HMS Berry (K 312)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||1 Nov 1941|
|Laid down||22 Sep 1942|
|Launched||23 Nov 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Feb 1943|
Assigned USN pennant DE 3.
HMS Berry is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Returned to the USN on 15 February 1946. Later sold for scrap.
Commands listed for HMS Berry (K 312)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Victor Legassick, RD, RNR||1 Feb 1943||20 Sep 1943|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Colin Sawyer Pirie, RNVR||20 Sep 1943||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Berry include:
20 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Berry (Lt.Cdr. G.V. Legassick, RD, RNR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN), HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RD, RNR), HMS Fishguard (Lt.Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR or Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RNR). (1)
11 May 1944
At 2120 hours (zone -2), HMS Seraph (Lt. T. Russell-Walling, RN), lost depth control as 'A' tank suddenly flooded, and hit bottom at 498 feet. Damage was severe, there were several leaks, her main motors were flooded and she was unable to dive. It took almost four hours to effect repairs and several attempts were undertaken before Seraph finally surfaced. Contact with Coastal Command aircraft was established at 0500/12 and a message was passed to her to relay as Seraph's own W/T set was out of action.
At 2020/12 contact was made with a USAAF Liberator and another message was passed to this aircraft requesting assistance and an escort.
As of the early morning hours of the 13th aircraft remained with Seraph until the 3rd Escort Group arrived with the frigates HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR) and HMS Berry (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.S. Pirie, RNVR). The 3rd Escort Group however left after about 1 hour but later returned. The trawler HMS Neave (T/Lt. T. Ross, RNVR) and and tug HMS Abeille IV arrived during the day and relieved the two frigates. (2)
- ADM 173/17925
- ADM 173/18698
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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