Operation EJ (ii)

'EJ' (ii) was a British naval undertaking by Admiral Sir John Tovey’s Home Fleet in the Vestfjord and off Bodø on the coast of German-occupied Norway (5/9 October 1941).

Undertaken largely by the ships which had been involved in 'EJ' (i) before departing the Seyðisfjörður in south-eastern Iceland, this anti-ship sweep therefore involved the battleship King George V, fleet carrier Victorious, light cruiser Penelope and destroyers Ashanti, Bedouin, Eskimo, Matabele, Punjabi and Somali.

The carrier flew off two attack forces of Fairey Albacore single-engined bombers on 8 October. The first force attacked Bodø, where it was reported that two steamers, including the 710-ton Norwegian Haakon Adalstein, had been damaged in the air attack.

A sweep into the Vestfjord by the destroyers Matabele and Somali was cancelled as a result of the lack of available destroyers and poor weather. This latter also forced the cancellation of an inshore patrol to the north and south of Ålesund by the destroyers Ashanti, Eskimo, Matabele and Somali.

The submarine P35 was also to have supported 'EJ' (ii), but was ordered to patrol in the area to the west of Utsire.