I'm in the process of researching the Merchant Navy Service of my Maternal Grandfather. In March 1944 his ship, the Fort Hall was part of Convoy JW58 that sailed from Loch Ewe to the Kola Inlet (Murmansk). The following is what I have discovered so far. I will be following up with the Return Convoy RA59. If anyone has any information, photos etc relating to the Merchant Ships, Escorts and U-Boats mentioned then please feel free to add them to the thread. Convoy JW58 The Convoy departed Loch Ewe on 27 March 1944 and was arranged in the following Cruising Order Within the convoy were the Escort Carriers Activity and Tracker along with the U.S Cruiser Milwaukee that was to be handed over to the Soviet Northern Fleet and the Cruiser HMS Diadem The total list of Escorts to Convoy JW58 and their period of cover reads as follows: March 27 - March 29: Minesweepers Rattlesnake, Onyx, Orestes and Corvettes Rhododendron and Starworth. March 27 - Apr. 4: Close A/S Escort by Destroyers Westcott, Whitehall and Wrestler and Corvettes Bluebell, Honeysuckle and Lotus. March 29 - Apr. 4: Cruiser Diadem, Escort Carriers Activity and Tracker, Destroyers Impulsive, Inconstant, Obedient, Offa, Onslow, Opportune, Oribi, Orwell, Saumarez, Serapis, Scorpion, Venus and the Norwegian Ship Stord. Also, the Western Approaches 2nd Escort Group, commanded by Captain F. J. Walker with Sloops Starling, Magpie, Wild Goose, Wren and Whimbrel, and Destroyers Beagle, Boadicea, Keppel and Walker. Apr. 3 - Apr. 4: Russian Destroyers Gremyaschi, Kuibyshev, Razumny and Razyarenni. None of the merchant shipping was lost during the Convoy but there was significant action involving the Escorts and U-Boats. The first incident came on 29 March and involved U-961 commanded by Oblt. Klaus Fischer which was attacked and sunk by depth charges fired from the sloop HMS Starling. All 49 men of the crew were lost. On 1 April U-673, commanded by Oblt. Heinz-Gerd Sauer was attacked by depth charges from an Avenger aircraft of 846 Squadron from the Escort Carrier HMS Tracker and the Destroyer HMS Beagle. The U-Boat was subsequently forced to disengage and return to Port due to the Damage inflicted. A day later U-360, commanded by Kptlt. Klaus-Helmuth Becker, was attacked and sunk by depth charges from the Destroyer HMS keppel. All 51 hands were lost. On 3 April, U-288 under the command of Oblt. Willy Meyer was attacked and sunk by rocket fire and depth charges from Swordfish of 819 Squadron flying from the Carriers HMS Activity and Avengers from 846 Squadron aboard HMS Tracker. The following images, courtesy of uboat.net captured the attack on film: All 51 men aboard U-288 were lost. The Convoy reached the Kola Inlet and safety on 4 April. On the same day and whilst operating in the Arctic Ocean U-355 was listed as missing with all 52 hands lost. The last signal received from this boat, commanded by KrvKpt. Günter La Baume was on 1 April and indicated that the Submarine was in pursuit of Convoy JW58. Next: The Return Convoy RA59.