HMS Aldenham (L 22)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type III)|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||22 Aug 1940|
|Launched||27 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Feb 1942|
|Lost||14 Dec 1944|
|Loss position||44° 30'N, 14° 45'E|
HMS Aldenham (Cdr. James Gerald Farrant, RN) was mined and sunk in the northeastern Adriatic Sea about 30 nautical miles north west of Zara in approximate position 44º30'N, 14º45'E. Five officers and 121 ratings were killed. Five officers (including the CO) and 58 ratings were picked up by HMS Atherstone.
Commands listed for HMS Aldenham (L 22)
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|1||Lt. Joseph Mansergh Palmer, RN||18 Nov 1941||23 Mar 1942|
|2||Lt. Henry Alexander Stuart-Menteth, RN||23 Mar 1942||7 Oct 1943|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. John Ivor Jones, DSO, DSC, RNR||7 Oct 1943||16 Dec 1943|
|4||Cdr. James Gerald Farrant, RN||16 Dec 1943||14 Dec 1944|
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Noteable events involving Aldenham include:
27 Mar 1942
On 27 March 1942 German U-boat U-587 was sunk in position 47°21'N, 21°39'W by depth charges by the British escort destroyers HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was found after a HF/DF fix by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN).