HMS Windermere (FY 207)
ASW Whaler of the Lake class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smith's Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Laid down||20 May 1939|
|Launched||21 Jul 1939|
|Commissioned||8 Nov 1939|
|Former name||Suderoy VII|
Commands listed for HMS Windermere (FY 207)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Witheridge Couch, RD, RNR||12 Oct 1939||4 Jun 1940|
|2||Skr. Case James Albert Silom, RNR||4 Jun 1940||14 Mar 1941|
|3||Skr. Joseph Trone Hindmarsh Fairbairn, RNR||14 Mar 1941||4 Jul 1941|
|4||Skr. Jack Mawer, RNR||4 Jul 1941||late 1943|
|5||Skr. Thomas Williamson, RNR||9 Dec 1943||May 1944|
|6||A/Skr.Lt. John May, RNR||May 1944||16 May 1945|
|7||A/Skr.Lt. John Windram, RNR||16 May 1945||2 Sep 1945|
|8||A/Ch.Skr. (A/Skr.Lt.) Henry Rich, RNR||2 Sep 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Windermere include:
17 Nov 1939
HMS L 27 (Lt. P.J. Cowell, RN) is undocked at Portsmouth. She then departed for Portland escorted by HMS Windermere (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Couch, RD, RNR). She arrived at Portland later the same day. (1)
3 Nov 1941
Convoy QP 2.
This convoy departed Archangelsk on 3 November 1941 for Kirkwall where it arrived on 17 November 1941.
On departure from Archangelsk the convoy was made up of the following merchant vessels; Atlantic (British, 5414 GRT, built 1939), Blairnevis (British, 4155 GRT, built 1930), Cepira (Panamanian, 5625 GRT, built 1920), Chernyshevski (Russian, 3588 GRT, built 1919), Gemstone (British, 4986 GRT, built 1938), Harmonic (British, 4558 GRT, built 1930), IJora (Russian, 2815 GRT, built 1921), Lorca (British, 4875 GRT, built 1931), North King (Panamanian, 4934 GRT, built 1903), River Afton (British, 5479 GRT, built 1935), Stephan Khalturin (Russian, 2498 GRT, built 1921) and Ville d'Anvers (Belgian, 7462 GRT, built 1920).
In the morning of the 4th the convoy was joined by the heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. A.J.L. Phillips, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.F. Wake-Walker CB, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN).
At dusk on the 5th HMS Bramble, HMS Leda and HMS Seagull parted company with the convoy to return to North Russia.
At 0500A/11, HMS Norfolk parted company with the convoy to proceed to Scapa Flow.
Later on the 11th, the HMS Celia (T/Lt. F.G. Dawson, RNR) and HMS Windermere (Skr. J. Mawer, RNR) joined the convoy. HMS Icarus and HMS Eclipse were then detached to fuel at Seidisfjord. The rejoined the convoy on 13 November following which the trawlers were detached.
The convoy arrived at Kirkwall on 17 November 1941.
- ADM 173/15781
- ADM 173/19346
- File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.