HMS Affleck (K 362)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||5 Apr 1943|
|Launched||30 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||17 Sep 1943|
At 14.14 hours on 26 December, 1944, U-486 fired three Gnats at the 1st Escort Group on patrol off Cherbourg and observed hits after 1 minute 39 seconds and 1 minute 41 seconds and heard a third detonation after 7 minutes. Meyer claimed two destroyers sunk and a corvette damaged. In fact the frigates HMS Affleck (Cdr. Clive Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN (retired)) and the HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) were hit. The latter sank and the other was towed to port, but declared a total loss.
HMS Affleck is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
After the war the HMS Affleck returned to the US Navy in Britain, where she was sold on 24 January 1947 and served as mercantile hulk Nostra Senora de la Luz until 1970, when she was broken up.
Commands listed for HMS Affleck (K 362)
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|1||Lt. Eric Ian Pilditch, RN||29 Jul 1943||31 Jan 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clive Gwinner, DSO, RN||31 Jan 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Affleck include:
26 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-91 was sunk Northern Atlantic, in position 49°45'N, 26°20'W by the British frigates HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN (retired)), HMS Gore (Lt J. Reeves-Brown, RN) and HMS Gould (Lt D.W. Ungoed, RN).
1 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-358 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 45°46'N, 23°16'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Gould (Lt. D.W. Ungoed, RN), HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN (retired)), HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, RN) and HMS Garlies (Lt. R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN).
16 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-392 was sunk in the Straits of Gibraltar, in position 35°55'N, 05°41'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN (retired)), the British destroyer HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) and depth charges from 3 US Catalina aircraft (VP 63).
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.
22 Sep 1944
HMS Malaya (Cdr. D.H. Fuller, RN) departed Plymouth for Rosyth. She was being escorted by HMS Hart (Cdr. (retired) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Lark (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Skate (Lt. J.H. Macalister, RNVR).
At 1325/24, HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and HMS Cambrian (Lt.Cdr. H.T. Harrel, RN) took over from HMS Hart and HMS Lark. [The other escorts apparently had been detached by this time.]
Around 0945/25, HMS Malaya arrived off Rosyth. (3)
- ADM 173/18492
- ADM 173/19421
- ADM 53/119848
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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