HMS Bulldog (H 91)
Destroyer of the B class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||22 Mar 1929|
|Laid down||10 Aug 1929|
|Launched||6 Dec 1930|
|Commissioned||8 Apr 1931|
HMS Bulldog is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 15 Janaury 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Bulldog (H 91)
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|1||Cdr. Thomas Leslie Bratt, RN||Jul 1938||Feb 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Sherbrook Morris Richardson, RN||14 Mar 1939||30 Apr 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. John Patrick Wisden, RN||30 Apr 1940||24 Aug 1940|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Frank Joseph George Hewitt, RN||24 Aug 1940||3 Jan 1941|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Edmund Neville Vincent Currey, DSC, RN||3 Jan 1941||Feb 1941|
|6||Cdr. Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, RN||Feb 1941||27 Jan 1942|
|7||Cdr. Maxwell Richmond, OBE, RN||27 Jan 1942||18 Dec 1942|
|8||Lt.Cdr. Edward John Lee, RN||18 Dec 1942||late 1943|
|9||Lt. John Henry Pennell, RN||late 1943||14 Mar 1944|
|10||Lt.Cdr. Charles Gordon Walker, RN||14 Mar 1944||late 1944|
|11||Lt. John Henry Pennell, RN||late 1944||16 Mar 1945|
|12||Lt.Cdr. David Brian Gladstone Dumas, RN||16 Mar 1945||27 May 1945|
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Noteable events involving Bulldog include:
1 Sep 1939
On the outbreak of the Second World War HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, RN) was serving in the Mediterranean as aircraft guard ship for the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious (Capt. G. D'Oyly-Hughes DSO, DSC, RN).
21 Feb 1940
HMS Bulldog received orders to return to Dover to join the 19th DF.
18 Mar 1940
HMS Bulldog received orders to remain in the Mediterranean with HMS Glorious.
9 May 1940
During the night of 9/10 May, the destroyer was searching in the Skagerrak for German minelayers with other destroyers from Scapa Flow. During an attack by German MTBs at another Task Force with the same task, HMS Kelly was badly damaged by a torpedo and towed to Newcastle by HMS Bulldog.
24 Aug 1940
While at Portsmouth HMS Bulldog was damaged during a German air raid. Bulldog's Commanding Officer Lt.Cdr. John Patrick Wisden, RN was wounded, he died 5 days later.
First Officer F.J.G. Hewitt, RN took over command until relieved by Lt.Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN on 3 January 1941.
13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940 the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) bombard Cherbourg in a sweep through the Seine Bay.
During the summer of 1941 Dr. Edward Lee performed trials with Britain's first infrared spectrometer for infrared recognition aboard HMS Bulldog.
Dr. Lee built the detection system which proved crucial to the identification of enemy aircraft in the Second World War.
At the outbreak of war, Dr. Lee joined the Admiralty Research Laboratory in Teddington, working initially on radar; then, using the research from his work on the spectrometer, he worked on developing the type F infrared rays recognition system to help allied pilots distinguish enemy aircraft from their own planes at night. The system employed the transmission of intermittent infrared light beams from lamps attached to aircraft' tailfins. The beams were invisible to the naked eye, but could be detected by fellow pilots via a special receiver.
9 May 1941
HMS Bulldog was responsible for the capture of U-110, her Sub Lt David Balme finding the Enigma code machine ciphers and code books. U-110 was taken on tow and Bulldog kept her afloat for 17 hours then let the towline slip. The intention was to tow U-110 into Iceland but Admiralty realised this would have been a massive error of judgement. In the event, allegedly, U-110 resolved the matter herself by sinking. (1)
9 May 1941
German U-boat U-110 was captured on 9 May 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland by the British destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. A.J.B. Cresswell, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the British corvette HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, RNR). The U-boat was allowed to sink the day after to preserve the secret capture.
26 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-719 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-west of Ireland, in position 55°33'N, 11°02'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Bulldog.
9 May 1945
The surrender of the Channel Islands was signed on board her.
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