HMS Crane (1943) SL  (7th)

This the seventh ship to carry the name HMS Crane was a Modified Black Swan (1942), escort vessel (sloop).

Built by Denny, laid down 13-Jun-1941, launched 09-Nov-1942, and completed 10-May-1943.

On commissioning served as convoy escort mainly in the North Atlantic until Apr-1944. Sank U-538 on 21-Nov-1943 and U-962 on 08-Apr-1944.

Then took part n the Normandy landing after which she went to the Clyde for refit. But on the way was involved in a collision with the Tilapa on07-Aug-1944. Repairs and refit took until 01-Nov-1944 on the Humber.

Left to join the Pacific Fleet Nov-1944 and took part in the Sakashima Gunto Fleet Train operations May-1945. After the war ended remained in the Pacific until 01-Jul-1946 when she left Hong Kong for the UK.

Paid off into reserve on arrival at the UK and remained in reserve until late-1951. Re-commissioned for service with the Far East Fleet.

Detached to the Red Sea and took part in Suez operation 1956, after which she returned to the far East.

Returned to the UK mid-1962 to be paid off again.

Broken up at Queenborough Mar-1965.

Won the Battle Honours: Biscay 1943, Sicily 1943, Atlantic 1943-44, Normandy 1944, English Channel 1944, Okinawa 1945 and Korea 1952-53.


Other HMS Crane
- 1st  HMS Crane
- 2nd HMS Crane
- 3rd HMS Crane
- 4th HMS Crane
- 5th HMS Crane
- 6th HMS Crane
- 7th HMS Crane

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This page last edited - 04 September, 2012.

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