The Medusa Trust

HDML Boats 1150-1199

HDML_1150  Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 10/5/42

Known Crew

TLt              R R Harvey SANF(V) TLt 24/10/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1150 11/43

TSLt           J R Pearce SANF(V) TSLt 29/1/42 HDML 1150 11/43 HMS Verbena (Corvette) HMS Rosebay (Corvette)

TSLt           A J A Brummage RNVR TASLt 28/7/44 HMS Afrikander (Simonstown, South Africa) TSLt 28/1/45 HDML 1150 1/2/45

 

Wartime Activities

9/9/45        Operation Zipper – Invasion of Malaya diverted to Penang.

 

Post War Fate

22/7/47       Sold

 

HDML_1151  Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 6/42

Known Crew

TSLt            R C J Morton RNVR 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151

TSLt            N A Irani RINVR 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151

TSLt            R E Nicholas RINVR TSLt 17/5/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 1944

TSLt            C W D Winter RINVR TSLt 26/10/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 ML 412

Mid              A E Young RINVR Mid 29/8/43 120th ML Flotilla HDML 1151 HMS Cheetah (Bombay) 

 

Wartime Activities

1944           Royal Indian Navy

120th ML Flotilla
ML 1125, ML 1148, ML 1151

 

Post War Fate

 

HDML_1152  Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 2/7/42

Known Crew

TLt             Ralph Morris Cole RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 4/7/41 TLt 27/3/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 23/6/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1152 28/6/42 Operation Torch - Invasion of Algeria 60th MTB/MGB Flotilla Commanding Officer MGB 661 10/2/44 For a series of actions in the Mediterranean DSC For an attack on an enemy convoy off the Dalmatian coast 18/5/44 MID

 

Wartime Activities

                   Mediterranean

11/42          Operation Torch - Invasion of Algeria

1944           Free French = VP11

                   Transferred in Algeri

HDML 1152

 

HDML_1153  Blackmore, Bideford, Devon 18/8/42

Wartime Activities

9/42            ML 1124, ML 1135, ML 1153, ML 1243, ML 1245, ML 1256, ML 1282, ML 1294 and ML 1296 are all transferred to the Turkish Navy. ML 1153 is lost on passage to Turkey

 

HDML_1154  Burn, Wroxham, Norfolk 30/1/43

Known Crew

SLt              Leslie Robert Ward RNZNVR HDML 1154 Killed on 14/05/1943 aged 25. Son of Robert Ainsworth and Henrietta Barbara Ward, of Dunedin, Otago

SLt              Donald Graham Watts RNZNVR HDML 1154 Killed on 14/05/1943. Son of Henry and Annie Catherine Watts, of Hataitai, Wellington City, New Zealand

LSea           William Costello LT/JX 185969 Killed on Friday 14 May 1943 aged 21 when HDML 1154 sinks after striking a mine. Son of William and Norah Costello; husband of Sarah Costello, of Harrietsham, Kent

Sea             Charles William Cox LT/JX 219617 Killed on Friday 14 May 1943 aged 27 when HDML 1154 sinks after striking a mine. Son of Frederick and Elizabeth Cox; husband of Alice Cox, of Rotherhithe, London

Sea             Andrew Hastie Dores LT/JX 190083 Killed on Friday 14 May 1943 aged 32 when HDML 1154 sinks after striking a mine. Son of Andrew Thomson Dores and Elizabeth Veitch Dores, of Dunbar, East Lothian; husband of Janet Dores, of Dunbar

Eng             John Kennedy LT/KX 110659 Killed on Friday 14 May 1943 aged 36. Son of John and Susan Kennedy; husband of Veronica Theresa Kennedy, of Paisley, Renfrewshire

 

Wartime Activities

14/5/43       Failed to return from a patrol off Bizerta having sunk after striking a mine laid by Third S Boat Flotilla on 6/5/43.

 

HDML_1155  Burn, Wroxham, Norfolk 2/4/43

Known Crew

TLt             E M Gardiner RNVR TSLt 20/7/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 12/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1230 26/11/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 4/12/44 TLt 10/1/45

TLt             L M Evans RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 15/6/42 TLt 29/1/43 HDML 1155 20/10/44

TSLt           Graham Wheldon Finch RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 17/5/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 27/5/43 TLt 6/9/43 Commanding Officer ML 577 28/10/44 MID

TSLt           F H Dare RNVR TSLt 26/2/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 4/5/42 ML 386 2/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1155 4/6/44 TLt 26/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1032 27/8/44 ML 500 61st RML Flotilla Based at HMS Aggressive, Newhaven

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

26/3/46       To Italy

 

HDML_1156  Bute Slip, Clyde , Scotland 10/11/42

Known Crew

TLt             D M Connor RNVR TLt 14/8/42 HMS St Christopher Commanding Officer HDML 1156 19/10/42 Commanding Officer ML 387 Killed in an explosion 5/3/44 Age 33 Son of H. Bertie and Maud Connor, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire; husband of Norah Marion Connor, of Trowbridge. Public Assistance Officer. Buried in Beirut War Cemetery, Lebanon 7 C. 1

