HMS Hebe embarked RAdm Wake-Walker, SNO Afloat, off Dunkirk on 30 May 1940

Halcyon-class minesweeper HMS Hebe embarked Rear Admiral Frederic Wake-Walker on 30 May 1940. Wake-Walker assumed role as Senior Naval Officer (SNO) Afloat, supervising shipping offshore during the evacuation. Later that day, Hebe lifted 633 troops from the beaches.

THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR
THE ROYAL NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR© IWM (A 1434)

British naval losses #OTD 29 May 1940 during Operation Dynamo

Passenger vessel MV Mona’s Queen (Capt A. Holkham) struck a mine outside Dunkirk harbour and sunk in two minutes. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?153

MV Mona’s Queen struck by mine off Dunkirk.

Admiralty W-class destroyer HMS Wakeful torpedoed & sunk by E-boat S.30 off Dunkirk. Survivors rescued by destroyer HMS Grafton (sunk later that day), minesweepers HMS Gossamer and HMS Lydd, and Admiralty drifter HMT Comfort (also sunk).

G-class destroyer HMS Grafton (Cdr C. Robinson, RN) torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-62 off Nieuwpoort, Belgium.

Admiralty drifter HMT Comfort rammed and sunk by HMS Lydd who mistook the drifter for a German E-boat.

Passenger vessel SS Clan MacAlister bombed and sunk off Dunkirk. Crew and embarked troops taken off by HMS Malcolm and HMT Pangbourne.

Auxiliary minesweeper HMS Gracie Fields carrying 750 troops bombed off La Panne beach. Survivors rescued by HMT Pangbourne and Dutch skoots Twente and Jutland.

Auxiliary paddle minesweeper HMS Waverley bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Dunkirk.

M/S trawler HMT Calvi bombed and sunk off Dunkirk. Survivors rescued by HMT John Cattling.

G-class destroyer HMS Grenade (Cdr R. Boyle, RN) bombed by German aircraft while embarking troops. Towed from harbour and sunk.

M/S trawler HMT Polly Johnson bombed and sunk by German aircraft off Dunkirk.

Auxiliary minesweeper HMS Crested Eagle bombed and sunk off Dunkirk. Survivors rescued by HMT Pangbourne.

Wreck of Crested Eagle Auxiliary minesweeper HMS Crested Eagle, photo by Paul Reed 2010.

French passenger vessel SS Normannia bombed in the Dunkirk harbour channel by German aircraft. Towed clear of the channel by Royal Navy gunboat HMS Mosquito, Nomannia‘s crew and her embarked troops were taken off by minesweeper HMS Ross.

French minesweeper FS Joseph Marie bombed and sunk at Dunkirk.

Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wakeful lost at Dunkirk on 29 May 1940

Admiralty W-class destroyer HMS Wakeful (Cdr R. Fisher, RN) was torpedoed and sunk off Dunkirk on 29 May 1940. Wakeful was carrying 640 soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk. Only one soldier and 25 of the ship’s company survived the sinking. Survivors from Wakeful were rescued by the destroyer HMS Grafton (herself sunk later that day), minesweepers HMS Gossamer and HMS Lydd, and the Admiralty drifter HMT Comfort (also sunk that day).

HMS Wakeful (naval-history.net)

British naval losses on 28 May 1940 during Operation Dynamo

M/S trawler HMT Thomas Bartlett (T/Skipper J. Thomlinson RNR) mined and sunk off Calais.

A/S trawler HMT Thuringia (Chief Skipper D. Simpson RNR) mined and sunk in the Channel.

Passenger ferry MV Queen of the Channel bombed and sunk by German aircraft.

Coastal steamer SS Abukir (Capt R. Morris-Woolfenden) torpedoed and sunk by German E-boat S.34 (OLt.z.S Obermaier) which then stopped to machine gun survivors in the water.

M/S paddle steamer HMS Brighton Belle carrying ~800 evacuated troops struck a submerged wreck off North Sand Head and sunk. Survivors rescued by the Medway Queen.

HMS Brighton Belle, clipping from Daily Mirror story on Dunkirk published 5 June 1940.