Allied Warships

HMS Kingfisher (L 70 / K 70)

Patrol vessel of the Kingfisher class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypePatrol vessel
ClassKingfisher 
PennantL 70 / K 70 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered15 Dec 1923 
Laid down1 Jun 1934 
Launched14 Feb 1935 
Commissioned18 Jun 1935 
End service 
HistorySold 21 April 1947.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kingfisher (L 70 / K 70)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Anthony Mayhew Vaughan Harrison, RN7 Jun 19391 Sep 1940
2Lt. Frank Maclear Graves, RN1 Sep 194025 Apr 1941
3Cdr. (retired) William Vesey Hamilton Harris, DSC, RN25 Apr 194122 Jun 1942
4Lt.Cdr. (retired) Gerard Horace Gandy, RN22 Jun 1942Jan 1944
5T/Lt. Frank Douglas Betts, RNRJan 1944early 1945
6T/Lt. William Picton Evans, RNVRearly 194527 May 1945
7T/Lt. Roger Leslie Carter, RNVR27 May 19453 Dec 1945

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Notable events involving Kingfisher include:


5 Apr 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr. G.A.M.V. Harrison, RN). (1)

31 Dec 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Kingfisher (Lt. F.M. Graves, RN). (2)

1 Jan 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Kingfisher (Lt. F.M. Graves, RN). (3)

2 Jan 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Kingfisher (Lt. F.M. Graves, RN). (3)

15 May 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Breda (Capt.(Retd.) A.E. Johnston, RN) and HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). (4)

14 Jun 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). (5)

10 Jan 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) conducted practice attacks in the Clyde area on HMS Largs (Cdr. E.A. Divers, RNR) and HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). Upon completion of these exercises HMS H 33 proceeded to Campbeltown. (6)

26 Mar 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. N.J. Coe, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kingfisher (Cdr.(Retd.) W.V.H. Harris, DSC, RN). (7)

14 Jun 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted special trials in the Clyde area with HMS Kingfisher (T/Lt. F.D. Betts, RNR). (8)

22 Jun 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted special trials in the Clyde area with HMS Kingfisher (T/Lt. F.D. Betts, RNR). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16286
  2. ADM 173/16291
  3. ADM 173/16735
  4. ADM 173/16739
  5. ADM 173/16740
  6. ADM 173/17221
  7. ADM 173/17211
  8. ADM 173/18474

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


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