HMS Musketeer (G 86)
Destroyer of the M class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Laid down||7 Dec 1939|
|Launched||2 Dec 1941|
|Commissioned||18 Sep 1942|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 6 December 1955.
Commands listed for HMS Musketeer (G 86)
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|1||Cdr. Donald Thorn Dowler, DSC, RN||16 Jun 1942||Dec 1942|
|2||Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, DSC, RN||Dec 1942||6 Oct 1943|
|3||Cdr. Ralph Lindsay Fisher, OBE, RN||6 Oct 1943||20 Feb 1945|
|4||Cdr. Geoffrey Mainwaring Sladen, DSO, DSC, RN||20 Feb 1945||Aug 1945|
|5||Cdr. Robert Marriott Aubrey, DSC, RN||Aug 1945||4 Jun 1946|
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Notable events involving Musketeer include:
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)
21 Sep 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) conducted practice attacks on HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. H.G. Norman, CBE, RN) escorted by the destroyers HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP) and HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Rayner, DSC, RCN). (5)
23 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, DSC and Bar, RN) and ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP). (6)
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. (7)
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). (8)
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. (10)
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. (10)
- File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18284
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18396
- ADM 173/18312
- ADM 173/17786
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/18123
- ADM 173/18180
- ADM 199/1874
- ADM 173/18719
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.