HMS BONAVENTURE 31

 

Dido Class Light Cruiser

 


 

HMS BONAVENTURE 31

 


 

This page is not meant to be a comprehensive history of HMS BONAVENTURE, but a record of sailors of the ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY who served in her, photos they took and stories they may have shared with their families.

 

HMS BONAVENTURE was a Dido-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. BONAVENTURE participated as an escort vessel in Operation Fish, the World War II evacuation of British wealth from the UK to Canada. It was the largest movement of wealth in history.

 

On 10 January 1941 BONAVENTURE, along with HMS SOUTHAMPTON and/or HMS HEREWARD, shelled and sank the Italian torpedo boat Vega off Cape Bon, Tunisia, during Operation "Excess". Two members of her crew were killed by return fire.

 

On 31 March 1941 BONAVENTURE was hit amidships by two torpedoes launched by the Italian submarine AMBRA and sank south of Crete (3320'N 2635'E) with the loss of 139 of her 480 crew. 310 survivors were rescued by HMS HEREWARD and HMAS STUART.

 

Laid Down: 30 Aug 1937

Launched: 19 Apr 1939

Commissioned: 24 May 1940

Fate: Torpedoed by the Italian submarine Ambra south of Crete, 31 March 1941 (139 lost)

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

EDEN, Donald A.

Paym-SLt, RCN

MPK - 31 Mar 1941

 


 

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