Allied Warships

HMS Fairy (J 403)

Minesweeper of the Auk class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 403 
Built byAssociated Shipbuilders (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.) 
Ordered24 Mar 1942 
Laid down28 Nov 1942 
Launched5 Apr 1943 
Commissioned24 Mar 1944 
End service13 Dec 1946 

Returned to the United States Navy on 13 December 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Fairy (J 403)

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1Lt.Cdr. Henry Elphinstone Jackson, RN6 Mar 19449 Oct 1944
2Cdr. Duncan Lachlan Johnston, RN9 Oct 19446 Nov 1944
3Lt. Anthony Gerald William Bellars, RN6 Nov 19446 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Fairy include:

19 Jun 1944
HMS L 27 (Lt. J.N. Elliott, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMS Fairy (Lt.Cdr. H.E. Jackson, RN) and HMCS Sackville (T/Lt. A.R. Hicks, RCNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 199/1830

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

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