Allied Warships

HMS Fritillary (K 199)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 199 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered8 Apr 1940 
Laid down15 Feb 1941 
Launched22 Jul 1941 
Commissioned1 Nov 1941 
End service 

HMS Fritillary is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold on 19 March 1946.
Became the merchantile Andria in 1947.
Renamed V.D. Chidambaram in 1949.
Scrapped in India in 1955.


Commands listed for HMS Fritillary (K 199)

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1Lt.Cdr. Wallace Hamilton Barker, RNR18 Aug 1941Jul 1943
2T/Lt. Cecil Ru-Ru McLarnon O'Brien, DSC, RNVRJul 194325 Apr 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leslie James Maxwell, RNVR25 Apr 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Fritillary include:

26 Apr 1943
HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr. E.F Balston, DSO, RN) departed from Durban for Simonstown. She is escorted by HMS Fritillary (Lt.Cdr. W.H. Barker, RD, RNR). En-route exercises are carried out with the escort vessel and SAAF aircraft. During the night of 27/28 April the two ships lost contact. Aircraft searched for Trusty but were unable to find her, looks like some more exercises were needed ! (1)


  1. ADM 199/1861

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

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