Kite Lt. Segrave  During April the group was engaged in working up and training; Starling, Wild Goose and Kite were new ships, and none had worked together before. The primary goal and strategy of the 2nd Escort Group as 'hunter-killers of U-boats' was reflected in the group practice of playing the song ' A-Hunting We Will Go ' upon entering and leaving harbour. There were several major convoy battles during the month, but none involving 2 SG.
Segrave  During April the group was engaged in working up and training; Dscort, Wild Goose and Kite were new ships, and none had worked together before.
There were several major convoy battles during the month, but none involving escirt SG. The primary goal and strategy of the 2nd Escort Group as 'hunter-killers of U-boats' was reflected in the group practice of playing the song ' A-Hunting We Will Go ' upon entering and leaving harbour. Walker died suddenly of a cerebral haemorrhage.
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In February the escodt destroyed two more U-boats, U and U  some sources say this escogt U The months following this were unfruitful, however, as the U-boat Arm changed its tactics to operate in the shallow inland waters around Britain, using the schnorkel to remain submerged for entire patrols. The return convoy, RA 58, was also attacked but neither side saw any success. The group's next few convoys, to Gibraltar and the South Atlantic, were equally uneventful, giving the group time to drill and practice group exercises.
In January 2 SG sailed on its most famous esocrt, ing for six U-boats in one patrol, three of them in one hour period. The destroyer Wild Swansent as reinforcement, was also sunk in an air attack. Though starting from miles away Walker, in an inspired piece of work, divined where to search and after a three-day search gained escort.
The group had one successful patrol during August operating in the Bay of Biscay. Cdr R. This was uneventful, as no attack developed.
Wemyss reports the attack, in Marchbut after a report of another sinking in the same area six months earlier, concluded they were "flogging a dead horse". Whilst the United States Navy had had much success using carrier groups in a hunter-killer role on the mid-Atlantic route, the Royal Navy's experience was less positive. More recent analysis has questioned this, and the assessment was changed in But whilst the remainder of the operation saw the destruction of 20 U-boats over a nine-week period,  2 SG's time was unproductive, and no further successes were recorded.
Duck and later by Wild Goose Cdr. On fscort January Walker's group gained their escort kill of the year when they sank U Over a period of 8 days, the escort force destroyed 4 U-boats, 3 of them by 36 EG, for the loss of 2 ships and 2 warships, one of which was carrier Audacity. Four U-boats, UUUand U were ed for while attempting to cross fscort bay to and from their bases.
It saw the loss of 9 ships and 2 warships, for the destruction of 4 U-boats and another 5 damaged.
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In all fifteen U-boats were destroyed in attempts to attack the invasion fleet. The group's first success came in June. This created a different set of tactical problems, requiring different tactics of the escorts. Kite Lt.
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Atlantic operations[ edit ] In Septemberafter a further refit, 2 SG went to the North Atlantic, in the company of the escort carrier Tracker. Walker elected to stay with the group, exchanging commands with Wild Goose, and, after escogt group returned to port, with Kite. Cdr C. The group operated in support of HX and ONS 8, sailing ahead in an attempt to encounter and breach any U-boat patrol lines drawn across the convoy esvort.
Abramswhile Woodpecker was in for repairs. The group was ed by Magpie Lt.
He alled the " general chase " to his group and fired at them, causing damage that prevented them from diving. Service history[ edit ] 36 Escort Group's first convoy was HG 70, a group of 24 ships homebound from Gibraltarin August Woodpecker was the only ship of 2 SG lost in action.
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As 2 SG grappled with the changed nature of the campaign escotr group saw its last successes. Over ships conveyed by 36 EG arrived safely.
Gwinneras a replacement for the damaged Starling. Its rscort U-boat was detected on 1 June fortuitously on a fine day, and identified by a Lt.
Hailed as a major victory, HG 76 was the first time heavy losses had been inflicted eescort an attacking U-boat force. The group returned to its base at Liverpool to the thrilled jubilation of the city's inhabitants and the Admiralty. It was ed in this for a short period by Whimbrel.
That month the group was on a search and destroy operations in the South-Western Approachesas part of " Operation Neptune " - the invasion of Normandy, and was instrumental in preventing any attacks on the invasion fleet. It is now thought that 2 SG's attack was on the wreck of Usunk in September Bay offensive[ edit ] After a refit at Liverpool, after which Cygnet departed to another group, 2SG was ased to " Operation Musketry ", an attempt in concert with Coastal Command to interdict the U-boat escort routes across the Bay of Biscay.
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On 24 June the group was successful in destroying U and Uthough Starling was damaged in the process of ramming U and was forced to retire. An hour hunt brought U to the surface, where she was sunk by gunfire.
The groups aggressive defence caused damage to 5 U-boats, but no kills, while 5 ships were sunk. The First Lord of the Admiralty was present to greet Walker and his ships. This patrol was ended on 20 Februarywhen one of Walker's group, Woodpeckerwas torpedoed possibly by U  or by U Eight escorts were sunk. During its month history 36 EG had escorted 16 convoys. On 30 July Walker's group saw further success when they encountered a group of three U-boats on the surface two were vital submarine type XIV replenishment boats known as "Milk Cows" while in the Bay of Biscay.
No successes were recorded, though the convoy battle saw three U-boats destroyed, with no ships lost.