TSLt           D M Horne RNVR TSLt TSLt 26/7/42 HMS Mosquito (Alexandria) for MTBs 1/8/42 ML 384 17/7/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1156 12/2/44 TLt 7/11/44

TSLt           F A Towl RNVR HDML 1373 8/43 TSLt 9/10/43 ML 861 10/5/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1156 9/3/45

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

1946           Sold

 

HDML_1157  Bute Slip, Clyde, Scotland 30/12/42

Known Crew

TLt            Basil Francis James Knight RNVR TLt 19/2/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1157 Commanding Officer HDML 1297 7/8/43 Operation Avalanche - Salerno Landings HMS Gregale (Malta) 5/4/45 Born 31/1/14 and died 5/1996 in Sutton district, Surrey

TLt            Derric Armstrong Breen RNVR HMS Royal Arthur 5/40 HMS Egret (Sloop) HMS King Alfred TSLt 21/8/42 HMS St Christopher 30/11/42 First Lieutenant HDML 1157 HMS Aggressive (Newhaven) 61st RML Flotilla First Lieutenant RML 516 21/3/43 Coastal Forces Commanding Officer’s course at Ardrishaig Commanding Officer HDML 1388 19/11/43 – 24/12/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1391 1/44 – 4/44 First Lieutenant HMS Pict 3/4/44 – 7/45 TLt 7/12/44 Born 12/19 in Gateshead and died 23/3/2004 in Washington, Durham Published: Young men at war (Online)

“The New Year brought my new CO, Sub-Lieutenant Basil Knight, avuncular in appearance, clear of skin, rather short, the epitome of the pre-war city business gent, a man to be remembered. . . We began the never-ending task of working up, slowly at first, meeting and dealing with the endless problems endemic in getting a small ship ready for war. In such a small ship, multi-role training was essential. Gunners must be able to start and run the engines and motor-mechanics at a pinch must be able to man a gun and fight it out. The telegraphist, like the rest, must be able to man a gun and steer a course. The Cox’n at least must be able to use a chart and lay off a course for home. There was no guarantee that Basil or I might always be in a state to do this”.

 

Wartime Activities

                   Delivered to Newport for shipment to Algiers

4/43            Lost in transport aboard SS City of Melbourne when the ship was sunk by FW200 aircraft in the Bay of Biscay en route to Algiers

 

HDML_1158  Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 11/5/42

For Operation Husky - Invasion of Sicily (Gazette date – 23/12/43)

DSC          TLt             Edward Digby Lee Lander RNVR

 

For firefighting following an explosion in ML387 in Beirut 5/3/44 (Gazette date – 19/12/44)

MID           PO             Leonard Abrams P/JX155834

 

For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece (Gazette date – 14/8/45)

DSC          TLt             Gordon Martineau Toplis RNVR

DSM          PO             Leonard Abrams P/JX155834

DSM          Sto1           Harold Simpson D/KX138065

London Gazette 1/1/46 - New Years Honours 1946

DSM          LSea          Charles Higgins LT/JX218243

London Gazette 1/1/47 - New Years Honours 1947

BEM          LSea          Charles Higgins LT/JX218243

 

Known Crew

TLt             Edward Digby Lee Lander RNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 2/2/42 TLt 6/2/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 4/5/43 Operation Husky - Invasion of Sicily DSC ML 358 10/10/43 Killed in action 12/11/43 aged 32 Son of Edward Lee Lander and Alice Mary Lander; husband of Rachel Stuart Lander, of Worthing, Sussex

TLt             A T Roberts RNVR TLt 28/3/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 25/9/43 Commanding Officer ML 860 20/5/44

TLt             Gordon Martineau Toplis RNVR TSLt 23/4/42 31st ML Flotilla ML 562 3/2/43 Operation Avalanche Salerno Landings TLt 23/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 11/10/44 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSC

TSLt           T C Larkin RNZNVR TSLt 4/12/42 ML 359 Commanding Officer HDML 1158 16/5/44 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ)

PO              Leonard Abrams P/JX155834 HDML 1158 For firefighting following an explosion in ML387 in Beirut 5/3/44 MID For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSM

LSea           Charles Higgins LT/JX218243 Previously served in HDML 1386 DSM and MID

Sto1            Harold Simpson D/KX138065

 

Wartime Activities

10/7/43       Operation Husky - Invasion of Sicily

5/3/44         ML 1007, ML1143 (Free French), ML1158 and ML1164 (Free French) are engaged in fire fighting after an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut. Four men are mentioned in despatches. ML 387 is lost and her Commanding Officer is awarded an Albert Medal for fire fighting until the boat blew up

 

Post War Fate

2/46            Palestine government

 

HDML_1159  Hillyard, Littlehampton, West Sussex 8/6/42

Known Crew

TLt            David Robert Poole RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 5/10/42 TLt 26/6/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1159 22/9/43 HMS Mosquito (Alexandria) ML 838 30/3/44 MID 1945 Commanding Officer ML 131 11/7/45

