HMS Huddersfield Town (FY 197)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Launched||21 Aug 1933|
Completed in March 1933.
Sold in 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Huddersfield Town (FY 197)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) James Geoffrey Clemons Gibson, RN||2 Oct 1939||late 1940|
|2||Skr. John Henry Consadine, RNR||mid 1941||12 Sep 1943|
|3||Skr.Lt. Magnus Andrew Smith, RD, RNR||12 Sep 1943||early 1945|
|4||Skr. Charles Barfoot Scott, RNR||early 1945|
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Notable events involving Huddersfield Town include:
Purchased by the Admiralty in September 1939 and converted to an A/S Trawler Escort. Armament:4.7in gun on bows, one 20mm Oerlikon gun either side of bridge, two 0.5 machine guns aft of bridge. Depth charge rails astern, port and starboard throwers. Also Asdic tracker and dome, plus radar. Anti magnetic degaussing gear. (1)
28 Sep 1943
At 1630 hours (time zone -1), HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN), departed from Holy Loch for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Huddersfield Town (A/Skr.Lt. J.H. Consadine, DSC, RNR). (3)
6 Jun 1944
Took part in operation Neptune (D-Day landings)giving A.S support to the U.S Bach (Utah). Escorted tug towing earth moving equipment to beach. Escorted hospital ship carrying the wounded back to England. Then resumed escort work in the Western Approaches. (1)
9 Jan 1945
HMS Huddersfield Town picks up 62 men from the American merchant Jonas Lie that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-1055 at the entrance to the Bristol Channel in position 51°45'N, 05°27'W.
A salvage attempt was undertaken despite the fact that the vessel had drifted into a minefield. The Jonas Lie finally foundered on 14 January 1945 after the salvage attempts failed.
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/16335
- ADM 173/18192
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.