HMS Hastings (L 27 / U 27)
Sloop of the Folkestone class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 27 / U 27|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Apr 1929|
|Laid down||29 Jul 1929|
|Launched||10 Apr 1930|
|Commissioned||26 Nov 1930|
Sold 2 April 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Hastings (L 27 / U 27)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Barclay Alison, RN||26 Aug 1939||Early 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Leslie Benjamin Philpott, DSC, RNR||Early 1942||Dec 1943|
|3||T/Lt. Rupert Langsford Garratt, RNVR||late 1943||28 May 1944|
|4||T/Lt. Walter Alen Panton, RNVR||28 May 1944||Jun 1944|
|5||A/Cdr. Eric Alonzo Stocker, DSC, RN||Jun 1944||28 Aug 1945|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Alexander Gracie, RN||28 Aug 1945||Oct 1945 ?|
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Noteable events involving Hastings include:
29 Nov 1939
HMS Hastings (Cdr. A.B. Alison, RN) picks up 37 survivors from the British merchant Ionian that sank off Newarp Lightship in position 52°45'N, 01°56'E after hitting a mine laid on 21 November 1939 by German U-boat U-20.
23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.
On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.
Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.