Allied Warships

HMS Musketeer (G 86)

Destroyer of the M class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 86 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Laid down7 Dec 1939 
Launched2 Dec 1941 
Commissioned18 Sep 1942 
End service 

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 6 December 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Musketeer (G 86)

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1Cdr. Donald Thorn Dowler, DSC, RN16 Jun 1942Dec 1942
2Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, DSC, RNDec 19426 Oct 1943
3Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, OBE, RN6 Oct 194320 Feb 1945
4Cdr. Geoffrey Mainwaring Sladen, DSO, DSC, RN20 Feb 1945Aug 1945
5Cdr. Robert Marriott Aubrey, DSC, RNAug 19454 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Musketeer include:

8 Oct 1943
HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, DSO, RN) picks up 44 survivors from the Polish destroyer ORP Orkan that was torpedoed and sunk south-west of Iceland in position 56°30'N, 26°26'W by German U-boat U-378.

8 Oct 1943
44 survivors picked up by Musketeer from the Polish warship sunk by u-378 of Iceland. There were four Medals awarded for bravely to the crew of the Musketeer by the Polish Government. Two officers and two ratings went over the side into the Arctic water to save the 44 Polish sailors. They were awarded "the Polish Cross of Merit with Cross Swords" my Brother was one, A.B. Ken Carman. (1)

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