Allied Warships

HMS Foley (K 474)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 474 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Jan 1942 
Laid down7 Apr 1943 
Launched19 May 1943 
Commissioned8 Sep 1943 
End service 

On 22 August 1945 she was returned to the USN at Harwich, England, and commissioned into the USN same day. Scrapped in June 1946.

Former nameUSS Gillette DE 270

Commands listed for HMS Foley (K 474)

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1Lt.Cdr. Donald Emberton Mansfield, RN8 Sep 19436 Jan 1944
2A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Ash Hannaford Bird, RNVR6 Jan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Foley include:

21 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-538 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 45°40'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Foley (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) and the British sloop HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN).

3 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Foley (A/Lt.Cdr. C.A.H. Bird, RNVR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and aircraft. (1)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/18473

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

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