HMS Cranstoun (K 511)
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||9 Jun 1943|
|Launched||28 Aug 1943|
|Commissioned||13 Nov 1943|
Assigned USN penant DE 82 but not named.
Returned to the USN on 3 December 1945. Stricken and scrapped.
|Former name||DE 82|
Commands listed for HMS Cranstoun (K 511)
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and that we only list Commanding Officers for the duration of the Second World War.
|1||Lt. Eric Wingate Rainey, RN||23 Nov 1943||23 Jun 1945|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alfred Stapledon Miller, DSC, RNZNVR||23 Jun 1945||Sep 1945|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Percival Kilbee, RNR||Sep 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Cranstoun include:
3 Mar 1944
Convoy KMF 29A.
This convoy departed the Clyde on 3 March 1944 for Alexandria.
It was made up of the troop transport Strathnaver (British, 22283 GRT, built 1931). Also part of the convoy were the escort carriers HMS Atheling (Capt. R.I. Agnew, OBE, RCN), HMS Begum (A/Capt. J.E. Broome, DSC, RN) and the aircraft transports HMS Athene (T/A/Cdr. C.H. Moulton, RNR) and HMS Engadine (Capt. W.T. Fitzgerald, RD, RNR). These ships were ferrying aircraft.
Escort was provided by the light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. S.H. Paton, RN), sloop HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN) and the frigates Cranstoun (Lt. E.W. Rainey, RN), HMS Deane (Lt. V.A. Hickson, DSO, RN), HMS Redmill (Lt. J.R.A. Denne, RN), HMS Findhorn (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Dawson, RD, RNR), HMS Lossie (Lt.Cdr. A.F. MacFie, OBE, RNR), HMS Shiel (Lt. H.P. Crail, DSC, RNR), HMS Spey (Cdr. G.A.G. Ormsby, RN) and HMS Taff (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR).
Around 0800Z/6, the sloop HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Hickey, RNR) joined the convoy.
Around 1800Z/6, the frigates HMS Cranstoun, HMS Deane and HMS Redmill parted company with the convoy.
During the night of 9/10 March, HMS Nigeria fuelled at Gibraltar and then rejoined the convoy.
Around 1000A/11, HMS Erne parted company with the convoy to proceed to Algiers.
At 0137B/13, HMS Nigeria parted company with the convoy to proceed ahead of it to Port Said.
Around 1710A/13, the light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. C.P. Frend, RN) joined the convoy.
Around 0600B/16, HMS Phoebe parted company with the convoy to proceed to Alexandria.
The convoy arrived at Port Said late in the afternoon of the 16th.
20 Feb 1945
HMS Colossus (Capt. G.H. Stokes,CB, DSC, RN) conducted flying operations between the Clyde and Belfast Lough. She was escorted by the frigates HMS Dart (Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR) and Cranstoun (A/Lt.Cdr. E.W. Rainey, RN).
They returned to Greenock early on 21 February 1945. (1)
- ADM 53/121136
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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