Left to right: Sub Lieutenant W Wood, RNR, of Aberdeen; Lieut H D T Birch, RNR (Skipper); Lieut F W Beavers, RNR, of South Shields (Gunnery Officer).

7 OCTOBER 1943, Crew of the BYMS 2038. Their first shot in anger bought down an enemy plane, Lieut E W Beavers, RNR, of South Shields is the gunnery officer.

BYMS 2038
British Yard Mine Sweeper 20038
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945.

BYMS 2038. Flotilla 157 in 1943 and 44. 167 in 1945.

Built by: Barbour Boat Works, New Bern, North Carolina, USA.
Laid down:  14 May 1942.
Launched: 30 September 1942.
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 30 April 1943.
Reclassified: HMS J-838 later HMS BYMS-2038.

Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 157.

​​BYMS 2038, BYMS 2036 and BYMS 2042 at Terschelling Island harbour, Netherlands. Dutch Navy, 1949.

MOVEMENTS.

Completed 30 April 1943
18 May 43 Norfolk (USA)
20 May to 17 July 43, Charleston
25 July 43, Boston
28 to 30 July 43 Halifax.
1 to 8 Aug 43, St John’s. Crossed Atlantic Ocean from Canada to the U.K.
16 October 43 Londonderry

7 October 1943 shot down an enemy plane.
21 Aug 43, Inverness
21 Aug 43 Great Yarmouth
3 Aug 44, Southend.
30 Aug 44, France.
1 Sep 44, Needles
3 Sep 44, Needles.
4 and 5 Sep 44 Plymouth
22 Sep 44, Falmouth
2 Nov 44, Sheerness. 157th Flotilla BYMS were shelled from shore when they reached Cadzand (Holland) close to the Scheldt estuary mouth.
2 Dec 44, Southend.
2 to 13 Dec 44. Harwich.
3 Dec 44 to 18 Feb 45, Great Yarmouth.
25 Feb 45, Sheerness.
25 Feb to 10 March 45 Great Yarmouth.
9 May 45 Ostend. The winter of 1944–1945 was very harsh for the people of Holland. Food was cut off by the Germans and 18,000 people starved to death. Relief came at the beginning of May 1945 when minesweepers cleared Dutch ports of mines and ships carrying humanitarian aid arrived. Minesweepers, the first vessels to arrive in Dutch ports gave their food to Dutch children.
21 June 45, Ostend.
12 Sep 45, Invergordon.
12 and 13 Sep 45, Harwich.
13 Sep 45 Brightlingsea
10 March 46, loaned to Holland.
27 July 47 returned to USA sold to Holland.

Distinguished Service Medal  awarded to Skipper G. H. Douse.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944,
Skipper Lieut, R. N. R., H. D. T. Birch (act), Sept 43 (In Command)
Temp. Skipper, R. N. V. R., R. J. Turrell, 7 Feb 44.

OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Skipper Lieut, R. N. R., H. D. T. Birch (act), Sept 43 (In Command)
Skipper  R. N. R., G. H. Douse, DSM 1 Apr 45.
Temp. Skipper, R. N. V. R., R. J. Turrell, 7 Feb 44.















BYMS 2038 after sold to the Netherlands in July 1947.

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