HMS Vindex (D 15)
Escort Carrier of the Nairana class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Laid down||2 Jul 1942|
|Launched||4 May 1943|
|Commissioned||15 Nov 1943|
Aquired March 1942. Ex merchantile
Original penant was R 15, then changed to D 15.
After V.E. Day she went to the Far East and became known as the "Pacific Bus Service", transporting materiel and personnel to and fro around the oceans and across to Japan.
She returned to Rosyth in September 1946, and was sold back to the Port Line, her original owners, and was renamed Port Vindex and ran the Australia refridgerated cargo service until 1971 when she was broken up in Taiwan.
Commands listed for HMS Vindex (D 15)
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|1||Capt. Horace Temple Taylor Bayliss, RN||8 Sep 1943||26 Dec 1944|
|2||A/Cdr. John David Lewis Williams, DSC, RN||26 Dec 1944||22 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Vindex include:
26 Dec 1943
HMS Spirit (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted A/S exercises in the Clyde area with aicraft from HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN). These also included night exercises. Also a practice attack was made on HMS Vindex. (1)
17 Jan 1944
HMS Strongbow (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted night exercises in the Clyde area with aircraft from HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN). On completion of these exercises HMS Strongbow proceeded to Campbeltown. (3)
15 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-653 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 53°46'N, 24°35'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.J. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC and Bar, RN).
21 Apr 1944
HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) served as target. HMS Thorough proceeded to Campbeltown upon completion of these exercises. (5)
22 Apr 1944
HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) served as target. These included night exercises. (5)
6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 52°30'N, 28°28'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) and the British frigates HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Bligh (A/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Cooper, RNR (retired)) and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN).
Following these attack exercises, A/S exercises were carried out with aircraft from Vindex. These included night exercises. (7)
Following these attack exercises HMS Shakespeare proceeded to Holy Loch. (7)
22 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-344 was sunk in the Barents Sea north-west of Bear Island, in position 74°54'N, 15°26'E, by depth charges from a British Swordfish aircraft from the escort carrier HMS Vindex (Sqdn. 825/X).
2 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-394 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea some nautical miles south-east of Jan Mayen island, Norway, in position 69°47'N, 04°10'E, by rockets and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) from the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and the British destroyers HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSO, DSC, RNR) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and the British sloops HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN) and HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RNR).
- ADM 173/18094
- ADM 173/19442
- ADM 173/18850
- ADM 173/18941
- ADM 173/19008
- ADM 173/19393
- ADM 173/18718
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.