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Honour - English Channel 1939-45


Date -  03-September-1939/May-1945
Type - Area Awards 
Conflict - World War 2; 1939-45

 
Description The area covered by the award is defined as the English Channel together with all coastal waters from Southend to Bristol. The western limit being a line drawn from Ushant to the Isles of Scilly and then to the coast of Cornwall.

All ships serving as escorts to channel coastal convoys; plus ships and submarines employed on patrol duty in the area and which took part in a successful action, together with a successful action during 'Operation Neptune' (the naval part of the D-day Normandy landings), qualify for the award.

The early years 1939, 1940 and 1941 were especially dangerous. The Germans mined extensively, the threat of E-boat attack was always present and the Luftwaffe regularly bombed, strafed and dive bombed convoys. 

Convoys transiting the Strait of Dover were also subject to bombardment by long range guns situated in the Pas de Calais.

In time a convoy was generally preceded by minesweeping trawlers, closely escorted by two destroyers, 3 or 4 anti-submarine boats or motor launches and surrounded by 6 to 8 balloon vessels. Overhead the RAF provided fighter escort.

In this way the English Channel was never closed to coastal convoy traffic.

 

 
 
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Blencathra 42-44 Bligh 45 Blyth 43 Borage 43 Boreas 40
Boston 45 Bradford 43 Brazen 40 Brecon 43 Brilliant 40/43
Brissenden 43-45 Brocklesby 42-43 Bude 42 Bulldog 40/45 Burdock 44-45
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Chelmer 44 Chiddingfold 45 Clarkia 44-45 Clematis 44-45 Cleveland 42-43
Clyne Castle 43 Commander Evans 42 Conn 44 Conqueror 43-45 Convolvulus 45
Cooke 44-45 Corinthian 42 Coriolanus 42 Cornelian 42-43 Cosby 44
Cotswold 43 Cottesmore 42-44 Cowdray 44 Crane 44 Cranstoun 44-45
Curzon 44 Cyclamen 43      
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Delphinium 45 Deodar 40/42 Deptford 45 Deveron 44 Dianella 43
Dianthus 44 Domett 45 Dominica 45 Doon 42 Dornoch 43
Drumheller 44-45 Duckworth 45 Duff 44    
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Glaisdale 42-44 Gloxinia 45 Goathland 43 Godetia 45 Good Hope 45
Goodson 44 Grenville 43 Grey Fox 43 Grey Goose 42-43 Grey Owl 43-44
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Grimstead 42 Gweal 43-44      
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Hatsuse 42 Havelock 44 Heather 44-45 Herschell 43 Hesperus 45
Holmes 44-45 Honeysuckle 44 Horatio 42 Hornbeam 42 Huron 44
Hyderabad 43 Hydrangea 45      
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Loch Ruthven 45 Locust 42-44  Londonderry 44-45  Longa 45 Loosestrife 44-45
Lord Essenden 42-43 Lord Hailsham 42-43 Lord Howe 42 Lord Plender 45 Lord Snowden 42
Lord Stanhope 42-44  Lord Stonehaven 42 Lord Wakefield 43-44 Louisburg 44-45 Lundy 43
Luneburg 44        
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Middleton 44 Mignonette 45 Milford Duchess 42 Mimico 45 Montrose 43-44
Moosejaw 44-45 Morris Dance 42 Mourne 44 Mousa 42 Myosotis 45
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Narbada 43 Narbrough 44 Nasturtium 44-45 Ness 45 Newport 42
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Port Arthur 45 Port Colborne 44 Prescott 44-45 Primrose 44 Prince Charles 42
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Rosevean 44-45 Rothesay 42 Rousay 42 Rowan 42-43/45 Rowley 44-45
Royal Eagle 42 Ruby 42-43 Rupert 44 Ruskholm 42 Rutherford 44
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Sasebo 42 Scalpay 43 Scarborough 44 Scarron 42 Scimitar 43-44
Shakespeare 43 Shippigan 44 Skate 44 Snowberry 45 Spragge 44
Staffa 42 Star of India 42 Starwort 44 Stata 42  Statice 44-45
Stayner 44 Stevenstone 43-44 Stockham 44 Stonecrop 45 Stormont 44
Stornoway 42 Stratagem 44 Stronsay 42 Sulist 42 Summerside 44-45
Sunflower 44-45 Sussexvale 45 Sutton 42-43 Swansea 44 Swansea Castle 42
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Warspite 44 Watchman 44-45 Waterfly 42 Wedgeport 42/44 Wensleydale 43-44
Westcott 43 Westminster 43 Weston 45 Whalsey 42 Whimbrel 44
Whitaker 44 Whitehall 44 Whitshed 42-44 Wild Goose 45 Winchester 43
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This page last edited - 03 March, 2013.

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