HMS Salamander (J 86)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||5 Feb 1935|
|Laid down||18 Apr 1935|
|Launched||24 Mar 1936|
|Commissioned||18 Jul 1936|
HMS Salamander (T/Lt. Roy Hawthornthwaite, RNVR) was accidentally attacked and heavily damaged by allied aircraft off Le Havre, France in position 49º41'N, 00º05'E on 27 August 1944.
HMS Salamander is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List
Declared a CTL and sold on 15 December 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Salamander (J 86)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Lionel James Spencer Ede, RN||20 Aug 1939||22 Jan 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Wilfrid Alan Cooke, RN||22 Jan 1941||late 1941|
|3||Lt. Wilfred Reginald Muttram, RN||late 1941||29 Oct 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Roger Stannard Cameron, RNZNVR||29 Oct 1943||26 Jan 1944|
|5||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick George Dawson, DSC, RNR||26 Jan 1944||early 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Graham King, RNVR||early 1944||5 Aug 1944|
|7||T/Lt. Roy Hawthornthwaite, RNVR||5 Aug 1944||1 Oct 1944|
|8||T/Lt Henry Allan Nicholson, RNVR||1 Oct 1944||late 1944|
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Noteable events involving Salamander include:
5 Jul 1942
HMS Salamander (Lt. W.R. Muttram, RN) picks 54 survivors from the damaged British tanker RFA Aldersdale that was bombed and heavily damaged by German Ju88 aircraft of III./KG 30 in the Barents Sea north of the Kola Peninsula.
The abandoned Aldersdale was finally sunk two days later by German U-boat U-457 in approximate position 75°00'N, 45°00'E.
27 Aug 1944
HMS Salamander (Lt. R.R. Hawthornthwaite, RNVR) together with HMS Britomart (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Galvin, DSC, RNR), HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. Nash, MBE, RNR) and HMS Jason (Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC and Bar, RN) was mistakenly fired upon by RAF Typhoons off Cap d'Antifer near Le Havre on Sunday 27 August 1944. An Arctic veteran - she was badly damaged astern and never saw service again.