Honour - Salerno 1943

Date - 09-Sep / 06-Oct
Type - Combined Operations
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

Description An amphibious assault was landed at Salerno, Italy with the aim of taking Naples. It was one of a series of assaults intended to outflank German defensive lines, as the Allies fought their way north through Italy.

For the first four days after the initial waves landed, naval gunfire support and carrier bases aircraft contributed to the success of the landing. The Germans considered their failure to breakthrough to the beaches to the devastating effects of the battleships 15" gunfire.

During the action HMS Warspite was hit by a radio-controlled bomb which exploded in №4 boiler room and passed through the ships bottom. A second one exploded close alongside and holed her on the waterline. She was towed to Gibraltar where initial repairs were made.


HM Ships
Abercrombie  Acute  Albacore  Alynbank  Antwerp 
Atherstone  Attacker  Aurora  Battler  Beaufort 
Belvoir  Blackmore  Blankney  Blencathra  Boxer 
Brecon  Brittany  Brixham  Brocklesby  Bruiser 
Bude  Cadmus  Calpe Catterick  Charybdis 
Circe  Clacton  Cleveland  Coverley  Delhi 
Dido  Dulverton  Echo  Eclipse  Eggesford 
Ensay  Espiegle  Euryalus  Exmoor  Farndale 
Faulknor  Felixstowe  Fly  Formidable  Fury 
Gavotte  Glengyle  Hambledon  Haydon  Hengist 
Hilary  Holcombe  Hunter  Ilex  Illustrious 
Inglefield  Intrepid  Jervis  Laforey  Lamerton 
Ledbury  Liddesdale  Lookout  Loyal  Mauritius 
Mendip  Minuet  Mousa  Mutine  Nelson 
Nubian  Offa  Orion  Palomares  Panther 
Pathfinder  Penelope  Penn  Petard  Pirouette 
Polruan  Prince Charles  Prince Leopold  Prinses Astrid  Prinses Beatrix 
Prinses Josephine Charlotte  Quail  Quantock  Queenborough  Quilliam 
Raider  Reighton Wyke  Rhyl  Roberts  Rodney 
Rothesay  Royal Scotsman  Royal Ulsterman  St. Kilda  Scylla 
Shakespeare  Sheffield  Sheppey  Sirius  Stalker 
Stella Carina  Stornoway  Tango  Tartar  Tetcott 
Thruster  Troubridge  Tumult  Tyrian  Uganda 
Ulster Monarch  Ulster Queen  Unicorn  Valiant  Visenda 
Warspite  Whaddon  Wheatland     
RFA Ships
FAA Squadrons
807 808 809 810 820
834 878 879 880 886
887 888 890 893 894
897 899      
Minor Vessels
121 126 134 135 238
273 280 283 336 554
555 556 557 559 560
561 562 564 566  
1242 1246 1247 1253 1254
1258 1270 1271 1297 1301
11 14 24 209  
133  134    
This page last edited - 19 March, 2013.

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