14th/17th Minesweeper Flotilla
|14th/17th Minesweeper Flotilla|
Marsamxett Harbour – the base for Malta-based minesweepers
|Garrison/HQ||Marsamxett Harbour, Malta|
|Engagements||Battle of the Mediterranean|
|Commander J J Jerome RN|
The flotilla proceeded to Malta in June 1942 as part of the Malta Convoy Operation Harpoon. The four sweepers cleared the approaches to Grand Harbour and led the Harpoon convoy into Malta. During its service in Malta the flotilla was known as 14th/17th Minesweeper Flotilla. The flotilla participated in the famous Malta Convoy Operation Pedestal during August 1942, which included the rescue of the oil tanker SS Ohio, for which Lt J. A. Pearson of HMS Rye was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
14th/17th Minesweeper Flotilla, Malta, August 1942
- HMS Speedy – Lt Cdr J. C. Brooks RN
- HMS Hebe – Lt Cdr G. Mowatt RN
- HMS Rye – A/Lt Cdr J. A. Pearson RNR
- HMS Hythe – Lt Cdr L. B. Miller RN sunk by U-boat in October 1943
- Commander Minesweepers Malta, Cdr J. J. Jerome RN, also in HMS Speedy
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