HMS Keith (D 06)
Destroyer of the B class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Ordered||22 Mar 1929|
|Laid down||1 Oct 1929|
|Launched||10 Jul 1930|
|Commissioned||20 Mar 1931|
|Lost||1 Jun 1940|
|Loss position||51° 04'N, 2° 08'E|
On 1 June 1940 HMS Keith (Capt. Edward Lyon Berthon, RN, also Commanding officer of the 19th Destroyer Flotilla) was sunk by German Stuka dive bombers off Dunkirk, France while she was participating in the evacuaton of the British Expeditionary Force from France.
Commands listed for HMS Keith (D 06)
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|1||Capt. Alfred Jerome Lucian Phillips, RN||31 Jul 1939||6 Sep 1939|
|2||Cdr. (retired) Henry Thurston Wake Pawsey, OBE, RN||6 Sep 1939||15 Feb 1940|
|3||Capt. David James Robert Simson, RN||15 Feb 1940||23 May 1940 (+)|
|4||Capt. Edward Lyon Berthon, DSC, RN||27 May 1940||1 Jun 1940|
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Notable events involving Keith include:
21 Nov 1939
Around 2100 hours the British destroyers HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN with Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN aboard), HMS Gipsy (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Crossley, RN), HMS Keith (Cdr. H.T.W. Pawsey, OBE, RN), HMS Boadicea (Lt.Cdr. G.B. Kingdon, RN) and the Polish destroyer Grom (Lt.Cdr. A. Hulewicz, ORP) were ordered to leave Harwich and establish a patrol in the North Sea. Shortly before that, a German He 59 seaplane dropped two magnetic mines nearby, but there was no time for searching. HMS Gipsy hit one of those mines which tore her into two pieces. Most of the survivors were picked up by HMS Griffin and HMS Keith.