HMS Dulverton (L 63)
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||16 Jul 1940|
|Launched||1 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||28 Sep 1941|
|Lost||13 Nov 1943|
|Loss position||36° 50'N, 27° 30'E|
Sunk by a glider bomb from a German Do.217 aircraft off Kos, Dodecanese in position 36º50'N, 27º30'E. The glider bomb struck HMS Dulverton (Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, MVO, DSC, RN) abreast the bridge, inflicting serious damage and starting extensive fires. The destroyer sustained heavy casualties, but her consorts took off six officers and 114 ratings before she was scuttled two hours later by HMS Belvoir. Three officers, including Captain (D) of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla, and 75 ratings were lost with HMS Dulverton.
Commands listed for HMS Dulverton (L 63)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Napier Petch, OBE, RN||12 Aug 1941||Jan 1943|
|2||Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, RN||Jan 1943||13 Nov 1943 (+)|
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Notable events involving Dulverton include:
One of the surviving officers was Lt Paul Woolley RNVR. He and others were picked up some hours after the disaster by a Turkish fishing vessel and taken to the island of Kos, from whence they eventually made their way by merchant vessels to Alexandria. (1)
30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), after being located by a British Vickers Wellesley aircraft (47 Sqn RAF/F).
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