Allied Warships

HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassGrimsby 
PennantL 47 / U 47 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Mar 1935 
Laid down14 Aug 1935 
Launched24 Mar 1936 
Commissioned19 Nov 1936 
End service 
History

HMS Fleetwood is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Served as a radar and radio trials ship for the Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment after the war.
Scrapped 10 October 1959 by C.W Dorkin, Gateshead.

 

Commands listed for HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Andrew Nichol Grey, RN8 Feb 19394 Aug 1940
2Cdr. Ronald William Moir, RN4 Aug 1940Mid 1941
3Cdr. David Thomas Morgan Williams, RNRMid 194120 Jul 1942
4Cdr. William Brown Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR20 Jul 1942Jul 1944
5A/Lt.Cdr. William Whitfield, DSC, RNRJul 194425 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Fleetwood include:


6 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, RNR), HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. R.W. Moir, RN) and HMS Lincoln (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (1)

13 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (2)

2 Apr 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Anchusa (A/Lt.Cdr. D.M. Gibb, RNR), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Hurricane (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN). (3)

27 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN) and HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR). (4)

28 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN) and HMS Blackfly (T/Lt. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR). (5)

5 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ilfracombe (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Clark, DSC, RN), Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. H. Day, RN). (6)

6 Mar 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR), HMS Spiraea (Lt. A.H. Pierce, OBE, RNR), HMS Rochester (Cdr. H.V. King, OBE, RN), HNoMS Rose and HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR). (7)

5 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Qualicum (T/Lt. H. Stevens, RNVR) and HMS Fort York (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC and 2 Bars, RN). (8)

11 May 1943
German U-boat U-528 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 46°55'N, 14°44'W, by depth charges from a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn. 58/D) and by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggot, OBE, RNR).

2 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-340 was sunk at 0430hrs on 2 November 1943 near Tangier, in position 35°33'N, 06°37'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, DSC, RD, RNR) and the British destroyers HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, DSC, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 179/R).

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16767
  3. ADM 173/17272
  4. ADM 173/17217
  5. ADM 173/17253
  6. ADM 173/17814
  7. ADM 173/17756
  8. ADM 173/18373

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


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