HMS Spey (K 246)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Ordered||11 Feb 1941|
|Laid down||18 Jul 1941|
|Launched||18 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||19 May 1942|
Sold to the Egyptian Navy November 1948 and renamed Rashid.
Commands listed for HMS Spey (K 246)
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|1||Cdr. Humphry Gilbert Boys-Smith, DSO, RD, RNR||25 Mar 1942||30 Aug 1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Andrew Rogers, RD, RNR||30 Aug 1943||6 Jan 1944|
|3||Lt. John Charles Mackintosh Keir, RNR||6 Jan 1944||12 Aug 1944|
|4||T/Lt.Cdr. Aislabie Harrison, RNR||12 Aug 1944||1 Apr 1945|
|5||Lt. Michael Elijah Impey, DSO, DSC, RN||1 Apr 1945||mid 1945|
|6||Lt. John Charles Mackintosh Keir, DSC, RNR||mid 1945||Oct 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). (see map)
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.