HMS Foley (K 474)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||25 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||7 Apr 1943|
|Launched||19 May 1943|
|Commissioned||8 Sep 1943|
On 22 August 1945 she was returned to the USN at Harwich, England, and commissioned into the USN same day. Scrapped in June 1946.
|Former name||USS Gillette DE 270|
Commands listed for HMS Foley (K 474)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Donald Emberton Mansfield, RN||8 Sep 1943||6 Jan 1944|
|2||A/Lt.Cdr. Charles Ash Hannaford Bird, RNVR||6 Jan 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Foley include:
21 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-538 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 45°40'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Foley (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) and the British sloop HMS Crane (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN).
3 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Foley (A/Lt.Cdr. C.A.H. Bird, RNVR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and aircraft. (1)
- ADM 173/18473
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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