Allied Warships

HMS Starling (U 66)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class


HMS Starling at Greenock in March 1943. Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-15582

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 66 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered18 Jul 1941 
Laid down21 Oct 1941 
Launched14 Oct 1942 
Commissioned1 Apr 1943 
End service 
History

 

Commands listed for HMS Starling (U 66)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Frederick John Walker, DSO, RN21 Mar 19437 Jul 1944
2Cdr. Norman Winder Duck, DSC, RD, RNR8 Jul 19441 Aug 1944
3A/Cdr. David Edward Gillespie Wemyss, DSO, DSC, RN1 Aug 194425 Aug 1944
4Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, DSO, RN25 Aug 194428 Oct 1944
5Cdr. William Cole, RD, RNR28 Oct 1944Feb 1945
6Lt. Cedric Charles Fielding Scarlett, RNFeb 194526 Jun 1945
7T/A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Court Julian, RNZNVR26 Jun 194515 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Starling include:


21 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR). (1)

22 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ships of Escort Group B 7, HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR) and another vessel [unable to read the name of this vessel in the log of HMS H 33]. (1)

23 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR). (1)

24 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR) (1)

2 Jun 1943
German U-boat U-202 was sunk at 0030hrs on 2 June 1943 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 56°12'N, 39°52'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British sloop HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN).

24 Jun 1943
German U-boat U-119 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 44°59'N, 12°24'W by ramming and depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN).

2 Sep 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN), HMS Amaranthus (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR) and HMS Bentinck (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN). (2)

16 Oct 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Ettrick (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Woolfenden, RD, RNR), HMS Pennywort (A/Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR) and HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN). (3)

6 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-842 was sunk at 1400hrs on 6 November 1943 in the western North Atlantic, in position 43°42'N, 42°08'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN).

6 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-226 was sunk at 0700hrs on 6 November 1943 in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, in position 44°49'N, 41°13'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN) and HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, DSC, RN).

31 Jan 1944
German U-boat U-592 was sunk at 1000hrs on 31 January 1944 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50°20'N, 17°29'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN) and HMS Magpie (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN).

9 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-734 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49°43'N, 16°23'W by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN) and HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN).

9 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-238 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49°45'N, 16°07'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN), HMS Magpie (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN) and HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN).

19 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-264 was sunk at 1707hrs on 19 February 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 48°31'N, 22°05'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Woodpecker (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN).

15 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-653 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 53°46'N, 24°35'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.J. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC and Bar, RN).

29 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-961 was sunk east of Iceland, in position 64°31'N, 03°19'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN).

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-473 was sunk at 0200 hrs in the North Atlantic west south-west of Ireland, in position 49°29'N, 21°22'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.J. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC and Bar, RN).

31 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-333 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of the Scilly Isles, in position 49°39'N, 07°28'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling (Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RNR) and the British frigate HMS Loch Killin (Lt.Cdr. S. Darling, RANVR).

11 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-385 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46°16'N, 02°45'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Starling (Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RNR) and depth charges from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (RAAF Sqdn. 461/P).

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The Fighting Captain

Burn, Alan

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17781
  2. ADM 173/17762
  3. ADM 173/17833

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


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