Allied Warships

HMS Dianella (K 07)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 07 
Built byJ. Lewis & Sons Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down8 Dec 1939 
Launched3 Sep 1940 
Commissioned6 Jan 1941 
End service 
History

Name changed from HMS Daffodil on 26 October 1940 prior to commissioning.

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

Sold to J. Lee for scrapping in early 1947, arrived for scrapping at Portaferry on 24 June 1947.

 
Former nameHMS Daffodil

Commands listed for HMS Dianella (K 07)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. James Gavin Rankin, RNR3 Jan 19414 Jan 1943
2T/Lt. John Frank Tognola, RNR4 Jan 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Dianella include:


Llangollen and district North Wales adopted HMS Dianella during warship week in December 1941. (1)

11 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Verbena (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR). (2)

29 Mar 1941
HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Germanic that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 south of Iceland in position 61°18'N, 22°05'W.

HMS Dianella also picks up 43 survivors from the British merchant Hylton that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 south of Iceland in position 61°22'N, 20°00'W.

22 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (3)

15 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR) and aircraft.

In the early evening HrMs O 10 was hit by a practice bomb that damaged the pressure hull. The exercise was then cancelled and O 10 proceeded to Londonderry for repairs. (3)

30 Jun 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR). (4)

7 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR). (5)

29 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), USS Bristol (Lt.Cdr. C.C. Wood, USN), HMS Kingcup (Lt.Cdr. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and FFS Roselys. (6)

5 Jul 1942
The British merchant Empire Byron is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-703 in the Barents Sea in position 76°18'N, 33°30'E. 63 survivors are later picked up HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR).

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. (7)

7 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with RHS Miaoulis, HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR). (7)

8 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR). (7)

9 Feb 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Poppy (Lt. N.K. Boyd, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR) and USS Spencer. (7)

27 May 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Londonderry with HMS Poppy (T/Lt. D.R.C. Onslow, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, DSC, RNR), HMS Lotus (Lt.Cdr. H.J. Hall, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR) and HMS Enchantress (Cdr. A.E.T. Christie, OBE, DSC, RN). (8)

5 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Borage (Lt. W.S. MacDonald, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR). (9)

7 Dec 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Inman (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.F. Tognola, RNR). (10)

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/16780
  3. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16761
  5. ADM 173/16793
  6. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/17779
  8. ADM 173/18350
  9. ADM 173/18528
  10. ADM 173/19424

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


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