Allied Warships

HMS Prince Leopold (4.251)

Landing Ship Infantry


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NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLanding Ship Infantry
Class[No specific class] 
Pennant4.251 
Built byCockerill (Hoboken, Belgium) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched30 Nov 1929 
Commissioned 1941 
Lost29 Jul 1944 
History

Completed as passenger ship Prince Leopold in July 1930.
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 22 September 1940 and converted to an LSI(S).
Displacement: 2950 tons.
Lenght: 360 feet
Complement: 207
Machinery: 6 Boilers, 2 shafts, geared steam turbines, SHP 15400 = 24 knots.
Armament: 2 12pdr AA guns (2x1), 2 2pdr AA (2x1), 6 20mm AA (6x1)
Carried 8 LCA's/LCS(M)'s or LCP(L)'s and 250 troops

Torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel in position 50.19'N, 00.53'W by the German submarine U-621 on 29 July 1944. 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 29 Jul 1944 by U-621 (Stuckmann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Prince Leopold

Commands listed for HMS Prince Leopold (4.251)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Snowdon Byles, RD, RNR4 Jan 194120 Dec 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Alverdus Lowe, DSO, DSC, RNR20 Dec 194229 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Prince Leopold include:


23 Dec 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 11th war patrol. She was part of Operation Archery, a commando raid on Vågsøy, Norway. Tuna was to act as navigational beacon for the surface ships involved in this operation.

The raid on Vågsøy was carried out by the British Light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Burrough, RN), the British destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and the landing ships Prince Charles (A/Cdr. W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN) and Prince Leopold (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Byles, RD, RNR). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 199/1844

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


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