Allied Warships

HMS La Malouine (K 46)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 46 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down13 Nov 1939 
Launched21 Mar 1940 
Commissioned29 Jul 1940 
End service 
History

Laid down as La Malouine for the French Navy, but completed as HMS La Malouine for the Royal Navy after France was invaded by Germany.

HMS La Malouine is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Scrapped at Galleswick Bay on 22 May 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS La Malouine (K 46)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Ronald William Keymer, RN5 Aug 19403 Jul 1941
2T/Lt. Vivian Dickinson Hamlin Bidwell, RNR3 Jul 194110 May 1943
3Lt. William Arthur Ives, RNR10 May 194320 Sep 1944
4T/Lt. Christopher Pawley, RNVR20 Sep 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving La Malouine include:


22 Sep 1940
HMS La Malouine (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Keymer, RN) picks up 62 survivors from the British merchant Canonesa that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-100 about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 54°55'N, 18°25'W.

HMS La Malouine also picks up 48 survivors from the British merchant Dalcairn that was also sunk by U-100 but in position 55°00'N, 19°00'W.

HMS La Malouine also picks up 32 survivors from the British tanker Frederick S. Fales that was also sunk by U-100 but in position 55°30'N, 13°40'W.

23 Sep 1940
HMS La Malouine (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Keymer, RN) picks up 4 survivors from the British merchant Empire Airman that was torpedoed and damaged the previous day by German U-boat U-100 about 340 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 54°00'N, 18°00'W. The Empire Airman sank while under tow in position 55°11'N, 15°07'W.

5 Aug 1941
HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up 59 survivors from the British merchant Kumasian that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-74 west of Ireland in position 53°26'N, 15°40'W.

9 Jul 1942
HMS La Malouine (Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up 30 survivors from the American merchant John Witherspoon that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-255 about 20 nautical miles from the shore of Novaya Zemlya in position 72°05'N, 48°30'E.

2 Apr 1943
HMS La Malouine (Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) picks up survivors from the British merchant Katha that was torpedoed by German U-boat U-124 and sunk about 320 nautical miles west of Oporto, Portugal in position 41°02'N, 15°39'W.

16 Apr 1944
HMS La Malouine (Lt. W.A. Ives, RNR) picks up 72 survivors from the American merchant Meyer London that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-407 about 17 nautical miles off Derna in position 32°51'N, 23°00'E.


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