Allied Warships

HMS Abercrombie (F 109)

Monitor of the Roberts class


HMS Abercrombie during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMonitor
ClassRoberts 
PennantF 109 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons 
Ordered4 Apr 1941 
Laid down26 Apr 1941 
Launched31 Mar 1942 
Commissioned5 May 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 5 December 1954.

 

Commands listed for HMS Abercrombie (F 109)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Capt. George Vivian Barnett Faulkner, RN31 Dec 1942late 1943
2Lt.Cdr. John Lane Goatley, RNlate 1943early 1944
3T/Lt. Norman William Malin Sellers, RNVRearly 19441 Jun 1944
4Lt. Robert Ivan Johnson, RNVR1 Jun 1944Jul 44 ?
5Capt. (retired) Laurence Bernard Hill, DSO, OBE, RNJul 44 ?Sep 44 ?
6Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Foster Agutter, RNSep 44 ?late 1944
7Lt. Walter Edwin Herbert Hubble, RNlate 1944Jan 1945

8A/Capt. (retired) Charles Fraser Harrington Churchill, DSC, RN12 Mar 19451 Dec 1945

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Noteable 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.


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