Allied Warships

HMS Aster (K 188)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 188 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down15 Oct 1940 
Launched12 Feb 1941 
Commissioned9 Apr 1941 
End service 

Sold and scrapped at Bo'ness starting on 29 May 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Aster (K 188)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Hewitt, RD, RNR26 Feb 1941Dec 1941
2Lt. Walter Laurcence Smith, RNRDec 1941Aug 1944
3T/Lt. Frank Fitzpatrick Johnson, RANVRAug 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Aster include:

22 May 1941
At 1540 hours, in position 44°04'N, 22°26'W, HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) left convoy HG 62 escorted by the British corvette HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR). O 24 was to join convoy OG 62. (1)

23 May 1941
At 1430 hours, in position 42°44'N, 21°34'W, HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN), and the British corvette HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR) joined convoy OG 62. (1)

27 Oct 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) departed Freetown for a few days of exercises together with the destroyer HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. R.L.S. Gaisford, RN), the corvettes HMS Armeria (T/Lt. H.N. Russell, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (Lt. H.N. Lawson, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), the A/S trawlers HMS Fandango (Lt. J.A.T. Maishman, RNR), HMS Morris Dance (Lt. A. Bruce, RCNVR) and several ML's. (2)

18 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Aster (Lt.Cdr. E. Hewitt, RD, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (3)

22 Mar 1942
HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Balston, DSO, RN) carries out exercises off Colombo together with HMS Express (Lt.Cdr. F.J. Cartwright, RN), HMS Shoreham (Cdr. G.P. Claridge, RN) and HMS Aster (Lt. W.L. Smith, RNR). (4)


  1. ADM 199/1879
  2. ADM 173/16987
  3. ADM 173/16988
  4. ADM 173/17660

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

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