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AP convoys
World War II convoy underway in warm climate
View of a convoy during the Second World War.
Type AP Convoys
Location Arabian Sea
Planned 92
Objective Merchant convoys between Aden, Colony of Aden, and Bandar Abbas, Persia
Date September 1942 (1942-09) to January 1945 (1945-01)
Middle East location map2
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Bandar Abbas
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Aden
Ports of call for AP convoys

The AP convoys were a series of Arabian Sea convoys which ran during World War II.[1]

They take their name from the route: Aden and Bandar Abbas, Persia[1]

OverviewEdit

The AP series was the reverse of PA series that ran from September 1942 until January 1945. There were 92 AP convoys, comprising 615 individual ship listings and 215 escorts. Some of the ships listed in a convoy did not always make the complete trip between Aden and Bandar Abbas though, while some continued on to Abadan.[1]

In 1940, there had been five other convoys labeled AP, these are separate from the 1942–1945 series.[1]

Convoy ListEdit

1942[1]Edit

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 1 10 September 1942 16 September 1942 3
AP 2 15 September 1942 24 September 1942 2
AP 3 29 September 1942 6 October 1942 10 3 escorts
AP 3A 7 October 1942 Not listed 3 2 escorts
AP 3B 13 October 1942 20 October 1942 6 2 escorts
AP 4 25 October 1942 Not listed 5 4 escorts
AP 5 2 November 1942 9 November 1942 8 1 escort
AP 6 11 November 1942 18 November 1942 5 1 escort
AP 7 20 November 1942 27 November 1942 3 1 escort
AP 8 26 November 1942 Not listed 3
AP 9 10 December 1942 17 December 1942 1 1 escort
AP 10 21 December 1942 28 December 1942 5
AP 11 26 December 1942 1 January 1943 4 1 escort

1943[1]Edit

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 12 8 January 1943 14 January 1943 3 1 escort
AP 13 14 January 1943 20 January 1943 2 1 escort
AP 14 22 January 1943 28 January 1943 9 2 escorts
AP 15 24 January 1943 Not listed 1 2 escorts
AP 16 27 January 1943 Not listed 2 1 escort
AP 17 3 February 1943 11 February 1943 3 1 escort
AP 18 8 February 1943 15 February 1943 4 3 escorts
AP 19 14 February 1943 21 February 1943 5
AP 20 22 February 1943 1 March 1943 2 1 escort
AP 21 25 February 1943 4 March 1943 2
AP 22 1 March 1943 10 March 1943 4 1 escort
AP 23 8 March 1943 15 March 1943 5 1 escort
AP 24 13 March 1943 19 March 1943 4 1 escort
AP 25 19 March 1943 Not listed 3 1 escort
AP 26 26 March 1943 2 April 1943 5 1 escort
AP 27 2 April 1943 8 April 1943 4 1 escort
AP 28 11 April 1943 18 April 1943 6 1 escort
AP 29 17 April 1943 Not listed 3 1 escort
AP 30 13 May 1943 19 May 1943 3 1 escort
AP 31 18 May 1943 25 May 1943 2 1 escort
AP 31A 23 May 1943 Not listed 0 1 escort
AP 32 2 June 1943 8 June 1943 3 1 escort
AP 33 13 June 1943 19 June 1943 5 2 escorts
AP 34 21 June 1943 28 June 1943 18 2 escorts
AP 35 18 June 1943 Not listed 1 1 escort
AP 35A 7 July 1943 13 July 1943 6 2 escorts
AP 36 14 July 1943 20 July 1943 2 1 escort
AP 37 21 July 1943 26 July 1943 4 2 escorts
AP 38 31 July 1943 5 August 1943 2 2 escorts
AP 39 8 August 1943 Not listed 4 2 escorts
AP 40 15 August 1943 22 August 1943 4 1 escort
AP 41 17 August 1943 23 August 1943 9 1 escort
AP 42 22 August 1943 Not listed 6 2 escorts
AP 43 31 August 1943 6 September 1943 13 2 escorts
AP 44 8 September 1943 14 September 1943 6 1 escort
AP 45 15 September 1943 21 September 1943 3 2 escorts
AP 46 24 September 1943 30 September 1943 7 2 escorts
AP 47 3 October 1943 Not listed 9 2 escorts
AP 48 9 October 1943 16 October 1943 7 3 escorts
AP 49 18 October 1943 25 October 1943 13 2 escorts
AP 50 25 October 1943 3 November 1943 15 3 escorts
AP 51 2 November 1943 10 November 1943 17 2 escorts
AP 52 10 November 1943 17 November 1943 21 2 escorts
AP 53 19 November 1943 26 November 1943 18 2 escorts
AP 54 26 November 1943 3 December 1943 5 2 escorts
AP 55 6 December 1943 14 December 1943 16 3 escorts
AP 56 13 December 1943 20 December 1943 20 3 escorts

