Allied Warships

HMS Biter (D 97)

Escort carrier of the Avenger / Charger class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort carrier
ClassAvenger / Charger 
PennantD 97 
Built bySun Shipbuilding (Chester, U.S.A.) 
Laid down28 Dec 1939 
Launched18 Dec 1940 
Commissioned5 May 1942 
End service 

15th September 1941. Aquired for the Royal Navy. Ex USN ship Rio Parana. To French navy as Dixmude in 1945


Commands listed for HMS Biter (D 97)

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1Capt. Edward Michael Conolly Abel Smith, RNJan 1942Jul 1943
2Capt. Lennox Albert Knox Boswell, DSO, RNJul 1943May 1944
3A/Capt. Alexander Noel Campbell Bingley, OBE, RNMay 1944???

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Notable events involving Biter include:

22 Mar 1943
During the night of 22/23 March 1943, HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN), conducted exercises in the Clyde area. Practice attacks were made on HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN) which was escorted by HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Lee, RN) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

These were followed by exercises in which HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) served as target for HMS Universal. (1)

22 Mar 1943
HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. During the day she carried out exercises with HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN). Upon completion of these exercises she made rendez-vous with ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. J. Koziolkowski, ORP). They were escorted for the passage South through the Irish Sea by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

En-route she was ordered to patrol about 200 nautical miles North-West of Cape Finisterre, Spain to intercept an outbound German blockade runner making this passage her 15th war patrol.

No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (2)

25 Apr 1943
German U-boat U-203 was sunk south of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 55°05'N, 42°25'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (811 Sqn FAA/L) of the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN) and by the British destroyer HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN).

12 May 1943
German U-boat U-89 was sunk in the Northern Atlantic, in position 46°30'N, 25°40'W by a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 811) from the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN), the British destroyer HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chevasse, RN) and the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR).


  1. ADM 173/18348
  2. ADM 199/1825

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

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