Allied Warships

HMS Sondra (FY 345)

ASW Whaler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Whaler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 345 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched25 Aug 1937 
CommissionedFeb 1942 
End service 

Completed in October 1937.
Whaler of South Georgia Co. Ltd. (Chr.Salvesen & Co., Middlesborough, U.K.), requisitioned by the Admiralty in December 1941.
Displacement: 433 tons.

Returned to owner in October 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Sondra (FY 345)

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1T/Lt. Francis Nicholas Hage Hayes, RNVR12 Feb 194214 Jul 1942
2T/Lt. William Percival Hart, RNR14 Jul 1942mid 1943
3T/Lt. Leonard Charles Nunn, SSRNVRmid 1943early 1944
4T/Lt. John Wilson Murray, RNVRearly 1944late 1944
5T/S.Lt. Benjamin Frank Duming van Niekerk, SANF(V)late 1944Mar 1945
6T/Lt. Wilfred Charlton Reid, SANF(V)Mar 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Sondra include:

24 Jan 1943
HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) departed from East London for Diego Suarez. Upon leaving East London A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Sondra (T/Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR). (1)

4 Mar 1943
HMS Sondra (T/Lt. W.P. Hart, RNR) picks up 45 survivors from the British steam merchant Sheaf Crown that was torpedoed and damaged by the German U-boat U-160 east-north-east of East London in position 31°49'N, 31°11'E.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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