HMS Thornwick Bay (FY 179)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||28 Aug 1935|
Completed on 18 January 1936.
Sold in April 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Thornwick Bay (FY 179)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Ernest Dettmar Wallis, RNVR||22 Sep 1939||31 Jul 1940|
|2||Skr. John Dunbar Fowler, RNR||31 Jul 1940||9 Oct 1940|
|3||Skr. John May, RNR||9 Oct 1940||Nov 1941|
|4||Skr. Hugh Crichton, RNR||Nov 1941||Early 1942|
|5||T/Skr. John Edgar Garnham, RNR||Early 1942||31 Dec 1942|
|6||Skr. Case James Albert Silom, RNR||31 Dec 1942||11 Aug 1943|
|7||A/Skr.Lt. John Windram, RNR||11 Aug 1943||30 May 1944|
|8||T/A/Skr.Lt. George Clixby, RNR||30 May 1944||21 Mar 1945|
|9||A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Oswin Jinks, RNR||21 Mar 1945|
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Notable events involving Thornwick Bay include:
7 May 1940
After having arrived with convoy FN 163 off Methil, the (AA) destroyer HMS Valentine (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan, RAN) and the sloop HMS Weston (Lt.Cdr. S.C. Tuke, RN) proceeded to Rosyth. They obtained an A/S contact to the east-north-east of May Island and started a hunt. HMS Valentine dropped depth charges and reported oil rising to the surface. They were relieved the following day by the A/S trawlers HMS Brimness (Skr. A. Keable, RNR) and HMS Thornwick Bay (Lt.Cdr. E.D. Wallis, RNVR). (1)
1 Nov 1943
HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. A.M. Valkenburg, RNN) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She makes the passage together with the British submarine HMS Spiteful (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Sherwood, DSC, RCNVR). The submarines are escorted by the British minesweeper HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.M. Norman, RN).
Early on the 3rd, off Scapa Flow, the other two ships left O-23 and the British ASW trawler HMS Thornwick Bay (A/Skr.Lt. J. Windram, RNR) took over the escort. (2)
- ADM 199/363
- ADM 199/1879
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.