Allied Warships

HMS Kelly (F 01)

Destroyer of the K class


HMS Kelly on trials

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassK 
PennantF 01 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down26 Aug 1937 
Launched25 Oct 1938 
Commissioned23 Aug 1939 
Lost23 May 1941 
Loss position34° 40'N, 24° 10'E
History

HMS Kelly (Capt. Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, DSO, RN) was bombed and sunk on 23 May 1941 by German Stuka dive bombers south of Crete in position 34º40'N, 24º10'E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kelly (F 01)

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1Capt. Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, RN27 Jun 193923 May 1941

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Noteable events involving Kelly include:


14 Dec 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, RN) is badly damaged by a German mine laid by German destroyers off the Tyne in position 55°05'N, 01°02'W. Repairs were completed in late February 1940.

9 May 1940
During the night of 9/10 May, the destroyer was hit amidships by one torpedo from the German MTB S-31(Oblt.z.S. Opdenhoff). She was searching for German minelayers in the Skagerrak together with one cruiser and six destroyers when the Task Force was attacked by five MTBs. The badly damaged ship was towed to Newcastle by HMS Bulldog.

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


The Kellys

Langtree, Christopher


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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