HMS Flamingo (L 18 / U 18)
Sloop of the Black Swan class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 18 / U 18|
|Built by||Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Jan 1938|
|Laid down||26 May 1938|
|Launched||18 Apr 1939|
|Commissioned||3 Nov 1939|
Sold to the West German Navy January 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Flamingo (L 18 / U 18)
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|1||Cdr. John Herbert Huntley, RN||29 Sep 1939||Mar 1941|
|2||Cdr. Robert Jocelyn Oliver Otway-Ruthven, RN||Mar 1941||20 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Paul Cortis Hopkins, RN||20 Jan 1942||2 Feb 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Gwynne Howell Price James, RD, RNR||2 Feb 1943||mid 1943|
|5||Lt. Adam Traill, RNR||Oct 1943||Nov 1943|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Thomas Herbert Bellingham Pounds, RN||Nov 1943||Feb 1945|
|7||A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Alexander Woods, RNZNR||Feb 1945||Jun 1945 ?|
|8||Lt. Adam Traill, RNR||Jun 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).