1 Dec 1920

United Kingdom
  • Bruce Fraser greeted officers returning from Soviet captivity at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Bruce Fraser | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
24 Mar 1921

United Kingdom
  • Carrier Eagle underwent a reconstruction at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Eagle | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
28 May 1925

United Kingdom
17 Jun 1925

United Kingdom
23 Sep 1930

United Kingdom
29 Sep 1930

United Kingdom
  • HMS Hermes departed Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom for Sheerness in Kent, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Hermes | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
12 Nov 1930

United Kingdom
24 Sep 1931

United Kingdom
  • The keel of HMS Neptune was laid down at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Neptune | Portsmouth, England | AC]
31 Jan 1933

United Kingdom
26 Jun 1933

United Kingdom
  • The keel of HMS Amphion was laid down at the Royal Dockyard in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Perth | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
18 Nov 1934

United Kingdom
12 Jul 1935

United Kingdom
  • Aging Australian cruiser HMAS Brisbane arrived in Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom with a crew for operating the future cruiser HMAS Sydney (currently HMS Phaeton). ww2dbase [Sydney | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
29 Jun 1938

United Kingdom
  • British cruiser HMS Amphion was recommissioned as Australian cruiser HMAS Perth at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Perth | Portsmouth, England | CPC]
22 Jun 1940

United Kingdom
  • The British motor yacht Campeador V (FY002) was requisitioned for war service on harbour patrol duties at hire rate £60.0.0d per month. She was sunk after activating a magnetic mine just south of Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. 20 people lost their lives; two crew members were picked up. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | Portsmouth, England | HM]
30 Jul 1940

United Kingdom
  • The 5,183-ton merchant steamer Umvoti, built in 1903, was taken of of service and scuttled at the entrance to Portsmouth harbour in southern Britain. The ship was subsequently cut in half and the two halves were moved to East Sands where in 1944 the wreck was broken up. ww2dbase [Portsmouth, England | HM]
6 Sep 1940

United Kingdom
  • Successful tests of the "Plastic Armour" devised by lawyer Edward Terrell were conducted at the Royal Navy gunnery school, HMS Excellent. The trials of this material which consisted of a mastic asphalt and hard granite mix on a steel plate would result in a directive being issued that the bridge and gun positions on merchant ships (and subsequently, in December, for naval ships) should be protected with the new material to deflect bullets. Terrell would later receive an award of £9,500 from the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors for this protective material. ww2dbase [Portsmouth, England | AC]
18 Jan 1941

United Kingdom
  • British destroyer HMS Castleton was damaged by German bombing while under repair at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Portsmouth, England | CPC]
27 May 1942

United Kingdom
  • A German Ju 87 Stuka aircraft sank British anti-submarine trawler HMT Arctic Pioneer off Portsmouth Harbour, England, United Kingdom; 18 were killed, 16 survived. ww2dbase [Portsmouth, England | CPC]
20 Aug 1942

United Kingdom
25 Sep 1942

United Kingdom
7 Jun 1944

United Kingdom
  • HMS Rodney collided with LCT 427 off Portsmouth, England, slicing the LCT in half and killing all 13 British Royal Navy personnel aboard the LCT. ww2dbase [Rodney | Portsmouth, England | CPC, DS]
14 Jul 1944

United Kingdom
  • Heinkel aircraft of III/KG3 flew 23 sorties to launch V-1 bombs against Southampton, England, United Kingdom during the night. Most missed the City or were shot down but night fighters. However, one came down on Newcomen Road in Portsmouth killing 15 and another killed all members of a family that had fled London and were staying with friends in the small village of Goodworth Clatford. ww2dbase [V-Weapons Campaign | Vergeltungswaffe 1 | Portsmouth, England | HM]
1 Mar 1962

United Kingdom
15 May 1969

United Kingdom
  • USS Wasp arrived at Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom and participated in a NATO naval review presided by Queen Elizabeth and her consort Prince Philip. ww2dbase [Wasp (Essex-class) | Portsmouth, England | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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