Allied Warships

HMS Vetch (K 132)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 132 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down15 Mar 1941 
Launched27 May 1941 
Commissioned11 Aug 1941 
End service 

Sold in August 1945.
Became the merchantile Patrai in 1948.
Renamed Olympic Hunter in 1951.
Renamed Otori Maru No.18 in 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Vetch (K 132)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Herbert James Beverley, DSC, RNRJul 1941mid 1943
2Lt. Kenneth Michael Bertie Menzies, RNRmid 1943Apr 1945
3T/Lt. David Malcolm Edwards, DSC, RNRApr 1945Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Vetch include:

14 Apr 1942
German U-boat U-252 was sunk at 2230hrs on 14 April 1942 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in approximate position 47°00'N, 18°14'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, DSO, RN) and the British corvette HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR).

25 May 1943
German U-boat U-414 was sunk in the western Mediterranean north-west of Ten?s, in position 36°31'N, 00°40'E, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR).

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