Allied Warships

HMS Campanula (K 18)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 18 
Built byFleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down26 Oct 1939 
Launched23 May 1940 
Commissioned6 Sep 1940 
End service 
History

HMS Campanula is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold for scrapping to Clayton & Davie, arrived in Dunstan on 21 August 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Campanula (K 18)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Richard Vere Essex Case, DSC, RNRAug 194015 Jan 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Walter Hine, RNR15 Jan 194226 Nov 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Andrew Rogers, RNR26 Nov 194216 Aug 1943
4Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR16 Aug 19431 Nov 1943
5T/Lt. Ian Bull, RNVR1 Nov 19439 Jul 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Hugh Patrick Davies, RNR9 Jul 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Campanula include:


19 Aug 1941
The surviving crew members from the British merchant ship Alva, that was sunk by German U-boat U-559 were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) and transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August 1941.

22 Aug 1941
At 2331 hours German U-boat U-564 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the convoy OG-71 west of Aveiro, Portugal and observed four different detonations and three columns of fire, later lifeboats were seen. Suhren thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others. However, only two ships were hit and sunk, the British merchant ship Empire Oak and Irish merchant ship Clonlara in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W. The master Joseph Reynolds and 12 crew members from the Clonlara were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar on 24 August. Six crew members were lost. The master Frederick Edward Christian, three crew members and four gunners from the Empire Oak were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR), later transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August. 13 crew members were lost. On 19 August, the Empire Oak had picked up six survivors from Aguila and eleven survivors from Alva. The survivors from Aguila died when this ship was sunk, while the other survivors were also rescued by the corvette.

23 Aug 1941
HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) picks up 38 survivors from the British merchant Aldergrove that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-201 north-west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W.

21 Mar 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. E.N. Sinclair, RN) and HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. W. Hine, RNR). (1)

7 Feb 1943
HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Mignonette (Lt H.H. Brown, RNR) together pick up the 37 survivors from the British merchant Afrika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°16'N, 26°31'W.

12 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR). (2)

13 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whitehall (Cdr. C.L.de H. Bell, RD, RNR), HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.W. Cooper, RNR) and HMS Sabre (Lt. R.L. Caple, DSC, RN). (2)

21 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Sweetbriar (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Edwards, RNVR), HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR) and HMS Campanula (Lt. T.W. Lewis, DSC, RANVR). (3)

25 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR) and HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR). (4)

26 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR) and HMS Nasturtium (T/Lt. W.N. Bishop-Laggett, RNR). (4)

27 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Amherst (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L. de la C. Audette, RCNVR) and HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR). (5)

28 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR), HMCS Camrose (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.R. Pavillard, RCNR) and HMCS Prescott (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McIsaac, RCNVR). (5)

29 Feb 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR), HMS Heather (T/Lt. W.L. Turner, RNR), HMCS Lunenburg (T/Lt. D.L. Miller, RCNVR), HMCS Prescott (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McIsaac, RCNVR), a href=/allies/warships/ship/807.html>HMCS Camrose (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.R. Pavillard, RCNR) and HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR). (6)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17827
  3. ADM 173/17927
  4. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/18492
  6. ADM 173/18513

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


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