BYMS 2003
British Yard Mine Sweeper 2003.
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945.

BYMS 2003, Flotilla 150 in 1942 and 1943, 163 in 1944 and 1945.

Built by:  the American Car and Foundry Co., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Laid down:  25 August 1941.
Launched:  14 May 1942.
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 13 July 1942.
Reclassified: HMS J-803, later HMS BYMS-2003.

Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 150 in 1942 and 1943, 163 in 1944 and 1945.

Took part in the D-day landings, Gold Beach.

BYMS 2003.

MOVEMENTS.

1 Aug 42. Completed.
28 Oct 42 Halifax.
Left Halifax in 28 Oct 42, Reported as disabled at position 51 06N, 41 50W in the Atlantic. Assisted by the tug Tenacity to return to St John’s.
4 Feb 43 St Johns.
Second attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Canada to the U.K. this time successfully.
12 Feb to 16 Feb 43 Londonderry.
15 March 43 Portsmouth.
18 March 43. Sheerness.
7 June 43. Southend.
18 July 43 Portsmouth.
6 Aug 43 Ardrossan Scotland.
10 Aug 43 Milford Haven.
6 Dec 43 Malta.
18 Feb 44. Lagos, Portugal.
June 6th, D-Day BYMS 2004 was sweeping off Gold Beach.
During the period from the 4 June 1944 (the day before D-day) to the end of July 1944 BYMS would have cleared pathways through the minefields to the Normandy Beachheads, cleared mines ahead of the Invasion Convoys, cleared mines from the ship assembly and disembarkation areas almost right up to the beaches, widened the cleared pathways and continuously swept for newly laid mines.
28 Aug 44 Portsmouth.
1 Sep to 2 Sep 44 Newhaven.
6 Sep 44 Dieppe. As the army advance overland taking the ports, the minesweepers cleared the mines from them.
11 Sep 44, Portsmouth.
13 Sep 44 France BAA.
30 Sep to 4 Oct 44 Portsmouth.
16 Oct 44 Captain Mine Sweepers. Portsmouth.
Dec 44 to 12 May 45 Great Yarmouth.
13 May 45 Rosyth.
Feb to Sep 46. Dover.
Sep 46 to July 47 Sheerness. Laid up at Queenborough Pier, Wildfire III, Queenborough after WW2 waiting to be returned to the United States Navy or sold.
1 July 47. Returned to USN.

Distinguished Service Order awarded to Temporary Skipper Lieutenant. S. H. Soanes.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1943,
Temp, Skipper Lieut., R. N. R., S. H. Soanes, DSO, 7 Apr 42.
Temp Skipper, R. N. R., D.  McL. Buchan, 16 May 42.
Temp Skipper, R. N. R., R. Woodgate, 16 May 42.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944
Temp, Skipper Lieut., R. N. R., S. H. Soanes, DSO, 7 Apr 42.
Temp, Skipper, R. N. R., G. de la P. Casson 22 Feb 44.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945,
Temp, Skipper Lieut., R. N. R., S. H. Soanes, DSO, 7 Apr 42.
Temp, Skipper, R. N. R., G. de la P. Casson 22 Feb 44.


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