FR La Moqueuse
Minesweeper of the Elan class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||Arsenal de Lorient (Lorient, France)|
|Laid down||Sep 1938|
|Launched||19 Apr 1939|
|End service||30 Oct 1965|
Seized by the British on 3 July 1940.
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Notable events involving La Moqueuse include:
27 Feb 1941
Late in the afternoon, off Milford Haven near position 51°37'N, 05°28'W HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and their escort the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse encounter the British merchant Losada (6520 GRT, built 1921). As La Moqueuse was more than a mile behind both submarines the crew of the Losada think they were German U-boats and opened fire. To prevent being hit both submarines crash dive. The crew of La Moqueuse had not seen both submarines dive and was now also under the impression that a German U-boat was nearby and dropped three depth charges. O 21 was the target of the attack but sustains no damage. Both submarines surfaced shortly afterwards. (5)
17 Mar 1941
HMS Union (Lt. R.M. Galloway, RN) departed Holy Loch for Portsmouth. She made the passage through the Irish Sea together with HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN). They were escorted during the passage South by FFS La Moqueuse. (7)
22 Mar 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt.Cdr. M.K. Cavenagh-Mainwaring, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.
Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Torbay (Lt.Cdr. A.C.C. Miers, RN) and HMS Taku (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN). They were escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse.
No logs are available for this period so no map of this patrol can be displayed. (6)
28 Apr 1941
HMS Trident (Lt.Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 17th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.
During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse until 0030/30.
For the daily positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below.
HMS Trident 17th war patrolclick here for bigger map
24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.
The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.
25 Jun 1941
HMS Oberon (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse
Later practice attacks were made on HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN) and her escort which was made up of HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse and FFS La Moqueuse. (9)
- ADM 199/1864
- ADM 199/1846
- ADM 199/1847
- ADM 199/1845
- ADM 199/1880
- ADM 199/1844
- ADM 199/400
- File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16819
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.