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HMS Howe - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Howe

Name : HMS Howe
Laid Down : 1st June 1937
Launched : 9th April 1940
Completed : 29th August 1942
Type : Battleship
Class : King George V
Builder : Fairfield
Country : UK
Sequence : This is the 5th ship with this name.
Pennants : 32
Fate : Scrapped at Inverkeithing 4th June 1958.

HMS Howe, was built by Fairfield and launched on the 9th of April 1940 the last of her class. she served in the Home fleet in 1942 - 43 and in Force H, 1943, on duty off Sicily and in Italian waters and went into refit from October 1943, to June 1944, HMS Howe then was transferred to the British Pacific Fleet and was deployed of Japan. used as a training ship in 1946 she was Scrapped at Inverkeithing 4th June 1958.

Information received from Peter Hulme: HMS Howe became Flagship to the Reserve Fleet during 1949/50. She also had a civilian telephone exchange in addition to her service equipment which I used to maintain. She was manned by a skeleton crew plus the Admirals Reserve fleet staff.

A story from Ron Poole: Ron served on HMS Howe as a Radar Operator during the Pacific Campaign and also spent time in Durban during a refit. He remembers a Kamikazi plane bouncing off the deck and ending up in the sea. Also a time when a sailor went overboard whilst going through the roaring forties and Captain McCall refusing to actually stop the ship, which was against regulations, to rescue the chap but steering the ship past slowly, so that he could be brought back aboard. Ron's son Andy has a copy of the ship's journal for the PAcific Campaign.

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Timeline Entries :


9th April 1940 - Pennant Number 32
9th April 1940 - Launched
3rd April 1942 - Capt. Charles Henry Lawrence Woodhouse in Command
22nd March 1943 - At Hval Fjiord, an anchorage in Iceland
30th April 1943 - At Scapa Flow
May 1943 - Sailed Rosyth got Gibraltar to join Force H
2nd March 1944 - Capt. Henry William Urquhart McCall in Command
November 1944 - British Pacific Fleet
November 1944 - Capt. H. W. U. McCall, DSO
18th January 1945 - Capt. H.W.U. McCall in Command
18th January 1945 - Arrived Sydney
5th February 1945 - ArrivedAuckland
4th May 1945 - Part of the bombardment force which shelled mainland Japan
9th May 1945 - Saved HMS Victorious from a third Kamikaze hit
1946 - Flagship of the Training Squadron at Portland
21st July 1947 - Home Fleet Review on the Clyde
1950 - Reduced to Reserve
30th January 1956 - In reserve at Plymouth
1957 - Placed on disposal list
27th May 1958 - Sailed Devonport under tow
2nd June 1958 - Arrived in tow at Inverkeithing for breaking-up by TW Ward.

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British Pacific Fleet by Randall Wilson.

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Last edited : 16:47, October 12, 2012
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