HMS Snapdragon (K 10)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||27 Sep 1939|
|Launched||3 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||28 Oct 1940|
|Lost||19 Dec 1942|
|Loss position||32° 18'N, 19° 54'E|
HMS Snapdragon (Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, DSO, RN) was sunk by German bombers north-west of Benghazi, Libya in position 32º18'N, 19º54'E.
Commands listed for HMS Snapdragon (K 10)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Edward Campbell Hulton, RN||30 Aug 1940||28 Feb 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Philip Hastings Potter, RNR||28 Feb 1941||30 Sep 1942|
|3||Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, DSO, RN||30 Sep 1942||19 Dec 1942|
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Notable events involving Snapdragon include:
5 Nov 1941
The A/S whaler HMS KOS XIX / Cocker (Lt. L.H. Davies, RNR) sighted a periscope about 32 nautical miles west of Alexandria at 2220/5.
Destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) was sent from Alexandria to assist. She already sailed at 2325/5.
The destroyers were recalled to harbour at 1800 and arrived later in the evening. No contact had been obtained.
As an oil slick was sighted in the area of the hunt on the 7th the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair-Ford, RN) were sent to hunt in the area again. They departed Alexandria at 1200 and 1400 hours respectively.
The search continued during the night of 7/8 November. HMS Encounter joined the destroyers in the morning. She sailed from Alexandria at 0815/8.
The hunt was however soon abandoned as no contact could be obtained and and the three destroyers then escorted the light cruiser HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) during a practice bombardment at Aboukir. HMS Neptune had departed Alexandria at 1000/8.
Following the exercise HMS Neptune immediately returned to Alexandria arriving at 1630/8.
HMS Encounter, HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling returned to Alexandria at 1015/9 having remained outside on patrol for another night. (2)
- ADM 173/16308
- ADM 53/115216 + ADM 199/415
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.