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  Navy News - News Desk - Feature - The destruction of Convoy PQ17   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
It is widely believed that Pound’s decision – a course of action usually taken as a desperate last resort when a convoy was about to be overwhelmed by superior forces – was affected by the brain tumour which was possibly beginning to cloud his judgement, and would kill him before the end of the war.
The ships of PQ17 had already beaten back bombing raids from German airfields in northern Norway, and U-boats were foiled by a combination of clear weather and calm seas, in which they presented easy targets for guns and depth charges, to say nothing of the diligence of the escorting anti-submarine ships.
The total destruction of PQ17 was only prevented by the ingenuity and resolve of some of the masters and their crews, and the efforts of the remaining escorts.
www.navynews.co.uk /articles/2002/0208/1002080101.asp   (885 words)

 RUSNET :: Digital leap for Russian war film
PQ17 was a joint Allied convoy which aimed to deliver weapons and other supplies to the Eastern Front under cover from UK and US warships.
However, its escort was withdrawn to counter a reported threat from the German battleship Tirpitz and Nazi bombers and submarines were left to pursue the scattered ships of the convoy between Iceland and Russia's Arctic ports.
Whether Convoy PQ17 possesses the human depth of its predecessors has still to be seen but its action scenes seem set to rival Hollywood's Pearl Harbour.
www.rusnet.nl /news/2004/02/13/print/culture01.shtml   (336 words)

 Merchant Navy in WW2 - PQ17   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In Hvalfjord, Iceland PQ17 consisting of 35 merchantmen, including the CAM ship Empire Tide, were assembling.
Because July 4 is, to me, a day to hang my head in grief for all the men who lost their lives on convoy PQ17 and in shame at one of the bleakest episodes in royal Navy history, when the warships deserted the merchant ships and left them to their fate.
PQ17 was the cause of many a brawl on the docksides of Glasgow between the Royal and Merchant Navies.
www.mikekemble.com /ww2/convoypq17.html   (4489 words)

 Naval Aviator
Rehbach was involved in the PQ17 convoy fiasco, in fact, it was Rehbach who discovered the Escort ships to the convoy.
The British had Battleships seperate from the regular escort ships as they wanted to entice the German battleships out of the Fjords to engage them in combat, Rehbach, when he saw the regular escort, mistook a Cruiser for a Battleship and sent that info back to base.
Partially because of this, the Germans kept their battleships safe in Norway and attacked PQ17 with torpedo Bombers and U-Boots causing what Churchill called, the greatest sea disaster of WW2.
legionnaire0.tripod.com /militariacollection/id19.html   (210 words)

 HMS Poppy & PQ17 by John Beardmore
In the meantime PQ17 had settled down to a steady 7 knots on a north easterly course and with its escorts covered a sea area of 25 square miles, which it must be admitted is an awful lot of sea if one hopes to pass undetected.
Later on that evening PQ17 received attention from two low level bombing attacks by 30 Heinkel 115s, each carrying two torpedoes Which were driven off with the loss of only two Merchant ships, The Navorino and the Liberty Ship William Hooper.
Still outstanding in one's memory of that dramatic half hour (even after 60 years) was the inspiring display of suicidal courage shown by the leader of the enemy squadron, who deliberately diverted the convoy's fire to himself by flying straight up between the columns of ships at bridge level.
www.cbrnp.com /RNP/Flower/ARTICLES/Poppy/Beardmore-1.htm   (4990 words)

 HMS Poppy & PQ17
The feelings of the convoy skippers and crews left to fend for themselves as they watched their escort withdraw, can be imagined.
A fitting postscript to the PQ17 convoy, which, at the same time, could equally sum up the tragedy of the whole war at sea, is given by Geoff Shelton, of Shoeburyness, a member of the North Russia Club.
Churchill suspended the North Russia convoys for some months after the PQ17 disaster and some of the British escort vessels and surviving merchantmen were marooned at Archangel.
www.cbrnp.com /RNP/Flower/ARTICLES/Poppy/Poppy-PQ17.htm   (1108 words)

 HMS Repulse crew members
Later, while on Arctic convoys, he was a close witness to the events which led to the catastrophe which befell Convoy PQ17.
His written record of events was part of the evidence in a libel suit later brought by the convoy escort commander against the author David Irving.
He was next appointed Operations Officer to Admiral Hamilton, commanding the First Cruiser Squadron and escorting Arctic convoys to Russia, Hayes was intimately involved in the events which led to the catastrophe that befell Convoy PQ17.
www.forcez-survivors.org.uk /biographies/repulsecrew/hayes.html   (910 words)

 Russian, Arctic, Convoy, PQ, PQ17, QP, Barents, Sea, Battle, North Cape, Scharnhorst, Jamaica, Sheffield, HMS
At this time PQ17 has just passed to the north of Bear Island, after which German aircraft sink three merchantmen.
History suggests the vital decision on the future of PQ17 should have been left to the commanders on the spot.
The hard learnt lessons of PQ17 and previous convoys are not forgotten.
www.naval-history.net /WW2CampaignsRussianConvoys.htm   (4941 words)

