HMS Puffin (L 52 / K 52)
Patrol vessel of the Kingfisher class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 52 / K 52|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||21 Mar 1935|
|Laid down||12 Jun 1935|
|Launched||5 May 1936|
|Commissioned||26 Aug 1936|
Heavy damaged in North Sea by collision on 26 March 1945, not repaired.
Commands listed for HMS Puffin (L 52 / K 52)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Francis Hollins, RN||15 Dec 1938||3 Oct 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Montagu Granville Waldegrave, RN||3 Oct 1939||21 Apr 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Earl Beattie, RN||21 Apr 1940||11 Sep 1940|
|4||Lt. Henry Kirkwood, RN||11 Sep 1940||28 Jun 1942|
|5||T/Lt. Alfred Stapledon Miller, RNZNVR||28 Jun 1942||ca. mid45|
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Notable events involving Puffin include:
25 Oct 1939
German U-boat U-16 was scuttled in the English Channel near Dover, in position 51°09'N, 01°28'E, after hitting a mine. Its loss was earlier credited to depth charge attacks carried out by the British ASW trawler HMS Cayton Wyke (Ch/Skr. D.F. Noble, RNR) and the patrol vessel HMS Puffin (Lt.Cdr. Hon. J.M.G. Waldegrave, RN) in the afternoon on 24 October, but the U-boat was probably not damaged during these attacks.
26 Mar 1945
HMS Puffin (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.S. Miller, RNZNVR) rammed and sank a German Seehund midget submarine off Lowestoft. (6)
- ADM 173/15741
- ADM 173/15680
- ADM 173/15750
- ADM 173/15690
- ADM 173/16302
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.