HMS Phoebe (43)
Light cruiser of the Dido class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Ordered||20 Mar 1937|
|Laid down||2 Sep 1937|
|Launched||25 Mar 1939|
|Commissioned||27 Sep 1940|
|End service||14 Mar 1951|
Adopted by the people of Bournemouth during Warships Week.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Phoebe|
Commands listed for HMS Phoebe (43)
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|1||Capt. Guy Grantham, RN||10 Jun 1940||Sep 1941|
|2||Cdr. Frank Arthur Ballance, RN||Sep 1941||11 Mar 1942|
|3||Capt. Charles Peter Frend, RN||11 Mar 1942||24 Jun 1944|
|4||Capt. Sidney Moffat Raw, RN||24 Jun 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Phoebe include:
23 Oct 1942
HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) was torpedoed by U-161 off the Congo Estuary, while on passage to French Equatorial Africa. Her route was from Simonstown to Freetown, but the ship had to refuel at Pointe Noire. Two U-boats (U-161 and U-126) were patrolling that area by the time. After the hit, a corvette coming up from the harbour prevented the U-boat to finish off the cruiser. About 60 crew members were killed (and three more from malaria in the following days). After provisional repairs, Phoebe made to New York for definite repairs. It was an outstanding deed to go 10.000 miles with a hole 60' by 30' in size. The repairs were not completed until June 1943. (1)
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