HMS Northern Gem (FY 194)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Deschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
Completed in June 1936.
Returned to her owner in November 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Northern Gem (FY 194)
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|1||Ch.Skr. Laurence Frederick Scarlett, DSC, RD, RNR||21 Sep 1939||21 Aug 1940|
|2||Skr.Lt. William John Valentine Mullender, DSC, RNR||21 Aug 1940||Dec 1942|
|3||Skr. Horace Charles Aisthorpe, RNR||Dec 1942||14 Apr 1943 (1)|
|4||A/Skr.Lt. Walter Charles King, RNR||14 Apr 1943|
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Notable events involving Northern Gem include:
5 Mar 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Northern Gem (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RNR) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (2)
5 Sep 1941
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.C. Halliday, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay escorted by HMS Northern Gem (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RNR).
21 Nov 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Test (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) F.B. Collinson, RD, RN) and HMS Northern Gem (Skr.Lt. W.J.V. Mullender, DSC, RD, RNR). (5)
31 Dec 1942
As part of the escort of convoy JW51B bound to Murmansk, Northern Gem was involved in the action when the convoy was attacked by the German heavy cruiser Hipper in the Barents Sea. She picked up the survivors of the sinking destroyer Achates, five officers (including First Lieutenant P. Jones) and seventy-six ratings. Later on one of the officers died from the wounds sustained. (6)
29 Apr 1943
HMS Northern Gem (A/Skipper Lt. W.C. King, RNR) picks up 67 survivors from the American merchant McKeesport that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-258 in the North Atlantic in position 60°52'N, 34°20'W.
- File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16742
- ADM 173/16754
- ADM 173/17255
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.