Allied Warships

HMS Pink (K 137)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 137 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.): Ailsa Shipbuilding Company Ltd. (Troon, Scotland)and N.E. Marine 
Laid down20 May 1941 
Launched16 Feb 1942 
Commissioned2 Jul 1942 
End service27 Jun 1944 

Heavily damaged after being hit by a gnat torpedo fired by an unknown German U-boat in the English Channel in position 49º48'N, 00º49'W and declared a Constructive Total Loss (CTL).
Scrapped at Llanelly in 1947.


Hit by U-boat
A total loss on 27 Jun 1944 by unknown ().

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Pink

Commands listed for HMS Pink (K 137)

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1Lt. Robert Atkinson, DSC, RNR20 Oct 194220 Dec 1943
2Lt. William Kilvington Tadman, RNR20 Dec 1943mid 1944

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Notable events involving Pink include:

16 Dec 1942
HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) picks up 7 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Bello that was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 51°45'N, 23°50'W by German U-boat U-610.

1 Feb 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. I.S. McIntosh, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Alisma (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR), HMS Carnation (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Mallow (Lt. W.R.B. Noall, DSC, RNR), HMS La Malouine (T/Lt. V.D.H. Bidwell, RNR) and HMS Violet (Lt. C.N. Stewart, RNR). (1)

21 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Hollins, RN), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR), HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Snowflake (Lt. H.G. Chesterman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, RNR), HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) and HMS Tay (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Sherwood, RNR). (2)

5 May 1943
HMS Pink (Lt. R. Atkinson, DSC, RNR) was part of the escort of convoy ONS-5. On May 4th, she had been detached from the convoy to become the only escort of four stragglers. On May 5th, they were 80 miles behind the convoy, when at 1154 AM a positive ASDIC echo was heard (range 2,200 yards). Atkinson, in spite of being short of fuel, decided to attack. The ship run over the target, and dropped 10 depth charges. The second attack was a salvo of 24 Hedgehog projectiles from an estimated range of 250 yards. A third attack consisted in another salvo of 10 depth charges, set at 250 and 385 feet. A fourth followed, this time set at 350 and 550 feet. As three large bubbles were seen 500 feet astern, Pink fired again the Hedgehog, but the projectiles failed as they exploded in contact with the sea surface. Then she made the last attack, ten depth charges set at 350, 550 and 700 feet. Fifteen minutes later an explosion was heard, and Atkinson thought he had sunk the sub. He was credited by the Admiralty with a "Probably Sunk", but in fact the target, that turned out to be U-358, although very severely damaged, could escape and make to base. Meanwhile, another u-boat, U-584, sunk the American merchant West Madaket that was under Pink's protection, making realize the young Atkinson (27) that perhaps he had been too stubborn to chase the submarine and giving up earlier to resume the protection duty could have been a better choice. (3)

28 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR). (4)

29 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR), HMS Loosestrife (Lt. H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR). (4)

7 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. J. Main, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. E.A. Norris, RNVR), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. E.R.H. Seddon, RNVR). These were followed by night A/S exercises with aircraft. (5)

12 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Smilax (Lt. A. Branson, RNR), HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR) and HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMCS Louisburg (T/Lt. J.B. Elmsley, RCNVR). (6)


  1. ADM 173/17813
  2. ADM 173/17781
  3. Personal communication
  4. ADM 173/17777
  5. ADM 173/19337
  6. ADM 173/18528

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

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