Allied Warships

HMS Bedfordshire (FY 141)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 141 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Laid down 
Launched17 Jul 1935 
CommissionedOct 1939 
Lost12 May 1942 
Loss position34° 10'N, 76° 41'W

Completed in August 1935.
Taken over by the Admiralty in August 1939.
Displacement: 443 tons.
Armament: 1 4" gun.

HMT Bedfordshire (Lt. Russell Bransby Davis, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk on 12 May 1942 by the German submarine U-558 off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, USA in position 34º10'N, 76º41'W; There were no survivors.

6 British sailors, 4 of them identified, are buried at the British Cemetery at Ocracoke, Hyde County, North Carolina. See this website (offsite link).


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 12 May 1942 by U-558 (Krech).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Bedfordshire

Commands listed for HMS Bedfordshire (FY 141)

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1Ch.Skr. Jacob West Craske, RNR2 Oct 193922 Dec 1939
2Skr. Thomas Fairclough, RNR22 Dec 193918 Jun 1940
3Skr. John Wilkinson Short, RNR18 Jun 19407 Sep 1940
4T/Lt. Gerald Stewart Gaylard, RNVR7 Sep 194026 Feb 1941
5Lt. Russell Bransby Davis, RNR26 Feb 194112 May 1942 (+)

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Media links

In Some Foreign Field

Naisawald, L. VanLoan

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