Allied Warships

HMS Speedy (J 17)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassHalcyon 
PennantJ 17 
ModThird group 
Built byWilliam Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered26 Aug 1937 
Laid down1 Dec 1937 
Launched23 Nov 1938 
Commissioned7 Apr 1939 
End service 
History

Sold 5 November 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Speedy (J 17)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Curthoys Richards, RNApr 193910 Dec 1940
2Lt. Andrew Edward Doran, RN10 Dec 194019 Mar 1941
3Lt. John Geoffrey Brookes, RN19 Mar 1941May 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Andrew Edward Doran, RNMay 19437 Jul 1943
5A/Cdr. Henry Joseph Alexander Savil Jerome, DSO, RN7 Jul 1943Oct 1943

6A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Louis Gerard Dutton, RNR1 Mar 1944mid/late45

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Notable events involving Speedy include:


30 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, RN) and HMS Myosotis (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR). (1)

2 Apr 1942
HMS P 511 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at Scapa Flow with HMS Ledbury (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, RN), HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN) and later with ML's. (2)

2 Nov 1942
HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (also 8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the north of Sicily to form part of a line of submarines to provide cover during the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch).

She departed Malta together with HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) and HMS P 46 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN). They were escorted out by HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN).

No log is available for this patrol so no map can be displayed. (3)

3 Nov 1942
HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (also 6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the North of Sicily, Italy to provide cover for 'Operation Torch', the Allied landings in North Africa. Later she was ordered to patrol East of Tunisia and even later she was sent into the Gulf of Sirte.

P 211 departed Malta together with HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS P 247 (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, DSC, RN). They were escorted out by HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN). During the passage out they were attacked by German Me-109 fighters but no damage was caused to P 211.

No daily positions are known for this period so no map can be displayed. (4)

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.

(5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16741
  2. ADM 173/17493
  3. ADM 199/1820
  4. ADM 199/1839
  5. ADM 199/1845

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


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