HMS Hebe (J24)

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HMS Hebe 1940 IWM A 1434.jpg
Hebe photographed from HMS Rodney, October 1940
Career (UK) RN Ensign
Name: HMS Hebe (J24)
Builder: Devonport Dockyard
Commissioned: 1936
Fate: Mined 22 November 1943
General characteristics
Class and type: Halcyon-class minesweeper

HMS Hebe was a Halcyon-class minesweeper that saw service in the Royal Navy in the Second World War. She was built at the Devonport Dockyard and she was commissioned in 1936. Her pennant number was N 24, later J 24.

HMS Hebe served during the evacuation of Dunkirk, where she rescued 365 officers and men, and sent a gig to rescue Lord Gort on 29 May 1940.[1] She later saw service in the Mediterranean Sea based at Malta as part of 14th/17th Minesweeper Flotilla. She participated in Operation Harpoon (where she took a very long range 152 mm shot fired by italian cruisers), Operation Torch, and the invasion of Pantelleria.

She was sunk by a mine off Bari on 22 November 1943.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Naval Obituaries - Harold Biles The Telegraph, 6 April 2011

Sources[edit]

  • Warships of World War II, by H. T. Lenton & J. J. Colledge, pub. Ian Allan Ltd.

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Coordinates: 41°8′N 16°52′E / 41.133°N 16.867°E / 41.133; 16.867