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HMS Bentley (K465)

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Laid down  26 April 1943
Length  306 ft (93 m) overall
Launched  17 July 1943
Commissioned  13 October 1943
Construction started  26 April 1943
Decommissioned  Returned to US Navy on 5 November 1945
Fate  Sold to Mr. John J. Witte of Staten Island, N.Y., on 17 June 1947 for scrapping
Displacement  1,800 tons fully loaded

HMS Bentley was a Buckley class Captains class frigate which served during World War II. The ship was named after Sir John Bentley who entered the Royal Navy in 1720. Between 1744 and 1761 he commanded a series of ships and took part in the decisive victory at the Battle of Quiberon Bay in 1759 while commanding a 74-gun third-rate ship of the line HMS Warspite.

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Originally destined for the US Navy HMS Bentley was provisionally given the name USS Ebert (later this name was reassigned to DE 768) however the delivery was diverted to the Royal Navy before the launch. Commanding Officers were Lt Cdr P C Hopkins RN August 1943, Lt Cdr E May RN May 1944 & Lt F L Boyer RN December 1944.

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HMS Bentley served exclusively with the 1st Escort Group taking part in operations in the North Atlantic.

On 19 February 1944 together with HMS Affleck, HMS Bentley picked up 54 survivors from the Panamanian merchant Colin which had been torpedoed and sunk the previous day in the North Atlantic in position 54.16°N 31.58°W / 54.16; -31.58 by the Kriegsmarine submarine U-859.

General information

  • Pennant (UK): K 465
  • Pennant (US): DE 74
  • Built by: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
  • References

    HMS Bentley (K465) Wikipedia


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