HMS Pentstemon (K 61)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George Philip & Sons Ltd. (Dartmouth, U.K.) : Clark|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||28 Nov 1939|
|Launched||18 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||31 Jul 1941|
HMS Pentstemon is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Sold in 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Pentstemon (K 61)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) John Byron, RNR||21 Apr 1941||Early 1943|
|2||T/Lt. Douglas Cameron Williams, RNVR||Early 1943||Dec 1944|
|3||T/Lt. John Denis Davis, RNVR||Dec 1944||Apr 1945|
|4||T/Lt. Charles Henry Deverill, RNVR||Apr 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Pentstemon include:
17 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-131 was sunk north-east of Madeira, Portugal, in position 34°12'N, 13°35'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSC, RN), the British destroyer HMS Stanley (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Shaw, OBE, RN), the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, RNR (retired)) and the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, RN), and by depth charges from a Martlet aircraft (Sqdn. 802) of the British escort carrier HMS Audacity (Cdr. D.W. Mackendrick, RN).
18 Aug 1942
The British merchant ship Hatarana, that was torpedoed and damaged north-east of the Azores in position 41°07'N, 20°32'W by German U-boat U-214 was scuttled by gunfire from the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, DSC, RNR (retired)), which also picked up 20 survivors and landed them at Londonderry.
29 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN), HMS Banff (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Evans, RN), HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Egret (Cdr. C.R.S. Farquhar, RN) and aircraft. (1)
30 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN), HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN). (1)
1 Apr 1943
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Pentstemon (T/Lt. D.C. Williams, RNVR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSO, DSC, RNR). (2)
- ADM 173/17253
- ADM 173/18324
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.