TLt            G F Gutteridge RNVR First Lieutenant ML 232 28/12/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1159 9/3/45 TLt 11/3/45

 

Wartime Activities

                   Mediterranean

 

Post War Fate

7/46            For disposal at Alexandria

 

HDML_1160  Sittingbourne Shipbuilding Company, Kent 4/6/42

London Gazette 1/1/44 - New Years Honours 1944

MID           TLt             Gordon Thomas Holden RNVR

 

Known Crew

TLt             Gordon Thomas Holden RNVR TLt 31/10/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 25/5/42 HMS Edinburgh Castle (Freetown, Sierra Leone) for MLs 8/42 15th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer ML 212 19/4/44 For minesweeping from the Humber to Heligoland and from there to Cuxhaven, Hamburg and Bremerhaven MID

TSLt          K D King RNVR TSLt 13/11/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 14/3/43 ML 279 1944 HMS Irwell

TSLt          J H Harland RNVR TSLt 10/3/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 3/7/44 ML 274

TSLt          H F Sutton RNVR TSLt 14/7/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1160 18/10/44

 

Wartime Activities

8/9/42        ML 1147 and ML 1160 joined West Africa Command from U.K. by freight

28/12/42    ML 1076, ML 1077, ML 1160, and ML 1089 sailed from Freetown to carry out an A/S Sweep

1/2/43        HMS Arran and ML 1160 sailed from Bathurst for Freetown escorting two merchant ships

26/1/43      HMS Arran arrived in Bathurst with ML 1089 and ML 1160

3/2/43        HMS Arran and ML 1160 and ML 1089 arrived in Freetown from Bathurst escorting 2 merchant ships

 

Post War Fate

22/12/45     Sold at Freetown, Sierra Leone

 

HDML_1161  Sittingbourne Shipbuilding Company, Kent 8/42

Known Crew

SLt             A B Clough RANR HDML 1161 1/43 HDML 1343 6/44 129th Flotilla Based on Darwin HDML 1323 9/44 ML 824 12/44

SLt            G S Grace RANVR HDML 1161 1/43 ML 813 2/43 ML 811 First Lieutenant HDML 1323 7/44

ASLt         G P Russell RANR SLt 22/2/43 HDML 1140 HDML 1161 2/43 HDML 1129 3/45

Lt              D H McDonald RANR SLt 9/11/42 ML 801 5/43 127th Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1338 5/44 ML 1161 3/45

Lt              D McA Cameron RANVR SLt 13/11/42 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown, Sierra Leone) HDML 1147 24/3/43 Lt 13/11/43 HDML 1161 15/3/45 

 

Wartime Activities

9/1/43         Royal Australian Navy
Training duties on the East Coast

 

Post War Fate

10/12/47     Sold

                   Los Negros

 

HDML_1162  Ekins, Christchurch, Dorset 14/5/42

Known Crew

TLt             C D Burrows RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 13/4/42 TLt 25/1/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1162 25/1/43

TLt             Bertram John Green RNZNVR TLt 5/3/43 HDML 1146 5/3/43 Salvage of a Catalina aircraft at Gibraltar MID Commanding Officer HDML 1162 15/1/44 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ)

TLt             R W Ollis RNVR TSLt MGB 609 8/6/42 HMS Midge (Great Yarmouth) for minelayers 5/10/42 Commanding Officer MGB 610 1/3/43 Lt 2/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1395 6/10/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1162 10/10/44

TSLt           K F Hill RNVR HDML 1162 15/6/44 TSLt 20/8/44

 

Wartime Activities

                   Mediterranean

11/42          Operation Torch - Invasion of Algeria

14/12/44     Destroyer HMS Aldenham hits a mine 50 nautical miles southeast of Pola and sank. 63 of the crew, including the commander, are saved by destroyer HMS Atherstone, ML 238 and HDML 1162, the death toll is 126

 

Post War Fate

1946           Sold

 

HDML_1163  Ekins, Christchurch, Dorset 31/12/41

Known Crew

TLt              J Hutton RNVR TLt 27/2/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1163 18/8/43 Commanding Officer ML 569 19/9/44

TLt              W Martin RNVR TSLt 11/9/42 HDML 1163 1/4/44 Commanding Officer ML 240 30/11/44

TSLt           Louis Holway TSLt 28/8/42 19th MGB Flotilla MGB 643 30/11/42 Operation Husky - Invasion of Sicily HDML 1163 22/11/44 HMS Gregale (Malta) killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945. Age 23. Son of Ernest and Rachel N. Holway, of Hornsey, Middlesex. Scholar of Stationers School. Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 8. B. 7-10 

SLt              Russell Kenyon Howden SANF(V) SLt 19/11/44 HMS Gregale (Malta) HDML 1163 Who was killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 20. Son of Francis J. and Annie L. L. Howden, of Durban, Natal, South Africa

LSea           Christopher Mordey  LT/JX 222943 who was killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 25. Son of Christopher and Ruth Alice Mordey; husband of L. M. Mordey, of Washington, Co. Durham

