Allied Warships

HMS Kittiwake (L 30 / K 30)

Patrol vessel of the Kingfisher class

HMS Kittiwake as seen during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypePatrol vessel
PennantL 30 / K 30 
ModSecond group 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered21 Jan 1936 
Laid down7 Apr 1936 
Launched30 Nov 1936 
Commissioned24 Apr 1937 
End service 

HMS Kittiwake is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to China on 30 September 1946.


Commands listed for HMS Kittiwake (L 30 / K 30)

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1Cdr. Edward Reignier Conder, RN5 Jan 1939late 1939

2Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Graham Tucker, OBE, RNR7 Dec 19401 Mar 1942
3Lt. Derek William Austin, RN1 Mar 1942Oct 1942
4Lt. John Stafford Hough, RNROct 1942mid 1945

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Notable events involving Kittiwake include:

20 Sep 1939
At 18.52 hours on 20 September 1939 HMS Kittiwake (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN) was damaged by a British mine in the defensive barrage between Goodwins and Ruytingen in the Strait of Dover, 2 nautical miles east of South Goodwin Light vessel. Five ratings were lost. The commander was blown off the bridge and later rescued by a trawler. 39 crewmen were taken off by HMS Harrier, which towed the vessel to Dover. On 7 October, she was towed by the British steam tugs Gondia and Simla to Sheerness where the ship was under repair until 18 Jan, 1941.

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