HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)
Sloop of the Grimsby class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Pennant||L 47 / U 47|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Ordered||1 Mar 1935|
|Laid down||14 Aug 1935|
|Launched||24 Mar 1936|
|Commissioned||19 Nov 1936|
HMS Fleetwood is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List
Served as a radar and radio trials ship for the Admiralty Signal and Radar Establishment after the war.
Commands listed for HMS Fleetwood (L 47 / U 47)
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|1||Cdr. Andrew Nichol Grey, RN||8 Feb 1939||4 Aug 1940|
|2||Cdr. Ronald William Moir, RN||4 Aug 1940||Mid 1941|
|3||Cdr. David Thomas Morgan Williams, RNR||Mid 1941||20 Jul 1942|
|4||Cdr. William Brown Piggott, OBE, RD, RNR||20 Jul 1942||Jul 1944|
|5||A/Lt.Cdr. William Whitfield, DSC, RNR||Jul 1944||25 Jan 1946|
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Notable events involving Fleetwood include:
11 May 1943
German U-boat U-528 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 46°55'N, 14°44'W, by depth charges from a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn. 58/D) and by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggot, OBE, RNR).
2 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-340 was sunk at 0430hrs on 2 November 1943 near Tangier, in position 35°33'N, 06°37'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. W.B. Piggott, DSC, RD, RNR) and the British destroyers HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, DSC, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (Sqdn. 179/R).