Allied Warships

HMS Falk (FY 789)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 789 
Built byFramnæs mekaniske Værksted (Sandefjord, Norway) 
Laid down 
CommissionedMar 1941 
End service 

Completed in September 1937.
Norwegian whaler of A/S Ornen (Thor Dahl), Sandefjord, Norway taken over by the Admiralty in November 1940.
Displacement: 305 tons.

Returned to owner in October 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Falk (FY 789)

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1A/S.Lt. Neville Harold Mangnall, RNVRMar 194127 May 1941
2Lt. Henry Scott Upperton, RNR27 May 1941mid 1942
3S.Lt. Neville Harold Mangnall, RNVRmid 194215 Jan 1943
4T/Lt. William Metcalfe, RNVR15 Jan 194325 Jun 1944
5T/Lt. Alan Richard Arthur Marshall, RNVR25 Jun 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Falk include:

5 Nov 1941
The A/S whaler HMS KOS XIX / Cocker (Lt. L.H. Davies, RNR) sighted a periscope about 32 nautical miles west of Alexandria at 2220/5.

A hunt was started and she was joined by the corvette HMS Snapdragon (T/Lt. P.H. Potter, RNR), A/S whaler HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and the A/S motor boat HMS MA/SB 2.

Destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) was sent from Alexandria to assist. She already sailed at 2325/5.

Two more destroyers, HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, RN), joined in the morning 6th. They had sailed at 0900/6 and 1000/6 respectively.

The destroyers were recalled to harbour at 1800 and arrived later in the evening. No contact had been obtained.

As an oil slick was sighted in the area of the hunt on the 7th the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair-Ford, RN) were sent to hunt in the area again. They departed Alexandria at 1200 and 1400 hours respectively.

The search continued during the night of 7/8 November. HMS Encounter joined the destroyers in the morning. She sailed from Alexandria at 0815/8.

The hunt was however soon abandoned as no contact could be obtained and and the three destroyers then escorted the light cruiser HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) during a practice bombardment at Aboukir. HMS Neptune had departed Alexandria at 1000/8.

Following the exercise HMS Neptune immediately returned to Alexandria arriving at 1630/8.

HMS Encounter, HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling returned to Alexandria at 1015/9 having remained outside on patrol for another night. (1)

4 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Klo (Lt. M.C. English, RNR) and HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR). (2)

14 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(ret.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Gloxinia (Lt. A.F. Harkness, DSC, RNR), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN), HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN), HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and HMS Klo (Lt. M.C. English, RNR). HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) (2)


  1. ADM 53/115216 + ADM 199/415
  2. ADM 173/17330

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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