LSea           John Samuel Le Noury LT/JX 202293 Who was killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 31. Son of John Hubert Vaudin Le Noury and Edith Maud Le Noury, of Vale, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Ord             Alfred George Bunker LT/JX 360121 Killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 . Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery Coll. grave 8. B. 7-10 

Ord             Alexander Gordon Gardyne LT/JX 640852 HDML 1163 killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 21. Son of Alexander and Isabella Gardyne, of Ballogie, Aberdeenshire

Sea             Albert Henry Cox  LT/JX 281089 who was killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 22 when HDML 1163 is sunk. Son of Alonzo Bernard Cox, and of Annie Louisa Cox, of Southwark, London

Sea             Alan Michael Mains LT/JX 400070 killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945

Engmn        William Henry Hawksfield LT/KX 131150 killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 aged 33. Son of William and Jane Elizabeth Hawksfield, of Whitby Yorkshire; husband of Rose Hawksfield, of Whitby. Buried in Belgrade War Cemetery 

Sto              Martin Clarence Bailey LT/KX 153050 killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 when HDML 1163 is sunk. Son of Leonard and Elsie May Bailey, of French, Wellington, Shropshire

Ck              Douglas John Lewis LT/MX109628 killed in action on Thursday 4 January 1945 Age 22.  Son of Ernest William and Ethel Mary Lewis, of Margate, Kent

 

Wartime Activities

4-5/1/45      The First Group of the Third S Boat Flotilla (Oblt.z.S. Milbradt) (S 33, S 60, S 58 and S 61) sortie from Pola to attack the Island of Molat. In the Bregulie Bight, S 33 sinks HDML 1163. S 61 fires 2 torpedoes into Porto Nuccina harbour without success.
At 2130, ML 1163 is last heard of making an enemy contact report and is torpedoed and sunk by the German S 33 in the Adriatic in position 44.15n 14.49w. All hands are killed although one officer, the engineman and one seaman are recovered and subsequently buried in Belgrade

 

HDML_1164  Watercraft, West Molesey 18/9/42

Ungazetted award for Fire fighting following an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut 15/3/44

MID           SMtre        Rene Martinolle FNR

 

Known Crew

SMtre        Rene Martinolle FNR

 

Wartime Activities

                   Free French = Baalbek = VP32 1944

15/3/44       ML 1007, ML1143 (Free French), ML1158 and ML1164 (Free French) are engaged in fire fighting after an explosion in ML 387 at Beirut. Four men are mentioned in despatches. ML 387 is lost and her Commanding Officer is awarded an Albert Medal for fire fighting until the boat blew up

 

Post War Fate

                   French Navy VP 32

 

HDML_1165  Watercraft, West Molesey 16/10/42

Known Crew

TSLt           G S Cooper RNVR HMS St Christopher for MLs 12/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1165 12/10/42 TLt 15/1/43

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

1946           Sold

 

HDML_1166  Watercraft, West Molesey 2/2/43

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

                  French Navy VP5

1952           = La Belle Brise

 

HDML_1167  Thornycroft, Singapore

Post War Fate

 

 

HDML_1168  Thornycroft, Singapore

Post War Fate

 

 

HDML_1169  Thornycroft, Singapore

Post War Fate

 

 

HDML_1170  Thornycroft, Singapore

Post War Fate

 

 

HDML_1171  Dodge, Newport News, USA 11/12/42

Known Crew                 

TLt            M I Campbell TRNVR TASLt 1/8/42 TLt 1/8/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1177 10/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 13/9/44

TASLt       C S Durant TRNVR TASLt 2/9/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 8/8/44
Arthur Layer LT/MX101439

 

Wartime Activities

Caribbean

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

ML1171

 

HDML_1172  Dodge, Newport News, USA 16/12/42

Known Crew

TSLt          P S Hutchinson RNZNVR TSLt 14/7/41 HMS St Christopher for MLs 8/9/41 TLt 24/1/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1172 3/44 HMNZS Philomel (Auckland) 1944

TSLt          J A Hemmings RNVR TSLt 26/12/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1172 12/5/44

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1173  Dodge, Newport News, USA 7/1/43

Known Crew

TLt             W M Morten RNZNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 23/2/42 19th MTB Flotilla MTB 337 1/4/42 MTB 340 10/42 TLt 18/12/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1173 and Senior Officer of 118th ML Flotilla 3/10/43 HMNZS Cook (depot & training establishment, Wellington, NZ) 1944

TLt            HA Bartle RNVR TSLt 26/6/42 HMS Saker (USA) TLt 26/6/43 ML 423 HMS Morgan, ML Base Port Royal 118th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1173 12/5/44 29th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer ML 479 13/12/44

TSLt          W L T Ibister Commanding Officer HDML 1173 17/12/44

Sto             James Roy Hocking LT/KX 155231 who died in an explosion on Tuesday 14 November 1944 Age 20. Son of William and Jessie Hocking, of Hull. Buried in Gravesend Military Cemetery Barbados

