HMS Lightning (G 55)
Destroyer of the L class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||31 Mar 1938|
|Laid down||15 Nov 1938|
|Launched||22 Apr 1940|
|Commissioned||28 May 1941|
|Lost||12 Mar 1943|
|Loss position||37° 53'N, 9° 50'E|
On 12 March 1943 HMS Lightning (Cdr. Hugh Greaves Walters, DSC, RN) was torpedoed and sunk about 35 nautical miles north of Bizerte, Tunisia in position 37º53'N, 09º50'E by the German Moter Torpedo Boat (S-boat) S-55.
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Commands listed for HMS Lightning (G 55)
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|1||Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN||25 Feb 1941||Dec 1941|
|2||Lt. Douglas Henry Reid Bromley, RN||Dec 1941||25 Jan 1942|
|3||Cdr. Hugh Greaves Walters, DSC, RN||25 Jan 1942||12 Mar 1943|
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Notable events involving Lightning include:
1 Aug 1942
HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN) picked up 39 survivors (and a dog) from the Norwegian tanker Tankexpress that was torpedoed and sunk on 25 July 1942 by German U-boat U-130 south of the Cape Verde Islands in position 10°05'N, 26°31'W.
18 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN) and HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN) sink the German (former Norwegian) Favor (1323 GRT) south of Sardinia, Italy in position 38°40'N, 09°32'E.