Allied Warships

HMS Crane (U 23)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 23 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Jan 1941 
Laid down13 Jun 1941 
Launched9 Nov 1942 
Commissioned10 May 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped in 1965.  

Commands listed for HMS Crane (U 23)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Ralph Grosvenor Jenkins, RN25 Mar 194316 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Crane include:


30 May 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Ledbury (Lt. D.R.N. Murdoch, RN) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (1)

23 Aug 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS La Malbaie (T/Lt. J.S. Davis, RCNVR), HMCS Wetaskiwin (T/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (2)

24 Aug 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (3)

25 Aug 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN) and aircraft. (2)

21 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-538 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 45°40'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Foley (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) and the British sloop HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN).

8 Apr 1944
German U-boat U-962 was sunk in north Atlantic north-west of Cape Finisterre, in position 45°43'N, 19°57'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN)
and HMS Cygnet (Cdr. D.M. MacLean, RN).

3 May 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (4)

9 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Radiant (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.S.R. Shapland, RNVR) and HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN). (5)

10 Nov 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, DSC, RN). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18003
  2. ADM 173/17831
  3. ADM 173/17761
  4. File 2.12.03.6399 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 173.18534

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


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