Allied Warships

HMS Hastings (L 27 / U 27)

Sloop of the Folkestone class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassFolkestone 
PennantL 27 / U 27 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Apr 1929 
Laid down29 Jul 1929 
Launched10 Apr 1930 
Commissioned26 Nov 1930 
End service 
History

Sold 2 April 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hastings (L 27 / U 27)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Barclay Alison, RN26 Aug 1939Early 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Leslie Benjamin Philpott, DSC, RNREarly 1942Dec 1943
3T/Lt. Rupert Langsford Garratt, RNVRlate 194328 May 1944
4T/Lt. Walter Alen Panton, RNVR28 May 1944Jun 1944
5A/Cdr. Eric Alonzo Stocker, DSC, RNJun 194428 Aug 1945
6Lt.Cdr. Alexander Gracie, RN28 Aug 1945Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Hastings include:


29 Nov 1939
HMS Hastings (Cdr. A.B. Alison, RN) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Ionian that sank off Newarp Lightship in position 52°45'N, 01°56'E after hitting a mine laid on 21 November 1939 by German U-boat U-20.

9 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, RNR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.E.S. Hugonin, RN), HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN). (1)

20 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN), HMCS Kitchener (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Evans, RCNVR), HMCS Algoma (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Harding, RCNR), HMCS Regina (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Freeland, RCNR) and HMCS Moosejaw (T/Lt. L.D. Quick, RCN). (2)

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

19 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lulworth (Lt.Cdr. R.C.S. Woolley, RNR) and HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR). (3)

28 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. (4)

29 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. (4)

31 Oct 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. These exercises included night exercises. (4)

6 Nov 1944
HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from the Clyde for Scapa Flow. She makes the passage together with HMS Scythian (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HNoMS Utsira (Lt. S. Valvatne). They are escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (5)

8 Nov 1944
At 0500 hours HMS Seadog (Lt. E.A. Hobson, DSC, RN) and HMS Varne (Lt. I.G. Raikes, DSC, RN) made rendez-vous with their escort, HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (6)

16 Nov 1944
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSO, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde area for Sheerness. She made the passage North through the Minches together with HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN) and HMS Vengeful (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN).

At 1625/19, off Scapa Flow, HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) took over the escort of HMS Hastings.

At 1513/20, near Dundee, Sceptre joined HMS ML 229 (T/Lt. W.C.R. Walsh, RNVR) that was escorting HMS Satyr (Lt. T.S. Weston, DSO, DSC, RN) southwards. (7)

21 Nov 1944
HMS Scythian (T/Lt C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She was escorted by the British sloop HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (8)

7 Dec 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. She was escorted HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (9)

9 Dec 1944
HMS Solent (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (10)

17 Dec 1944
HMS Sleuth (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) departed Loch Ranza for Scapa Flow. She made the passage together with HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (11)

19 Dec 1944
HMS Sibyl (Lt. H.R. Murray, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Trusty (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) and HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Norman, DSO, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (9)

31 Jan 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (12)

1 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (13)

2 Feb 1945
HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (13)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Sidon (Lt. H.C. Gowan, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made (part of) the passage Northbound together with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN) and HMS Trusty (Lt. H.S. May, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (14)

4 Mar 1945
HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) both conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) and HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (15)

7 Mar 1945
HMS Taurus (A/Lt.Cdr. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage south together with HMS Viking (Lt. R. Bannar-Martin, DSC, RN) and the French submarine Morse (Lt. O. Chauveau). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (16)

15 Mar 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Morgan Jones (T/A/Ch.Skr. J. Beeson, RNR) until 0227/17 when HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) took over the escort. (17)

17 Mar 1945
HMS Trusty (Lt. H.S. May, RN) departed from Scapa Flow for Rothesay. She makes the passage together with HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN). They are escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (18)

30 Mar 1945
HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (19)

31 Mar 1945
HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (19)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) and HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as targets. (20)

7 Apr 1945
HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. She returns to Holy Loch upon completion of these exercises. Late in the evening she departed from Holy Loch again for night exercises. She returns to Holy Loch around 0800 hours the next morning. (21)

22 Apr 1945
HMS Scorcher (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) departed Scapa Flow for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS Tapir (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxbourgh, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Totem (A/Lt.Cdr. M.B. St. John, RN). They were escorted by HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (22)

27 Apr 1945
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN). (23)

11 May 1945
HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (24)

12 May 1945
HMS Tactician (Lt.Cdr. L.N.A. Jewell, DSC, MBE, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. During these exercises HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. L.F.L. Hill, RNR) served as escort for HMS Hastings. (25)

12 May 1945
HMS Trespasser (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (24)

24 May 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) serving as the target. (26)

25 May 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) R.H. Mack, RN) serving as the targets. These exercises included night exercises. (26)

19 Jun 1945
HMS Truncheon (A/Lt.Cdr. R.J. Clutterbuck, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (27)

10 Jul 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) serving as the target. During these attacks HMS Hastings was escorted by HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN). (28)

11 Jul 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) serving as the target. During these attacks HMS Hastings was escorted by HMS Brilliant (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR) and HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN). (28)

18 Jul 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) serving as the target. During these attacks HMS Hastings was escorted by HMS Brilliant (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (28)

18 Jul 1945
HMS Truncheon (A/Lt.Cdr. R.J. Clutterbuck, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (29)

19 Jul 1945
HMS Tireless (A/Lt.Cdr. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) serving as the target. During these attacks HMS Hastings was escorted by HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN). (28)

19 Jul 1945
HMS Truncheon (A/Lt.Cdr. R.J. Clutterbuck, DSO, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) and HMS Icarus (Cdr.(Retd.) M.W. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) served as the targets. (29)

24 Aug 1945
HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as target. These included night exercises. (30)

27 Aug 1945
HMS Truculent (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area during which HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) served as the target. (31)

28 Aug 1945
HMS Talent (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, DSC, RN) conducted radar exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Hastings (A/Cdr. E.A. Stocker, DSC, RN) and HMS Springer (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN). (30)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17216
  2. ADM 173/17790
  3. ADM 173/17786
  4. ADM 173/18916
  5. ADM 173/18917
  6. ADM 199/1871
  7. ADM 173/18645
  8. ADM 173/18652
  9. ADM 173/18745
  10. ADM 173/18770
  11. ADM 173/18766
  12. ADM 173/19948
  13. ADM 173/19949
  14. ADM 199/1444
  15. ADM 173/19853
  16. ADM 173/19865
  17. ADM 173/20126
  18. ADM 173/20039
  19. ADM 173/19974
  20. ADM 173/19808
  21. ADM 173/19975
  22. ADM 173/19572
  23. ADM 173/20318
  24. ADM 173/19976
  25. ADM 173/19809
  26. ADM 173/19929
  27. ADM 173/20030
  28. ADM 173/19931
  29. ADM 173/20031
  30. ADM 173/19824
  31. ADM 173/20012

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


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