HNMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)
Minesweeper of the Jan van Amstel class
|Navy||The Royal Dutch Navy|
|Class||Jan van Amstel|
|Built by||Gusto (Schiedam, The Netherlands)|
|Laid down||10 Oct 1936|
|Launched||27 Mar 1937|
|Commissioned||13 Sep 1937|
Jan van Gelder had her armament modified to British standards during the war, she carried 1 12 pdr AA gun in lieu of the 3" gun and the twin .5" AA guns were replaced by single 20 mm Oerlikons.
Heavily damaged on 1 October 1939 by Dutch mines off Terschelling. 3 crewmembers were killed, 3 were missing and 7 were wounded.
Commands listed for HNMS Jan van Gelder (J 60)
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|1||luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) George IJsbrand Cornelis Fraser, RNN||29 Jun 1939||5 Oct 1939|
|2||luitenant ter zee 2e klasse (Lt.) Jonkheer Paul Louis Marie van Geen, RNN||6 Mar 1940||26 Mar 1943|
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Notable events involving Jan van Gelder include:
1 Apr 1942
HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) and HMS P 615 (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Hall, RN) departed their builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. They were escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (3)
3 May 1942
HMS Utmost (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN). departed Blyth for passage to Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Thunderbolt (Lt.Cdr. C.B. Crouch, DSO and Bar, RN). They were escorted by HMS Scalby Wyke (Skr. C.A. Grimmer, RNR). Off Dundee they were joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) that was on passage to Scapa Flow.
The next day HrMs O 14 and HMS Scalby Wyke proceeded to Scapa Flow while HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN) took over the escort of HMS Utmost and HMS Thunderbolt. (5)
13 May 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) departed Rothesay for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) and HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN). They were escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (7)
22 May 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) was undocked at Kames Bay. She then conducted gunnery exercises in the Clyde area on a target that was towed by HMS Z 5 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). These were followed by practice attacks with HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN) serving as target and finally night exercises with special forces. (9)
12 Jun 1942
HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) and HMS P 222 (Lt. A.J. MacKenzie, RN) both departed Holy Loch for their passage to Gibraltar. Both submarines were to join the Mediterranean Fleet. They were escorted until Bishops Rock by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN).
For the daily positions (though incomplete) of HMS P 46 during this passage see the map below.
26 Oct 1942
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.F. Bone, DSO and Bar, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt.Cdr. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (15)
25 Feb 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) was conducting exercises on Inmarnock Water when she was ordered to search in the Clyde area for her missing sister ship HMS Vandal (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN).
The following submarines / ships were also ordered to search for HMS Vandal (which was not found until 1994); HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, DSO, RN), HMS L 27 (Lt. W.N. Eade, RNR), HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN), HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR), HMS Cygnet (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Proudfoot, RN), HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Warren, RN) and HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN). (19)
- File 22.214.171.124 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1846
- ADM 173/17399
- ADM 199/424
- ADM 173/17732
- ADM 173/17438
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6370 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17406
- ADM 173/17237
- ADM 199/1822
- ADM 173/17439
- File 2.12.03.6412 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17276
- ADM 173/17341
- ADM 173/17488
- ADM 173/17865
- ADM 173/18131
- ADM 173/18388
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.