Allied Warships

HMS Cromarty (J 09)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 09 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byBlyth Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Ltd. (Blyth, U.K.) : Whites M.E. 
Ordered28 Aug 1939 
Laid down12 Jun 1940 
Launched24 Feb 1941 
Commissioned13 Dec 1941 
Lost23 Oct 1943 

HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. Charles George Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR) was mined and sunk in the Straits of Bonifacio, Mediterranean on 23 October 1943. The Commanding officer was wounded in the sinking.  

Commands listed for HMS Cromarty (J 09)

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1Lt. Charles George Palmer, RNZNVR2 Nov 194123 Oct 1943

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Notable events involving Cromarty include:

9 Nov 1942
HMS Cromer (Cdr. R.H. Stephenson, DSC, RN) sailed from Alexandria with 2 other units of the 14 Minesweeping Flotilla HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR) and HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR) to clear the route for a coastal convoy heading for Bardia.
At position 31°27'N, 27°16'E, 46 nautical miles west of Marsa Matruh, Cromer detonated a magnetic mine from Italian barrage "MM", laid in the area on 7 August 1942 by the destroyers Antonio Pigafetta (Capt. Enrico Mirti della Valle) and Giovanni da Verazzano (Cdr. Carlo Rossi).

12 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Bronzo was captured off Syracuse, Sicily by the British minesweepers HMS Seaham (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Brett, RNR), HMS Boston (Lt. D.H.G. Coughlan, RNR), HMS Poole (Lt. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR) and HMS Cromarty (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Palmer, DSC, RNZNVR).

Bronzo was commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS P 714. On 29 January 1944 she was transferred to the Free French as Narval.

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