Allied Warships

HMS Polka (T 139)

ASW Trawler of the Dance class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
ClassDance 
PennantT 139 
Built byHall, Russell & Co. Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Sep 1939 
Laid down19 Jun 1940 
Launched29 Jan 1941 
Commissioned17 Jun 1941 
End service 
HistorySold 3 April 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Polka (T 139)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Kenneth Cranston Donaldson, RNVR21 May 1941early 1942
2T/Lt. Richard Wallace Hart, RCNVRearly 1942early 1942

3Gordon McIntosh Oliver, RNVR11 Jun 194221 Oct 1942
4T/Lt. Innes Athole Thorpe, RNVR21 Oct 194224 May 1944
5T/Lt. Edwin John Scotcher, RNVR24 May 1944

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Notable events involving Polka include:


4 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Balta (T/Lt. J.A.H. Punting, RNR), HMS Cotillion (A/Skr.Lt. J. Flett, RNR), HMS Polka (T/Lt. K.C. Donaldson, RNVR) and HMS Asie (Skr. F.C. Butler, RNR). (1)

6 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with FFS Alysse, HMS Asie (Skr. F.C. Butler, RNR), HMS Polka (T/Lt. K.C. Donaldson, RNVR) and HMS Minuet (T/Lt. A.M. Sullivan, RNVR). (1)

7 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Asie (Skr. F.C. Butler, RNR), HMS Polka (T/Lt. K.C. Donaldson, RNVR), FFS Alysse and HMS Minuet (T/Lt. A.M. Sullivan, RNVR). (1)

9 Jul 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Polka (T/Lt. K.C. Donaldson, RNVR), HMS Le Tiger (T/Lt. C.A. Hoodless, RNR), HMS Brora (T/Lt. L.A. Enevoldson, RNVR) and HMS Flotta (T/Lt. G.L McArthur, RANVR). (1)

2 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Brimness (Skr. A.E. Larner, RNR), HMS Kingston Onyx, HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR) and HMS Berkshire (Skr. G. Bruce, RNR). (2)

3 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with Verdun (Lt.Cdr. D. Parsons, RD, RNR), HMS Lady Beryl, HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR) and HMS Berkshire (Skr. G. Bruce, RNR). (2)

18 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Castleton (Lt. S.E. Jagger, RN), HMS Polka (T/Lt. I.A. Thorpe, MBE, RNVR), HMS Leicester City (T/Lt. C.E. Irving, RNVR), HMS Valse (T/Lt. E.J. Newell, RNVR) and HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR). (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/19315

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


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