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HMS Bonaventure

Dido Class Light Cruiser

October 1940
October 1940
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Built by Scotts, Greenock. Laid Down 30 August 1937.

Launched 19 April 1939. Completed 24 May 1940.

Sunk 31 March 1941 by torpedoes from Italian submarine Ambra, south of Crete (139 lost).

Bonaventure served initially with the Home Fleet on completion, and escorted WS convoys. While on such duty with WS5a on 25 December 1940, the convoy was attacked by Admiral Hipper, although no damage was incurred or inflicted. Almost immediately afterwards the ship was ordered to the Mediterranean, when, as part of Force F during Operation Excess to Malta in January, she was attacked by the Italian torpedo boats Circe and Vega south of Pantelleria, but sank Vega on 10 January 1941. In March she escorted a convoy to Malta and was damaged by near misses while at Malta on 22 March. She then participated in the Greek campaign, but on 31 March, while escorting a convoy from Greece to Alexandria, she was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine Ambra south of Crete.

looking forward over the compass platform, 1940
looking forward over the compass platform, 1940
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taken from the flag lockers looking aft - May 1940
taken from the flag lockers looking aft - May 1940
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as completed, equipped with starshell gun instead of X turret
as completed, equipped with starshell gun instead of X turret
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on patrol, 4 October 1940
on patrol, 4 October 1940
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