Allied Warships

HMS Campion (K 108)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 108 
Built byJohn Crown & Sons Ltd. (Sunderland, U.K) : Clark 
Ordered15 Dec 1939 
Laid down16 Sep 1940 
Launched20 Jun 1941 
Commissioned7 Jul 1941 
End service 
History

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

Sold on 20 April 1947 and scrapped at Newport.

 

Commands listed for HMS Campion (K 108)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Johnson, RNVR2 Jun 194130 Aug 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Harold Duncan Horwood, RD, RNR30 Aug 19425 Dec 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Alan Brown, RNR5 Dec 19427 Sep 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Thomas Stewart Clouston, RNVR7 Sep 194310 Jan 1944
5Lt. Thomas Franklyn Alderman, RNR10 Jan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Campion include:


22 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and HMS Islay (Ch.Skr. T. Donovan, RNR). (1)

23 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and HMS Islay (Ch.Skr. T. Donovan, RNR). (1)

30 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR), HMS Rothesay (Cdr. A.A. Martin, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Felixstowe (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN). (1)

31 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Felixstowe (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Corbet-Singleton, DSC, RN), HMS Cape Palliser (T/Lt. G.E.P. Morris, RNR), HMS Rothesay (Cdr. A.A. Martin, DSC, RD, RNR) and FFS Senateur Duhamel. (1)

1 Aug 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Rothesay (Cdr. A.A. Martin, DSC, RD, RNR), FFS Senateur Duhamel, FFS Aconit and HMS Fara (Lt.Cdr. N.L. Pickersgill, RCNVR). (1)

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.

27 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN). (2)

17 Dec 1941
HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) picks up 13 survivors from the Portuguese merchant Cassequel that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-108 about 160 nautical miles south-west of Cape St. Vincent in position 35°08'N, 11°14'W on 14 December.

30 Apr 1942
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.F. Drijfhout Van Hooff, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Mayflower (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, RCNR) and HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR). (3)

21 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (Lt. G.P.S. Lowe, RNVR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR) and HMS Tango (T/Lt. J. Hunter, RNR). (4)

2 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Myosotis (T/Lt. R. Lugg, RNR) and aircraft. (5)

3 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR), HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR), HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, DSO, RNR) and HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR). (5)

21 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Black Swan (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.C.V. Thomson, RN), HMS Stonecrop (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Smythe, RD, RNR), HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR). (6)

25 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Brown, RNVR) and HMS Mallow (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR). (6)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6377 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16795
  3. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/17244
  5. ADM 173/17779
  6. ADM 173/17792

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


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