 More Lies
In July of that year, he was forced to apologize in the High Court of London for "making a wholly untrue and highly damaging statement about a woman writer." -- not an auspicious start for someone who claims to be in pursuit of the truth.
In light of publicity about David Irving, who wrote a book in which he claims the Holocaust did not happen, it should be pointed out that he makes a living writing books which cast doubt on historical events.
The action was taken by Capt. John Broome, senior officer in charge of the naval escort.
www.thebirdman.org /Index/NetLoss/Irving/Irving-TheBroomeLawsuit&OtherAllegations.htm   (774 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
PQ17, with only light escort ships, would retreat towards Iceland, where Tovey would be waiting with a full force of battleships, cruisers and the aircraft carrier Victorious.
A second, dummy fleet was to sail simultaneously from Scapa Flow in Orkney to give the impression of an impending British attack on Tirpitz’s anchorage.
I leave the final word to a Royal Navy Officer serving onboard HMS Norfolk at the time: “At 26 knots the four cruisers and all the destroyers swept close past the convoy.
www.merchantnavyofficers.com /PQ.html   (1311 words)

 BBC - WW2 People's War - PQ17 - A1148500   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Outcome: Only 11 of the original 37 merchant ships reached their destination, 153 seamen died, and precious supplies were lost including an estimated 3,850 vehicles, 430 tanks and 2,500 aircraft.
The Arctic convoy PQ17 sailed from Iceland on 27 June 1942, guarding supplies destined for Russia.
When PQ17 sailed in July 1942, it was thought by the Admiralty that the convoy faced imminent attack from four battleships: the 42,000-ton Tirpitz, the cruisers Hipper and possibly Admiral Scheer, along with the pocket battleship Lützow.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A1148500   (354 words)

 The Second World War Experience Centre - North Atlantic Convoys - July 1942 - The Russian Convoys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The PQ17 convoy, which left Iceland at the end of June 1942, is known particularly for the tremendous losses among the merchant ships.
It was thought by the Admiralty that the convoy faced imminent attack from the Tirpitz, Hipper, Scheer and Lützow and a series of signals were issued, culminating in the order to 'Scatter'.
The main thing at this time was to keep the upper deck clear of ice and snow by means of axes, steam hoses etc or the ship could become top heavy".
www.war-experience.org /history/anniversary/rusconvoys0742/index.html   (1387 words)

 History 11   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
RETIRED Royal Navy officer Gordon Bruty is back home in Plymouth after an emotional pilgrimage to the unforgiving Arctic waters, which 59 years ago witnessed the sinking of more than 20 merchant ships at the hands of German U-boats.
As a young sailor on the county-class cruiser HMS London, Mr Bruty’s ship was tasked with providing a safe passage for the convoy PQ17 when it was attacked and destroyed in July 1942.
Loaded with tanks, aircraft, and ammunition to feed the war effort against the Germans, PQ17 was the largest merchant convoy ever assembled at Reykjavik, Iceland, when it set sail for ports in Russia in late June 1942.
homepage.ntlworld.com /micheal.overton/History%2011.htm   (431 words)

 The Destruction of Convoy Pq17   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Destruction of Convoy Pq17 Review: This story has great meaning to me. I was a seventeen year seaman serving aboard the Heavy Cruiser Tuscaloosa.
We were part of the cruiser covering force for convoy pq17.
There have been unanswered questions in the minds of all that served in that ill fated convoy.
www.textkit.com /0_0931933552.html   (198 words)

For protection against attack by the German surface fleet, PQ17 had a heavy escort: the British cruisers London and Nor/olk, and the U. cruisers Wichita and Tuscaloosa, a gesture of aid to the British and a token of camaraderie for the doubting Russians.
Scattering the convoy was the best, but tragic, alternative to having the Germans pounce on all the ships in one compact group, a target which their big guns would have eliminated in short order.
On 27 June she left with PQ17, ran into fog, hit some heavy ice, stove in the forepeak, then ran aground on rocks.
www.armed-guard.com /ag79.html   (7676 words)

 Letters to David Irving's Website
As a family we always knew that George was well decorated, OBE etc., but we only had a few press cuttings of the time (with no reference to PQ17 of course) so although we knew he must have had some story to tell, we never had too much insight into "his war".
I have lost contact with most of them years ago, but the widow of the radio operator wrote me in the 1970s.
You might like to read not only the book, which is a free download on my website but also my account of the resulting PQ.17 libel action.
www.fpp.co.uk /Letters/History/Stephenson101202.html   (327 words)

 Wehrmacht-Awards.com Militaria Forums - Küstenflieger group at Detlev's this week
This set alarm bells ringing for me and after 10 minutes in the books it became clear what we have.
As far as i can gather, on 2 July 1942 8 He115 from Kü.Fl.Gr.406 took off from Sørreissa in North Norway and carried out a torpedo attack against the famous convoy PQ17, subsequent entries show further sorties in this the most famous and destructive of all the convoy battles in WWII.
Looking at the date for the EKI doc and even for the Ehrenpokal doc it seems quite likely they were awarded in connection with the PQ17 attacks.
www.wehrmacht-awards.com /forums/showthread.php?t=39099   (246 words)

