HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cochrane & Sons Shipbuilders Ltd. (Selby, U.K.)|
|Launched||15 Dec 1936|
Completed in February 1937.
Sold in July 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Arctic Ranger (FY 186)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) James Halliburton Young, RN||11 Sep 1939||late 1941|
|2||Ch.Skr. Harold Burnett Wray, RNR||late 1941||6 Feb 1942|
|3||Skr. George Thomas Lilley, DSC, RNR||6 Feb 1942||Jul 1942|
|4||Skr. John Foubister Banks, RNR||Jul 1942||10 Nov 1943|
|5||A/Skr.Lt. John Howson, RNR||10 Nov 1943|
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Notable events involving Arctic Ranger include:
12 Nov 1942
In the evening of 12 November 1942 HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN) and HMS Porcupine (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) both fuelled from 'Force R' which was made up of the tankers Dingledale (8145 GRT, built 1941, master R.T. Duthie) and Brown Ranger (3417 GRT, built 1941, master D.B.C. Ralph). Escort for this force was provided by the corvette HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR) and four A/S trawlers, HMS Arctic Ranger (Skr. J.F. Banks, RNR), HMS Imperialist (T/Lt. A.R.F. Pelling, RNR), HMS Loch Oskaig (T/Lt. G.T.S. Clampitt, RNR) and HMS St. Nectan (Lt. J.B. Osborne, RANVR).
The destroyers were to join 'Force H' at sea but were ordered to remain with 'Force R' during the night.
17 Feb 1945
HMS Arctic Ranger (A/Skr.Lt. J. Howson, RNR) picks up men from the British tanker Regent Lion that was torpedoed and damaged 27 nautical miles west of Gibraltar in position 35?56'N, 05?45'W by German U-boat U-300.
- ADM 173/17180
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.