Operation KR (i)

'KR' (i) was the designation of Allied convoys (together with a numerical suffix) plying the route from Kilindini, Kenya, to Ceylon, and as such reciprocals of the 'RK' (i) series (March 1942/February 1945).

The first of the series was the KR.1 convoy of 10/20 March 1942 with the 8,351-ton Belgian Elisabethville carrying 884 troops, 7,248-ton British Empire Egret carrying 26 troops, artillery and motor transport, 7,775-ton British Empire Fulmar carrying 26 troops, artillery, ammunition and motor transport, 7,920-ton Egyptian Khedive Ismail carrying 1,308 troops, 10,799-ton British Llandaff Castle carrying 893 troops, 16,632-ton British Narkunda carrying 2,168 troops, 6,345-ton Polish Pulaski carrying 1,032 troops and 7,841-ton British Shirala carrying 1,306 toops, and escorted by the 14,030-ton British armed merchant cruiser Alaunia, British light cruiser Caledon, and British sloops Falmouth and Marguerite. The last of the series was the JKR.14 convoy of 24 January/1 February 1945 with the 11,275-ton British troopship Devonshire.