Allied Warships

HMS Indian Star (FY 208)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 208 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jul 1936 
CommissionedDec 1939 
End service 

Completed in August 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 463 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner on 13 October 1945.
Renamed Northern Rover in 1951.
Scrapped at Rainham, England in November 1954.


Commands listed for HMS Indian Star (FY 208)

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1Skr. Eric George Littler, RD, RNR6 Dec 19399 Apr 1940
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Denis Moore Cann, RN9 Apr 1940mid 1940
3Skr. Eric George Littler, RD, RNRmid 194029 Nov 1940
4T/Lt. Dennis Bates, RNR29 Nov 194025 Aug 1942
5T/Lt. John David Walter Lewis, RNVR25 Aug 194215 Aug 1944
6T/Lt. Harold Moxley Pinnell, RNVR15 Aug 194418 Oct 1944
7T/Lt. John Stephen Jennings, RNVR18 Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Indian Star include:

9 Jul 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Plymouth.

She departed later the same day for her 6th war patrol. She was to conduct a special operation (the second part of Operation Angler). Two reconnaissance agents were to be landed on Guernsey and the agent landed on the 8th had to be taken off. HMS H 43 was escorted out until 2230 hours by HMS Indian Star.

[No log is available for HMS H 43 for this period so no map for this patrol can be displayed.] (1)


  1. ADM 199/1829

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

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