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HMS Byron (K508)

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Laid down  24 May 1943
Length  306 ft (93 m) overall
Launched  14 August 1943
Commissioned  30 October 1943
Construction started  24 May 1943
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Decommissioned  Returned to US Navy on 24 November 1945
Fate  Struck from the Navy list and sold for scrap on 25 October 1947
Displacement  1,800 tons fully loaded

HMS Byron was a British Captain class frigate (US built as a Buckley class escort) of World War II. Named after Vice-Admiral The Honourable John Byron whose frequent encounters with bad weather in ensuing years won him the sobriquet, “Foul Weather Jack”.


Commanding Officers were Lt K C L Southcombe RN October 1943 and Lt J Burfield RN February 1945.


During World War II, HMS Byron earned battle honours for service in the English Channel, the Arctic, and the Atlantic in 1944 and in the North Sea in 1944 and 1945. In the course of these operations, she participated in the destruction of two German U-boats: U-722 on 27 March 1945 off the Hebrides, in position 57°09′N 06°55′W, by depth charges in company with HMS Fitzroy and HMS Redmill; and, teaming with HMS Fitzroy, U-1001 on 8 April 1945 south-west of Land's End, in position 49°19′N 10°23′W, by depth charges.

General information

  • Pennant (UK): K 508
  • Hull number (US): DE 79
  • Built by: Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)
  • References

    HMS Byron (K508) Wikipedia

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