Allied Warships

RHS Vasilissa Olga (D 15)

Destroyer of the Vasilefs Georgios class

NavyThe Royal Hellenic Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassVasilefs Georgios 
PennantD 15 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down8 Feb 1937 
Launched2 Jun 1938 
CommissionedFeb 1939 
Lost26 Sep 1943 
History

Vasilissa Olga escaped to Alexandria in May 1941.
She was assigned pennant number H 86 by the British.
Vasilissa Olga (LCdr Georgios Blessas, DSO, RHN) was lost to German aircraft while anchored in Lakki Bay, Leros on 26 September 1943.

 

Commands listed for RHS Vasilissa Olga (D 15)

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1Lt.Cdr. Georgios Blessas, RHN 26 Sep 1943

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Noteable events involving Vasilissa Olga include:


Casualties in the sinking: seventy killed (Commander, five officers and sixty four ratings). (1)

26 Mar 1942
Vasilissa Olga picks up 20 survivors from the British tanker RFA Slavol that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-205 off Sidi Barrani, Egypt in position 32°01'N, 25°55'E.

10 Jun 1942
Vasilissa Olga picks up 53 men from the British tanker RFA Brambleleaf that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-559 off Ras Alem, Egypt in position 31°12'N, 28°10'E.

15 Dec 1942
The Italian submarine Uarsciek (620 tons) was sunk south off Malta by the British destroyer HMS Petard and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga.

19 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Pakenham, HMS Nubian and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga intercept and sink the German transport ship Stromboli (475 tons) off the Libyan coast.

2 Jun 1943
The Italian torpedo boat Castore (652 tons) left Taranto at 2000hours on 31 May 1943 as escort of the Italian merchants Postumia (595 GRT) and Vragnizza (1592 GRT) heading for Messina. Around 0140 hours on 2 June 1943 while off Cape Spartivento this convoy was attacked with gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Jervis (Capt. J.S. Crawford, DSO, RN) and the Greek destroyer Vasilissa Olga (LCdr Georgios Blessas, DSO, RHN). The two Allied destroyers opened fire at 2000 yds and in the resulting action the Castore was sunk (around 0315 hours) and the two merchants were damaged. According to the war diaries of the Seekriegsleitung both merchant vessels are reported to have arrived in Messina at 1630 hours on 3 June. Other sources give that Postumia went ashore and was later raised and repaired.

During the engagement Jervis and Vasilissa Olga were assisted by allied aircraft that illuminated the targets by firing flares.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

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