Allied Warships

HMS Puffin (L 52 / K 52)

Patrol vessel of the Kingfisher class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypePatrol vessel
ClassKingfisher 
PennantL 52 / K 52 
ModFirst group 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered21 Mar 1935 
Laid down12 Jun 1935 
Launched5 May 1936 
Commissioned26 Aug 1936 
End service 
History

Heavy damaged in North Sea by collision on 26 March 1945, not repaired.
Sold 16 January 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Puffin (L 52 / K 52)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Francis Hollins, RN15 Dec 19383 Oct 1939
2Lt.Cdr. John Montagu Granville Waldegrave, RN3 Oct 193921 Apr 1940
3Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Earl Beattie, RN21 Apr 194011 Sep 1940
4Lt. Henry Kirkwood, RN11 Sep 194028 Jun 1942
5T/Lt. Alfred Stapledon Miller, RNZNVR28 Jun 1942ca. mid45

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Notable events involving Puffin include:


25 Oct 1939
German U-boat U-16 was scuttled in the English Channel near Dover, in position 51°09'N, 01°28'E, after hitting a mine. Its loss was earlier credited to depth charge attacks carried out by the British ASW trawler HMS Cayton Wyke (Ch/Skr. D.F. Noble, RNR) and the patrol vessel HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN) in the afternoon on 24 October, but the U-boat was probably not damaged during these attacks.

20 Nov 1939
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) conducted exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN). (1)

30 Nov 1939
HMS H 28 (Lt. D.E. Mansfield, RN) conducted practice attacks off Portland on HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN). (2)

30 Nov 1939
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) conducted exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN). (1)

30 Nov 1939
HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN). (3)

7 Dec 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN) and HMS Conqueror (Capt.(Retd.) E.T.R. Chambers, RN). (4)

7 Feb 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) and HMS Unity (Lt. J.F.B. Brown, RN) depated the Nore for Portsmouth. They were escorted by HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN). (5)

26 Mar 1945
HMS Puffin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.S. Miller, RNZNVR) rammed and sank a German Seehund midget submarine off Lowestoft. (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15741
  2. ADM 173/15680
  3. ADM 173/15750
  4. ADM 173/15690
  5. ADM 173/16302
  6. Personal communication

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


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