Allied Warships

HMS Hunter (i) (H 35)

Destroyer of the H class


HMS Hunter as completed in 1936

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassH 
PennantH 35 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered5 Sep 1934 
Laid down26 Mar 1935 
Launched25 Feb 1936 
Commissioned20 Sep 1936 
Lost10 Apr 1940 
Loss position68° 20'N, 17° 04'E
History

Part of the 2nd Destoryer Flottilla in 1st Battle of Narvik. Together with HMS Hardy, HMS Havock, HMS Hostile and HMS Hotspur carried out a successful attack on German destroyers. Two of these German destoyers, Anton Schmitt and Wilhelm Heidkamp were sunk along with several merchant ships. On withdrawing to sea the flottilla met further German destroyers and in a brief action HMS Hardy was was badly hit from gunfire from the German destroyer Georg Thiele, her bridge, wheelhouse and forward guns being knocked out. Out of control, she drove ashore on the souhern side of the fjord. HMS Hunter (Lt.Cdr. Lindsay De Villiers, RN) was also badly damaged by gunfire from the German destroyers and a collision with HMS Hotspur did the rest. The ship sank in the centre of the fjord in position 68º20'N, 17º04'E with heavy loss of life.

The wreck was found 3 March 2008 by Norwegian naval ship TYR during an exercise in the Ofodtfjorden in position 68º2455N, 17º0359E, depth 300m.  

Commands listed for HMS Hunter (i) (H 35)

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1Lt.Cdr. Lindsay De Villiers, RN22 Aug 193910 Apr 1940 (+)

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