Allied Warships

HMS Orchis (K 76)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 76 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down18 Jun 1940 
Launched15 Oct 1940 
Commissioned29 Nov 1940 
Lost21 Aug 1944 

On 21 August 1944 HMS Orchis (A/T/Lt.Cdr. Bryan Webster Harris, DSC, RNVR) is severely damaged by a mine, and beached off 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, and subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss (CTL).


Commands listed for HMS Orchis (K 76)

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1Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR12 Nov 194017 May 1941
2T/Lt. Henry Vernon, RNR17 May 19415 Oct 1941
3Lt. Charles Edmund Keene, RCNVR5 Oct 1941late 1941
4Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNRlate 194116 Mar 1943
5T/Lt. Eric David Arthur Dyer, RCNVR16 Mar 194320 Oct 1943
6T/Lt. Bryan Webster Harris, RNVR20 Oct 1943late 1944

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Notable events involving Orchis include:

6 May 1941
HMS Orchis (Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) picks up survivors from the British armed boarding vessel HMS Camito that was torpedoed the previous day by German U-boat U-97 in position 50°40'N, 21°30'W.

15 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-741 was sunk in the English Channel north-west of Le Havre, in position 50°20'84"N, 00°34'68"W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Orchis (A/T/Lt.Cdr. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR).

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