Reply To: Battle of the North Cape 1943 – replenishment at sea of the RN ships
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This must be a similar problem to that faced by the Arctic convoys, and could it have been solved in a similar manner? Information in naval-history.net states that HMS Scylla (The Toothless Tiger) was detached from PQ18 on 11 September 1942 with the destroyers Marne, Martin, Meteor and Milne to refuel from a tanker in Lowe Sound, Sptizbergen (now named Bellsund), returning to the convoy on completion. I guess that this was done as Scylla, and possibly some of the destroyers picked up a returning convoy (QP14) before they reached a Russian port, so required fuel for a non-stop round trip. A small point – naval-history.net shows that the M’s detached one day later, 12 September.