Allied Warships

HMS Bluebell (K 80)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 80 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down25 Oct 1939 
Launched24 Apr 1940 
Commissioned19 Jul 1940 
Lost17 Feb 1945 
Loss position69° 36'N, 35° 29'E
History

HMS Bluebell (Lt. Geoffrey Herbert Walker, DSC, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-711 on the 17th February 1945 off the Kola Inlet (Russia) in position 69º36'N, 35º29'E.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 17 Feb 1945 by U-711 (Lange).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Bluebell

Commands listed for HMS Bluebell (K 80)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Evan Sherwood, RNRMay 19407 May 1942
2Lt. Geoffrey Herbert Walker, RNVR7 May 194217 Feb 1945 (+)

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Notable events involving Bluebell include:


16 Oct 1940
HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 14 survivors from the Canadian merchant Trevisa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-124 218 nautical miles west of Rockall in position 57°28'N, 20°30'W.

17 Oct 1940
HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 39 survivors from the British tanker Languedoc and 39 survivors from the British merchant Scoresby that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 about 160 nautical miles north-west of Rockall in position 59°14'N, 17°51'W.

19 Oct 1940
HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Beatus that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-46 about 100 nautical miles west by south of Barra Head in position 57°31'N, 13°10'W.

HMS Bluebell also picks up 35 survivors from the British merchant Empire Miniver that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-99 about 100 nautical miles west by south of Barra Head in position 56°40'N, 10°45'W.

16 Mar 1941
HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker Venetia that was torpedoed and sunk west-south-west of the Faroes in position 61°00N, 12°36'W by German U-boat U-99.

5 Aug 1941
HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR) picks up 47 survivors from the British merchant Belgravian and 2 survivors from the British merchant Swiftpool that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-372 of Ireland in positions 53°03'N, 15°54'W and 53°03'N, 16°00'W.

21 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HNoMS Rose, HMS Bluebell (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR), HMS Rockrose (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Birch, RNR) and HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR). (1)

13 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Azalea (Lt.Cdr. G.C. Geddes, RD, RNR), HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR), HMCS Amherst (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L. de la C. Audette, RCNVR) and HMS Bluebell (Lt. G.H. Walker, DSC, RNVR). (2)

10 Nov 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Bluebell (Lt. G.H. Walker, DSC, RNVR). (3)

Media links


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Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18492
  3. File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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