Allied Warships

HMS Stork (L 81 / U 81)

Sloop of the Bittern class

HMS Stork as seen during the Second World War.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 81 / U 81 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered1 May 1935 
Laid down19 Jun 1935 
Launched21 Apr 1936 
Commissioned10 Sep 1936 
End service 

Scrapped in June 1958.


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 12 Nov 1942 by U-77 (Hartmann).

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Commands listed for HMS Stork (L 81 / U 81)

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1Cdr. Alfred Charles Behague, RN4 Sep 1939Nov 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Peter Vaughan James, RN26 Nov 1939

3Lt. Gordon Thomas Seccombe Gray, RNNov 1940Sep 1941
4Cdr. Frederick John Walker, RNSep 19411 Aug 1942
5Cdr. Godfrey Noel Brewer, RN1 Aug 1942Feb 1943

6Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, RN28 Apr 194310 Jul 1944
7Lt.Cdr. Donald Emberton Mansfield, RN13 Jul 194427 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Stork include:

17 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-131 was sunk north-east of Madeira, Portugal, in position 34°12'N, 13°35'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Blankney(Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSC, RN), the British destroyer HMS Stanley (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Shaw, OBE, RN), the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, RNR (retired)) and the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, RN), and by depth charges from a Martlet aircraft (Sqdn. 802) of the British escort carrier HMS Audacity (Cdr. D.W. Mackendrick, RN).

19 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-574 was sunk in the North Atlantic near Punta Delgada, in position 38°12'N, 17°23'W, by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, RN).

HMS Stork also picks up 14 survivors from the British merchant Ruckinge that was torpedoed and damaged, finally sunk by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Samphire (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Renny, RNR), by German U-boat U-108 west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 38°20'N, 17°15'W.

14 Apr 1942
German U-boat U-252 was sunk at 2230hrs on 14 April 1942 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in approximate position 47°00'N, 18°14'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN) and the British corvette HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR).

30 Aug 1943
German U-boat U-634 was sunk in the North Atlantic east of the Azores, in position 40°13'N, 19°24'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. G.W.E. Castens, (retired), RN) and the British corvette HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR).

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