Allied Warships

HMS Albrighton (L 12)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

HMS Albrighton during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 12 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Jul 1940 
Laid down20 Nov 1940 
Launched11 Oct 1941 
Commissioned22 Feb 1942 
End service 

Sold to West Germany Navy on 14 May 1959 (like HMS Eggesford), where she served as the frigate Raule F 217.
Sold for scrap to Eisen & Metall in 1969.

The ships bell is reported as displayed at the Albrighton Parish Church,Shropshire.


Commands listed for HMS Albrighton (L 12)

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1Lt. Ronald John Hanson, RN11 Nov 194120 Sep 1943
2Lt. John Joseph Symonds Hooker, RN20 Sep 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Albrighton include:

17 Mar 1942
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Albrighton (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (1)

17 Mar 1942
HMS P 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) conducted attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Albrighton (Lt. R.J. Hanson, RN). (2)

11 Nov 1942
HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) arrived at Gibraltar at 0900 hours. She departed again at 1445 hours to go to the aid of the torpedoed troop transport Nieuw Zeeland.

Later that day the British destroyer HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN), the British escort destroyer HMS Albrighton (Lt. R.J. Hanson, DSC, DSO, RN) and the Dutch destroyer HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) together rescue 238 survivors from the Dutch troop transport Nieuw Zeeland that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-380 about 80 miles east of Gibraltar in position 35°57'N, 03°58'W.

The three ships then took the survivors to Gibraltar where they arrived around 2115 hours.

HrMs Isaac Sweers and HMS Porcupine departed Gibraltar soon after having landed the survivors. They were to join 'Force H' at sea. Before doing so they were to fuel at sea from 'Force R'.

30 Nov 1942
HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN) departed Portsmouth for Scapa Flow. On departure she is escorted for a while by HMS Albrighton (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Hanson, DSO, DSC, RN). (3)

12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.

20 Dec 1944
Around 0830A/20, the destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Sluijter, RNethN) and the escort destroyer HMS Albrighton (A/Lt.Cdr. J.J.S. Hooker, RN) departed Milford Haven to make rendezvous with the battleship HMS Ramillies (Capt. G.B. Middleton, CBE, RN) and the landing ship HMS Keren (A/Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN) and their current escort of the escort destroyer HMS Avon Vale (Lt. I. Hall, RN) and frigates HMS Gardiner (A/Lt.Cdr. W.G.H. Bolton, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Perim (T/A/Lt.Cdr. N.J.T. Mosarrat, RNVR). The battleship was en-route from Greenock to Portsmouth.

When HrMs Tjerk Hiddes and HMS Albrighton joined around 1000A/20, HMS Gardiner and HMS Perim parted company.

HrMS Tjerk Hiddes, HMS Avon Vale and HMS Albrighton arrived at Plymouth around 1300A/21. They had been relieved at 0855A/21, off Start Point, by an escort coming from Portsmouth. [No further details available for the moment.] (4)


  1. ADM 173/17334
  2. ADM 173/17389
  3. ADM 53/116430
  4. ADM 199/1392 + File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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