RFA Nasprite (Sprite Class Spirit Tanker) 1941

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

EN.69      Methil 9th April 1942 – Oban 11th April 1942
                (Detached for Lyness)

KX.2        Clyde 18th October 1942 – Gibraltar 29th October 1942

GTX.3     Gibraltar 21st June 1943 – Port Said 4th July 1943
                (Joined Algiers to Malta)

MWS.36  Alexandria 3rd July 1943 – Sicily (no date available)
                (With a cargo of Petrol)

NV.41      Naples 27th May 1944 – Augusta 28th May 1944
                (Detached to Malta)

NV.44       Naples 9th June 1944 – Augusta 10th June 1944
                 (Detached to Malta)

SM.4        Naples 22nd August 1944 – South of France (no date available)

SRM.5     St Raphael 21st August 1944 – Naples 23rd August 1944

NV.62      Naples 4th September 1944 – Augusta 5th September 1944

AH.66      Augusta 8th September 1944 – Bari 10th September 1944
                 (Detached to Taranto)

RFA Oleander (10,000 Ton Class Oiler) 1922

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

HG.13      Gibraltar 31st December 1939 – Liverpool 10th January 1940

OB.94      Liverpool 18th February 1940 – Convoy Dispersed (no date available)

HX.31      Halifax 29th March 1940 – Liverpool 13th April 1940
                (Detached to Devonport with FFO)

NS.3       Clyde 12th May 1940 – Harstad 19th May 1940
                (Joined from Scapa Flow)

RFA Oleander was damaged by a near miss during an enemy air raid on the 26th May 1940, whilst in Harstad Bay, the ship was beached and an attempt was made to try and salvage her cargo, but this was abandoned and the ship was lost.

RFA Oleander was the first RFA loss of World War 2.

RFA Oligarch ( 10,000 ton Class Oiler) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

OA.7      Southend 19th September 1939 – Convoy dispersed 22nd September 1939

OB.116  Liverpool 25th March 1940 – Convoy dispersed (no date available)
               (Joined from the Clyde)

HX.39     Halifax 30th April 1940 – Liverpool 15th May 1940
               (Detached to Scapa Flow with a cargo of FFO)

WN.153   Oban 15th July 1941 – Methil 18th July 1941
                (Joined from the Clyde, bound for Scapa Flow, then Seidisfjord as Station Oiler)

QP.14     Archangel 13th September 1942 – Loch Ewe 26th September 1942
               (Escort oiler)

PQ.18     Loch Ewe 2nd September 1942 – Archangel 21st September 1942
               (Spitsbergen oiler, later to Murmansk)

WN.358  Loch Ewe 7th November 1942 – Methil 9th November 1942

EN.172   Methil 12th December 1942 – Loch Ewe 14th December 1942

JN.51A   Loch Ewe 15th December 1942 – Kola Inlet 25th December 1942

RA.51     Kola Inlet 30th December 1942 – Loch Ewe 11th January 1942

RU.57     Reykjavik 12th January 1943 – Loch Ewe 15th January 1943

JW.52     Loch Ewe 17th January 1943 – Kola Inlet 27th January 1943

RA.53     Kola Inlet 1st March 1943 – Loch Ewe 14th March 1943
               (detached to Seidisfjord)

WN.405  Loch Ewe 19th March 1943 – Methil 21st March 1943

FS.1069  Methil 21st March 1943 – Southend 23rd March 1943
                (detached o the Tyne)

EN.236    Methil 30th May 1943 – Loch Ewe 1st June 1943
                (detached to Oban)

OS.49KM Liverpool 4th June 1943 – Convoy split 13th June 1943
                 (joined from Oban)

KMS.16G ex OS.49/KMS.16 13th January 1943 – Gibraltar 15th January 1943

GTX.3     Gibraltar 21st June 1943 – Port Said 4th July 1943
                (to Tobruk after torpedo damage)

VGS.13   Hampton Roads 27th July 1943 – Port Said 24th July 1943

RFA Oligarch was torpedoed 40 miles WNW of Derna by U 453 under the command of Korvettan Leutenant Egon Reiner Von Schlippenbach whilst on passage in Convoy GTX.3, she managed to make it to Tobruk under her own power, where she was used as a temporary fuel hulk, the ship then joined Convoy VGS.13 for passage to Alexandria where she was used as a fuel hulk .

