Convoy PQ 7

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Convoy PQ 7 was the eighth of the Arctic convoys of the Second World War by which the Western Allies supplied material aid to the Soviet Union in its fight with Nazi Germany. The convoy was in two parts: PQ 7a sailed from Hvalfjörður, Iceland on 26 December 1941 and arrived at Murmansk on 12 January 1942. PQ 7b sailed from Hvalfjord, Iceland on 31 December 1941 and arrived in Murmansk on 11 January 1942.

Ships[edit]

PQ 7a[edit]

PQ 7a consisted of two merchant ships; SS Cold Harbor (Panama) and SS Waziristan (UK), and was escorted by two armed trawlers. SS Waziristan was sunk by the German submarine U-134 on 2 January 1942.

Complete list of ships of PQ 7a[1][edit]

Name Flag Tonnage (GRT) Notes
Cold Harbor (1920)  Panama 5,010
HMT Hugh Walpole  Royal Navy Escort 26 Dec - 27 Dec
Anti-submarine trawler
HMT Ophelia  Royal Navy Escort 26 Dec - 27 Dec
Anti-submarine trawler
Waziristan (1924)  United Kingdom 5,135 Stranded in ice & attacked by both aircraft and U-134 and sunk

Commodore's ship

PQ 7b[edit]

PQ 7b comprised nine merchant vessels (two Panamanian, one Russian and seven British). The escort consisted of the destroyers HMS Icarus, HMS Tartar and two armed trawlers.

All ships arrived safely.

Ships in Convoy PQ 7b[2][edit]

Name Flag Tonnage (GRT) Notes
Aneroid (1917)  Panama 5,074
Botavon (1912)  United Kingdom 5,848
HMT Cape Argona  Royal Navy Escort 31 Dec - 4 Jan
Chernyshevski (1919)  Soviet Union 3,588
Empire Activity (1919)  United Kingdom 5,335
Empire Halley (1941)  United Kingdom 7,168
Empire Howard (1941)  United Kingdom 6,985
Empire Redshank (1919)  United Kingdom 6,615
HMS Icarus  Royal Navy Escort 4 Jan - 11 Jan
Jutland (1928)  United Kingdom 6,153
Reigh Count (1907)  Panama 4,657
HMS Tartar  Royal Navy Escort 4 Jan - 11 Jan
HMS Wastwater  Royal Navy Escort 31 Dec - 4 Jan
Anti-submarine whaler

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Convoy PQ.7A". Arnold Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Convoy PQ.7B". Arnold Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 15 October 2013.

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