Convoy PQ 11

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Convoy PQ 11 was an Arctic convoy sent from Great Britain by the Western Allies to aid the Soviet Union during World War II. It sailed in February 1942 and arrived in Murmansk without loss.

Voyage[edit]

PQ 11 sailed from Kirkness, Iceland on 14 February 1942. The convoy was undetected by German aircraft or U-boats in the continuous darkness of the polar night, and arrived safely at Murmansk, the Soviet Union's only ice-free Arctic port, on 22 February.

Ships[edit]

PQ 11 consisted of 13 merchant ships; eight British, two Soviet, one American, one of Panamanian and one of Honduran registry. The convoy was escorted by two destroyers, Airedale and Middleton, two corvettes and four ASW Trawlers. These were supportd by the cruiser Nigeria. The convoy was joined in the last stage of the voyage by two Soviet destroyers and five Royal Navy minesweepers based at Murmansk.

Ships in the convoy[1][edit]

Name Flag Tonnage (GRT) Notes
Airedale  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 17 Feb
Ashkhabad (1917)  Soviet Union 5,284
Barrwhin (1929)  United Kingdom 4,998
HMT Blackfly (FY117)  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 17 Feb
Anti-submarine trawler
HMT Cape Argona  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 17 Feb
Anti-submarine trawler
HMT Cape Mariato  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 17 Feb
Anti-submarine trawler
City Of Flint (1920)  United States 4,963
Daldorch (1930)  United Kingdom 5,571
Empire Baffin (1941)  United Kingdom 6,978 Arrived Murmansk 24 Feb
Empire Magpie (1919)  United Kingdom 6,211 Vice-Commodore’s Ship
HMT Gromki  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 22 Feb
Anti-submarine trawler
HMT Grozni  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 22 Feb
Anti-submarine trawler
HMS Harrier  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 22 Feb
Hartlebury (1934)  United Kingdom 5,082
HMS Hazard  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 22 Feb
HMS Hussar (J82)  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb
Kingswood (1929)  United Kingdom 5,080 Commodore’s Ship
Lowther Castle (1937)  United Kingdom 5,171
Makawao (1921)  Honduras 3,253
Marylyn (1930)  United Kingdom 4,555
HMS Middleton (L74)  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 17 Feb
HMS Niger (J73)  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 22 Feb
HMS Nigeria (60)  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 23 Feb
North King (1903)  Panama 4,934
HMS Oxlip  Royal Navy Escort 17 Feb - 22 Feb
HMS Salamander (J86)  Royal Navy Escort 22 Feb - 22 Feb
Stepan Khalturin (1921)  Soviet Union 2,498
HMS Sweetbriar  Royal Navy Escort 14 Feb - 22 Feb

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Convoy PQ.11". Arnold Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 15 October 2013.