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SERVICE HISTORIES of ROYAL NAVY WARSHIPS in WORLD WAR 2
by Lt Cdr Geoffrey B Mason RN (Rtd) (c) 2002

HMS  HADLEIGH CASTLE (K 355) - Castle-class Corvette including Convoy Escort Movements   

HMS Hadleigh Castle (Navy Photos/Mark Teadham, click to enlarge)

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CASTLE-Class Frigate ordered on 9th December 1942 from Smiths Dock SB, Middlesbrough and laid down on 4th April 1943 as Job Number 4702 (Yard Number 1124). The ship was launched on 21st  June 1943 as the 1st RN ship to carry the name. Build was completed on 18th September 1943.

 

B a t t l e   H o n o u r s

 

ATLANTIC  1943

 

 

S u m m a r y   o f   W a r   S e r v i c e

 

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1 9 4 3

 

September             Contractors trails and commissioned for service.

           18th             Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials

                               On completion of trials and storing took passage to Tobermory to work-up for operational

                               service

 

October                 Worked-up at Tobermory

                               On completion took passage to join Western Approaches Command.

 

November             Deployed for Atlantic convoy defence

to

December

 

1 9 4 4

 

January                 Deployed with 5th (British) Escort Group for  convoy escort in NW Approaches.

to                           (Note: Ships in Group included

December                        HM Corvettes CARISBROOKE CASTLE, DUMBARTON CASTLE,

                                          BERKELEY CASTLE and BAMBOROUGH CASTLE.

 

1 9 4 5

 

January                 Deployed for convoy defence in Home waters following the increasing threat posed by

to                           new design and SCHNORKEL- fitted types of U-Boat which were being used to carry

May                      attacks on shipping in UK coastal waters..

 

June                      Remained in Home waters until reduced to Reserve status after VE-Day

to

August

 

Po s t   W a r   N o t e s

 

HMS HADLEIGH CASTLE remained laid-up in Reserve until 1958 when placed on the Disposal List as part of the reduction of the number of ships in Reserve under a Defence Review. Sold to BISCO for demolition by C W Dorkin the ship arrived in tow at the breakerís yard at Gateshead in January 1959.

 


 

Addendum

 

CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of HMS HADLEIGH CASTLE

by Don Kindell

 

These convoy lists have not been cross-checked with the text above

 

 

 

 

 

Date convoy sailed

Joined convoy as escort

Convoy No.

Left convoy

Date convoy arrived

 

 

 

 

 

09/12/43

09/12/43

ON 215

26/12/43

28/12/43

28/01/44

02/02/44

HX 277

12/02/44

13/02/44

22/02/44

22/02/44

ON 225

02/03/44

08/03/44

06/03/44

11/03/44

HX 282

21/03/44

22/03/44

12/04/44

12/04/44

OS 074KM

23/04/44

23/04/44

23/04/44

23/04/44

KMS 048G

25/04/44

25/04/44

01/05/44

01/05/44

MKS 047G

03/05/44

03/05/44

03/05/44

03/05/44

SL 156MK

13/05/44

13/05/44

22/05/44

22/05/44

OS 078KM

04/06/44

04/06/44

21/05/44

28/05/44

SL 158MK

29/05/44

04/06/44

05/06/44

05/06/44

KMS 052G

06/06/44

06/06/44

09/06/44

09/06/44

MKS 051G

10/06/44

10/06/44

10/06/44

10/06/44

SL 160MK

21/06/44

21/06/44

01/07/44

02/07/44

OS 082KM

11/07/44

11/07/44

12/07/44

12/07/44

KMS 056G

13/07/44

13/07/44

20/07/44

20/07/44

MKS 055G

21/07/44

21/07/44

21/07/44

21/07/44

SL 164MK

31/07/44

02/08/44

10/08/44

11/08/44

OS 086KM

21/08/44

21/08/44

22/08/44

22/08/44

KMS 060G

23/08/44

23/08/44

29/08/44

29/08/44

MKS 059G

30/08/44

30/08/44

30/08/44

30/08/44

SL 168MK

07/09/44

07/09/44

29/09/44

30/09/44

ONS 033

02/10/44

14/10/44

30/10/44

unknown

HX 317

unknown

13/11/44

28/11/44

30/11/44

ONS 037

01/12/44

21/12/44

25/02/45

11/03/45

SC 168

11/03/45

13/03/45

06/04/45

20/04/45

SC 172

20/04/45

22/04/45

18/04/45

unknown

HX 351

unknown

03/05/45

23/04/45

unknown

HX 352

unknown

08/05/45

26/04/45

27/04/45

ON 299

28/04/45

13/05/45

02/05/45

02/05/45

OS 126KM

05/05/45

08/05/45

05/05/45

10/05/45

MKS 099G

12/05/45

12/05/45

 

 

 

 

 

(Note on Convoys)

 

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