Allied Warships

HMS Duff (K 352)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 352 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down22 Feb 1943 
Launched22 May 1943 
Commissioned23 Aug 1943 
End service 

Returned to the USN on 28 August 1945. Scrapped.

Former nameUSS Lamons DE-64

Commands listed for HMS Duff (K 352)

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1Lt. John Richard Bradbury, RN23 Aug 194317 Nov 1943
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Brock, RCNVR17 Nov 194319 Aug 1944
3T/Lt. Roland Allan Harry, RNVR19 Aug 194415 May 1945
4T/Lt. Henry Brussel Bickett, RNVR15 May 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Duff include:

9 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Spragge (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Grant, RD, RNR), HMS Duff (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR), HMS Waldegrave (Lt. T. Hay, RN) and HMS Narborough (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Muttram, DSC, RN). (1)

7 Jun 1944

Convoy EWP 1.

This convoy departed Portsmouth on 7 June 1944 and arrived on 8 June 1944 off the Normandy beaches.

It was made up of the transports; Batavier II (Dutch, 1573 GRT, built 1920), Biarritz (British, 2388 GRT, built 1915), Cameronia (British, 16297 GRT, built 1920), Devonshire (British, 11275 GRT, built 1939), Empire Arquebus (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Empire Crossbow (British, 7177 GRT, built 1944), Leopoldville (Belgian, 11509 GRT, built 1929), Neuralia (British, 9182 GRT, built 1912), New Bedford (British, 1595 GRT, built 1928) and Worcestershire (British, 11402 GRT, built 1931).

The depot / headquarters ships, HMS Adventure (A/Capt. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Despatch (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO, RN) and Southern Prince (Capt. (Retd.) R.H.F. de Salis, DSC, OBE, RN) were also with this convoy.

The convoy was escorted by the escort destroyer HMS Eglinton (Lt.Cdr. F.M. Graves, RN), sloops HMS Redpole (Lt.Cdr. I.M. Carrs, RN), HMS Stork (Cdr.(Retd.) G.W.E. Castens, DSO, RN) and the frigates HMS Duff (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Brock, RCNVR) and HMS Hotham (A/Lt.Cdr. S. Ayles, RNR).

30 Nov 1944
At 0745 hours, HMS Duff (T/Lt. R.A. Harry, RNVR) is mined off Ostend, Belgium. She is badly damaged but managed to limp to Harwich. The ship was not repaired, 3 dead.

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19218

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

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