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HMS Stanley

   HMS Stanley was a Destroyer, formerly USS McCalla. While escorting the convoy HG-76, the HMS Stanley (I 73) participated in the sinking of U-131 (Baumann) on 17 December and U-434 (Heyda) on 18 December. At 0415 hours on 19 Dec 1941 the HMS Stanley (I 73) under LtCdr D.B. Shaw, RN, OBE was hit by two of three torpedoes from U-574, while on station astern of the convoy HG-76 and immediately sank about 330 miles west of Cape Sines, Portugal. The U-boat was sunk 12 minutes after the attack by HMS Stork (L 81), which later picked up the survivors from HMS Stanley (I 73) together with HMS Samphire (K 128).


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Stanley

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Angove Frederick Norman. Able Sea. (d.19th Dec 1941)
  • Whitehead Albert Charles. Stoker/PO (d.19th December 1941)

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Able Sea. Frederick Norman Angove HMS Stanley (d.19th Dec 1941)

Able Seaman Frederick Angove served with the Royal Navy during WW2 and was killed in action on the 19th December 1941 aged 21. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial in Plymouth and was the son of Mr & Mrs Angove of Camelford Cornwall.

An extract taken from the Cornish and Devon Post dated 31/01/1942: "Notification has been received from the Admiralty to the effect that Seaman-Gunner Frederick Norman Angove, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Angove of Moorgate, Advent, Camelford is missing believed killed. Twenty one years of age, Norman joined the Navy in November 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Angove’s eldest son is serving in the D.C.L.I."

S Flynn

Stoker/PO Albert Charles Whitehead HMS Stanley (d.19th December 1941)

Albert Whitehead (an uncle I never met) was lost when HMS Stanley was torpedoed and sunk 330 miles off Portugal on 19th December 1941 (there were only 25 survivors).

His name is recorded on the Naval Memorial on Plymouth Hoe.

Chistopher Dean

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