Allied Warships

HMS Mistral

Destroyer of the Bourrasque class

NavyThe Royal Navy
Built byF.&Ch de la Mediterranee (La Seyne, France) 
Laid down28 Nov 1923 
Launched6 Jun 1925 
Commissioned6 Jul 1940 
End service 
HistoryCaptured by the British at Plymouth on 3 July 1940.
Returned to mainland France by her Britsh crew on 25 August 1945.
Stricken 17 February 1950. 

Commands listed for HMS Mistral

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1Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN6 Jul 194022 Sep 1940
2Lt. Charles Edward Stuart Basil St. George Beal, RN22 Sep 194022 Oct 1940
3Cdr. Claude Henry Brooks, RAN22 Oct 194019 Mar 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Gerald Donald Anderson, RN19 Mar 1941Jan 1942
5Lt. Roland Maurice Roberts, RNRJan 19425 Feb 1942
6Lt. Sidney John Parsons, DSC, RN5 Feb 19429 Feb 1942
7A/Cdr. (retired) Christopher Montague Vernon Francis Dalrymple-Hay, RN9 Feb 1942Dec 1942

8Lt. John Humphrey Michael Sowry, RNVRNov 194321 Feb 1945
9Lt. Derek George Smeeton, RN21 Feb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Mistral include:

9 May 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. W.N.R. Knox, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Mistral (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Anderson, RN). (1)

9 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Mistral (Lt.Cdr. G.D. Anderson, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere. (2)

7 May 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) departed Rothesay for Heysham. She was escorted by HMS Mistral (Lt. J.H.M. Sowry, RNVR). (3)


  1. ADM 173/16781
  2. ADM 173/16741
  3. ADM 173/19223

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

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