Allied Warships

HMS Bandolero (FY 188)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 188 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched21 Jan 1935 
CommissionedOct 1939 
Lost30 Dec 1940 

Completed in February 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 440 tons.

(Lt.Cdr. Francis Mervyn Wynter Harris, RNR) Sunk in a collision with the Australian destroyer HMAS Waterhen off Sollum, eastern Mediterranean on 30 December 1940. There were no casualties.


Commands listed for HMS Bandolero (FY 188)

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1Skr. Alfred Walter Craig, RNR19 Oct 19392 Apr 1940
2T/Lt. John Scott, RNVR2 Apr 1940May 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Francis Mervyn Wynter Harris, RNR1 May 194030 Dec 1940

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Notable events involving Bandolero include:

30 Dec 1940
HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN) arrived of Sollum and commenced an A/S patrol.

At 2105C/30, she collided with the A/S trawler HMS Bandolero (Lt.Cdr. F.M.W. Harris, RNR) and the trawler sank at 2150C/30. HMAS Waterhen was able to pick up the entire crew of HMS Bandolero.

HMAS Waterhen continued the A/S patrol despite damage to her bow. (1)


  1. ADM 53/113482 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Waterhen for December 1940

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

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