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HMS Active



   HMS Active (H14) was an A-Class Fleet Destroyer built by Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn, Newcastle upon Tyne. She was launched on 9th July 1929. At the outbreak of was she was with the 13th Destroyer Flotilla based at Gibraltar and undertook convoy duties in the Atlantic. In uly 1940 she saw action against units of French Fleet at Mers el Kebir in Operation Catapult and in August transferred to the Home Fleet for convoy and anti submarine defence in the Western Approaches.

She underwent a refit at Liverpool from November 1940 until March 1941 when she joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet for anti-submarine duties. Betweem August and November she undertook Russian convoys then joined Force "H" at Gibraltar. In March she sailed to Freetown arriving on the 16th of April. In May she took part in Operation Ironclad, in the Indian Ocean, sinking the Vichy French Submarine Monge. In September she joined the 3rd Destroyer Division of Force "M" to support the occupation of Madagascar. In October she was back in Capwtown and sank the U-boat U179 by the use of depth charges.

In January 1943 she returned to the UK and underwent a refit before returning to Gibraltar in May for escort duties in the Atlantic and Mediteranean. In November she took part in the sinking of U340 near Gibraltar. In January 1945 she joined the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla at Alexandria and supported shore operations in Eastern and Central Mediterranean. In March and April she supported military operations in the Aegean and took part in the re-occupation of Piscopi in May. In June she returned to Gibraltar and to the UK in September. She was used for target trials in 1946 and was sent to Troon for breaking in July of that year.

 


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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Active  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Lt.Cmdr. Alfred Edward Flannery HMS Hunter

My Father, Alfred Flannery, served on HMS Hunter at different times (I believe). He was the Medical Doctor and was on board when HMS Hunter was mined off the coast of Spain in May 1937 - In the Admiralty letter to my Father (Retirement letter) it was mentioned ". My Lords recall that early in your Service, whilst a Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean reported that you behaved with great coolness and efficiency under most trying circumstances on the occasion of the mining of H.M.S. Hunter off the coast of Spain in May, 1937. ."

My Father was also on board when H.M.S. Hunter was sunk off Narvik. One story that I know of: My mother was an American (Elizabeth Flannery nee Duffy) and she left the USA (NYC) to marry my father in Malta on 16th. November 1937. One of the things she brought with her was her deep freeze (I did say she was an American). Well, somehow, my father managed to convince my mother to let him take it on board (H.M.S. Hunter) for the purpose of keeping medications cold. My mother was very happy when my father survived the sinking of H.M.S. Hunter but never let him forget that her deep freeze was now at the bottom of a Fjiord. I heard that story very often. After the sinking of H.M.S. Hunter, my father was in Norway for a while and whilst there he was awarded the Haakon VI Liberty medal for services rendered.

The photo is of my parents' wedding - it includes other Naval Officers that may be recognized - At the time of the wedding my father was serving on H.M.S. Active. Thank you for maintaining this website.

Terence Flannery



Lt.Cdr. Alfred Edward "Alfie" Flannery HMS Hunter

Wedding Photo Lt. CDR Flannery

My father, Surgeon Captain Alfred Edward Flannery OBE RN, served on HMS Hunter at different times (I believe). He was the Medical Doctor and was on board when H.M.S. Hunter was mined off the coast of Spain in May 1937 - In the Admiralty letter to my Father (Retirement letter) it was mentioned "…. My Lords recall that early in your Service, whilst a Surgeon Lieutenant Commander, the Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean reported that you behaved with great coolness and efficiency under most trying circumstances on the occasion of the mining of H.M.S. Hunter off the coast of Spain in May, 1937..."

My Father was also on board when H.M.S. Hunter was sunk off Narvik. One story that I know of: My mother was an American (Elizabeth Flannery nee Duffy) and she left the USA (NYC) to marry my father in Malta on 16th. November 1937. One of the things she brought with her was her deep freeze (I did say she was an American:) Well, somehow, my father managed to convince my mother to let him take it on board (H.M.S. Hunter) for the purpose of keeping medications cold. My mother was very happy when my father survived the sinking of H.M.S. Hunter but never let him forget that her deep freeze was now at the bottom of a Fjiord. I heard that story very often. After the sinking of H.M.S. Hunter, my father was in Norway for a while and whilst there he was awarded the Haakon VI Liberty medal for services rendered.

I am including a photo of H.M.S. Hunter (taken in Malta, I believe) after the mining off the coast of Spain. Also included is a photo of my parents' wedding - it includes other Naval Officers that may be recognized - At the time of the wedding my father was serving on H.M.S. Active. Thank you for maintaining this website.

Terence Flannery







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