Allied Warships

HMS Loosestrife (K 105)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 105 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Jul 1939 
Laid down9 Dec 1940 
Launched25 Aug 1941 
Commissioned25 Nov 1941 
End service 
History

Decommissioned to reserve on 1 June 1945 at Aberdeen. Beached on a mudbank at Grangemouth.

Sold on 4 October 1946.
Became the merchantile Kallsevni in 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Loosestrife (K 105)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Andrew Alan Campbell, RNR6 Nov 194110 Apr 1943
2Lt. Herbert Arthur Stonehouse, RNR10 Apr 19433 Jul 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. William Renell Seward, RNVR3 Jul 194413 Jan 1945
4Lt. William Atkinson, RNR13 Jan 19451 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Loosestrife include:


29 Jan 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Loosestrife (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (1)

31 Jan 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (T/Lt. A.A. Campbell, RNR) and HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR). (2)

21 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR). (3)

5 May 1943
HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR) picks up 29 survivors from the British merchant Bristol City and 42 survivors from the British merchant Wentworth that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-358 in the North Atlantic, south of Cape Farewell, in position 54°00'N, 43°55'W.

6 May 1943
German U-boat U-192 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell in position 53°06'N, 45°02'W by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR).

21 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR), HMS Shikari (Lt.Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VRD, RNVR), HMS Scimitar (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, DSC, RNR or Lt. G.C. Potter, DSC, RN), HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN). (4)

21 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC, RN). (5)

23 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, DSC, RNR), HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr. K.F. Adams, RCN), HMS Deveron (Lt.Cdr. R.E.H. Partington, RD, RNR), HMS Sabre (T/A/Lt.Cdr. The Hon. G. Howard, RNVR) and HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR). (4)

2 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, DSC, RCNVR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). (6)

28 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Snowflake (Lt. E.J. Powell, RNR) and HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR). (7)

29 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (8)

17 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR), HMS Sweetbriar (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Whitfield, DSC, RNR) and the 6th Escort Group. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17778
  2. ADM 173/17812
  3. ADM 173/17781
  4. ADM 173/17926
  5. ADM 173/17796
  6. ADM 173/17786
  7. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  8. ADM 173/17777
  9. ADM 173/18473

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


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