RFA Olynthus (10,000 ton Class Oiler) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

OA.5      Southend 15th September 1939 – Convoy dispersed 18th September 1939
               (joined from Devonport)

OA.7      Southend 19th September 1939 – Convoy dispersed 22nd September 1939
              (detached for Freetown)

BHX.78  Bermuda 2nd October 1940 – Joined HX.78 7th October 1940

HX.78     Halifax 4th October 1940 – Liverpool 18th October 1940
               (joined from BHX.78 with a cargo of FFO)

HX.144   Halifax 10th August 1941 – Liverpool 30th August 1941
               (detached to Iceland with a cargo of FFO)

ON.22    Liverpool 2nd October 1941 – Convoy dispersed (no date available)
               (joined from the Clyde)


PA.39     Bandar Abbas 22nd May 1943 – Aden 2nd June 1943

PB.47     Khasab Bay 6th July 1943 – Bombay 12th July 1943

RFA Orangeleaf (Fast Leaf Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

KJF.1      Kingston 15th September 1939 – UK Ports 30th September 1939
                (Detached to Bermuda with a cargo of FFO, Avgas and Dieso)

WAT.15   Key West 18th August 1942 – Trinidad 27th August 1942

FTT.6      Freetown 31st December 1942 – Trinidad 15th January 1943

TAG.38   Trinidad 24th January 1943 – Guantanamo 29th January 1943

GN.38     Guantanamo 29th January 1943 – New York 4th February 1943

HX.228   New York 28th February 1943 – Liverpool 15th March 1943
               (Detached to the Clyde with a cargo of FFO)

WN.407  Loch Ewe 24th March 1943 – Methil 26th March 1943

FS.1073  Methil 26th March 1943 – Southend 28th March 1943
                (Detached to the Tyne)

FN.1044  Southend 10th June 1943 – Methil 12th June 1943
                (Joined from the Tyne)

EN.242    Methil 13th June 1943 – Loch Ewe 15th June 1943
                (Detached to Oban)

OS.50KM Liverpool 16th June 1943 – Convoy split 27th June 1943
                (From Oban to Algiers in ballast)

KMS.17G  Gibraltar 30th June 1943 – SFAX 6thJuly 1943
                 (Detached to Algiers)

KMS.17    Liverpool as Convoy OS.50/KMS.17 16th January 1943 – Convoy split 27th June 1943
                 (Detached to Algiers)

RFA Pearleaf (Fast Leaf Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

MWS.37    Alexandria 6th July 1943 – Augusta (no date available)
                  (Detached for Benghazi)

KMS.19T   Malta 23rd July 1943 – Tripoli 24th July 1943

KMS.28     Gibraltar 7th October 1943 – Port Said 19th October 1943
                  (Joined from Malta for Alexandria)

BM.91B     Bombay 3rd April 1944 – Colombo 8th April 1944

JC.44        Colombo 10th April 1944 – Calcutta 17th April 1944
                  (Detached for Trincomalee)

XC.23        Addu Atoll 24th June 1944 – Colombo 26th June 1944

CX.27        Colombo 2nd August 1944 – Addu Atoll 5th August 1944

MKS.73G  Gibraltar 26th December 1944 – Liverpool 4th January 1944
                  (In ballast)


 

RFA Petrella (Pet Class Spirit Carrier) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

 

TX8           Tripoli, Libya  18 November 1943 - Alexandria 23 November 1943

                            

RFA Petrobus (Pet Class Spirit Carriers) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

