HMS Whirlwind (i) (D 30)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||9 Dec 1916|
|Laid down||May 1917|
|Launched||15 Dec 1917|
|Commissioned||15 Mar 1918|
|Lost||5 Jul 1940|
|Loss position||50.17N, 08.48W|
On 5 July 1940 HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-34 about 120 nautical miles west of Lands End, south-west England in position 50º17'N, 08º48'W.
The U-boat reported that one torpedo hit underneath the bridge that broke off the forepart that sank immediately while the rest of the ship stayed afloat for some time.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Whirlwind (i)|
Commands listed for HMS Whirlwind (i) (D 30)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Michael Wentworth Ewart-Wentworth, RN||15 Jun 1939||10 Oct 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN||10 Oct 1939||5 Jul 1940|
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Noteable events involving Whirlwind (i) include:
30 Oct 1939
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN) and HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. M.B. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) scuttle the British merchant Bronte with gunfire in position 50°07'N, 10°36'W. HMS Walpole takes on board the 42 crewmembers of the Bronte.