HMS Hurricane (H 06)
Destroyer of the Havant class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Laid down||3 Jun 1938|
|Launched||29 Sep 1939|
|Commissioned||21 Jun 1940|
|Lost||24 Dec 1943|
|Loss position||45.10N, 22.05W|
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN) was bombed and sunk in a German air raid on Liverpool during the night of 7/8 May 1941. Raised, repaired and returned to service in January 1942.
At 20.57 hours on 24 December 1943 HMS Hurricane (Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN) was hit by one Gnat from the German submarine U-415 and sank north-east of Azores in position 45º10'N, 22º05'W. The destroyer served with the 1st Escort Group escorting the combined convoy OS-62/KMS-36 and supporting the task force of the American escort carrier USS Card.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hurricane|
|Former name||Brazilian Japarua|
Commands listed for HMS Hurricane (H 06)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN||21 Apr 1940||Jun 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Francis Cumberland Brodrick, RN||2 Dec 1941||15 Feb 1942|
|3||Cdr. Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN||15 Feb 1942||23 Jun 1942|
|4||Cdr. Edward Cresswell Bayldon, DSC, RN||23 Jun 1942||13 Dec 1943|
|5||Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN||13 Dec 1943||24 Dec 1943|
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Noteable events involving Hurricane include:
25 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker Saranac that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-51 about 270 nautical miles west-south-west of Lands End in position 48?24'N, 15?05'W.
27 Jun 1940
The survivors from the Dutch tanker Leticia were sighted on the 27th June 1940 by two British destroyers. They were picked up by HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) and arrived at Plymouth two days later.
HMS Hurricane and her sister ship HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) also pick up 27 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Lenda that was sunk about 160 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet, Ireland in position 50?00'N, 13?24'W by gunfire from German U-boat U-47.
29 Jun 1940
About 05.00 hours on 29 June 1940, the unescorted British merchant Empire Toucan was torpedoed by German U-boat U-47 190 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet and broke in two. The U-boat sank the after part by gunfire. The bow section was sunk by gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN), which picked up the master and 30 crew members and landed them at Plymouth.
18 Sep 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 105 survivors from the British passenger ship City of Benares that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°43'N, 21°15'W.
HMS Hurricane also picks up 20 survivors from the British merchant Marina that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°46'N, 21°15'W.
7 Mar 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 99 survivors from the British whale factory ship Terje Viken that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarines U-47 and U-99 south-east of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 12°50'W. The wreck of the Terje Viken was scuttled by gunfire of a British salvage tug.
27 Apr 1941
The British merchant Henri Mory is torpedoed and sunk about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Blaskets Islands, Ireland in position 54°21'N, 19°30'W. HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) later picks up 3 survivors.
29 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) rescued the master, 170 crew members, eight gunners and 273 passengers from the British steam passenger ship City of Nagpur which was sunk in position 52°30'N, 26°00'W by German U-boat U-75. The survivors were landed at Greenock.