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ex-HMS J-872

BYMS-2072 was built for Great Britain.

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 25 June 1942 as BYMS-72 by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, NY
  • Launched 7 April 1943
  • Completed and transferred to Great Britain 14 May 1943 and reclassified HMS J-872
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2072
  • Struck by a German Hs293 glider bomb off Beirut, Lebanon 11 November 1943 with four killed and six wounded. Attacked by two "flak" ships and suffered two more killed, three evading capture, and the remainder ending up at
    Marlag POW camp, Westertimke, Germany. She was then towed by the Germans to harbor at Kalymnos, Greece where she settled on the bottom. Reclassified by the Germans as GD-07, but never served with
    the Kriegsmarine
  • Struck from the Naval Register 16 May 1944.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge projectors
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    BYMS-72 50k Line drawing of J-872 .
    BYMS-72 119k Painting by Richard DeRosset titled "Moonlit Assault in the Aegean," used in the book Wooden Ships and Iron Men: The U.S. Navy's Coastal & Motor Minesweepers, 1941-1953 by David Bruhn, depicting the German Luftwaffe attack on British Yard Minesweeper 72 David Bruhn

    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-2072
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