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One of her crew, who served from her commissioning at Palmer's Yard, Hebburn, in August 1939, until December 1940, Horace Hardy, wrote: "During this period, Kelly was involved in the rescue of survivors from HMS Courageous in the Western approaches, suffered heavy storm damage in the North Atlantic while searching for the City of Flint merchant ship, captured by the Germans and heading towards Germany with a prize crew.
Switching to the Fleet Air Arm, he flew Swordfish torpedo bombers and was aboard HMS Courageous when she was torpedoed off Ireland in 1939, the first carrier to be lost in WWII.
SEPTEMBER 17 - Aircraft carrier HMS Courageous sunk.