Allied Warships

HMS Ladybird (T 58)

River gunboat of the Insect class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeRiver gunboat
PennantT 58 
Built byLobnitz & Co. Ltd. (Renfrew, Scotland)  
Ordered9 Feb 1915 
Laid down 
Launched12 Apr 1916 
Commissioned26 Apr 1916 
Lost12 May 1941 

Sunk off Tobruk by German aircraft.


Commands listed for HMS Ladybird (T 58)

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1Lt.Cdr. Robert Sydney Stafford, RN15 Mar 193811 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Fulford Blackburn, RN11 Jan 194012 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)


  1. ADM 199/1832

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

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