Allied Warships

HMS Affleck (K 362)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 362 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down5 Apr 1943 
Launched30 Jun 1943 
Commissioned17 Sep 1943 
End service 

At 14.14 hours on 26 December, 1944, U-486 fired three Gnats at the 1st Escort Group on patrol off Cherbourg and observed hits after 1 minute 39 seconds and 1 minute 41 seconds and heard a third detonation after 7 minutes. Meyer claimed two destroyers sunk and a corvette damaged. In fact the frigates HMS Affleck (Cdr. Clive Gwinner, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN (retired)) and the HMS Capel (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) were hit. The latter sank and the other was towed to port, but declared a total loss.

HMS Affleck is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

After the war the HMS Affleck returned to the US Navy in Britain, where she was sold on 24 January 1947 and served as mercantile hulk Nostra Senora de la Luz until 1970, when she was broken up.


Commands listed for HMS Affleck (K 362)

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1Lt. Eric Ian Pilditch, RN29 Jul 194331 Jan 1944
2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clive Gwinner, DSO, RN31 Jan 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Affleck include:

26 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-91 was sunk Northern Atlantic, in position 49°45'N, 26°20'W by the British frigates HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN (retired)), HMS Gore (Lt J. Reeves-Brown, RN) and HMS Gould (Lt D.W. Ungoed, RN).

1 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-358 in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 45°46'N, 23°16'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Gould (Lt. D.W. Ungoed, RN), HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN (retired)), HMS Gore (Lt. J.V. Reeves-Brown, RN) and HMS Garlies (Lt. R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN).

16 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-392 was sunk in the Straits of Gibraltar, in position 35°55'N, 05°41'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN (retired)), the British destroyer HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN) and depth charges from 3 US Catalina aircraft (VP 63).

27 Apr 1944
HMS Affleck (A/Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN (retired)) and HMS Bentley (Lt.Cdr. P.C. Hopkins, RN) together pick up 54 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Colin that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day in the North Atlantic in position 54°16'N, 31°58'W by German U-boat U-859.

Media links

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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