EN.12      Methil 26th October 1940 – Oban 30th October 1940
                (With a cargo of oil)

WN.45     Clyde 27th November 1940 – Methil 1st December 1940
                (In ballast)

EN.38      Methil 8th December 1940 – Oban 11th December 1940
                (Detached to Scapa Flow with a cargo of Petrol)

EN.66      Methil 3rd February 1941 – Oban 6th February 1941
                (Detached to Scapa Flow with a cargo of Petrol)

WN.183   Oban 21st September 1941 – Methil 23rd September 1941

WN.230   Oban 11th January 1942 – Methil 14th January 1942
                (Joined from Lyness)

EN.42      Methil 5th February 1942 – Oban 7th February 1942
                (Detached to Lyness with a cargo of Petrol)

EN.152    Methil 20th October 1942 – Loch Ewe 23rd October 1942
                (Detached to Lyness)

 

RFA Petronel (Pet Class Spirit Carrier) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

EN.148      Methil 9th October 1942 – Loch Ewe 11th October 1942
                  (Detached to Scapa Flow)

EN.293      Methil 11th October 1943 – Loch Ewe 13th October 1943
                  (Detached to Lyness)

RFA Philol (2nd 1,000 ton Class Oiler) 1916

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

FN.246      Southend 8th August 1940 – Methil 10th August 1940

FN.253      Southend 15th August 1940 – Methil 17th August 1940

FN.269      Southend 1st September 1940 – Methil (no date available)
                  (Detached to Yarmouth)

FN.300      Southend 5th October 1940 – Methil (no date available)
                  (Detached to Harwich)

FN.307      Southend 13th October 1940 – Methil (no date available)
                  (Detached to Harwich)

FN.316      Southend 23rd October 1940 – Methil (no date available)

FN.322      Southend 29th October 1940 – Methil (no date available)
                  (Detached to Harwich)

FN.327      Southend 4th November 1940 – Methil (no date available)
                  (Detached to Harwich)

 

RFA Plumleaf (Fast Leaf Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

BN.1      Bombay 23rd June 1940 – Suez 12th July 1940
              (Joined at sea from Aden)

MW.2      Alexandria 29th August 1940 – Malta 2nd September 1940

MF.4      Malta 11th October 1940 – Alexandria 13th October 1940

MW.3     Alexandria 4th November 1940 – Malta 10th November 1940

ME.6     Malta 10th January 1941 – Alexandria 13th January 1941


RFA Plumleaf was sunk during an air-raid on Malta on the 4th April 1942, the ship sank to her deck level at Parlatorio Wharf.  She was used as a fuel hulk for the rest of the war, being finally raised on the 27th August 1947 and towed to Italy where she was scrapped.

RFA Prestol (2nd 2,000 tons Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

CW.51     Southend 23rd September 1941 – St Helen’s Roads 24th September 1941

EN.199    Methil 26th February 1943 – Loch Ewe 28th February 1943
                (Detached to Scapa Flow)

KMS.17   Gibraltar 30th June 1943 – SFAX 6th July 1943
                 (Detached to Bizerta)

NG.386    New York 15th August 1943 – Guantanamo 22nd August 1943

MKS.25   Alexandria 14th September 1943 – Gibraltar 25th September 1943
                (Joined from Bone to Phillipville)

MKS.29   Alexandria 24th October 1943 – Gibraltar 3rd November 1943
                 (Joined from Bizerta for Phillipville)

GUS.22   Port Said 17th November 1943 – Hampton Roads 17th December 1943
                (Joined from Bizerta to Phillipville)

KMS.33   Gibraltar 29th November 1943 – Port Said 9th December 1943
                (Joined from Phillipville to Bizerta)

MKS.33   Alexandria 2nd December 1943 – Gibraltar 13th December 1943
                (Joined from Bizerta for Phillipville)

KMS.38   Gibraltar 17th January 1944 – Port Said 27th January 1944
                (Joined from Bone for Bizerta)

