Allied Warships

HMS Spey (K 246)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 246 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Feb 1941 
Laid down18 Jul 1941 
Launched18 Dec 1941 
Commissioned19 May 1942 
End service 
History

Sold to the Egyptian Navy November 1948 and renamed Rashid.

 

Commands listed for HMS Spey (K 246)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Humphry Gilbert Boys-Smith, DSO, RD, RNR25 Mar 194230 Aug 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Andrew Rogers, RD, RNR30 Aug 19436 Jan 1944
3Lt. John Charles Mackintosh Keir, RNR6 Jan 194412 Aug 1944
4T/Lt.Cdr. Aislabie Harrison, RNR12 Aug 19441 Apr 1945
5Lt. Michael Elijah Impey, DSO, DSC, RN1 Apr 1945mid 1945
6Lt. John Charles Mackintosh Keir, DSC, RNRmid 1945Oct 1945

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Noteable events involving Spey include:


11 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-136 was sunk in the Atlantic west of Madeira, Portugal, in position 33°30'N, 22°52'W by the Free French destroyer Leopard (Lt.Cdr. Richard), the British frigate HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN).

29 Mar 1943
The British merchant Empire Whale is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-662 about 425 nautical miles north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 46°44'N, 16°38'W. HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RNR) picks up 10 survivors.

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

18 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-406 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°32'N, 23°36'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey.

19 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-386 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°51'N, 22°44'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Spey.


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