HMS Orchis (K 76)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland)|
|Ordered||19 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||18 Jun 1940|
|Launched||15 Oct 1940|
|Commissioned||29 Nov 1940|
|Lost||21 Aug 1944|
On 21 August 1944 HMS Orchis (A/T/Lt.Cdr. Bryan Webster Harris, DSC, RNVR) is severely damaged by a mine, and beached off 'Juno' Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer, and subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss (CTL).
Commands listed for HMS Orchis (K 76)
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|1||Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR||12 Nov 1940||17 May 1941|
|2||T/Lt. Henry Vernon, RNR||17 May 1941||5 Oct 1941|
|3||Lt. Charles Edmund Keene, RCNVR||5 Oct 1941||late 1941|
|4||Lt. Arthur Denis White, RNR||late 1941||16 Mar 1943|
|5||T/Lt. Eric David Arthur Dyer, RCNVR||16 Mar 1943||20 Oct 1943|
|6||T/Lt. Bryan Webster Harris, RNVR||20 Oct 1943||late 1944|
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Noteable events involving Orchis include:
15 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-741 was sunk in the English Channel north-west of Le Havre, in position 50°20'84"N, 00°34'68"W, by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Orchis (A/T/Lt.Cdr. B.W. Harris, DSC, RNVR). (see map)