Sweeping the War Ships and Landin Craft in, D-day 6 June 1944, early morning.
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British Yard Mine Sweeper 2205.
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945.
BRITISH YARD MINE SWEEPERS
BYMS’s were built in the United States and transferred the Royal Navy under the Lend-lease Programme. “British Yard Mine Sweepers” are so called because they were built to the same design as the US Navy’s “Yard Mine Sweepers”.
Crews for the BYMS’s would sail to the United States, often on the Queen Mary, which could sail unescorted because of her greater speed, to collect their vessel. They would then have the formidable task of sailing their small vessel back across the Atlantic Ocean, often in winter.
BYMS 2205, Flotilla 165 in 43 and 44. 181 in 45.
Built by: Hiltebrant Dock Co., Kingston, New York, USA.
Laid down: 30 November 1942
Launched: 31 March 1943
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 29 September 1943
Reclassified: HMS J-1005 later HMS BYMS-2205
Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 165
Took part in the D-day landings.
29 Sep 43, Completed.
13 Nov 43, New York.
16 to 27 Nov 43, Bermuda. Crossed Atlantic Ocean by the more southerly route from Bermuda to Horta in the Azores (Island group) and on to Southern England.
5 to 7 Dec 43, Horta.
13 to 18 Dec 43, Falmouth.
19 Dec 43 Dartmouth.
19 to 23 Dec 43, Portland.
23 and 24 Dec 43 Portsmouth.
25 Dec 43 Southend.
6 May 44, Portsmouth.
17 May 44, Harwich.
12 May 44 Brightlingsea.
12 to 23 May, 44 Harwich.
June 6th, D-Day BYMS 2205 was sweeping off Sword 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. 29 June 44, Portsmouth.
26 July 44, Portsmouth.
4 Aug 44, France.
6 Aug to 10 Sep 44, Harwich.
29 Sep 44, Portland.
11 Oct 44, Sheerness.
11 Oct to 11 Nov 44, Harwich.
11 Nov to 30 Nov 44, Ostend. In November 1944, helped in clearing the Scheldt of mines, the most crucial minesweeping event of WW2.
30 Nov to 12 Dec 44, Harwich.
21 Dec 44, Ostend.
1945 to Asia.
1946 in Singapore
21 Oct 47, Sold.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944.
Temp. Lieut, R. N.V. R., E. J. Varley, 30 Oct 43, (In Command)
Temp. Sub-Lieut, R. N. V. R., C. Thornley, 25 Oct 43.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
No Officers listed.