HMS Genista (K 200)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||8 Apr 1940|
|Laid down||15 Feb 1941|
|Launched||24 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||8 Dec 1941|
Sold in 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Genista (K 200)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Robert Martin Pattinson, DSC, RNR||18 Nov 1941||early 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Roger Leigh-Wood, RNVR||early 1943||25 Aug 1944|
|3||Lt. Thomas George Radford, RNR||25 Aug 1944||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Genista include:
19 Nov 1942
The British tanker Scottish Chief is torpedoed and sunk about 200 nautical miles east-south-east of Durban, South Africa in position 30°39'S, 34°41'E by German U-boat U-177. HMS Jasmine (Lt.Cdr. C.D.B. Coventry, (retired), RNR) later picks up 5 survivors and HMS Genista (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Pattinson, DSC, RNR) later pick up 7 survivors.
27 Feb 1943
The Dutch submarine tender Colombia (Cdr. J.L.K. Hoeke) was en route from New London to Simonstown to dock, escorted by the British corvette HMS Genista (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Pattinson, DSC, RNR) and several RAF aircraft. At 11.41 hours on 27 February 1943 German U-boat U-516 fired a spread of three torpedoes from a distance of 1500 metres on a ship near Simonstown, which was identified as a passenger-cargo ship of the Blue Star Line of 10.000 tons. Four minutes later, one torpedo struck the Colombia at #2 hold, just before the bridge and a large column of water arose beside the ship, while the deck planks were thrown in all directions. All hands immediately abandoned ship, apparently without any casualties and the ship sank after ten minutes. A headcount showed that eight men were missing. Almost 60 survivors in one whaleboat were picked up by a RAF air-sea-rescue launch. The corvette initially launched a counter-attack, but she returned soon and picked up the remaining survivors.