Escort group B2

Escort group B2

Escort Groups consisted of mixed types of small warships that operated together as a permanent team, defending shipping convoys during World War II, and more particularly, during the Battle of the Atlantic.

The development of these 'escort groups' proved an effective means of defending shipping convoys. They were rigorously trained in anti-submarine tactics and had many successes. For example, in a ten-day period in 1941, four U-boats were sunk with the loss of three of Germany's top U-boat commanders.

Escort Group B2 consisted of the destroyers HMS Hesperus and HMS Vanessa and 6 Flower-class corvettes - HMS Gentian (K90), HMS Clematis, HMS Heather, HMS Campanula, HMS Mignonette and HMS Sweetbriar.

Escort Group B2 Commanders

Cdr. Donald MacIntyre


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