HMS Campanula (K 18)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland)|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||26 Oct 1939|
|Launched||23 May 1940|
|Commissioned||6 Sep 1940|
HMS Campanula is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold for scrapping to Clayton & Davie, arrived in Dunstan on 21 August 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Campanula (K 18)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Richard Vere Essex Case, DSC, RNR||Aug 1940||15 Jan 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Walter Hine, RNR||15 Jan 1942||26 Nov 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Benjamin Andrew Rogers, RNR||26 Nov 1942||16 Aug 1943|
|4||Lt. Trevor Walton Lewis, DSC, RANVR||16 Aug 1943||1 Nov 1943|
|5||T/Lt. Ian Bull, RNVR||1 Nov 1943||9 Jul 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Hugh Patrick Davies, RNR||9 Jul 1944||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Campanula include:
19 Aug 1941
The surviving crew members from the British merchant ship Alva, that was sunk by German U-boat U-559 were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) and transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Ropner, DSC) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August 1941.
22 Aug 1941
At 2331 hours German U-boat U-564 fired a salvo of four torpedoes at the convoy OG-71 west of Aveiro, Portugal and observed four different detonations and three columns of fire, later lifeboats were seen. Suhren thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others. However, only two ships were hit and sunk, the British merchant ship Empire Oak and Irish merchant ship Clonlara in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W. The master Joseph Reynolds and 12 crew members from the Clonlara were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campion (Lt.Cdr. A. Johnson, RNVR) and landed at Gibraltar on 24 August. Six crew members were lost. The master Frederick Edward Christian, three crew members and four gunners from the Empire Oak were picked up by the British corvette HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR), later transferred to the British destroyer HMS Velox (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN) and landed at Gibraltar on 25 August. 13 crew members were lost. On 19 August, the Empire Oak had picked up six survivors from Aguila and eleven survivors from Alva. The survivors from Aguila died when this ship was sunk, while the other survivors were also rescued by the corvette.
23 Aug 1941
HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) picks up 38 survivors from the British merchant Aldergrove that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-201 north-west of Lisbon, Portugal in position 40°43'N, 11°39'W.
7 Feb 1943
HMS Campanula (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) and HMS Mignonette (Lt H.H. Brown, RNR) together pick up the 37 survivors from the British merchant Afrika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-402 in the North Atlantic in position 55°16'N, 26°31'W.