Allied Warships

HMIS Bihar (J 247)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Indian Navy
PennantJ 247 
ModReciprocating engined 
Built byGarden Reach Shipbuilding & Engineers Ltd. (Ranchi, India) 
Ordered14 Oct 1940 
Laid down7 Jun 1941 
Launched7 Jul 1942 
Commissioned27 Feb 1944 
End service 
HistoryScrapped in 1949.


Commands listed for HMIS Bihar (J 247)

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1T/Lt. Walter Leslie Deeble, DSC, RINR7 Aug 194319 Aug 1944
2T/Lt. John Vendrell, RINR19 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Bihar include:

15 Jul 1944
The British merchant Tanda is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-181 northwest of Mangalore in the Arabian Sea in position 13°22'N, 74°09'E. HMIS Bihar (T/Lt. W.L. Deeble, DSC, RINR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuinness, RNR) together pick up 197 survivors.

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