Operation TF (ii)

This was the designation of an Allied miscellany of seven convoys in the eastern Atlantic and western Mediterranean (November 1942/August 1944).

There were three TF.1 convoys. The earlier of these was associated with developments after the 'Torch' landings in French North-West Africa, while that of 14/15 November 1942 involved a movement from Gibraltar to Casablanca, while that of 15/16 January 1943 involved the movement of the 7,177-ton US Benjamin Stone and 7,177-ton US David Stone from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Marshall, Liberia. The last of the three convoys was that of 12/16 August 1944 from Taranto to southern France for ‘Dragoon’ (i) with the 14,287-ton Polish Batory carrying 1,638 troops, 16,297-ton British Cameronia carrying 3,060 troops, 11,136-ton British Circassia carrying 1,983 troops, 17,388-ton British Durban Castle carrying 2,570 troops, 10,926-ton British Eastern Prince carrying 1,213 troops, 9,248-ton British Empire Pride carrying 2,322 troops, 11,030 Polish Sobieski carrying 1,795 troops, 10,683-ton British Staffordshire carrying 2,227 troops, 7,936-ton British Takliwa, 15,434-ton Dutch Volendam carrying 2,803 troops and 11,402-ton British Worcestershire carrying 2,894 troops.

The numerically later 'TF' convoys were also associated with 'Torch'. TF.2 of 28/29 November 1942 involved the movement of the 7,114-ton US Borinquen from Gibraltar to rendezvous with the GUF.2 convoy. TF.3 of 10/11 November 1942 involved the movement of unspecified ships from Gibraltar to Casablanca. TF.4 of 18/19 November 1942 involved the movement of unspecified ships from Gibraltar to Casablanca. TF.5 of 26/27 December 1942 involved the movement of the 5,363-ton British Corrales, 7,862-ton British Empire Kamal and 5,392-ton British Tilapa from Gibraltar to Casablanca.