Allied Warships

HMS Petunia (K 79)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 79 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) : Kincaid 
Ordered31 Aug 1939 
Laid down4 Dec 1939 
Launched19 Sep 1940 
Commissioned13 Jan 1941 
End service 
History

Sold to the Chinese Navy in January 1946 and renamed Fu Po.
Sunk on 19 March 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Petunia (K 79)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Victor Legassick, RNR16 Dec 1940Dec 1941

2Lt.Cdr. John Merrick Rayner, RD, RNR15 Jan 19425 Dec 1942
3A/Lt.Cdr. George Edward Newey, RNR5 Dec 194214 Oct 1943
4Lt. Roland Maurice Roberts, RNR14 Oct 194313 Apr 1944
5T/Lt. Graham Leonard Coles, RNVR13 Apr 1944Apr 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Petunia include:


19 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Spray (Lt. H.P. Crail, RNR) and HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RNR). (1)

24 Feb 1941
HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassisk, RNR) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Jonathan Holt and 17 survivors from the British merchant Mansepool that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-97 in the North Atlantic south-west of the Faroes Islands in position 61°10'N, 11°55'W.

HMS Petunia also picks up 41 survivors from the British tanker British Gunner that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-97 in the North Atlantic south-west of the Faroes Islands in position 61°09'N, 12°04'W.

20 Feb 1942
HMS Tigris (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) departed from Holy Loch for Plymouth. She was escorted by the British corvette HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR). Trident was to refit at the Devonport Dockyard. (2)

23 Feb 1942
HMS Taku (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) made rendez-vous of Wolf Rock with HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR). They then proceeded north through the Irish Sea towards Holy Loch. (3)

23 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-125 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Bruy?re southwest of Freetown in position 04°55'N, 17°16'W. 27 of the survivors were later picked up by the British corvette HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) and landed at Freetown.

7 Oct 1942
HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) picks up 248 survivors from the British passenger ship Andalucia Star that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-107 about 200 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 06°38'N, 15°46'W.

11 Oct 1942
HMS Petunia (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rayner, RD, RNR) picks up 126 survivors from the British merchant Agapenor that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-87 about 180 nautical miles south of Freetown in position 06°53'N, 15°23'W.

14 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR), HMS Londonderry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Petunia (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16780
  2. ADM 199/424
  3. ADM 173/17584
  4. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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