Allied Warships

HMS Byron (K 508)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 508 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down24 May 1943 
Launched14 Aug 1943 
Commissioned30 Oct 1943 
End service 

Assigned USN penant DE 79 but not named.

Returned to the USN on 24 November 1945. Stricken and scrapped.

Former nameDE 79

Commands listed for HMS Byron (K 508)

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1Lt. Kenneth George Lisle Southcombe, RN31 Oct 194312 Nov 1944
2Lt. John Blackmore Burfield, DSC, RN12 Nov 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Byron include:

2 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Byron (Lt. K.G.L. Southcombe, RN). (1)

27 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-722 was sunk in the North Atlantic near the Hebrides, in position 57°09'N, 06°55'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy (Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN) and HMS Byron (Lt. J. Burfield, DSC, RN).

8 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-1001 was sunk in the Atlantic south-west of Land's End, in position 49°19'N, 10°23'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Fitzroy (Lt.Cdr. O.G. Stuart, RCNVR), and HMS Byron (Lt. J. Burfield, RN).

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald


  1. ADM 173/18492

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

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