Service history[ edit ] 36 Escort Group's first convoy was HG 70, a group of 24 ships homebound from Gibraltarin August The groups aggressive defence caused damage to 5 U-boats, but no kills, while 5 ships were sunk.
Over a period of 8 days, the escort force destroyed 4 U-boats, 3 of them by 36 EG, for the loss of 2 ships and 2 warships, one of which was carrier Audacity. Escotrs destroyer Wild Swansent as reinforcement, was also sunk in an air attack.
Hailed as a major victory, HG 76 was the first time heavy losses had been inflicted on an attacking U-boat force. During its month history 36 EG had escorted 16 convoys.
The group's next few convoys, to Gibraltar and the South Atlantic, were equally uneventful, giving the group time to drill and practice group exercises. It saw the loss of 9 ships and 2 warships, for the destruction of 4 U-boats and another 5 damaged.
This was uneventful, as no attack developed. Over ships conveyed by 36 EG arrived safely.