Allied Warships

HMS Whitethorn (T 127)

MS Trawler of the Tree class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassTree 
PennantT 127 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Jun 1939 
Laid down25 Jul 1939 
Launched10 Nov 1939 
Commissioned28 Feb 1940 
End service 
HistorySold in March 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Whitethorn (T 127)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. William George Howe Bolton, RNR27 Mar 1940Feb 1941
2T/Lt. William Joseph Griffiths, RNRFeb 194111 Feb 1943
3T/Lt. George William Slough, RANVR11 Feb 19434 Sep 1944
4T/Lt. Leslie Roy Coe, RNVR4 Sep 19443 Mar 1945
5T/Lt. Edwin Stanley Robert Swan, RNVR3 Mar 194515 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Whitethorn include:


24 Jun 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Scapa Flow in the evening for Aberdeen where she joined the transports Lochnagar (1523 GRT, built 1906) and store carrier Kylebrook (870 GRT, built 1927) and their escorts the Auxiliary A/S trawler HMS Stoke City (Lt.Cdr. N.C.H. Scallan, RNR) and the M/S trawler HMS Whitethorn (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, RNR).

The next day Kylebrook and HMS Whitethorn were detached off Scapa Flow and entered that place.

The remaining ships continued on to Lerwick where they arrived in the afternoon of the 25th.

HMS Diana then departed for Scapa Flow where she arrived at 2130/25.

6 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR) and HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR). (1)

7 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR) and HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR). (1)

13 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR) and HMS Tynwald (A/Capt. (retired) F.T. Peters, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR) and another vessel. (1)

15 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) shifted from Tobermory to Oban. She was escorted by HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR). (1)

14 Apr 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. J.S. Launders, RN) conducted A/S exercises off the Isle of Mull together with HMS Coverley (T/Lt. L.R. Lord, RNVR), HMS Sapper (T/Lt. R.C. Lees, RNR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN) and HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. G.W. Slough, RANVR). (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17923

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


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