HMS Croome (L 62)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||7 Jun 1940|
|Launched||30 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||29 Jun 1941|
Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 13 August 1957.
Commands listed for HMS Croome (L 62)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Douglas Hayes, RN||25 Apr 1941||Jul 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Rupert Cyril Egan, RN||Jul 1942||Jan 1943|
|3||Lt. Hubert Duncan McLaughlin Slater, RN||Jan 1943||30 Mar 1944|
|4||Lt. William David Shaw, RN||30 Mar 1944||4 Apr 1944|
|5||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Stuart Lawrence, DSC, RNVR||4 Apr 1944||12 Dec 1944|
|6||A/Lt.Cdr. Basil Chrystie Ward, DSC, RN||12 Dec 1944||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Croome include:
9 Aug 1941
The Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca (offsite link) was rammed and sunk in the North Atlantic, north-east of the Azores, in position 40°15'N, 20°55'W by the British escort destroyer HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, RN).
4 Aug 1942
German U-boat U-372 was sunk in the Mediterranean south-west of Haifa, in position 32°28'N, 34°37'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Zulu (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN) and HMS Tetcott (Lt. R.H. Rycroft, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (221 Sqdn.).