Allied Warships

HMS Waveney (K 248)

Frigate of the River class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 248 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered8 May 1941 
Laid down8 Oct 1941 
Launched30 Apr 1942 
Commissioned16 Sep 1942 
End service 

Scrapped in December 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Waveney (K 248)

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1Lt.Cdr. Alfred Ernest Willmott, RNR1 Jun 19425 Sep 1943
2T/Lt. Patrick Joseph Dooley, RNVR5 Sep 194321 Jan 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Bristowe, DSO, RN21 Jan 194422 Aug 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Brian Toller Whinney, RNVR22 Aug 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Waveney include:

8 Jul 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Larne with HMS Waveney (Lt.Cdr. A.E. Willmott, DSC, RNR). (1)

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.


  1. ADM 173/17891

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

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