HMS Brixham (J 105)
Minesweeper of the Bangor class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Blyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Whites M.E.|
|Ordered||9 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||6 Nov 1940|
|Launched||21 Oct 1941|
|Commissioned||19 Aug 1942|
HMS Brixham is not listed as active unit in the April 1945 Navy List
Sold 7 July 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Brixham (J 105)
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|1||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Donald I'Anson Leake, RNVR||17 Jul 1942||6 Oct 1942|
|2||Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR||6 Oct 1942||May 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Charles Henry Walton, RNR||1 May 1943||mid/late44|
|4||T/Lt. William Kenneth Lewis, RNVR||mid/late44||early 1945|
|5||T/Lt. William Kenneth Lewis, RNVR||mid/late 4||1 Mar 1945|
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Notable events involving Brixham include:
6 Nov 1942
'Force H' made up of HMS Nelson, HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN), HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN), HMS Farndale (Cdr. D.P. Trentham, RN), HMS Puckeridge (Lt. J.C. Cartwright, DSC, RN) and HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
While taking up her berth HMS Nelson fouled the merchant vessel Empire Gawain and the minesweepers HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR). HMS Nelson sustained some minor damage. (1)
20 Jan 1943
HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Algiers for her 8th war patrol (also 8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy.
Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with the British M/S trawlers HMS Juliet (Lt. L.B. Moffatt, RNR) and HMS Cava (T/Lt. R.L. Petty-Major, RNVR) and later with HMS Polruan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.S. Landers, RNR) and HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, DSC, RNR). (2)
24 Feb 1943
HMS Brixham (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNVR) picks up 53 men from the American merchant Nathanael Greene that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-565 about 40 nautical miles northeast of Oran in position 35°56'N, 00°05'E. Brixham took the Nathanael Greene in tow until the British rescue tug HMRT Restive took over at 21.00 hours and beached the vessel at Salamanda, four miles west of Mostaganem at 06.30 hours the next day.
- ADM 199/662
- ADM 199/1839
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.