HMS Blackfly (FY 117)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.)|
|Launched||26 Jul 1937|
Completed on 29 September 1937 for Crampin Steam Fishing Co. Ltd., Grimsby as Barnett, GY454.
Resold in July 1946 to Crampin Steam Fishing Co. Limited, Grimsbby. Once again amed Barnett, GY200.
Commands listed for HMS Blackfly (FY 117)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Isdale Miller, RNR||26 Sep 1939||25 Aug 1940|
|2||Lt. Mervyn John Woods, RCNVR||25 Aug 1940||Oct 1940|
|3||T/Lt. Alwyn Phillips Hughes, RNR||Oct 1940||30 Oct 1944|
|4||Lt. Stuart Faithful Fell, RANVR||30 Oct 1944||Mar 1945|
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Notable events involving Blackfly include:
20 Oct 1940
HMS Blackfly (Lt. A.P. Hughes, RNR) picks up 37 survivors from the British tanker Shirak that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 about 90 nautical miles south-west of Rockall in position 57°00'N, 16°53'W.
28 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Philante (Capt. A.J. Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN) and HMS Blackfly (T/Lt. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR). (2)
15 May 1944
German U-boat U-731 was sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar north of Tangier, in position 35°54'N, 05°45'W, by depth charges from the British patrol vessel HMS Kilmarnock (T/A/Lt.Cdr. K.B. Brown, RNVR), the British A/S trawler HMS Blackfly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.P. Hughes, DSC, RNR) and 2 US Catalina aircraft (VP-63 USN/P-1 & P-14).
- File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17253
- ADM 173/17217
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.