Allied Warships

HMS Kenilworth Castle (K 420)

Corvette of the Castle class

Photograph with thanks to Bill Allon. His father J.J. Allon, RNR was in command of HMS Kenilworth Castle during the war.

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 420 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered19 Dec 1942 
Laid down7 May 1943 
Launched17 Aug 1943 
Commissioned14 Nov 1943 
End service 

Scrapped at Llanelly starting on 20 June 1959.

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Commands listed for HMS Kenilworth Castle (K 420)

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1T/Lt. James Joseph Allon, RNR11 Oct 194320 Mar 1945
2A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Oswald Williams, RNR20 Mar 194529 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Kenilworth Castle include:

6 Mar 1944
After unsuccessful attempts at towing the boat to port German U-boat U-744 was sunk at 1830hrs on 6 March 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 52°01'N, 22°37'W, after being torpedoed by the British destroyer HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. R. Dyer, RN). U-744 was attacked for over 30 hours by depth charges from HMS Icarus, the Canadian frigate HMCS St. Catharines (T/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR with Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC, RN escort group commander onboard), Canadian corvettes HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), Canadian destroyers HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and the British corvette HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J.Allon, RNR).

11 Nov 1944
The depth charge attacks carried out by the British corvettes HMS Pevensey Castle (Cdr. D.A. Rayner, DSC, VD, RNVR), HMS Launceston Castle (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR), HMS Portchester Castle (Lt. A.G. Scott, RNR) and HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J. Allon, RNR) south of Ireland, in position 50°24'N, 09°10'W, formerly credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-1200, were actually made against a non-sub target.

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