Allied Warships

HMS Northern Wave (FY 153)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 153 
Built byDeschimag (Bremerhaven, Germany) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched 
CommissionedSep 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in July 1936.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 655 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Returned to her owner in September 1945.
Scrapped at Dunston in 1964.

 

Commands listed for HMS Northern Wave (FY 153)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. William Richard Alward Hicks, RNR27 Sep 19399 Jan 1940
2T/Lt. Louis Clifford Head, RNVR9 Jan 19404 Dec 1940
3T/Lt. Christopher Morrison-Payne, RNVR4 Dec 194014 Feb 1941
4T/Lt. William Godfrey Pardoe-Matthews, RNR14 Feb 19418 Mar 1943
5T/Lt. John Percival Kilbee, RNR8 Mar 19431 Aug 1944
6T/Lt. Frederick John Robb Storey, RNVR1 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Northern Wave include:


25 Mar 1940
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. L.C. Head, RNVR) and HMS Brontes (Cdr. T.St.V.F. Tyler (retired), RN) together pick up 25 survivors from the British tanker Daghestan that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-57 nine nautical miles east of Copinsay, Orkneys in position 58°47'N, 02°46'W.

12 Feb 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO, RNR) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (1)

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)

2 Jul 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.C.G. Mars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Scimitar (Lt. R.D. Franks, OBE, RN) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (3)

4 Oct 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (4)

16 Apr 1942
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR) picks up 28 survivors from the British merchant Empire Howard that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-403 north-west of North Cape in position 73°48'N, 21°50'E.

1 Nov 1942
HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) departed her builders yard for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR). (5)

3 Feb 1943
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. W.G. Pardoe-Matthews, RNR) picks up 4 survivors from the American merchant Greylock that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-255 in the Norwegian Sea in position 70°52'N, 00°21'W. The Greylock was later sunk by gunfire by one of the escorts.

30 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. G.J. Luther, RN) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR). (6)

2 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Sardonyx (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Gray, RD, RNR) and HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR). (7)

4 May 1943
HMS Upstart (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR), ? (can't read the ships name in Upstart's log), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Azalea (Lt. G.C. Geddes, RNR), HMS Coltsfoot (T/Lt. the Hon. W.K. Rous, RNVR) and HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR). (7)

17 May 1943
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR) picks up survivors from the British merchant Aymeric that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-657 east of Cape Farewell in position 59°42'N, 41°39'W.

2 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), HMS Malcolm (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN), HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR) and HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (8)

16 Nov 1943
With the repairs to her periscope standards, the installation of new periscopes and some work on her battery completed, HMS Sealion (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR), departed Barrow for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR). (9)

8 Sep 1944
HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. F.J.R. Storey, RNVR) picks up 51 survivors from the British tanker Empire Heritage and 41 survivors from the British rescue ship Pinto that were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-482 north-northeast of Tory Island in position 55°27'N, 08°01'W.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16780
  2. File 2.12.03.6367 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16783
  4. ADM 173/16794
  5. ADM 173/17466
  6. ADM 173/17827
  7. ADM 173/18373
  8. File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  9. ADM 173/18021

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


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