APPENDIX B1 - W/T CONVOY ORDERS
This is a transcript of an actual W/T order for ships in convoy ON296. Here, each escort ship is assigned a radio call and some specific orders.
SECRET - CONVOY ON 296
DATE: 11th April, 1945
RADIO DISTINGUISHING GROUP: LOVE JIG.
|SCREEN POS'N||R/T CALLSIGNS||W/T CALL
|SEA CLIFF||4||344||CHARLIE||HOW||Finguard||Recast||Saddle Back||RUI|
|1) KOKANEE - main guard on Port wave in Coastal Waters. SEA CLIFF
is to take calls missed by KOKANEE.
(2) SEA CLIFF to guard 15th Group Recco on HF/DF set as requisite.
(3) BN - SEA CLIFF to guard from 30 deg West to 37 deg West
(4) L - ST THOMAS guard from 23 deg West to 30 deg West.
(5) 500 kc/s - KOKANEE throughout.
(6) AZORES Port Wave as requisite RIVIERE DU LOUP.
1. A/C homing will be carried out by H.M.C.S. ST. THOMAS. Senior Officer will take over upon R/T communication being established. H.M.C.S. "ST. THOMAS" is to confirm receipt of the signal ordering homing by V/S or TBS to Senior Officer. TBS/TBY routing tests at 0900, 1800 and 2400 daily, Senior Officer controlling. TBY watch may be ordered at other times by the use of the code word "VODKA". Constant TBS watch is kept by the S.O. (E). 2. G.C.O. Art. 22 H.M.C.S. STELLARTON. (Merchant Ships not concerned).
3. In order to avoid confusion between "Finguard" and "Misguide", RIVIERE DU LOOP will use the call sign "TICKET" from 10 degrees West until Westomp, unless otherwise ordered.
4. Reference G.C.O. Art.3, S.O. (E) will be responsible for the ship or ships astern. However, where support groups are stationed astern as part of the close or outer screen, the wing ships of our Group are to pass to adjacent ship of support force.