Allied Warships

HMS Willowherb (K 283)

Corvette of the Flower (rev.) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassFlower (rev.) 
PennantK 283 
Built byMidland Shipyards Ltd. (Midland. Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered6 Dec 1941 
Laid down 
Launched24 Mar 1943 
End service 

Transferred to the Royal Navy under lend-lease.
Returned to the United States Navy on 11 June 1946.

Former nameUSS Vitality

Commands listed for HMS Willowherb (K 283)

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1Lt. Arthur Hague, RNR30 Aug 194321 Sep 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Clement Archibalt Shillan, RNVR21 Sep 194430 Sep 1945
3T/Lt. Rowland Fawcus Merz, RNVR30 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Willowherb include:

22 Mar 1945
HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Gibraltar with aircraft and later with HMS Bergamot (A/Lt.Cdr. W. McInnes, RNR) and HMS Willowherb (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. Shillan, RNVR). (1)


  1. ADM 173/20231

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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