HMS Exe (K 92)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland)|
|Ordered||11 Feb 1941|
|Laid down||16 May 1941|
|Launched||19 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||6 Aug 1942|
Served in Escort groups (including 40th Escort Group and Escort Group B3), based at Londonderry, Greenock and Liverpool. During 1942/1945 she was acting as escort for several Atlantic Convoys. Reserve & Landing Craft HQ ship 1946-48. Laid up in reserve 1948/1955. Sold for scrapping in 20 September 1956 and broken up at Preston.
Commands listed for HMS Exe (K 92)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Ronald Clifford Freaker, DSO, RNR||30 Mar 1942||29 Sep 1942|
|2||A/Cdr. Michael Anthony Ormus Biddulph, DSC, RN||29 Sep 1942||24 Nov 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Robert Marriott Aubrey, DSC, RN||24 Nov 1943||25 Feb 1944|
|4||Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN||25 Feb 1944||23 Feb 1945|
|5||Cdr. (retired) George William Emil Castens, DSO, RN||23 Feb 1945||Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Exe include:
15 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Weston (Cdr. L.F. Durnford-Slater, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Leith (Lt.Cdr. E.C. Hulton, RN) and HMS Coreopsis (T/Lt. B.C. Hamilton, RNR). (1)
18 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Havelock (Cdr. R.C. Boyle, DSC, RN), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN) and HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR). (2)
19 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN) and HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR). (2)
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.
9 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Orillia (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.E. Mitchell, RCNVR), HMS Exe (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, DSC, RN) and HMS Moyola (Lt.Cdr. H.N. Lawson, RD, RNR). (3)
- ADM 173/17827
- ADM 173/17795
- ADM 173/17777
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.