UGS.35   Hampton Roads 4th March 1944 – Port Said 31st March1944
                (Joined from Phillipville for Bizerta)

MKS.44   Port Said 20th March 1944 – Gibraltar 1st April 1944
                (Joined from Tunis for Phillipville)

KMS.49   Gibraltar 6th May 1944 – Port Said 16th MAY 1944
                (Joined from Phillipville for Bizerta)

UGS.44   Hampton Roads 3rd June 1944 – Port Said 28th June 1944
                (Joined from Bizerta for Augusta)

VN.49      Augusta 26th June 1944 – Naples 27th June 1944

RFA Rapidol (2nd 2,000 Ton Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

WS.115     Formed at Sea 4th September 1941 – Freetown 15th September 1941

SL.92        Freetown 6th November 1941 – Liverpool 1st December 1941
                 ( For trials of the Escort Oiler Concept)

OS.10       Liverpool 25th October 1941 – Freetown 18th November 1941
                 (Escort Oiler)

SL.93        Freetown 19th November 1941 – Liverpool 10th December 1941
                  (Escort Oiler)

TS.14       Takoradi 12th August 1942 – Freetown 19th August 1942

SL.122      Freetown 14th September 1942 – Liverpool 6th October 1942
                  (Detached for the Clyde in ballast)

UR.68        Loch Ewe 24th March 1943 – Reykjavik 28th March 1943

RU.111      Reykjavik 9th March 1944 – Loch Ewe 12th March 1944

WN.556     Loch Ewe 13th March 1944 – Methil 15th March 1944

EN.371      Methil 13th April 1944 – Loch Ewe 15th April 1944

ETM.6       Southend 11th June 1944 – Seine Bay 12th June 1944
                  (Joined from Southampton)

ECM.22     Falmouth 4th July 1944 – Seine Bay 5th July 1944
                  (Joined from Portsmouth)

EBC.45     Barry 18th July 1944 – Seine Bay 20th July 1944
                  (Joined from the Solent)

FBC.54      Seine Bay 14th August 1944 – Bristol Channel 16th August 1944
                   (Detached to Plymouth)

EPM.53      Portland 5th September 1944 – Seine Bay 5th September 1944

FBC.84      Seine Bay 16th September 1944 – Bristol Channel 18th September 1944
                   (Detached to Portsmouth)

MTC.31      St Helen’s Roads 9th November 1944 – Southend 10th November 1944

OS.111/KMS.85   Liverpool 17th February 1945 – Convoy Split 21st February 1945
                    (Detached for Aden)

KMS.85G    ex OS.111 on the 21st February 1945 – Gibraltar 25th February 1945

RFA Reliant (Store Ship) 1923

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

GUS.11      Alexandria 28th July 1943 – Hampton Roads 26th August 1943
                   (Detached for Malta)

GUS.12      Alexandria 10th August 1943 – Hampton Roads 6th September 1943
                   (Joined from Malta for Bizerta)

MKS.22      Alexandria 15th August 1943 – Gibraltar 24th August 1943
                   (Joined from Malta for Bizerta)

KMS.25      Gibraltar 10th September 1943 – Port Said 21st September 1943
                    (Joined from Algiers for Bizerta)

HA.8           Bari 10th November 1943 – Augusta (no date available)
                   (Joined from Taranto for Malta)

MKS.33      Alexandria 2nd December 1943 – Gibraltar 13the December 1943
                   (Joined from Malta for Bizerta)

VN.36          Augusta 28th April 1944 – Naples 29th April 1944
                    (Joined from Messina)

MKS.72G    Gibraltar 21st December 1944 – Liverpool 30th December 1944
                     (In ballast)

RFA Robert Dundas (Coastal Store Carrier) 1939

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

WN.139     Oban 10th June 1941 – Methil 14th June 1941
                  (Joined from Scapa Flow)

