HMS Ladybird (T 58)
River gunboat of the Insect class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Lobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)|
|Ordered||9 Feb 1915|
|Launched||12 Apr 1916|
|Commissioned||26 Apr 1916|
|Lost||12 May 1941|
Sunk off Tobruk by German aircraft.
Commands listed for HMS Ladybird (T 58)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Robert Sydney Stafford, RN||15 Mar 1938||11 Jan 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Fulford Blackburn, RN||11 Jan 1940||12 May 1941|
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Notable events involving Ladybird include:
25 Feb 1941
HMS Parthian (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN) acted as a beacon to guide the ships in that participated in operation 'Abstention'.
A raiding party of 200 commando's was landed by destroyers HMS Decoy (Cdr. E.G. McGregor, DSO, RN) and HMS Hereward (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN). Gunboat HMS Ladybird (Lt.Cdr. (retired) J.F. Blackburn, RN) landed Royal Marines. However the operation was a failure as Italian forces led by Admiral Biancheri reacted with vigour and retook the island. (1)
- ADM 199/1832
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.