HMS Speedy (J 17)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Hamilton & Co. (Port Glasgow, Scotland): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||26 Aug 1937|
|Laid down||1 Dec 1937|
|Launched||23 Nov 1938|
|Commissioned||7 Apr 1939|
Sold 5 November 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Speedy (J 17)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Curthoys Richards, RN||Apr 1939||10 Dec 1940|
|2||Lt. Andrew Edward Doran, RN||10 Dec 1940||19 Mar 1941|
|3||Lt. John Geoffrey Brookes, RN||19 Mar 1941||May 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Andrew Edward Doran, RN||May 1943||7 Jul 1943|
|5||A/Cdr. Henry Joseph Alexander Savil Jerome, DSO, RN||7 Jul 1943||Oct 1943|
|6||A/Lt.Cdr. Wilfred Louis Gerard Dutton, RNR||1 Mar 1944||mid/late45|
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Notable events involving Speedy include:
29 May 1942
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN), HMS Halcyon (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Harding, RNR), HMS Bleasdale (Lt. P.B.N. Lewis, RN) and HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN). (3)
2 Nov 1942
HMS P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (also 8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the north of Sicily to form part of a line of submarines to provide cover during the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch).
No log is available for this patrol so no map can be displayed. (4)
3 Nov 1942
HMS P 211 (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (also 6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the North of Sicily, Italy to provide cover for 'Operation Torch', the Allied landings in North Africa. Later she was ordered to patrol East of Tunisia and even later she was sent into the Gulf of Sirte.
P 211 departed Malta together with HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) and HMS P 247 (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, DSC, RN). They were escorted out by HMS Speedy (Lt. J.G. Brookes, DSC, RN). During the passage out they were attacked by German Me-109 fighters but no damage was caused to P 211.
No daily positions are known for this period so no map can be displayed. (5)
3 Feb 1943
HMS Trooper (Lt. R.P. Webb, RN) departed from Malta for her 2nd war patrol. She is to patrol off the West coast of Greece.
Lt. Webb was temporarily in command of Trooper as Lt. Wraith was sick.
For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trooper during this patrol see the map below.
11 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Onslow (Capt. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Speedy (A/Lt.Cdr. W.L.G. Dutton, RNR). (7)
- ADM 173/16741
- ADM 173/17493
- File 2.12.03.6389 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 199/1820
- ADM 199/1839
- ADM 199/1845
- ADM 173/19434
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.