Allied Warships

HMS Aylmer (K 463)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 463 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down12 Apr 1943 
Launched10 Jul 1943 
Commissioned30 Sep 1943 
End service 

Returned to the US on 5 Nov, 1945. Stricken on 19 Dec, 1945 and scrapped.

Former nameUSS Harmon DE 72

Commands listed for HMS Aylmer (K 463)

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1Lt. Allan Donald Peter Campbell, RNJul 1943Jun 1945
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alan Geoffrey Gardner, RNVRJun 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Aylmer include:

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 52°30'N, 28°28'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) and the British frigates HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Bligh (A/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Cooper, RNR (retired)) and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN).

2 Sep 1944
HMS Trident (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, DSO, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with an Escort Group and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN). (1)

26 Jan 1945
German U-boat U-1051 was sunk in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man, in position 53°39'N, 05°23'W, by ramming and depth charges from the British frigates HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN), HMS Calder (Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, DSC, RNVR), HMS Bentinck (Cdr. R.C.S. Garwood, RN) and HMS Manners (A/Cdr. J.V. Waterhouse, DSO, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/19089

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

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