Allied Warships

HMS Orchis (K 76)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 76 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered19 Sep 1939 
Laid down18 Jun 1940 
Launched15 Oct 1940 
Commissioned29 Nov 1940 
Lost21 Aug 1944 
History

On 21 August 1944 HMS Orchis (A/T/Lt.Cdr. Bryan Webster Harris, DSC, RNVR) is severely damaged by a mine, and beached off 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, and subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss (CTL).

 

Commands listed for HMS Orchis (K 76)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR12 Nov 194017 May 1941
2T/Lt. Henry Vernon, RNR17 May 19415 Oct 1941
3Lt. Charles Edmund Keene, RCNVR5 Oct 1941late 1941
4Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNRlate 194116 Mar 1943
5T/Lt. Eric David Arthur Dyer, RCNVR16 Mar 194320 Oct 1943
6T/Lt. Bryan Webster Harris, RNVR20 Oct 1943late 1944

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Notable events involving Orchis include:


6 May 1941
HMS Orchis (Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) picks up survivors from the British armed boarding vessel HMS Camito that was torpedoed the previous day by German U-boat U-97 in position 50°40'N, 21°30'W.

1 Jul 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Boadicea (A/Cdr. E.C.L. Turner, RN), HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Orchis (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR) and aircraft. (1)

25 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HNoMS Narvik and HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN). (2)

26 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN), HMS Orchis (Lt. A.D. White, RNR), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN) and HMS Piroutte (T/Lt. E.R. Pate, RNR). (2)

5 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Towy (Cdr. M.J Evans, OBE, RN), FFS Roselys, ORP Burza (Cdr. F. Pitulko, ORP), HMS Narcissus (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, RNVR). (3)

22 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR), RHS Tompazis, HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR), HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR) and HMS Buttercup (T/Lt. R.J. Jonckheere, RNR). (4)

22 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Lavender (Lt. L.G. Pilcher, RNR), RHS Kriezis, HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. J.E.R. Wilford, RNR) and HMS Orchis (T/Lt. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR). (5)

15 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-741 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Brighton, in position 50°02'N, 00°36'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Orchis (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR).

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16762
  2. ADM 173/17201
  3. ADM 173/17777
  4. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/18492

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


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