Allied Warships

HMS Greyhound (H 05)

Destroyer of the G class

HMS Greyhound before the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 05 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.): Parsons 
Ordered5 Mar 1934 
Laid down20 Sep 1934 
Launched15 Aug 1935 
Commissioned31 Jan 1936 
Lost22 May 1941 
Loss position36° 00'N, 23° 10'E

On 22 May 1941 HMS Greyhound (Cdr. Walter Roger Marshall-A'Deane, DSO, DSC, RN) was bombed and sunk by bombs from German Stuka (Ju-87) dive bombers in the Kithera Channel about 8 nautical miles north-west of Antikithera island, Greece in position 36º00'N, 23º10'E during the battle for Crete.  

Commands listed for HMS Greyhound (H 05)

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1Cdr. Walter Roger Marshall-A'Deane, RN5 Jul 193922 May 1941 (+)

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Notable events involving Greyhound include:

18 Dec 1939
The British destroyers HMS Grenville (Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN), HMS Greyhound (Cdr. W.R. Marshall-A'Deane, RN), HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN) and the Polish destroyer Blyskawica (Lt.Cdr. J. Umecki, ORP) formed the escort of two British minelayers which conducted a night operation off the German coast. Mines were laid between Sylt Island and the harbour of Emden. (1)

14 Jan 1940
The German merchant Phaedra (619 GRT) is captured in the North Sea by the British destroyer HMS Greyhound (Cdr. W.R. Marshall-A'Deane, RN).

29 May 1940
Around 1700hours, two German bombers attacked the Polish destroyer Blyskawica, but missed. At night, she received a signal from the badly damaged British destroyer HMS Greyhound (loaded with some 1000 soldiers). The Polish destroyer managed to tow Greyhound to Dover. (1)

19 Jan 1941
The Italian submarine Neghelli (620 tons) was sunk with depth charges off Phalconera in the Aegean Sea by the British destroyer HMS Greyhound (Cdr. W.R. Marshall-A'Deane, DSC, RN), after the submarine had attacked a Piraeus convoy and torpedoed and damaged the British transport Clan Cumming (7264 GRT) in position 37°15'N, 24°04'E.

6 Mar 1941
While attempting to attack the British convoy GA-8 east off Crete, the Italian submarine Anfitrite (591 tons) was sunk by HMS Greyhound in position 35°15'N, 26°43'E.

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