HMS Abercrombie (F 109)
Monitor of the Roberts class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons|
|Ordered||4 Apr 1941|
|Laid down||26 Apr 1941|
|Launched||31 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||5 May 1943|
Scrapped on 5 December 1954.
Commands listed for HMS Abercrombie (F 109)
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|1||A/Capt. George Vivian Barnett Faulkner, RN||31 Dec 1942||late 1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Lane Goatley, RN||late 1943||early 1944|
|3||T/Lt. Norman William Malin Sellers, RNVR||early 1944||1 Jun 1944|
|4||Lt. Robert Ivan Johnson, RNVR||1 Jun 1944||Jul 44 ?|
|5||Capt. (retired) Laurence Bernard Hill, DSO, OBE, RN||Jul 44 ?||Sep 44 ?|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Foster Agutter, RN||Sep 44 ?||late 1944|
|7||Lt. Walter Edwin Herbert Hubble, RN||late 1944||Jan 1945|
|8||A/Capt. (retired) Charles Fraser Harrington Churchill, DSC, RN||12 Mar 1945||1 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Abercrombie include:
9 Sep 1943
Around 1700 hours on this day HMS Abercrombie (A/Capt. G.V.B. Faulkner, RN) drifted into an unswept area and hit a mine amidships. She was supporting the Salerno landings at this moment. It exploded under the starboard bulge abreast of the tripod foremast. The mine opened a hole measuring 20 feet by 12 feet and she took a list of 10 degrees, however, with prompt counter-flooding, she again achieved trim. There was little damage inboard of the bulge. The most significant damage occurred to the fittings. Radar and the main director were put out of commission. She was no longer capable of indirect fire and it was feared that use of the main armament would further weaken her. Her machinery was undamaged so two days later she left for Palermo. She then went to Bizerta and finally to the Taranto dockyard on 7 October.
21 Aug 1944
After the damage from the mine hit on 9 September 1943 was repaired HMS Abercombie arrived at Malta on 15 August 1944. Bad luck continued to follow her as on 21 August, while on an exercise south-east of Malta, she struck two mines. One hit on the starboard bow, creating a hole 16 feet by 4 feet but the other struck the bottom. Although, the hole was only 10 feet by 4 feet, the explosion bent both shafts and broke the starboard support strut. Trawlers found four more German mines in the area. She reached Valetta for another 11 months in the dockyard. After repairs were completed she was sent to the Pacific but had only reached Aden, Yemen when the Japanese surrendered.