Allied Warships

HMS Denbigh Castle (K 696)

Corvette of the Castle class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-6032

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 696 
Built byJ. Lewis & Sons Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) 
Ordered19 Dec 1942 
Laid down30 Sep 1943 
Launched5 Aug 1944 
Commissioned30 Dec 1944 
Lost13 Feb 1945 

At 0013 hours on 13 February 1945, U-992 attacked the convoy JW-64 (29 ships, 22 escorts at various times) and reported a steamer damaged in position 69º20'N, 33º33'E. But the ship hit was the British corvette HMS Denbigh Castle (Lt.Cdr. Graham Butcher, DSC, RNR) which was towed by the British corvette HMS Bluebell and a Russian tug into the Kola Inlet. The ship was beached, but later capsized and was declared a total loss. 11 members of the crew lost their lives.  

Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 13 Feb 1945 by U-992 (Falke).

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Commands listed for HMS Denbigh Castle (K 696)

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1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Graham Butcher, DSC, RNVR18 Aug 194413 Feb 1945

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Notable events involving Denbigh Castle include:

19 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Ness (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.S. Steel, RNR) and HMS Denbigh Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G. Butcher, DSC, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20149

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

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