisia
Italian torpedo boat Unie sunk by US 12th Air Force bombers at Bizerte

Italian vessel Noto sunk by US 12th Air Force bombers at Bizerte

31 January 1943
Tunisia
French submarine Calypso, in Axis hands, sunk by US 12th Air Force bombers at Bizerte

French submarine Nautilus, in Axis hands, sunk by US 12th Air Force bombers at Bizerte

3 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force bombers attack Axis shipping

5 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
RN anti-submarine vessel Stronsay sunk by mine off Philippeville

6 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Canadian corvette Louisburg sunk by Axis aircraft off Algeria

8 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Italian submarine Avorio sunk by Canadian corvette Regina

10 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US 12th Air Force bombers attack Axis shipping

23 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis shipping

24 February 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis shipping

22 March 1943
Tunisia
RN gunboat Aphis bombards Gabes

23 March 1943
Mediterranean Sea
British vessel Windsor Castle sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

24 March 1943
Tunisia
Italian vessel Citta di Savona sunk by USAAF bombers at Ferryville

Destroyer L'Audacieux (ex French) sunk by USAAF bombers at Ferryville

Kriegsmarine minesweeper R-10 sunk by USAAF bombers at Ferryville

26 March 1943
Algeria
British vessel Empire Standard sunk at Algiers by Luftwaffe attack

1 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Two Axis vessels in convoy to Tunisia sunk by RN MTBs

One Axis vessel in convoy to Tunisia sunk by Allied aircraft

5 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis convoy off Tunisia

6 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis convoy off Tunisia

German vessel San Diego sunk by USAAF bombers

Italian vessel Rovereto damaged by USAAF bombers and beached

Algeria
Italian frogmen unsuccessfully attack shipping in Bone harbor

7 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
RN minelayer Abdiel conducts minelaying operations off Tunisia to interfere with Axis convoys

RN submarine Rorqual conducts minelaying operations off Tunisia to interfere with Axis convoys

14 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Kriegsmarine light forces conduct minelaying operations off Bizerte overnight

16 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis convoy off Tunisia

17 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

18 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Kriegsmarine light forces conduct minelaying operations off Sousse overnight

22 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
RAF fighters claim 16 Me 323 transports shot down over Gulf of Tunis

25 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Kriegsmarine light forces conduct minelaying operations off Bizerte overnight

26 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF bombers attack Axis shipping off Tunisia

30 April 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Kriegsmarine minesweeper RA-10 sunk by Allied aircraft off Tunisia

1 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF aircraft attack Axis shipping along Tunisia coast

2 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Kriegsmarine light forces conduct minelaying operations off Sousse overnight

3 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USN LCT-23 destroyed by explosion off Algiers

Tunisia
USAAF aircraft attack Axis shipping at Bizerte

6 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Italian destroyer escort Tifone heavily damaged off La Goulette by USAAF aircraft and towed to Tunis

Kriegsmarine light forces conduct minelaying operations off Bizerte overnight

7 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USAAF aircraft attack Axis shipping in the Gulf of Tunis

Tunisia
Retreating German troops scuttle destroyer Hermes as blockship at La Goulette

Damaged Italian destroyer escort Tifone scuttled at Tunis

8 May 1943
Tunisia
Italian vessel Pro Patria captured by Allies at Sfax

12 May 1943
Algeria
British vessel Dorset Coast sunk in Algiers harbor by Luftwaffe aircraft

19 May 1943
Algeria
US vessels Samuel Griffin and Luther Martin damaged in Oran harbor by Axis aircraft

20 May 1943
Mediterranean Sea
RN minesweeper Fantome wrecked by mine off Cape Bon

4 June 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USN sub chaser PC-496 sunk by mine off Bizerte

20 June 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USN LCT-208 runs aground and lost off Algeria

16 July 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied shipping off Algiers

4 August 1943
Algeria
British ammunition vessel Fort la Montee catches fire and explodes in Algiers harbor, subsequently scuttled

RN destroyer Arrow heavily damaged and subsequently written off when Fort la Montee explodes in Algiers harbor

16 August 1943
Mediterranean Sea
British vessel Empire Kestrel sunk off Algiers by Luftwaffe aircraft

17 August 1943
Mediterranean Sea
USN LCI-1 sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Bizerte

2 September 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack convoy UGF 10 off Algeria and damage USN destroyer Kendrick

6 September 1943
Tunisia
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied shipping at Bizerte overnight

8 September 1943
Tunisia
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied shipping at Bizerte overnight

16 September 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied shipping off Bizerte

22 September 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US vessel Richard Olney damaged by mine off Bizerte and subsequently written off

4 October 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack convoy UGS-18 off Algeria

British vessel Fort Fitzgerald sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

Two Allied vessels damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft attack on Allied convoy off Algeria

5 October 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack convoy UGS-18 off Algeria

21 October 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied convoy off Algeria

US vessel Tivives sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Algeria

British vessel Saltwick sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

6 November 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied convoy KMF-25A off Tunisia

USN destroyer Beatty sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Tunisia

US vessel Santa Elena damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft off Tunisia

Marnix van St Aldegonde sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Tunisia

7 November 1943
Mediterranean Sea
US vessel Santa Elena, already damaged by Luftwaffe attack, sinks after accidental collision with Marnix Van St Aldegonde

11 November 1943
Mediterranean Sea
Luftwaffe aircraft attack Allied convoy KMS-31 off Algeria

British vessel Birbank sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

British vessel Indian Prince sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

Belgian Carlier sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft

French vessel Nivose damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft and sinks after accidental collision

26 November 1943
English Channel
Kriegsmarine 5th S-Boat Flotilla conducts minelaying operations

Mediterranean Sea
British vessel Rohna sunk by Luftwaffe off Bougie with loss of more than 1100 personnel



War Diary records on file for this subject: 204 

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