 Convoy: Drama in Arctic Waters: Current Amazon U.S.A. One-Edition Data   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Among the highlights: an entire chapter on the PQ17 debacle, new revelations from Russian sources, and an unsentimental assessment of whether the price of victory in the Arctic may have been too high.
A full chapter is devoted to the often touchy subject that the Arctic Convoy system is now infamous for, that of the PQ17 debacle and the recriminations that still exist today.
Many blame high command for the famous scatter order, but as we know the message was misread and the results are tragic.
www.floridakeysfishing.info /books-reviewed/0785816038.html   (326 words)

 Navy News - News Desk - Feature - Convoy PQ17 - one sailor's story   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Mr Green wrote to Navy News, saying he was interested in the account printed in our July edition of the disastrous PQ17 convoy to Russia in July 1942 (see Navy News Online yesterday).
Here he gives his recollections of the events which led up to the devastating attacks by German aircraft and submarines.
“We then sailed in a northern direction and were informed that the ship would be part of the escort of a convoy called the PQ17.
www.navynews.co.uk /articles/2002/0208/1002080201.asp   (1753 words)

 BBC - WW2 People's War - North Atlantic Convoy PQ17 - A3554994   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
During the Second World War, I was on Russian convoy duty in North Atlantic to Murmansk after Russia joined war.
We accompanied ships carrying cargoes of planes, engineering equipment etc. I served on board HMS Anson, part of PQ17 convoy as a gunner on Y turret (14” gun aft).
Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A3554994   (359 words)

 Lou Coatney: Cardstock Model Ship Photos
DIDO, NORFOLK, and LONDON from the starboard stern quarter in indoor light.
Convoy PQ17 "Covering Force" heavy cruisersNORFOLK, LONDON, WICHITA, and TUSCALOOSA(?) from the starboard in evening indoor light (with non-PQ17 BROOKLYN in background).
Convoy PQ17 "Covering Force" heavy cruisersNORFOLK, LONDON, WICHITA, and TUSCALOOSA(?) from the starboard, photographed with flash, with non-PQ17 BROOKLYN in background).
lcoat.tripod.com /adshpfot.htm   (718 words)

 Cassell and Co. Ltd -v- Broome and Another, House of Lords, 1972, lawindexpro
The plaintiff in the action (the first respondent to this appeal) is a retired captain in the Royal Navy of unblemished reputation, who at the time of the matters referred to in the book, held the rank of Commander, and occupied the responsible position of officer commanding the escorts in the ill-fated convoy PQ17.
The fate of the PQ17 convoy is one of the most publicised, as well as one of the most tragic, naval operations of World War II.
My Lords, the appellants published a book, "The Destruction of Convoy PQ17" which according to their advertisement on the dust jacket was the result of five intensive years of meticulous research by the author.
www.swarb.co.uk /c/hl/1972cassell-broome.html   (19492 words)

 PQ 17!
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 Commodore John Charles Keith Dowding   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
He was in command of HMS 'Mona's Isle' an Auxiliary Armed Boarding Vessel and was awarded a DSO for services at Dunkirk.
He was promoted to Captain RNR 31.12.40 and in 1942 with the temporary rank of Commodore 2nd Class RNR and was the Commodore of Convoy PQ17 for which he was awarded the CBE.
In 1944, on the Staff of Commander in Chief Allied Navies, Expeditionary Force (Sir Bertram Ramsey), Commodore Dowding was the Principal Sea Transport Officer for Operation Neptune and Overlord (the D-Day landings).
www.pwsts.org.uk /johndowding.htm   (255 words)

 PQ17 - Convoy to Hell. The Survivors' Story - PAUL LUND AND HARRY LUDLAM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
What followed represents one of the most terrible and tragic blunders of the Second World War.
The authors give a first hand account of the horror and despair that faced the men left to the mercy of a cruel enemy.
From thousands of courses and first-hand recollections they have built up and unforgettable picture of what it was like to be in P.Q.17 - and survive..192 pp.
www.antiqbook.co.uk /boox/lbw/035304.shtml   (165 words)

 The Second World War Experience Centre - North Atlantic Convoys - July 1942 - The Russian Convoys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
His job was to set into the control table information regarding the target's estimated course and speed, in order that the guns could be positioned correctly for firing.
His letters home, together with the Journal notes that all midshipmen were required to maintain, form an impressive record of the progress of convoy PQ17 until the ships were ordered to scatter:
The cruisers HMS London, flying the Flag of Rear Admiral Hamilton, USS Tuscaloosa and USS Wichita were already there and we were to form the cruiser covering force for the Russian Convoy PQ17.
www.war-experience.org /history/anniversary/rusconvoys0742/pagetwo.htm   (906 words)

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