Allied Warships

HMS Pincher (J 294)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 294 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered30 Apr 1942 
Laid down11 Jan 1943 
Launched19 Aug 1943 
Commissioned12 Nov 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 7 March 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Pincher (J 294)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Thomas Fraser, DSC, RD, RNR1 Oct 194328 Mar 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Benjamin Blake, RNVR28 Mar 1944Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Pincher include:


28 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Bugloss (T/Lt. A.J. Anderson, RNVR), HMS Burdock (T/Lt. F.R.M. Greasley, RNR) and HMS Pincher (Lt.Cdr. T. Fraser, DSC, RD, RNR). (1)

18 Apr 1944
After a few days of trials off Sheerness HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN) departed that port for Portland. She was escorted by HMS Pincher (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.B. Blake, RNVR) until 0915/19 when HMS En Avant (T/Skr. W. Bradshaw, RNR) took over the escort. (2)

19 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-300 was badly damaged in the Strait of Gibraltar, in position 35°54'N, 05°43'W, by depth charges from the British armed yacht HMS Evadne (A/T/Lt.Cdr. N.H. Richards, RNR). The U-boat was subsequently sunk by gunfire from the British minesweepers HMS Recruit (A/Cdr. A.E. Doran, DSC, RN) and HMS Pincher (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.B. Blake, RNVR) on 22 February.

22 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-300 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Cadiz, in position 36°29'N, 08°20'W, by gunfire from the British minesweepers HMS Recruit (A/Cdr. A.E. Doran, DSC, RN) and HMS Pincher (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.B. Blake, RNVR), after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British armed yacht HMS Evadne (A/T/Lt.Cdr. N.H. Richards, RNR) on 19 February.

3 Sep 1953
HMS Pincher arrived in Grand Harbour Malta. She had been engaged on Mediterranean hydrographical survey work. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17764
  2. ADM 173/18697
  3. Personal communication

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


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