Allied Warships

HMS Harrier (J 71)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 71 
ModFirst group 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered23 Feb 1933 
Laid down11 Jul 1933 
Launched17 Apr 1934 
Commissioned9 Nov 1934 
End service 

Laid up at Parkstone Quay after being decommissioned. Sold on 6 June 1950.


Commands listed for HMS Harrier (J 71)

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1Cdr. (retired) Brian Lane Clark, RN15 Jun 193917 Dec 1940
2Cdr. Eric Percival Hinton, DSO, RN17 Dec 194016 Jul 1942
3Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, DSC, RN16 Jul 1942Oct 1943
4Cdr. Harry Ernest Huston Nicholls, RNOct 194328 Aug 1944
5Cdr. John Foster Cochrane, RN28 Aug 1944Dec 1944
6Lt.Cdr. Trevor George Payne Crick, DSC, OBE, RNDec 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Harrier include:

31 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hazard (Lt.Cdr. J.R.A. Seymour, RN) and HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, MVO, DSO, RN).

[No log is available for HMS H 32 for the month of August 1941. During the whole month she was at Londonderry for A/S exercises.] (1)

17 Jan 1942
HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO, RN) picks up two survivors from the British destroyer HMS Matabele that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-454 in the Barents Sea in position 69°21'N, 35°27'E.

31 Mar 1942
HMS Harrier (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO, RN) picks up 17 survivors from the American merchant Effingham that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarines U-456 and U-435 in the Barents Sea in position 70°28'N, 35°44'E.

13 Aug 1942
HMS Upright (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Collett, DSC, RN) carried out A/S exercises with HNoMS Eskdale (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill), RHS Adrias, HMS Gleaner (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Harrier (Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, DSC, RN). (2)

3 Feb 1943
HMS Harrier (Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, DSO, DSC, RN) picks up 4 survivors from the American merchant Greylock that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-255 in the Norwegian Sea in position 70°52'N, 00°21'W. The Greylock was later sunk by gunfire by one of the escorts.


  1. ADM 173/16741
  2. ADM 173/17714

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

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