Allied Warships

HMS Balfour (K 464)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 464 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down19 Apr 1943 
Launched10 Jul 1943 
Commissioned7 Oct 1943 
End service 

Returned to the US on 25 Oct, 1945. Stricken and scrapped.

Former nameUSS McAnn DE 73

Commands listed for HMS Balfour (K 464)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Cecil Dick Bluett Coventry, RNR27 Jul 194310 Jan 1945
2Cdr. (retired) Clive Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN10 Jan 1945Jun 1945
3Lt. John Desmond Davey, RNVRJun 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Balfour include:

18 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-672 was scuttled in the English Channel north of Guernsey, in position 50°03'N, 02°30'W, after being badly damaged by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Balfour (Lt.Cdr. C.D.B. Coventry, RNR (retired)).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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