HMS La Capricieuse
Minesweeper of the Elan class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||A & Ch Dubigeon (Nantes, France)|
|Laid down||Jan 1938|
|Launched||19 Apr 1939|
|Commissioned||7 Jul 1940|
|End service||6 Jun 1945|
|History||Seized by the British on 3 July 1940 while at Portsmouth. Operated by the Royal Navy until returned to France on 6 June 1945. Stricken in September 1964.|
Commands listed for HMS La Capricieuse
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Sidney Albert Jones, RNR||7 Jul 1940||21 May 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. George William Dobson, RNR||21 May 1941||18 Oct 1943|
|3||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clement Meyrick Norman, RN||18 Oct 1943||mid 1944|
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Notable events involving La Capricieuse include:
14 Jun 1941
HMS Osiris (Lt.Cdr. T.T. Euman, RN) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN). The submarines were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).
No log is available for this period so no map can be displayed. (2)
24 Jun 1941
Convoy attack exercises were carried out in the Clyde area.
The convoy was made up of HMS Cyclops (A/Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), which served as the 'main target'. She was escorted by HMS Alecto (Cdr. R.M.G. Gambier, RN), HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN), HrMs Z 5 (Lt. J.J. Steensma, RNN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and FFS La Moqueuse.
At 0745/25 H 31 made rendez-vous with HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) for onwards passage to Rothesay under escort. (4)
3 Nov 1941
In the morning HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) made rendez-vous off Trevose Head with her escort HMS La Capricieuse (former French) (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (5)
7 Dec 1941
HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Dundee for Gibraltar. She was escorted until Bishops Rock by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).
As no log of HMS P 35 is available for this period it is not possible to display a map of the passage to Gibraltar. (6)
6 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.E. Boddington, RN), HMS H 32 (Lt. J. Whitton, RN), HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) conducted practice attacks on a convoy made up of the submarine tenders HMS Cyclops (Capt. R.L.M. Edwards, RN), HMS Titania (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) and their escort HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A. E. Johnston, RN), HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) and HMS Boarhound (Skr. S.G. Jinks, RNR). (9)
23 Oct 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) departed Rothesay for Scapa Flow. She made the passage north together with HMS Tuna (Lt. R.P. Raikes, RN). Escort was provided by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (10)
5 Nov 1942
HMS Trooper (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for the secret base of Port H.H.Z. (at Loch Cairnbawn) where she arrived the next day. Here she will take on board her Chariot human torpedoes.
Passage was made together with HMS P 216 (Lt. A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) and HMS P 312 (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) that were both en-route to Lerwick. They were escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (11)
12 Nov 1942
HMS P 311 (Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) departed from Port HHZ (on the North-West coast of Scotland) bound for Malta. She is not stop at Gibraltar so not to alert the German and Italian spies stationed in 'neutral' Spain on the Chariot containers on her deck.
19 Nov 1942
HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR). (13)
1 Nov 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She makes the passage together with the British submarine HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN).
Early on the 3rd, off Scapa Flow, the other two ships left O-23 and the British ASW trawler HMS Thornwick Bay (A/Skr.Lt. J. Windram, RNR) took over the escort. (15)
4 Dec 1943
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) arrived at Falmouth. She (and HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN)) were escorted in by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) with which they had made rendezvous the previous day of Bishops Rock. (17)
6 Dec 1943
At 1825 hours, HMS Unrivalled (Lt. H.B. Turner, DSC, RN), made rendez-vous with HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN), HMS Unshaken (Lt. J. Whitton, RN) and HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) which came from Falmouth. They then proceeded north up the Irish Sea. (18)
7 Dec 1943
HMS Sceptre (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, MBE, DSC, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Holy Loch later the same day together with HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR). In the moring of 9 December by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN) took over the escort. (19)
- ADM 173/16308
- ADM 199/2564
- File 2.12.03.7131 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16734
- ADM 199/400
- ADM 199/1813
- File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17200
- ADM 173/17201 + ADM 53/116690
- ADM 173/17218
- ADM 199/424
- ADM 199/1909
- ADM 199/1827
- ADM 173/17467
- ADM 199/1879
- ADM 199/1871
- ADM 199/1823
- ADM 199/1821
- ADM 199/1841
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.