Allied Warships

HMS Cromer (J 128)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBangor 
PennantJ 128 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down16 May 1940 
Launched7 Oct 1940 
Commissioned4 Apr 1941 
Lost9 Nov 1942 
Loss position31° 26'N, 27° 16'E
History

HMS Cromer (Cdr. Robert Hearfield Stephenson, DSO, RN) was mined and sunk off Mersa Matruh, Egypt in position 31º26'N, 27º16'E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Cromer (J 128)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Edward Coles, RNR10 Mar 19411 Jul 1941
2Cdr. (retired) Robert Henry Vivian Sivewright, RN1 Jul 194126 Aug 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Frank Ythel Bethell, RN26 Aug 194124 Oct 1941
4Cdr. Robert Hearfield Stephenson, RN24 Oct 19419 Nov 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Cromer include:


9 Nov 1942
HMS Cromer (Cdr R.H. Stephenson, DSC, RN) sailed from Alexandria with 2 other units of the 14 Minesweeping Flotilla HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR) to clear the route for a coastal convoy heading for Bardia.
At position 31°27'N, 27°16'E, 46 nautical miles west of Marsa Matruh, Cromer detonated a magnetic mine from Italian barrage "MM", laid in the area on 7 August 1942 by the destroyers Antonio Pigafetta (Capt. Enrico Mirti della Valle) and Giovanni da Verazzano (Cdr. Carlo Rossi).


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