HMS Harrier (J 71)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||23 Feb 1933|
|Laid down||11 Jul 1933|
|Launched||17 Apr 1934|
|Commissioned||9 Nov 1934|
Laid up at Parkstone Quay after being decommissioned. Sold on 6 June 1950.
Commands listed for HMS Harrier (J 71)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Brian Lane Clark, RN||15 Jun 1939||17 Dec 1940|
|2||Cdr. Eric Percival Hinton, DSO, RN||17 Dec 1940||16 Jul 1942|
|3||Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, DSC, RN||16 Jul 1942||Oct 1943|
|4||Cdr. Harry Ernest Huston Nicholls, RN||Oct 1943||28 Aug 1944|
|5||Cdr. John Foster Cochrane, RN||28 Aug 1944||Dec 1944|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Trevor George Payne Crick, DSC, OBE, RN||Dec 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Harrier include:
[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.
- ADM 173/16741
- ADM 173/17714
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.