BYMS 2044
British Yard Mine Sweeper 2044.
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945.#

BYMS 2044, Flotilla 170 in 1943 and 1944, 152 in 1945.

Built by: Gibbs Corp., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Laid down:  9 April 1942
Launched: 26 November 1942
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 29 December 1942
Reclassified: named HMS J-844 later HMS BYMS-2044.

Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 170 in 1943.

29 Dec 42, Completed.
18 March 43 Charleston
22 March 43 Norfolk, Virginia.
2b May 43 to 6 May 43, Trinidad.
14 May 43 Belem. Crossed the Atlantic from South America to West Africa.
25 Sep 43 Takoradi, Ghana.
29 Dec 43 Lagos.
10 Feb to 23 April 44  Takoradi, Ghana.
29 April to 10 May 44 Freetown.
12 to 14 May 44, Dakar.
21 and 22 May 44 Casablanca
23 May to 9 June 44 Gibraltar
20 and 21 June 44 Londonderry.
23 Sep 44 Cardiff.
30 Oct 44 Swansea.
1 Nov 44 Portsmouth.
3 Nov 44 Southend.
3 and 4 Nov 44 Great Yarmouth.
4 Nov 44 Humber.
13 June to 17 July 45 Humber.
21 Aug 45 Cuxhaven, Germany. Clearing mines from German ports to allow ships carrying humanitarian aid, for people close to starvation, to discharge their cargoes.
29 Aug 45 Cuxhaven, Germany
30 Aug 45 Humber.
1946 at Devonport.
1947 at Falmouth.
28 Feb 48, sold to Finland.

BYMS 2044 renamed the Purunpaa after being sold to Finland.


OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943,
Temp. Lieut. R.N.R.  W. C. Base 24 June 42
Temp. Lieut. R.A.N.V.R.  C. Thompson July 42
Temp.Sub-Lieut., R.N.V.R. E. L. Hallett 1 Oct 42

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Temp. Lieut. R.N.V.R., C. W. G. Starr. (In Command) 24 July 43
Temp. Lieut. R.N.V.R., E. L. Hallett 1 Oct 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Temp. Lieut. R.N.V.R., E. C. G. Cleare, 25 Feb 45.
Temp. Lieut. R.N.V.R., E. L. Hallett 1 Oct 42


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