Allied Warships

HMS Hebe (J 24)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-1434

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 24 
ModSecond group 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Mar 1936 
Laid down27 Apr 1936 
Launched28 Oct 1936 
Commissioned23 Oct 1937 
Lost22 Nov 1943 
Loss position41° 08'N, 16° 52'E

HMS Hebe (Lt. Arthur Lewis Gulvin, RN) was sunk off Bari, Italy in position 41º08'N, 16º52'E after striking a mine laid by U-453 on 11 November 1943.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 22 Nov 1943 by U-453 (Schlippenbach).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hebe

Commands listed for HMS Hebe (J 24)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Bruce Goodenough Temple, RN22 Aug 193927 May 1942
2Lt.Cdr. George Mowatt, RD, RNR27 May 1942late 1943
3Lt. Arthur Lewis Gulvin, RNlate 194322 Nov 1943

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Notable events involving Hebe include:

3 Feb 1943
HMS Trooper (Lt. R.P. Webb, RN) departed from Malta for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol off the West coast of Greece.

Lt. Webb was temporarily in command of Trooper as Lt. Wraith was sick.

Before proceeding on patrol A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, RN) and HMS Hebe (Lt.Cdr. G. Mowatt, RNR).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trooper during this patrol see the map below.


Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 44.86)


  1. ADM 199/1845

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

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