Allied Warships

HMS Flamingo (L 18 / U 18)

Sloop of the Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassBlack Swan 
PennantL 18 / U 18 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Jan 1938 
Laid down26 May 1938 
Launched18 Apr 1939 
Commissioned3 Nov 1939 
End service 

Sold to the West German Navy January 1959.


Commands listed for HMS Flamingo (L 18 / U 18)

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1Cdr. John Herbert Huntley, RN29 Sep 1939Mar 1941
2Cdr. Robert Jocelyn Oliver Otway-Ruthven, RNMar 194120 Jan 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Paul Cortis Hopkins, RN20 Jan 19422 Feb 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Gwynne Howell Price James, RD, RNR2 Feb 1943mid 1943

5Lt. Adam Traill, RNROct 1943Nov 1943
6Lt.Cdr. Thomas Herbert Bellingham Pounds, RNNov 1943Feb 1945
7A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Alexander Woods, RNZNRFeb 1945Jun 1945 ?
8Lt. Adam Traill, RNRJun 1945 ?Oct 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Flamingo include:

21 Sep 1940
The British tanker Invershannon is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 480 nautical miles west of Bloody Foreland in position 55°40'N, 22°04'W. 17 survivors were later picked up by the British sloop HMS Flamingo (Cdr. J.H. Huntley, RN) and 15 survivors were picked up by the British ASW trawler HMS Fandango (T/Lt. F.C. Hopkins, RNVR).

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