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.
16 Apr 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. W.B.L. Holms, RCN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), HMS Harrier (Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN). (3)
- ADM 173/16741
- ADM 173/17714
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.