Allied Warships

HMS Berry (K 312)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 312 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Nov 1941 
Laid down22 Sep 1942 
Launched23 Nov 1942 
Commissioned15 Feb 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN pennant DE 3.

HMS Berry is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Returned to the USN on 15 February 1946. Later sold for scrap.


Commands listed for HMS Berry (K 312)

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1Lt.Cdr. George Victor Legassick, RD, RNR1 Feb 194320 Sep 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Colin Sawyer Pirie, RNVR20 Sep 1943mid 1945

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Notable events involving Berry include:

20 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Berry (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RD, RNR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR). (1)

11 May 1944
At 2120 hours (zone -2), HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN), lost depth control as 'A' tank suddenly flooded, and hit bottom at 498 feet. Damage was severe, there were several leaks, her main motors were flooded and she was unable to dive. It took almost four hours to effect repairs and several attempts were undertaken before Seraph finally surfaced. Contact with Coastal Command aircraft was established at 0500/12 and a message was passed to her to relay as Seraph's own W/T set was out of action.

At 2020/12 contact was made with a USAAF Liberator and another message was passed to this aircraft requesting assistance and an escort.

As of the early morning hours of the 13th aircraft remained with Seraph until the 3rd Escort Group arrived with the frigates HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR) and HMS Berry (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.S. Pirie, RNVR). The 3rd Escort Group however left after about 1 hour but later returned. The trawler HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and and tug HMS Abeille IV arrived during the day and relieved the two frigates. (2)

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/17925
  2. ADM 173/18698

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

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