Allied Warships

HMS La Flore

Torpedo boat of the La Melpoméne class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeTorpedo boat
ClassLa Melpoméne 
Pennant 
Built byCh.de Bretagne (Nantes, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down26 Mar 1934 
Launched5 Mar 1935 
Commissioned6 Jul 1940 
End service 1944 
HistoryCaptured by the British at Portsmouth on 3 July 1940.
Transferred to the Free French Navy around mid 1944 but laid up in reserve at Hartelpool, U.K.
Returned to Cherbourg on 9 September 1945.
Stricken 31 August 1950. 

Commands listed for HMS La Flore

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Eric Lister Jones, RN6 Jul 19401 Oct 1940
2Lt.Cdr. James Arbouin Burnett, DSC, RN1 Oct 1940Jul 1941

3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Clifford Hopkins, DSC, RNR29 Jun 194222 Oct 1942
4Lt. Philip Henry Grieves, RNR22 Oct 1942early 1943

5Lt. Frederick William Hayden, RN17 May 194323 Nov 1943
6Lt. John Mayling, RN25 Nov 1943mid 1944

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Notable events involving La Flore include:


25 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (1)

27 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (1)

3 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (2)

4 Jul 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS St. Modwen (Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Ford, RN) and HMS La Flore. (3)

7 Jul 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RNR), HMS La Cordeliere (Lt. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS La Flore.

21 Jul 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (4)

10 Sep 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS L'Incomprise (Lt.(Retd.) F.S. Deveson, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (5)

16 Sep 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (6)

18 Sep 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore. (6)

14 Oct 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (7)

15 Oct 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt. A.J.G. Barff, RNR), HMS La Flore, HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (7)

16 Oct 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel (Skr. C. Coultas, DSC, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (7)

21 Oct 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Flore. (7)

5 Nov 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore and HMS Bedlington (Skr. J.H.D. Dansie, RNR). (8)

7 Dec 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Webster, RNR), HMS Bretwalda (Skr. J. Windram, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (9)

12 Jan 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR) and HMS La Flore. (10)

31 Jan 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown together with HMS Tuscarora (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) C.E. Lowther, RAN), HMS La Flore and HMS L' Atlantique (Skr. A. McKay, RNR). (10)

11 May 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR), HMS Alecto (Cdr. J.R.S. Brown, RN), HMS La Flore and HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (11)

15 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) proceeded to the Ardrossan area for night exercises with special forces. During these exercises she was escorted by HMS La Flore. (12)

16 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) and HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore. (12)

17 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore as target. (12)

23 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore as target. (12)

23 May 1942
HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore. (13)

1 Sep 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore as target. (14)

24 Jul 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN) and HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN). (15)

4 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN) and HMS La Flore (Lt. F.W. Hayden, RN). These were followed by gunnery exercises on a target that was towed by HMS Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.D. O'Driscoll, RNR). (16)

3 Dec 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) shifted from Rothesay to Campbeltown. after arriving off Campbeltown she participated in A/S exercises with HMS Radiant (T/Lt. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (17)

6 Dec 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (17)

31 Jan 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Valena (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A. McKinlay, RNR) and HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (18)

1 Feb 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR), HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN), HMS Boarhound (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (19)

16 Feb 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Flore (Lt. J. Mayling, RN) and HMS Borage (Lt. W.S. MacDonald, DSC, RNVR). (20)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16740
  2. ADM 173/16741
  3. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16762
  5. ADM 173/16785
  6. ADM 173/16775
  7. ADM 173/16823
  8. ADM 173/16864
  9. File 2.12.03.6378 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  11. ADM 173/17337
  12. ADM 173/17406
  13. ADM 173/17732
  14. ADM 173/17410
  15. ADM 173/17891
  16. ADM 173/18396
  17. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  18. ADM 173/19312
  19. ADM 173/19313
  20. ADM 173/18477

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


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