Allied Warships

HMS Birdlip (T 218)

ASW Trawler of the Hill class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
PennantT 218 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Holmes 
Ordered20 Nov 1940 
Laid down12 Mar 1941 
Launched9 Jul 1941 
Commissioned23 Dec 1941 
Lost14 Jun 1944 
Loss position5° 00'N, 9° 00'W

HMT Birdlip (T/Lt. Iorwerth Brian Evan Humphrey, RNVR) was torpedoed and sunk off Greenville, Liberia in approximate position 05º00'N, 09º00'W by the German submarine U-547.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 14 Jun 1944 by U-547 (Niemeyer).

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Commands listed for HMS Birdlip (T 218)

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1T/Lt. James Alcorn, RNVR12 Nov 1941mid 1942
2T/Lt. Frederick Waine, RNVRmid 1942mid 1942

3Lt. Eric Nelson Groom, RNR3 Nov 1942late 1943

4T/Lt. Iorwerth Brian Evan Humphrey, RNVR1 Jan 194414 Jun 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Birdlip include:

23 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with ORP Garland (Lt.Cdr. H. Eibel), HMS Inkpen (T/Lt. H. Vernon, RNR), HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, RN) and HMS Birdlip. (1)

13 Nov 1942
HMS H 33 (Lt. P.C. Chapman, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Birdlip (Lt. E.N. Groom, RNR), HMS Butser (T/Lt. A.F. Cameron, RNVR), HMS Mignonette (Lt. H.H. Brown, RNR) and HMS Helier 2 (A/Skr.Lt. G.L. Oleson, RNR). (2)

11 Mar 1943
HMS P 615 (Lt. C.W.St.C. Lambert, DSC and Bar, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown with HMS Birdlip (Lt. E.N. Groom, RNR) and HMS Butser (T/Lt. A.F. Cameron, RNVR). (3)

30 Apr 1943
HMS Birdlip (Lt. E.N. Groom, RNR) picks up 77 survivors from the British merchant Bandar Shahpour, 39 survivors from the British merchant Corabella, 73 survivors from the Dutch merchant Kota Tjandi and 111 survivors from the British merchant Nagina that were all torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-515 from convoy TS-37 about 130 miles southwest of Freetown.

HMS Arran (T/Lt. D.S. Hutton, RNR) and HMS Birdlip together pick up 97 survivors from the British merchant City of Singapore that was torpedoed and sunk in a second attack on the convoy by the same U-boat on 1 May.


  1. ADM 173/17253
  2. ADM 173/17231
  3. ADM 199/635

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

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