Allied Warships

HMS Rother (K 224)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 224 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered11 Feb 1941 
Laid down26 Jun 1941 
Launched20 Nov 1941 
Commissioned3 Apr 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 22 April 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Rother (K 224)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Richard Vere Essex Case, DSC, RD, RNR16 Jan 194216 Sep 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Walter Raleigh Hickey, RNR16 Sep 19435 Jan 1944
3Cdr. York McLeod Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR5 Jan 194411 Dec 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Bryan Humfrey Craig Rodgers, RNVR11 Dec 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Rother include:


12 Jul 1942
HMS Rother (Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Port Hunter that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-582 west-south-west of Madeira in position 31°15'N, 23°50'W.

13 Feb 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. K.H. Martin, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR). (1)

14 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Harvester (Cdr. A.A. Tait, DSO, RN), HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.G. Gould, RN), HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Thornton, RNR), HMS Wear and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR). (2)

10 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR). (3)

11 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Vansittart (Lt.Cdr. T. Johnston, RN), HMS Hugh Walpole (T/Lt. J. Mackenzie, RNR), HMS Cape Portland (T/Lt. K.F. Rasmussen, RNR), HMS Saxifrage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR). (3)

13 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR) and HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR). (4)

18 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Egret (Lt. G.H. Cook, RN) and HMS Wear (?). (5)

19 Jul 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pelican (Capt. G.N. Brewer, RN), HMS Wear, HMS Jed (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, DSO, RD, RNR), HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR), HMS Saxifage (T/Lt. J. Renwick, DSO, RNR) and one other vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (3)

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

27 Aug 1943
German U-boat U-134 was sunk north of Cape Ortegal in position 44°03'N, 08°05'W by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Rother (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSO, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR).

15 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Anemone (Lt.Cdr. P.G.A. King, RNR), HMS Rother (Lt. J.B. Sparkes, RNR) and HMS Spey (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). (6)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17755
  2. ADM 173/17813
  3. ADM 173/17796
  4. ADM 173/17772
  5. ADM 173/17926
  6. ADM 173/17786

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


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