HMS Prince Leopold (4.251)
Landing Ship Infantry
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Landing Ship Infantry|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cockerill (Hoboken, Belgium)|
|Launched||30 Nov 1929|
|Lost||29 Jul 1944|
Completed as passenger ship Prince Leopold in July 1930.
Torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel in position 50.19'N, 00.53'W by the German submarine U-621 on 29 July 1944.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Prince Leopold|
Commands listed for HMS Prince Leopold (4.251)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Snowdon Byles, RD, RNR||4 Jan 1941||20 Dec 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Alverdus Lowe, DSO, DSC, RNR||20 Dec 1942||29 Jul 1944|
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Notable events involving Prince Leopold include:
23 Dec 1941
HMS Tuna (Lt. M.B. St. John, RN) departed Scapa Flow for her 11th war patrol. She was part of Operation Archery, a commando raid on Vågsøy, Norway. Tuna was to act as navigational beacon for the surface ships involved in this operation.
The raid on Vågsøy was carried out by the British Light cruiser HMS Kenya (Capt. M.M. Denny, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral Burrough, RN), the British destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.E.H. McBeath, DSO, RN), HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN), HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and the landing ships Prince Charles (A/Cdr. W.R. Fell, DSC, OBE, RN) and Prince Leopold (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Byles, RD, RNR). (1)
- ADM 199/1844
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.