Allied Warships

HMS Sunflower (K 41)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 41 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down24 May 1940 
Launched19 Aug 1940 
Commissioned25 Jan 1941 
End service 
History

HMS Sunflower is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Scrapped at Hayle in August 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Sunflower (K 41)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. John Treasure Jones, RNR18 Dec 194019 Feb 1943
2A/Lt.Cdr. James Plomer, RCNVR19 Feb 194320 Mar 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Leslie Hugh Stammers, RNVR20 Mar 194431 Jul 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Herbert Samuel May, RNR31 Jul 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Sunflower include:


22 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sabre (Lt. Sir P.W. Gretton, DSC, RN), HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR), HMS Kingcup (Lt. R.A.D. Cambridge, DSC, RNR) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (1)

31 May 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. C.P. Norman, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) D.F. White, RNR) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (2)

27 Jul 1941
HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR) picks up 6 survivors from the British merchant Hawkinge that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 about 800 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet in position 44°55'N, 17°44'W.

30 Jul 1941
The British merchant Shahristan is torpedoed and sunk south-east of the Azores in position 35°19'N, 23°53'W. HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR) later picks up 37 survivors.

11 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR). (3)

6 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Landman, RN), HMS Hartland (Lt.Cdr. G.P. Billot, RNR), HMS Ibis (Lt.Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (4)

13 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (5)

14 Jan 1942
HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR) picks up 21 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Chepo that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-43 in convoy ON-55 about 230 miles west-northwest of Rockall in position 58°30'N, 19°40'W.

16 Aug 1942
HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR) picks up 17 survivors from the British merchant Richmond Castle that was torpedoed and sunk on 4 August 1942 in the North Atlantic in position 50°25'N, 35°05'W by German U-boat U-176.

17 Dec 1942
HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RNR) picks up 27 survivors from the British destroyer HMS Firedrake (Cdr. E.H. Tilden, DSC, RN), which was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-211 in the North Atlantic in position 50°50'N, 25°15'W. (6)

13 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear (), HMS Aubretia (Lt. G.D. Fowler, RNR), HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR) and HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR). (7)

14 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wear (), HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, DSC, RNR), HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) and HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, DSC, RD, RNR). (7)

15 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RD, RNR), HMCS Algoma (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J. Harding, RCNR), HMCS Calgary (T/Lt. H.K. Hill, RCNVR) and HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR). (7)

5 May 1943
German U-boat U-638 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of Newfoundland, in position 54°12'N, 44°05'W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR).

HMS Sunflower also picks up 66 survivors from the British merchant Dolius that was U-638's last victim. northeast of Belle Isle

6 May 1943
HMS Tay was part of convoy ONS-5 escort. Her Commander, Robert Sherwood, RNR, was given (from Cdr. Gretton, in destroyer HMS Duncan) the duty of Senior Officer Escort of the convoy, on May 3rd. Three days later, the corvette HMS Snowflake found U-125 just 100 meters away, badly damaged. The submarine's crew scuttled the boat, and another corvette, HMS Sunflower, turned up. When they were about to rescue the Germans, a regrettable order came from Sherwood: "Not approved to pick up survivors". So both corvettes made off, letting the entire crew of the submarine to perish in the cold waters.

27 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Broome (Lt. C.S. Arthur, Jr., USN), HMS Duncan (Cdr. Sir P.W Gretton, DSO and Bar, DSC, OBE, RN) and HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR). (8)

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). (9)

17 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-631 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 58°13'N, 32°29'W, by depth charges from the British corvette Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, RCNVR).

29 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-282 was sunk south-east of Greenland, in position 55°28'N, 31°57'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and the British corvette HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, DSC, RCNVR).

6 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, DSC, RCNVR) and HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR). (10)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16760
  3. ADM 173/16742
  4. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/16767
  6. Personal communication
  7. ADM 173/17781
  8. ADM 173/17796
  9. ADM 173/17786
  10. ADM 173/18492

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


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