 

Wartime Activities

Caribbean
118th ML Flotilla
ML 1173

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

ML1173

 

HDML_1174  Dodge, Newport News, USA 16/1/43

Known Crew

TLt            R H Sanders RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 29/9/41 HMS Beaver II (Immingham) 24th ML Flotilla 1/2/42 TLt 14/8/42 HMS Asbury for HDMLs 1/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1174 7/4/44

Sea            Samuel H Tolley LT/JX240830 died on 6th June 1943 cause unknown

                  Son of Samuel and Mary Ellen Tolley; husband of Daisy Tolley, of Tantany, West Bromwich. W Midlands.  Buried in Port of Spain (St James) Military Cemetery, Trinidad and Tobago  Western Portion. Grave 71  CWGC states serving in HMS Benbow

 

 

Wartime Activities

1943            Based at HMS Benbow (Trinidad)

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1175  Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

TSLt          P G B Allen RNVR TSLt 13/11/41 HMS Saker (Washington DC) Commanding Officer HDML 1175 3/10/43 Commanding Officer ML 378 9/5/44 HMS Morgan, ML Base Port Royal TLt 13/5/44

TLt            W L Moore RNVR TLt 4/4/43 ML 496 8/4/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1175 1/2/44 Commanding Officer ML 484 17/12/44 HMS Benbow

TASLt       P R Baines RNVR 17/12/43 HDML 1175 TASLt 18/8/44 HMS Benbow TSLt 18/2/45

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1176  Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

TSLt           M V D Champness RNVR TSLt 28/11/43 HDML 1307 12/9/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1176 15/9/44

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDM_1177    Dodge, Newport News, USA 12/2/43

Known Crew

TLt            M I Campbell RNVR TASLt 1/8/42 TLt 1/8/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1177 10/8/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1171 13/9/44

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1178  Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

Known Crew

TSLt           R N P Aspion RNVR TSLt 15/2/42 MTB 342 1/4/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1178 29/3/43 HMS Benbow (Trinidad) TLt 15/7/44

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1179  Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

 

HDML 1179

Known Crew

TSLt           J B Spaven RNVR TSLt 12/3/42 50th ML Flotilla ML 103 24/5/42 Sunk by mine in Straits of Dover 24/8/42 HDML 1179 1/9/43 HMS Asbury TLt 12/9/44
Arthur James Wannell (Gunlayer – died in 1977)

 

Wartime Activities

21/8/44       Beached in a hurricane at Rio Bueno, Jamaica. Boat driven further up the beach by the storm. Subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss.

 

ML1179 ML1179

 

HDML_1180  Dodge, Newport News, USA 4/3/43

Known Crew

TLt            E Conde RNVR TSLt HMS St Christopher for MLs 17/10/41 HMS Beaver II 24th ML Flotilla 1/2/42 TLt 28/9/42 HMS Asbury for HDMLs 1/5/43 Commanding Officer HDML 1180 1/9/43

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1181  Dodge, Newport News, USA 23/3/43

Known Crew

Lt               R E Sanders RNR Lt 21/7/41 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 5/43

Lt               Harry Jeffreys Tippets RNR Lt 14/10/44 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 11/44 HDML 1107 Former cadet of HMS Conway where he was Chief Cadet Captain Summer Term 1940

TSLt          Paul H Kern RNVR TSLt 19th MTB Flotilla MTB 336 3/4/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1181 9/4/44 TLt 15/7/44 Commanding Officer ML 237 6/4/45

TSLt          J S Hepworth RNVR HMS Asbury for HDMLs 10/6/43 TSLt 18/6/43 HMS Morgan Commanding Officer HDML 1181 19/1/45

 

Wartime Activities

                  Convoy escort between Jamaica and Barbados

21/8/44      Successfully rode out the hurricane that wrote off HDML 1179

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

ML1181

 

ML1181

 

HDML_1182  Dodge, Newport News, USA 23/3/43

Known Crew

TLt            J F A Johnson RNVR TLt 7/11/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1182 1/7/43

 

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

3/47            Returned to the United States Navy at Bombay

 

HDML_1183  Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 3/43

Known Crew

TLt            S D Kusabs RNZNVR TLt 30/12/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1183 26/6/43

TLt            I H Curd RNZNVR TLt 2/4/43 HMS Malabar (Bermuda) 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1183 23/5/44

TSLt          R A Parlane RNZNVR TSLt 3/12/41 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1183 9/3/43

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy

                   124th ML Flotilla

6/3/43         Commissioned
Based at Auckland

7/44            Detached duty at Dunedin

11/44          Planned deployment to Manus Island is cancelled
Returned to Dunedin

30/6/45       Paid off in Auckland

7/45            Based at HMNZS Philomel

 


HDML 1183

 

Post War Fate

1945           Laid up

15/7/46       Commissioned for Fishery Protection duties

1948           SDML = Cook

1949           P3551 = Maori

7/56             = Mako ( For Fishery Protection)

1962           Whale survey around New Zealand

1970           Mako and Maroro are guard boats for HMY Britannia during the Royal Tour

1972-76      Survey Wellington .

