Allied Warships

HMS Bittern (L 07)

Sloop of the Bittern class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantL 07 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered26 May 1936 
Laid down27 Aug 1936 
Launched14 Jul 1937 
Commissioned15 Mar 1938 
Lost30 Apr 1940 
Loss position64° 28'N, 11° 30'E

HMS Bittern (Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RN) was sunk by German bombers off Namsos, Norway in position 64º28'N, 11º30'E.


Commands listed for HMS Bittern (L 07)

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1Cdr. George Frederick Stevens-Guille, OBE, RN3 Jan 193928 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RN28 Nov 193930 Apr 1940

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Notable events involving Bittern include:

9 Sep 1939
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Cumberbatch, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted until around 1900 hours by HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN).

During the night of 9/10 September 1939 HMS Oberon was in company with HMS Bittern (Cdr. G.F. Stevens-Guille, OBE, RN) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.K. Scott-Moncrieff, RN).

Around 0930/10, HMS Oberon, took station astern of a convoy until 1600 hours when she joined HMS Matabele (Cdr. G.K. Whitmy-Smith, RN) which remained with Oberon until she was off Dundee on the 13th. (1)


  1. ADM 173/15802

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

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