Allied Warships

HMS Arbutus (i) (K 86)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 86 
Built byBlyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Clark 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down30 Nov 1939 
Launched5 Jun 1940 
Commissioned12 Oct 1940 
Lost5 Feb 1942 
Loss position55° 05'N, 19° 43'W

HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. Arhur Lionel Waldegrave Warren, DSC, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-136 in the North Atlantic about 340 nautical miles west-north-west of Erris Head, Ireland in position 55º05'N, 19º43'W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 5 Feb 1942 by U-136 (Zimmermann).

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Commands listed for HMS Arbutus (i) (K 86)

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1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Lloyd-Williams, RNVR10 Aug 1940Mar 1941
2T/Lt. Arhur Lionel Waldegrave Warren, RNRMar 19415 Feb 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Arbutus (i) include:

7 Mar 1941
German U-boat U-70 was sunk south-east of Iceland, in position 60°15'N, 14°00'W, by British corvettes HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmott, RNR) and HMS Arbutus (Lt.Cdr. H. Lloyd-Williams, RNVR).

5 Apr 1941
HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) picks up 48 survivors from the British merchant Athenic that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-76 south-southwest of Reykjavik, Iceland in position 58°32'N, 20°13'W.

5 Apr 1941
HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) picks up 42 survivors from German U-boat U-76 that was sunk by HMS Wolverine and HMS Scarborough south of Iceland in position 58°35'N, 20°20'W.

12 Jun 1941
The British merchant Chinese Prince is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 south of Rockall in position 56°12'N, 14°18'W. 18 survivors are later picked up by the British corvettes HMS Arbutus (T/Lt. A.L.W. Warren, RNR) and HMS Pimpernel (Lt. F.H. Thornton, RNR).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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