1976           Sold

                   Based at Adelaide

 

HDML 1183

 

ML1183

With the Chilean Training Ship Esmerelda in 1964

 

ML1183

HDML 1183

HDML 1183

HDML 1183

HDML 1183

HDML_1184  Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 3/43

Known Crew

TLt            TLt R L R Davidson RNZNVR TSLt 12/2/42 TLt 12/5/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1184 19/1/43 HMNZS Philomel ML 264 3/9/43 HMS Guardsman (Trawler)

TLt            J Gifford RNZNVR TLt 24/6/41 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1184 27/1/44 Gale

TSLt          P C Bull RNZNVR TSLt 22/4/42 ML 411 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1184 9/3/43 – 7/45

TSLt          T H Leys RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1184 31/1/44 TSLt 2/1/44

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy
124th ML Flotilla

9/3/43         Commissioned

11/44          Sailed to Fiji for duties in Suva

12/44          Planned deployment to Manus Island is cancelled
Returned to Auckland

8/45            Paid off into reserve

7/45            Based at HMS Philomel

 

Post War Fate

1946           The ‘Tamaki’ runs to Motuihe began and Q1184 transferred to this service and at times stood in for Q1183 on fishery patrols.

1946-72      Survey

1948           SDML = Philomel

1950            P3552

22/9/54        = Paea (Fishery Protection)

1975-77      Survey work
Wellington Reserves

1978           Survey work.
Auckland. Reserves

4/1985        Paid off and sold

2010           Private launch at Auckland

        

ML1184   ML1184

HDML 1184   HDML 1184

HDML 1184   HDML 1184

HDML 1184   HDML 1184

HDML 1184    HDML 1184

 

HDML_1185  Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 4/4

 

Known Crew

TLt            G R Curtis RNZNVR TLt 5/10/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1185 27/7/43

TSLt          P B Austin RNZNVR First Lieutenant 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1185 12/4/43 TLt 15/12/44

TLt            C E H Stocker RNZNVR TLt 2/1/44 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1185 31/1/44

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy
124th ML Flotilla
Based at Auckland

6/4/43         Commissioned

7/45            Based at HMS Philomel

 

Post War Fate

11/10/45      Paid off in Auckland and placed in reserve.

3/46            Army = Bombardier

                   Towed targets and carried personnel and stores between Waiheke Island, Motutapu Island and the Torpedo Bay wharf, Devonport for 9 Coast Regiment Auckland

11/53          Delivered to Wellington where she carried out target towing duties for 10 Coast Regiment. This visit lasted 7 weeks. Bombardier made three more visits to Wellington to assist with CMT training in November 1954, March 1956 and March 1957. RNZAF and RNZN crews delivered Bombardier to and from Wellington, these crews had the necessary out of harbour qualifications.

11/59          Transferred back to the RNZN

1960          Commissioned as HMNZS Manga and joined the fishery squadron

1967          After a refit she was assigned to Wellington RNZNVR

1973          Rejoined the fishery squadron

1974          Returned to Wellington RNZNVR

1977          Withdrawn from service and dismantled for disposal

3/81           Sold to Takapuna Contractors Ltd., and was later sold again and transported to Helensville for rebuilding.

                   = Olphert

                   = Haimona

2005           Helensville, New Zealand

HDML 1185    ML1185

 

HDML_1186  Madden & Lewis, Sausalito, California, USA 5/4

Known Crew

TLt             A R Joughin RNZNVR TLt 13/10/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1186 22/4/43

TLt             F A Bamford RNZNVR TSLt 30/10/42 FS Paris (Plymouth) 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1186 23/2/44 HMNZS Philomel

TSLt           D C Oram RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1186 14/5/43 TLt 22/8/44

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy
124th ML Flotilla

6/9/43         Made an asdic contact while on patrol off Cape Brett and dropped depth-charges, but a search revealed no sign of any submarine.

7/45            Based at HMS Philomel

 

Post War Fate

5/47            Sold

 

     ML1186

 

HDML_1187  Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

 

HDML 1187    

 

Known Crew

TLt            F G Gresham RNZNVR TLt 1/9/42 124th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1187 15/5/43

TLt            W R G Reid RNXNVR TSLt 1/4/41 TLt 1/7/43 81st ML Flotilla ML 409 22/7/43 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1187 1/3/44 Prins Albert

TSLt          E S Green RNZNVR TSLt 14/1/43 124th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1187 13/5/43

TSLt          M G Spencer RNZNVR TASLt 22/10/43 TSLt 22/4/44 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1187 22/6/44 HMNZS Philomel

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy
                   124th ML Flotilla
                   Based in Auckland

13/5/43       Commissioned
11/43          Transferred to the 125th ML Flotilla in Wellington
3/45            Planned move to Manus Island is cancelled
3/45            Transfer to Manus Island is cancelled
7/45            Arrived in Auckland
7/45            Based at HMS Philomel

 

Post War Fate

9/45            Paid off for disposal

12/46          Taken over by a charity trust, partly overhauled but handed back two months later. She was then taken up by NZ Coastguard on hire purchase charter for emergency work in the Hauraki Gulf

1948           SDML

5/50            Reverted to Navy to be the second survey ML to assist HMNZS Lachlan.

