Allied Warships

HMS Bentley (K 465)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 465 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down26 Apr 1943 
Launched17 Jul 1943 
Commissioned13 Oct 1943 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 5 November 1945. Stricken on 19 December 1945 and scrapped.

Former nameUSS Ebert DE 74

Commands listed for HMS Bentley (K 465)

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1Lt.Cdr. Paul Cortis Hopkins, RN16 Aug 1943May 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Eric George May, DSC, RNMay 19443 Dec 1944
3Lt. Francis Louis Boyer, RN3 Dec 1944Jan 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Eric George May, DSC, RNJan 1945Jul 1945
5T/Lt. Frank Stanley Horace Greenaway, RNVRJul 19455 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Bentley include:

27 Apr 1944
HMS Affleck (A/Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Bentley (Lt.Cdr. P.C. Hopkins, RN) together pick up 54 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Colin that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day in the North Atlantic in position 54°16'N, 31°58'W by German U-boat U-859.

17 Sep 1944
HMS Vitality (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Affleck (A/Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Bentley (Lt.Cdr. E.G. May, DSC, RN). (1)

11 Jan 1945
HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. P.J.S. de Jong, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Conn (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Deane (T/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR) and later with HMS Garlies (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.M.M. Stamp, RNVR), HMS Bentley (Lt.Cdr. E.G. May, DSC, RN) and HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, DSC, RN). (2)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19421
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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

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