Allied Warships

HMS Southern Flower (FY 332)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 332 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched18 Jul 1928 
CommissionedAug 1940 
Lost3 Mar 1945 
Loss position64° 05'N, 23° 15'W

Completed in October 1928.
Whaler of Southern Whaling & Sealing Co. Ltd., Stanley, Falkland Islands, requisitioned by the Admiralty in March 1940.
Displacement: 328 tons.

On 3 March 1945, HMS Southern Flower (Skipper George William Brown, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-1022 off Reykjavik, Iceland in position 64º05'N, 23º15'W. (25 dead, 1 survivor, the Commanding Officer)


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 3 Mar 1945 by U-1022 (Ernst).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Southern Flower

Commands listed for HMS Southern Flower (FY 332)

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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.

1Skr. John Coxall, RNR22 Aug 19409 Aug 1941
2Skr. John Baxter, RNR9 Aug 194121 Dec 1942
3Skr. Herbert Clarke, RNR21 Dec 1942May 1944
4Skr. George William Brown, RNRMay 19443 Mar 1945

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Notable events involving Southern Flower include:

29 Sep 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.V. Prowse, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Southern Flower (Skr. J. Coxall, RNR, RNR) and HMS Terje 5 (Skr. C. Hodson, RNR).

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