21/3/51       Commissioned as P3566 and sailed for Wellington to assist P3556 in surveying the Cook Strait. In accordance with custom she was painted white. From then until retired from surveying in 1979

1955           Briefly named Maori

10/55          Commissioned as HMNZS Takapu.

6/79            Tarapunga paid off from surveying and was renamed HMNZS Mako (ii).
Painted black and with radar fitted she was assigned to the RNZNVR Division in Wellington until August 1983 when she was withdrawn and dismantled for disposal

1984           Sold and renamed Tarapunga for private use in Auckland.


HDML 1187


HDML_1188  Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

 

HDML 1188

 

Known Crew

TLt            P C Stannard RNZNVR TLt 21/8/42 80th ML Flotilla ML 410 Commanding Officer HDML 1188 15/5/43- 7/45 HMNZS Killegray (Trawler)

TLt            A N Burt RNZNVR TLt 27/2/43 HMS Philoctetes II (Freetown, Sierra Leone) HDML 1188 24/4/44

TSLt          F W T Rooke RNZNVR TSLt 1/2/43 First Lieutenant HDML 1188 22/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 410 Tronda

TSLt         G B Brown RNZNVR HDML 1188 26/1/44 TSLt 29/9/44 HMS Pembroke

 

Wartime Activities

                 Royal New Zealand Navy
                 124th ML Flotilla
                 125th ML Flotilla
                 Based at Wellington
3/45          Deployment to Manus Island is cancelled
7/45          Based at HMS Cook at Wellington

 

Post War Fate

10/45          Paid off

1948           SDML

1949           Refitted for survey duties

1950           P 3556A

1955           = Philomel

21/7/55       = Takupu

11/79          Paid off from surveying
HMNZS Kahawai (ii). Painted black and fitted with radar and assigned to the RNZNVR Division in Dunedin

10/83          Withdrawn from service

1984           Sold for charter cruises in Whakatane.

 

ML1188 ML1188

HDML_1189  Everett, Washington, USA 5/43

Known Crew

TLt             R P W Wills RNZNVR TLt 8/1/42 125th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1189 15/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 408

TLt             G A B Walker RNZNVR HMS Minos II (Lowestoft) 6th ML Flotilla 4/5/42 TLt 26/2/43 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1189 18/2/44

TSlt             I W Down RNZNVR TSLt 14/1/43 125th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1189 13/5/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 407

Wartime Activities

                  Royal New Zealand Navy
                  125th ML Flotilla

7/45           Based at HMS Cook at Wellington

 

Post War Fate

1946           Sold

 

HDML_1190  Everett, Washington, USA 6/43

London Gazette 1/1/51 - New Years Honours 1951

BEM    CPO    Gordon Keith Alexander NZ102053 RNZNVR

 

Known Crew

Lt                W H Heath RNZNVR Lt 30/5/42 125th ML Flotilla Commanding Officer HDML 1190 23/6/43 ML 411 HMS Kilmelford (Submarine Chaser)

TLt             D F Davis RNZNVR TSLt 19/2/42 HMS St Christopher for MLs 20/4/42 TLt 11/10/43 29th ML Flotilla ML 480 11/10/43 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 23/2/44 HMS Philomel 1944

TLt             J E Bruton RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla First Lieutenant HDML 1190 28/5/43 TLt 8/7/43 Commanding Officer ML 839 12/4/45

SLt             D Dykes RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 23/5/44

CPO           Gordon Keith Alexander NZ102053 RNZNVR 125th ML Flotilla HDML 1190 New Years Honours 1951 BEM

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy
125th ML Flotilla

7/45            Based at HMS Cook at Wellington

 

Post War Fate

                   3562

1956           = Olphert

1967           = Parore

 

HDML 1190   ML1190

 

HDML_1191  Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

TLt             L J Henley RNZNVR TSLt 3/10/41 TLt 3/10/42 80th ML Flotilla ML 406 22/7/43 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1191 28/9/43 HMNZS Philomel

SLt             J B Barry RNZNVR 124th ML Flotilla HDML 1191 22/5/44

 

Wartime Activities

Royal New Zealand Navy

28/9/43       Commissioned

                   124th ML Flotilla
Based at Auckland

22/5/44       Transferred to Wellington

30/6/45       Returned to Auckland

 

Post War Fate

30/8/46       Commenced duties as a Tamaki ‘tram’ running between Motuihe Island and the Naval Base through to the closure of the service in August 1963

1948           SDML

1950           3553
= Tarnaki

4/4/66         Recommissioned = Kahawai (Fishery Protection duties)

1972           RNZNVR Divisions

8/82            Dismantled for disposal
Last known to be at Kopu in Coromandel

 

HDML 1191

 

HDML 1191  ML1191

 

HDML_1192  Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

TLt             J R Mills RNZNVR TLt 9/4/43 126th ML Flotilla HDML 1192 15/6/44 HMS Gregale?  

