HMS Aubretia (K 96)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Kincaid|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||27 Oct 1939|
|Launched||5 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||23 Dec 1940|
|End service||14 Jun 1945|
Decommissioned to reserve on 14 June 1945.
Sold on 29 July 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Aubretia (K 96)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Vivian Funge Smith, RNR||Oct 1940||8 Sep 1942|
|2||Lt. Gerald Ducat Fowler, RNR||8 Sep 1942||14 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Aubretia include:
9 May 1941
German U-boat U-110 was captured on 9 May 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland by the British destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. A.J.B. Cresswell, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the British corvette HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, RNR). The U-boat was allowed to sink the day after to preserve the secret capture.
30 Mar 1942
The British merchant Muncaster Castle that was torpedoed and sunk south-south-west of Monrovia, Liberia in position 02°02'N, 12°02'W. HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RD, RNR) later picks up some of the survivors.
19 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR), HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR). (2)
3 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS Black Swan (Capt. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN) and HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR). (3)
6 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR), HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR) and RHS Miaoulis. (4)
13 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear (), HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR) and HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR). (5)
3 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR), HMS Cyclamen (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Frogbrook, RNR) and HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR). (6)
- ADM 173/16793
- ADM 173/17244
- ADM 173/17813
- ADM 173/17779
- ADM 173/17781
- ADM 173/19337
- ADM 173/19039
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.