Allied Warships

HMS Activity (D 94)

Escort Carrier of the Activity class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort Carrier
PennantD 94 
Built byCaledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland): Kincaid 
Laid down1 Feb 1940 
Launched30 May 1942 
Commissioned15 Oct 1942 
End service20 Oct 1945 

Former merchant Telemachus, taken over while under construction.
Decommissioned on 20 October 1945.
Sold into merchantile service in April 1946 being renamed Breconshire.
Scrapped at Mihara, Japan starting on 24 April 1967.

Former nameTelemachus (merchant)

Commands listed for HMS Activity (D 94)

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1A/Capt. Guy Willoughby, RN15 Sep 194218 May 1944
2Capt. Colin Wauchope, DSC, RN18 May 194426 May 1945 (+)
3A/Capt. Edward John Robert North, RD, RNR26 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)

21 Jan 1944
HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with aircraft from HMS Activity (Capt. G. Willoughby, RN). (2)

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.

Jun 1944

HMS Activity in June 1944.

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.


  1. ADM 173/18453
  2. ADM 173/18941

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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