Allied Warships

HMS Pentstemon (K 61)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 61 
Built byGeorge Philip & Sons Ltd. (Dartmouth, U.K.) : Clark 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down28 Nov 1939 
Launched18 Jan 1941 
Commissioned31 Jul 1941 
End service 
History

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

Sold in 1946.
Became the merchant Galaxidi in 1947.
Name changed to Rosa Vlassi in 1951.

 

Commands listed for HMS Pentstemon (K 61)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Byron, RNR21 Apr 1941Early 1943
2T/Lt. Douglas Cameron Williams, RNVREarly 1943Dec 1944
3T/Lt. John Denis Davis, RNVRDec 1944Apr 1945
4T/Lt. Charles Henry Deverill, RNVRApr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Pentstemon include:


17 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-131 was sunk north-east of Madeira, Portugal, in position 34°12'N, 13°35'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSC, RN), the British destroyer HMS Stanley (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Shaw, OBE, RN), the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, RNR (retired)) and the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, RN), and by depth charges from a Martlet aircraft (Sqdn. 802) of the British escort carrier HMS Audacity (Cdr. D.W. Mackendrick, RN).

18 Aug 1942
The British merchant ship Hatarana, that was torpedoed and damaged north-east of the Azores in position 41°07'N, 20°32'W by German U-boat U-214 was scuttled by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, DSC, RNR (retired)), which also picked up 20 survivors and landed them at Londonderry.

29 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN), HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN) and aircraft. (1)

30 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN), HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN). (1)

1 Apr 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17253
  2. ADM 173/18324

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


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