Allied Warships

HMS Musketeer (G 86)

Destroyer of the M class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassM 
PennantG 86 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down7 Dec 1939 
Launched2 Dec 1941 
Commissioned18 Sep 1942 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 6 December 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Musketeer (G 86)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Donald Thorn Dowler, DSC, RN16 Jun 1942Dec 1942
2Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, DSC, RNDec 19426 Oct 1943
3Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, OBE, RN6 Oct 194320 Feb 1945
4Cdr. Geoffrey Mainwaring Sladen, DSO, DSC, RN20 Feb 1945Aug 1945
5Cdr. Robert Marriott Aubrey, DSC, RNAug 19454 Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Musketeer include:


31 Dec 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) and ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP). (1)

22 Jun 1943
During the morning, HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN), carries out A/S exercises with HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN) and HMIS Narbada (Lt.Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN).

During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Milne (Capt. I.M.R. Campbell, DSO, RN) and HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN). (2)

23 Aug 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) and HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN). (3)

15 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN). (4)

8 Oct 1943
HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, DSO, RN) picks up 44 survivors from the Polish destroyer ORP Orkan that was torpedoed and sunk south-west of Iceland in position 56°30'N, 26°26'W by German U-boat U-378.

8 Oct 1943
44 survivors picked up by Musketeer from the Polish warship sunk by u-378 of Iceland. There were four Medals awarded for bravely to the crew of the Musketeer by the Polish Government. Two officers and two ratings went over the side into the Arctic water to save the 44 Polish sailors. They were awarded "the Polish Cross of Merit with Cross Swords" my Brother was one, A.B. Ken Carman. (5)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN). (6)

20 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN) and HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN). (7)

21 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN).

Upon completion of the exercises O 15 departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. She was escorted by HNoMs Molde. (3)

16 Feb 1944
At 0400 hours, HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN), started to sent out D/F bearings in order to home in HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN) and HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN).

1200 hours - Started prepartions on deck to establish a tow line.

1455 hours - In position 64°24'N, 06°36'E sighted HMS Musketeer and HMS Scourse bearing 270°. HMS Scourge was ordered to take Stubborn in tow when the weather became suitable. Lt. Duff writes in his patrol report 'I have never previously appreciated the beauty of a destroyer seen bows-on'.

See 17 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (8)

19 Feb 1944
At 1127 hours, HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), took HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, DSC, RN) in tow. However the tow parted after 16 minutes. Stubborn then again proceeded under her own power.

1648 hours - HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) now took HMS Stubborn in tow. The tow now held and Stubborn was towed succesfully throughout the night.

See 20 February 1944 for the continuation of the events. (8)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18284
  3. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/18396
  5. Personal communication
  6. ADM 173/18123
  7. ADM 173/18180
  8. ADM 199/1874

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


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