Allied Warships

HMS Persian (J 347)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassAlgerine 
PennantJ 347 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byRedfern Construction Ltd. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered9 Dec 1941 
Laid down8 Oct 1942 
Launched22 Feb 1943 
Commissioned12 Nov 1943 
End service 
History

Returned to the United States Navy in December 1946.

 
Former nameAM 334

Commands listed for HMS Persian (J 347)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Alec Ecclestone, RN21 Jan 19444 Sep 1944
2Lt.Cdr. John Lovis Woollcombe, RN4 Sep 1944mid 1946

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Notable events involving Persian include:


12 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN) and HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR). (1)

13 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated departed Stornoway for Rothesay via Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN) until 0734/14 when HMS Blade (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR) took over the escort when off Oban. (1)

13 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. She made the passage together with HMS H 43 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR). They were escorted by HMS Blade (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S.T. Wenlock, RNR). At 0810/14, near Tobermory Blade and H 43 left and United joined her new escort, HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN) for onward passage to Stornoway where they arrived at 2358/14. (2)

18 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway together with HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN). (2)

20 Mar 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Stornoway together with HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN). (2)

23 Jun 1944
Damaged by aerially delivered mine off Normandy coast. (Source -Report by the Allied Naval Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force, on Neptune, Volume II, Part II, Defence of the British Assault Area, Section V, Casualties Subsequent to the Assault, p. 23) (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/19217
  3. Personal communication

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


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