HMS Stork (L 81 / U 81)
Sloop of the Bittern class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 81 / U 81|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 May 1935|
|Laid down||19 Jun 1935|
|Launched||21 Apr 1936|
|Commissioned||10 Sep 1936|
Scrapped in June 1958.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Stork|
Commands listed for HMS Stork (L 81 / U 81)
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|1||Cdr. Alfred Charles Behague, RN||4 Sep 1939||Nov 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Peter Vaughan James, RN||26 Nov 1939|
|3||Lt. Gordon Thomas Seccombe Gray, RN||Nov 1940||Sep 1941|
|4||Cdr. Frederick John Walker, RN||Sep 1941||1 Aug 1942|
|5||Cdr. Godfrey Noel Brewer, RN||1 Aug 1942||Feb 1943|
|6||Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, RN||28 Apr 1943||10 Jul 1944|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Donald Emberton Mansfield, RN||13 Jul 1944||27 Nov 1945|
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Noteable 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).