- Dec 2011
True but we still tried to use carriers on anti-submarine sweeps until the loss of the Courageous.Resisted by who?
For 3 whole days?
The first full day of the war was Sept 4, 1939
(UK declared war on the afternoon of the 3rd)
The first convoy "OB-1" left Liverpool on the morning of Sept 7, 1939
So within days of war being declared, the RN began escorting convoys.
The initial OB convoys didn't go al the way to Newfoundland, but only to about 750 nautical miles west of Ireland, beyond the range of expected U-boat attacks. By 1940 they were conveyed all the way across the Atlantic
ConvoyWeb - Arnold Hague Database - OB convoys