Allied Warships

HMS Ilfracombe (J 95)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMinesweeper
ClassBangor 
PennantJ 95 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byWilliam Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland): Whites M.E. 
Ordered28 Aug 1939 
Laid down11 Oct 1939 
Launched29 Jan 1941 
Commissioned20 Aug 1941 
End service 
History

Sold 1 January 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMS Ilfracombe (J 95)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/A/Lt.Cdr. Harry Layland Dudley Hoare, RNR22 Jul 194130 Jan 1943
2Lt.Cdr. James Ernest Clark, DSC, RN30 Jan 19433 Nov 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Kenley Hart, RANVR3 Nov 194310 Jul 1944
4Lt. George Criddle, RN10 Jul 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Ilfracombe include:


6 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HNoMS Eglantine, HMS Ilfracombe (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.L.D. Hoare, RNR) and HMS Northern Reward (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR). (1)

7 Sep 1941
HMS Otway (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMS Ilfracombe (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.L.D. Hoare, RNR) and HMS Northern Reward (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR). (1)

28 Nov 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dornoch (Lt. H.E. Jackson, RN), HMS Ilfracombe (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.L.D. Hoare, RNR) and two other vessels [unable to read the names of these two vessels in the log of HMS H 34]. (2)

5 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ilfracombe (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Clark, DSC, RN), Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR), HMS Balsam (Lt. J.E.L. Peters, RNVR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR) and HMS Aberdeen (Lt.Cdr. H. Day, RN). (3)

14 Apr 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. G.S.C Clarabut, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Whimbrel (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, DSC, RNR), HMS Jonquil (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR) and HMS Ilfracombe (Lt.Cdr. J.E. Clark, DSC, RN). (4)

22 Jun 1944
HMS Ilfracombe (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.K. Hart, RANVR) was damaged by an aerially delivered mine off Normandy beaches. (source: Report by the Allied Naval Commander in Chief, Expeditionary Force, on Neptune, Volume II, Part II, Defence of the British Assault Area, Section V, Casualties Subsequent to the Assault, p. 23) (5)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16862
  2. ADM 173/17243
  3. ADM 173/17814
  4. ADM 173/17827
  5. Personal communication

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


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