Allied Warships

HMS Spiraea (K 08)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 08 
Built byA & J Inglis Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) : Kincaid 
Ordered21 Sep 1939 
Laid down31 May 1940 
Launched31 Oct 1940 
Commissioned27 Feb 1941 
End service 

Sold in August 1945.
Became the merchantile Thessalonika in 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Spiraea (K 08)

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1T/Lt. Louis Clifford Head, RNVR19 Dec 194022 Nov 1941
2T/Lt. Ronald William Tretheway, RNR22 Nov 1941early 1942

3Lt.Cdr. Robert Stevenson Miller, DSC, RNR14 Apr 194220 Feb 1943
4Lt. Alan Henry Pierce, OBE, RNR20 Feb 1943Nov 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Howard Dudley Reid, RANVR29 Nov 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Spiraea include:

13 Mar 1943
HMS Spiraea (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR) picks up four survivors from the British merchant Oporto and the sole survivor from the Dutch merchant Sembilangan that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 in the convoy OS-44 190 nautical miles west of Cape Finisterre in position 42°45'N, 13°31'W.

1 Oct 1943
HMS Spiraea (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt. G. Lanning, RANVR) together pick up 68 survivors from the British merchant Fort Howe that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-410 east of Bougie in position 37°19'N, 06°40'E.

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