Allied Warships

HMS Mourne (K 261)

Frigate of the River class


Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-16496

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassRiver 
PennantK 261 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered3 Jul 1941 
Laid down21 Mar 1942 
Launched24 Sep 1942 
Commissioned30 Apr 1943 
Lost15 Jun 1944 
Loss position49° 35'N, 5° 30'W
History

On 15 June 1944 HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. Raymond Spurr Holland, RD, RNR) from the 5th Escort Group was hit and sunk by a Gnat from U-767 in the English Channel in position 49º35'N, 05º30'W.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 15 Jun 1944 by U-767 (Dankleff).

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Commands listed for HMS Mourne (K 261)

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1Lt.Cdr. Raymond Spurr Holland, RD, RNR9 Jan 194315 Jun 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Mourne include:


21 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN), HMS Sweetbriar (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R. Edwards, RNVR), HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR) and HMS Campanula (Lt. T.W. Lewis, DSC, RANVR). (1)

24 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises in Lough Foyle with HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR) and HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR). (2)

29 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Edmundston (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.D. Barrett, RCNR), HMS Mourne (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Holland, RD, RNR), HMS Gentian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.W.C. Dempster, RNVR), HMS Gardiner (Lt. W.G.H. Bolton, DSC, RNR), HMS Clematis (T/Lt. R.H. Farrands, DSC, RNR) and one other vessel [unable to read the name in the log of HMS H 34]. (3)

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/17927
  2. ADM 173/19199
  3. ADM 173/18492

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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