WN.167     Oban 15th August 1941 – Methil 17th August 1941
                  (Joined from Kirkwall)

EC.82       Southend 5th October 1941 – Clyde 11th October 1941
                 (Joined from Methil for Invergordon)

WN.200     Oban 2nd November 1941 – Methil 5th November 1941
                  (Joined from Lyness)

EN.6          Methil 15th November 1941 – Oban 18th November 1941
                  (Detached to Invergordon)

WN.368     Loch Ewe 3rd December 1942 – Methil 5th December 1942
                  (Joined from Lyness)

EN.185     Methil 14th January 1943 – Loch Ewe 16th January 1943
                 (Detached to Invergordon)

ECM.5      Falmouth 12th June 1944 – Seine Bay 13th June 1944
                 (Joined from Plymouth)

FBC.18     Seine Bay 4th July 1944 – Bristol Channel 7th July 1944

EBC.38     Barry 11th July 1944 – Seine Bay 13th July 1944
                  (Joined from Plymouth)

FBC.36     Seine Bay 25th July 1944 – Bristol Channel 27th July 1944
                  (Detached to Plymouth)

EBC.63     Barry 4th August 1944 – Seine Bay 7th August 1944
                  (Joined from the Solent)

FTC.80     Seine Bay 27th August 1944 – Southend 28th August 1944
                  (Detached to Southampton)

FTC.89     Seine Bay 6th September 1944 – Southend 7th September 1944
                  (Detached to Southampton)

 

RFA Robert Middleton (Coastal Store Carrier) 1938

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

EC.46      Southend 15th July 1941 – Clyde 20th July 1941
                (Joined from Methil for Scapa Flow)

EC.66      Southend 28th August 1941 – Clyde 2nd September 1941
                (Joined from Methil for Invergordon)

WN.323   Loch Ewe 15th August 1942 – Methil 17th August 1942
                (Joined from Kirkwall)

EN.145    Methil 3rd October 1942 – Loch Ewe 5th October 1942
                (Detached to Invergordon)

EN.242    Methil 13th June 1943 – Loch Ewe 15th June 1943

 

RFA Scotol (2nd 1,000 Ton Class Oiler) 1916

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

WN.194      Oban 17th October 1941 – Methil 19th October 1941
                   (Detached for Loch Ewe)

OS.118KM  Clyde and Downs 22nd March 1945 – Convoy split 29th March 1945
                    (Joined from Milford Haven for Colombo)

KMS.92G    ex OS.118/KMS.92 29TH March 1945 – Gibraltar 1st April 1945

RFA Serbol (2nd 2,000 Ton Class Oiler) 1918

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

HG.1      Gibraltar 26th September 1939 – Liverpool 6th October 1939
               (Detached for Devonport)

WN.573  Loch Ewe 21st April 1944 – Methil 23rd April 1944

OS.111/KMS.85  Liverpool 17th February 1945 – Convoy split 21st February 1945
               (Detached to Aden)

KMS.85G  ex OS.111 21st February 1945 – Gibraltar 25th February 1945

 

RFA Slavol (2nd 2,000 Ton Class Oiler) 1917

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

BN.9A      Aden 23rd November 1940 – Suez 28th November 1940

TA.27      Tobruk 12th March 1942 – Alexandria 14th March 1942


At 05: 10 hrs on the morning of 26th March 1942, whilst on passage in Convoy TA.27 RFA Slavol was torpedoed by U205, under the command of Korvetten Leutenant Franz-Georg Reschke.

There was a huge explosion and the Captain and 19 members of the crew managed to abandon the ship, which sank at 06:15hrs with the loss of 36 men.

The surviving crew were picked up by the Greek Destroyer Vasilissa Olga and landed at Alexandria.

RFA Spa (Spa Class Water Carrier)

Convoy                 Depart                                             Arrive

WN.287      Loch Ewe 24th May 1942 – Methil 26th May 1942
                   (Detached for Scapa Flow)

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