HMS Kilbirnie (Z 01)
Patrol vessel of the Kil class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Pullman Standard Car Co. (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 May 1942|
|Laid down||14 Oct 1942|
|Launched||2 May 1943|
|Commissioned||16 Jul 1943|
Laid up in reserve at Sheerness, England in June 1945.
|Former name||USS PCE 827|
Commands listed for HMS Kilbirnie (Z 01)
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|1||T/Lt. Eric Rawdon Humphrey Seddon, RNVR||Nov 1943||Aug 1944|
|2||T/Lt. Charles Trevor Letts, RNVR||Aug 1944|
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Notable events involving Kilbirnie include:
11 Feb 1944
HMS Unswerving (T/Lt. M.D. Tattersall, RNVR) and HMS Tantalus (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Mackenzie, DSO and Bar, RN) made rendes-vous with HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. E.R.H. Seddon, RNVR). They then set course for Gibraltar. (1)
7 Apr 1944
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with HMS Kingston Chrysolite (A/Skr.Lt. J. Main, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. E.A. Norris, RNVR), HMS Pink (Lt. W.K. Tadman, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. E.R.H. Seddon, RNVR). These were followed by night A/S exercises with aircraft. (2)
10 Jan 1945
HMS Ballinderry (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Aikman, RNR) and HMS Kilbirnie (T/Lt. C.T. Letts, RNVR) together pick up 51 survivors from the British merchant Blackheath that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-870 west of Gibraltar in position 35°49'N, 06°03'W.
- ADM 199/1822
- ADM 173/19337
- ADM 173/20229
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.