Allied Warships

HMS Blean (L 47)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 47 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered28 Jul 1940 
Laid down22 Feb 1941 
Launched15 Jan 1942 
Commissioned23 Aug 1942 
Lost11 Dec 1942 
Loss position35° 55'N, 1° 50'W
History

HMS Blean (Lt. Norman John Parker, RN) was sunk about 60 nautical miles west of Oran, Algeria in position 35º55'N, 01º50'W by a torpedo from the German submarine U-443. 89 members of her crew went down with the ship.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 11 Dec 1942 by U-443 (Puttkamer).

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Commands listed for HMS Blean (L 47)

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1Lt. Norman John Parker, RN20 Jul 194211 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Blean include:


17 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN) and HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO, RN). (1)

19 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO, RN), HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN), HMS Quality (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, DSO, RN) and HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN). (1)

20 Sep 1942
Around 1500A/20, the battleship HMS Rodney (Capt. J.W. Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN) and the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (Capt. H.C. Bovell, CBE, RN) departed the Firth of Forth for Scapa Flow. About one hour later they were joined by the destroyers ORP Blyskawica (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP), HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. G.H.D. Williams, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN), HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN) and HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN).

They arrived at Scapa Flow in the morning of September 21st. (2)

22 Sep 1942
Around 0615A/22, the battleship HMS Rodney (Capt. J.W. Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Loch Ewe where she arrived around 1430A/22. She was escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN), HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) and HMS Tanatside (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Brown, RN). (3)

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


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Sources

  1. ADM 173/17241
  2. ADM 53/116596 + ADM 53/116741 + ADM 199/427 + ADM 199/429
  3. ADM 53/116596

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


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