HMS Byron (K 508)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||24 May 1943|
|Launched||14 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||30 Oct 1943|
Assigned USN penant DE 79 but not named.
Returned to the USN on 24 November 1945. Stricken and scrapped.
|Former name||DE 79|
Commands listed for HMS Byron (K 508)
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|1||Lt. Kenneth George Lisle Southcombe, RN||31 Oct 1943||12 Nov 1944|
|2||Lt. John Blackmore Burfield, DSC, RN||12 Nov 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Byron include:
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).
- ADM 173/18492
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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