Allied Warships

HMS Norwich City (FY 229)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 229 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched3 Nov 1937 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
History

Completed in January 1938.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 19 September 1939.
Displacement: 541 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

Lent to the United States Navy in February 1942 to operate of the US East coast under USN control.
Returned to RN control in October 1942.

Returned to her owner in April 1946.
Scrapped at Inverkeiting in 1964.

 

Commands listed for HMS Norwich City (FY 229)

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CommanderFromTo
1Skr. George William Todd, RNR5 Nov 193926 Jan 1940
2Ch.Skr. Peter Newman, RNR26 Jan 1940early 1941

3T/Lt. Leslie Hugh Stammers, RNVR12 Apr 1941Aug 1944
4Lt. Robert Arthur Groom, RNVRAug 1943Oct 1944
5T/Lt. Leonard Griffin Gillham, SANF(V)Oct 1944

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Notable events involving Norwich City include:


5 Apr 1942
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR) picks up a survivor from the American tanker Byron D. Benson that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 off Currituck Inlet, North Carolina in position 36°08'N, 75°32'W.

10 Apr 1942
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR) picks up 22 survivors from the British tanker San Delfino that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-203 east of Cape Hatteras in position 35°35'N, 75°06'W.

HMS Norwich City also up a 35 survivors from the American tanker Tamaulipas that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552 about 18 nautical miles north-east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina in position 34°25'N, 76°00'W.

25 Jun 1942
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR) picks up 23 survivors from the American merchant Manuela that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-404 about 75 nautical miles east of Cape Lookout in position 34°30'N, 75°40'W.

4 Mar 1943
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR) picks up 36 survivors from the British merchant Empire Mahseer that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-160 east-north-east of East London, South-Africa in position 32°01'S, 30°48'E.

11 Mar 1943
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. L.H. Stammers, RNVR) picks up 19 survivors from the American merchant James B. Stephens that was torpedoed and sunk on 8 March 1943 by German U-boat U-160 about 150 nautical miles north-east of Durban, South-Africa in position 28°53'S, 33°18'E.

20 Aug 1944
HMS Norwich City (T/Lt. R.A. Groom, RNVR) picks up 94 survivors from the British merchant Berwickshire that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-861 about 400 nautical miles east-south-east of Durban, South-Africa in position 30°58'S, 38°50'E.


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