Allied Warships

HMS Flint Castle (K 383)

Corvette of the Castle class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassCastle 
PennantK 383 
Built byHenry Robb Ltd. (Leith, U.K.) 
Ordered19 Jan 1943 
Laid down20 Apr 1943 
Launched1 Sep 1943 
Commissioned31 Dec 1943 
End service 
History

Operated with the Clyde Escort Force until November 1945.
Part of the 2nd Training Sqn. at Portland from 1946 untill March 1956 when she was relieved at Portland and placed in reserve at Devonport after 13 years continuous service.
Arrived at Faslane on 10 July 1958 to be broken up by Ship-breaking Industries Ltd.

Portrayed a German escort vessel depth charging a British submarine off the coast of France in the movie The Cockleshell Heroes starring Jose Ferrer and Trevor Howard.

 

Commands listed for HMS Flint Castle (K 383)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Norman Harrison, RNVR20 Oct 19433 Jul 1944
2T/Lt. Sidney George Wright, RNVR3 Jul 1944Jan 1945
3Lt. William Reresby Sitwell, RN1 Jan 194515 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Flint Castle include:


1 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Caldy (T/Lt. G.D. Cowley, RNVR) and HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR). (1)

6 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Caldy (T/Lt. G.D. Cowley, RNVR), HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR) and HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). (1)

8 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Benbecula (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F.W. Boumphrey, RNVR), HMS Arcturus (T/Lt. H.R. Grief, RNR), HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR) and HMS Crowlin (A/Skr.Lt. A. Smith, RNR). (1)

11 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Benbecula (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F.W. Boumphrey, RNVR) and HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR). (1)

12 Mar 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Stornoway with HMS Persian (Lt.Cdr. A. Ecclestone, RN) and HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR). (1)

17 Apr 1944
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Holy Loch for the Far East. The first leg of the trip is to Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Porpoise (Lt.Cdr. H.A.L. Marsham, OBE, RN). They were escorted by HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR).

(No positions are mentioned in the log of Telemachus nor have we found a passage report, therefore no map can be made.) (2)

23 Apr 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Flint Castle (T/Lt. N. Harrison, RNVR), HMS Oxford Castle (T/Lt. H.E. Holden, DSC, RNR), HMS Rushen Castle (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.C. Warwick, DSC, RNR), HMS Vidette (Lt. P.J. Stoner, RN), HMS Chelmer (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.A. Cherry, RNR) and HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR). (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18973
  3. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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