1944[1]Edit

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 57 5 January 1944 12 January 1944 6 2 escorts
AP 58 13 January 1944 20 January 1944 20 2 escorts
AP 59 30 January 1944 6 February 1944 2 2 escorts
AP 60 7 February 1944 14 February 1944 11 3 escorts
AP 61 15 February 1944 23 February 1944 5 1 escort
AP 62 24 February 1944 3 March 1944 12 2 escorts
AP 63 2 March 1944 10 March 1944 17 3 escorts
AP 64 10 March 1944 17 March 1944 12 3 escorts
AP 65 20 March 1944 27 March 1944 12 2 escorts
AP 66 29 March 1944 5 April 1944 8 4 escorts
AP 67 4 April 1944 10 April 1944 2 2 escorts
AP 68 11 April 1944 18 April 1944 14 2 escorts
AP 69 20 April 1944 26 April 1944 15 2 escorts
AP 70 5 May 1944 11 May 1944 2 1 escort
AP 71 28 May 1944 3 June 1944 2 1 escort
AP 72 16 June 1944 23 June 1944 23 5 escorts
AP 73 26 June 1944 3 July 1944 29 4 escorts
AP 73A 14 July 1944 19 July 1944 1 2 escorts
AP 73B 5 August 1944 11 August 1944 1 2 escorts
AP 73C 14 August 1944 20 August 1944 1 1 escort
AP 74 8 September 1944 14 September 1944 14 2 escorts
AP 74A 16 September 1944 22 September 1944 1 2 escorts
AP 74B 10 December 1944 16 December 1944 0 1 escort
AP 75 8 November 1944 14 November 1944 2 2 escorts
AP 75A 13 December 1944 17 December 1944 1 1 escort

1945[1]Edit

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 75B 5 January 1945 10 January 1945 1 1 escort
AP 75C 26 January 1945 1 February 1945 1 1 escort

Other AP convoys ListEdit

1940[1]Edit

In September 1940, there were a series of convoys starting in Liverpool, and traveling to Suez, via Cape Town, and Aden, labeled AP.[1]

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 1 22 August 1940 23 September 1940 3 6 escorts
AP 2 22 August 1942 26 September 1942 2 5 escorts
AP 3 10 September 1942 22 October 1942 10 17 escorts
AP 3A 11 October 1942 26 October 1940 1 5 escorts, originated in Durban

In April 1940, one convoy, starting in Leith, travelling to Norway, was labeled AP. It lost one ship, Cedarbank, to U-26, on 21 April 1940.

Convoy Departure
Date
Arrival
Date
No.of Merchant Ships Notes
AP 1 22 August 1940 23 September 1940 3 6 escorts, 1 ship lost

NotesEdit

Citations

BibliographyEdit

Books
  • Arnold Hague (2000). The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945. ISBN 1-86176-147-3. 
  • Rohwer, J. & Hummelchen, G. (1992). Chronology of the War at Sea 1939-1945. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-105-X. 
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (1968). U.S. Warships of World War II. Doubleday and Company. 
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