HMS Abingdon (J 23)
Minesweeper of the Hunt class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Troon, Scotland) : Clark|
|Launched||11 Jun 1918|
|Commissioned||6 Nov 1918|
|Lost||5 Apr 1942|
On 5 April 1942 HMS Abingdon (Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR) was waiting to enter Kalkara Creek Dock for repairs when an Italian air attack began, in the course of which she sustained severe damage. Her back was broken and she was beached off Bighi to prevent sinking in deeper water, but after survey she was declared a Constructive Total Loss. Scrapped in situ during the 1950s.
Commands listed for HMS Abingdon (J 23)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Arthur Ronald Farquhar, DSC, RN||19 Aug 1939||Mar 1940|
|2||Lt. Graham Allen Simmers, RNR||Mar 1940||5 Apr 1942|
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Transferred from the Far East to Malta.
18 Mar 1941
HMS Regent (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic.
Lt.Cdr. Bartlett was temporary in command of HMS Regent as Lt.Cdr. Browne was sick. Lt.Cdr. Bartlett's own ship, HMS Perseus, was still refitting at Malta.
Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out with HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR).
No log is available for this patrol, therefore no map can be displayed. (1)
30 Apr 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was slightly damaged in detonating an acoustic mine.
8 Jul 1941
HMS Unbeaten (Lt. E.A. Woodward, RN) departed Malta for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Lampedusa. Before proceeding on patrol exercises were carried out together with HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR).
Later (10 July) she was ordered to position 35°40'N, 11°55'E to intercept a convoy but this was not sighted and passed most likely to the Westward of Unbeaten.
Finally (12 July) Unbeaten was ordered to patrol the approaches to Tripoli.
For the daily and attack positions of HMS Unbeaten during this patrol see the map below.
30 Dec 1941
While sweeping off St. Elmo's breakwater, HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by several Ju-88s, damaging one of them with AAA.
31 Dec 1941
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was attacked by 2 Me-109s with gunfire, suffered 7 men wounded, 3 of them seriously. Upon entering harbour came under attack of 3 more Me-109s and shot one down. Following this attack she was ordered to sweep only at night, navigating by means of small lights shown at fixed intervals from shore so as to allow her to obtain cross-bearings.
3 Jan 1942
HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) departed Malta for Gibraltar. She was escorted out by the British minesweeper HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR). Due to the shortage of torpedoes in Malta, she carried only two Mark II torpedoes.
As no log is available for this period no map can be displayed. (5)
1 Apr 1942
HMS Abingdon (Lt. G.A. Simmers, RNR) was damaged by near-misses during an Axis air raid.
- ADM 199/1833
- ADM 199/1153
- ADM 173/17138
- ADM 173/17150
- ADM 199/1922
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.