Allied Warships

HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 47 / I 47 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid down30 Mar 1917 
Launched14 Feb 1918 
Commissioned12 Apr 1918 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in July 1943.

HMS Westcott is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 8 January 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Westcott (D 47 / I 47)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Francis Roderick Segrave, RN21 Aug 1939Feb 1941
2Cdr. Ian Hamilton Bockett-Pugh, RNFeb 1941early 1943

3Lt.Cdr. (retired) Hedworth Lambton, RNMay 194319 Oct 1944
4Lt. Edward Perry Reade, DSC, RN19 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Noteable events involving Westcott include:


16 Jan 1941
HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMRT Superman and HMRT Tenacity together pick up 143 survivors from the British passenger ship Oropasa that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-96 southeast of Rockall in position 56°28'N, 12°00'W.

May 1941
The destroyer was chosen for the first test installation of the new anti-submarine weapon called Hedgehog then in development. The trials took place in Liverpool Bay against a known wreck. 9 months later the weapon entered production. (1)

2 Feb 1942
German U-boat U-581 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic south-west of the Azores, in approximate position 39°00'N, 30°00'W, by the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, RN).

8 Nov 1942
During the Allied invasion off North Africa the Vichy-French submarine Act?on was sunk off Oran by the British destroyer HMS Westcott (Cdr. I.H. Bockett-Pugh, DSO, RN).

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Pawle, Gerald (2009). Wheezers and Dodgers, The, Seaforth Publishing

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