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy

28/9/43       Commissioned
126th ML Flotilla
Based at Auckland

3/45            Ready to be deployed to Manus Island but this was cancelled and she transferred to Wellington instead.

10/45          Paid off into reserve

HDML 1192

 

Post War Fate

1948          Returned to service and commenced duties on the ‘Tamaki’ run to Motuihe Isand

1950          P3554 = Irirangi

4/8/64        = Maroro (Fishery Protection duties)

1970          With Mako was guard-boat for HMY Britannia during the Royal Tour.

7/72           Sold and went to Fiji as a tourist launch.

27/8/82      Wrecked on a reef and became a total loss

 

HDML_1193  Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

TLt             I A Harvey RNZNVR TSLt 12/2/42 TLt 12/2/43 80th ML Flotilla ML 404 10/3/43 HDML 1193 28/9/43 HMNZS Killegray 1944

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy

 

Post War Fate

                   3555

1955           = Viti

1959           = Ngapona

1967           = Tamure

1973           Sold

 

HDML 1193

 

HDML_1194  Grays Harbor, Aberdeen, Washington, USA 8/43

Known Crew

TLt             R A Duder RNZNVR 2nd MGB Flotilla MGB 7 15/12/41 Commanding Officer MGB 7 22/9/42 TLt 9/10/42 MGB 6 1/4/43 HDML 1194 23/4/44

 

Wartime Activities

                   Royal New Zealand Navy

 

Post War Fate

1948           Ngapona

1950           = 3561

8/11/57       Stranded and broken up

 

HDML_1195  Africa Mirine, Mombasa, Kenya 12/44

Wartime Activities

 

Post War Fate

1945           For disposal

 

HDML_1196  Africa Mirine, Mombasa, Kenya (Launched 9/45)

Post War Fate

                   Cancelled

 

HDML_1197  Nichol, Durban, South Africa 24/7/43

Known Crew

SLt             J S Gleave RNVR SLt 21/1/42 HDML 1197

Mid            W P Goodwin SANF(V) Mid 24/8/42 HDML 1197 Turfontein 1944

Mid            P D Fuller SANF(V) Mid 24/8/43 HDML 1197

Wartime Activities

                   South African Navy

 

Post War Fate

                   South African Navy = ML 1197

                   Listed to 1961

 

HDML_1198  Nichol, Durban, South Africa 26/7/43

Known Crew

R.N. Harris (Photo courtesy of Mr John Harris)

TLt     Reginald Norman Harris SANF Served in HMS Cornwall (Cruiser) before commissioning. Commanding Officer HDML 1019 1/9/41 - 5/3/43 based at Lagos. Commanding Officer of HDML 1198 based at Durban South Africa 4/43 – 8/43 and ML 854 based at Simonstown, South Africa 8/43 – 2/44 and then in Ceylon until 5/45. HMAS Whang Pu (Repair Ship in New Guinea) and HMS Adamant (Submarine Depot Ship at Freemantle, Australia) in 7/45. DSC in ML 854 for operations off the Arakan coast 11/44 - 3/45. Born 18/5/19 in Port Elizabeth, he died on 20/03/73 in Capetown

TLt            J A Beyers SANF(V) TSLt 16/1/41 HMSAS Protea (Escort) HDML 1199 TLt 1/1/45 HDML 1198

SLt            D R Burton SANF(V) SLt 8/5/41 HMSAS Sonneblom (Escort) Lt 1/1/45 HDML 1198 or 1199

Mid           P W Fletcher SANF(V) Mid 1/12/42 HDML 1198 or 1199

Mid           R D Kingon SANF(V) Mid 24/8/43 HDML 1198

 

Wartime Activities

                   South African Navy

 

Post War Fate

                  South African Navy = ML 1198
                 
Listed to 1961

 

HDML_1199  Nichol, Durban, South Africa 20/7/43

Known Crew

TLt             Charles William John Hatt SANF(V) TLt 16/10/42 Commanding Officer HDML 1199 20/3/43 Commanding Officer ML 865 6/5/44 For services in the clearance of the Aegean and the relief of Greece DSC HMS Afrikander (Simonstown)

SLt             D R Burton SANF(V) SLt 8/5/41 HMSAS Sonneblom (Escort) Lt 1/1/45 HDML 1198 or 1199

SLt             J A Beyers SANF(V) TSLt 16/1/41 HMSAS Protea (Escort) HDML 1199 TLt 1/1/45 HDML 1198

Mid            E J Ahrens SANF(V) Mid HDML 1199 SLt 17/7/44

Mid            P W Fletcher SANF(V) Mid 1/12/42 HDML 1198 or 1199

 

Wartime Activities

                  South African Navy

 

Post War Fate

                  South African Navy = ML 1199

                  Listed to 1961