HMS Falk (FY 789)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Framnæs mekaniske Værksted (Sandefjord, Norway)|
Completed in September 1937.
Returned to owner in October 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Falk (FY 789)
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|1||A/S.Lt. Neville Harold Mangnall, RNVR||Mar 1941||27 May 1941|
|2||Lt. Henry Scott Upperton, RNR||27 May 1941||mid 1942|
|3||S.Lt. Neville Harold Mangnall, RNVR||mid 1942||15 Jan 1943|
|4||T/Lt. William Metcalfe, RNVR||15 Jan 1943||25 Jun 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Alan Richard Arthur Marshall, RNVR||25 Jun 1944||early 1946|
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Notable events involving Falk include:
5 Nov 1941
The A/S whaler HMS KOS XIX / Cocker (Lt. L.H. Davies, RNR) sighted a periscope about 32 nautical miles west of Alexandria at 2220/5.
Destroyer HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN) was sent from Alexandria to assist. She already sailed at 2325/5.
The destroyers were recalled to harbour at 1800 and arrived later in the evening. No contact had been obtained.
As an oil slick was sighted in the area of the hunt on the 7th the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair-Ford, RN) were sent to hunt in the area again. They departed Alexandria at 1200 and 1400 hours respectively.
The search continued during the night of 7/8 November. HMS Encounter joined the destroyers in the morning. She sailed from Alexandria at 0815/8.
The hunt was however soon abandoned as no contact could be obtained and and the three destroyers then escorted the light cruiser HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN) during a practice bombardment at Aboukir. HMS Neptune had departed Alexandria at 1000/8.
Following the exercise HMS Neptune immediately returned to Alexandria arriving at 1630/8.
HMS Encounter, HMS Hotspur and HMS Kipling returned to Alexandria at 1015/9 having remained outside on patrol for another night. (1)
14 Apr 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Peony (Lt.Cdr.(ret.) M.B. Sherwood, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Gloxinia (Lt. A.F. Harkness, DSC, RNR), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN), HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN), HMS Falk (Lt. H.S. Upperton, RNR) and HMS Klo (Lt. M.C. English, RNR). HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, OBE, RN) (2)
- ADM 53/115216 + ADM 199/415
- ADM 173/17330
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.