Allied Warships

HMS Aston Villa (FY 261)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 261 
Built bySmith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched8 Jun 1937 
CommissionedJan 1940 
Lost3 May 1940 

Completed on 4 September 1937.
Taken over by the Admiralty on 29 September 1939.
Displacement: 546 tons.
Lenght: 174 feet.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Aston Villa (Cdr.(retired) Sir Geoffrey Cecil Congreve, RN) was heavily damaged on 30 April 1940 by German dive bombers in Kroken Bay near Namsos, Norway. Scuttled on 3 May 1940.


Commands listed for HMS Aston Villa (FY 261)

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1Cdr. (retired) Sir Geoffrey Cecil Congreve, RN17 Jan 19403 May 1940

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Notable events involving Aston Villa include:

26 Jan 1940
HMS H 50 (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Aston Villa (Cdr.(Retd.) Sir G.C. Congreve, RN) and HMS Kingston Cyanite (Skr. F.A. Yeomans, RNR).

[No logs are available for HMS H 50 for the months of February / April 1940, therefore no details on her operations can be given. H 50 was at Portland for A/S training the entire time with the exception of a short period at Portsmouth in mid/late March 1940 which included a docking.]

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