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:
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). (4)
- ADM 173/17276
- ADM 199/424
- ADM 173/17488
- ADM 173/18388
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.