Allied Warships

HMS Hoy (T 114)

MS Trawler of the Isles class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeMS Trawler
ClassIsles 
PennantT 114 
Built byCook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley, U.K.) : Amos & Smith 
Ordered27 May 1940 
Laid down20 Oct 1940 
Launched1 Feb 1941 
Commissioned8 Jul 1941 
End service 
HistorySold in 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Hoy (T 114)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Stanley Leith Friend, RNVR18 Jun 194129 Aug 1941
2T/Lt. Leonard Henry Green, RNR29 Aug 194111 Mar 1942
3T/Lt. George Hayward McNair, RNVR11 Mar 1942Feb 1945
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Derik McNeil, RNVRFeb 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Hoy include:


8 Sep 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. H. Winter, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Sidmouth (Cdr. H.T. Rust, RN) and HMS Hoy (T/Lt. L.H. Green, RNR). (1)

11 Jun 1943

Operation Corkscrew.

Capture of Pantellaria and Lampedusa.

From Sfax, ' Convoy A ' sailed for the landings on Pantelleria. This convoy was made up the headquarters ship HMS Largs (Cdr. E.A. Divers, OBE, RNR, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.R. McGregor, RN), landing ships HMS Princess Beatrix (Cdr.(Retd.) T.B. Brunton, DSC, RN) and HMS Queen Emma (Capt.(Retd.) G.L.D. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN). They were escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Eggesford (Lt.Cdr. D.W. Austin, RN), HMS Lauderdale (Lt. G.D. Pound, DSC, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN).

From Sousse, departed ' Convoy B ' and ' Convoy C '.
' Convoy B ' was made up of the landing ship HMS Royal Ulsterman (Lt.Cdr. W.R.K. Clark, DSC, RD RNR), 20 LCI(L)'s and 2 ML's. They were escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Wheatland (Lt.Cdr. R.deL. Brooke, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN).
' Convoy C ' was made up of landing ship HMS Misoa (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Grace, DSC, RD, RNR), gunboat HMS Aphis ( Lt.Cdr. F.Y. Bethell, RN), and 21 LCI(L)'s, 4 LCF's and 2 ML's. They were escorted by the minesweepers HMS Clacton (A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) L.S. Shaw, RNR), HMS Polruan (Lt. C.D. Sampson, RNVR), HMS Rhyl (Cdr. L.J.S. Ede, DSO, RN), HMS Stornoway (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Fraser, RNR) and the M/S trawlers HMS Hoy (T/Lt. G.H. McNair, MBE, RNVR), HMS Inchcolm (Skr. A.C. Whitcombe, RNR), HMS Mull (T/Lt. R.R. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Rysa (T/Lt. J.H. Cooper, RNVR).

From Malta departed the bombardment / cover force which was made up of the light cruisers HMS Aurora (Commodore W.G. Agnew, CB, RN), HMS Newfoundland (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN), HMS Orion (Capt. G.C.P. Menzies, RN), HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN) and the destroyers HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN), HMS Lookout (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, RN), HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, DSC, RN), HMS Jervis (Capt. A.F. Pugsley, DSO, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN) and HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, RN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) and RHS Vasilissa Olga (Lt.Cdr. G. Blessas).

Eight motor torpedo boats and / or motor gun boats were also set to patrol in the area.

All forces sailed on 10 June to be off Pantellaria on 11 June 1944.

A final bombardment was then carried out and also aircraft from North African air bases carried out attacks. The island surrendered shortly before noon without further fighting. Rear-Admiral McGregor transferred his flag to HMS Tartar. HMS Largs, landing ships, landing craft and escorts were then ordered to proceed to Sousse.

The cruisers and fleet destroyers then proceeded to Lampedusa. Bombandment of that island commenced at 2245/11 and continued throughout the 12th. Also air bombardments were carried out. The island surrendered in the evening.

Weather was to bad to land at Lampion Island but the island appeared to be uninhabited.

The surrender of Linosa Island was accepted by HMS Nubian.

The forces that were still at sea were then dispersed. (2)

27 Jan 1944
At 0630 hours (all times zone -1), HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN), departed Naples together with HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS ML 560 (T/Lt. R. Edelsten-Pope, RANVR). They arrived at Capri at 0900 hours.

At 1700 hours HMS Uproar and HMS Ultor departed Capri for La Maddalena. They were escorted by HMS Hoy (T/Lt. G.H. McNair, MBE, RNVR). (3)

1 Mar 1944
HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Untiring (Lt. R. Boyd, DSC, RN) departed La Maddalena for Malta. They were escorted by HMS Hoy (T/Lt. G.H. McNair, MBE, RNVR).

For the daily positions (taken from the log of HMS Untiring) during this passage see the map below.

(4)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16764
  2. ADM 199/639
  3. ADM 173/19288
  4. ADM 199/2572

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


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