Allied Warships

HMS Vimiera (L 29)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 29 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid downOct 1916 
Launched22 Jun 1917 
Commissioned19 Oct 1917 
Lost9 Jan 1942 
Loss position51° 28'N, 0° 55'E
History

Reconstruction to Fast Escort completed on 12 February 1940. Pennant was D 23 changed to L 29 upon completion of this reconstruction.

HMS Vimiera (A/Lt.Cdr. Angus Alexander Mackenzie, RNR) was sunk by a mine in the Thames estuary off East Spile Buoy in position 51º28'N, 00º55'E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Vimiera (L 29)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Roger Bertram Nettleton Hicks, RN15 Jan 194026 Feb 1941
2Lt. Angus Alexander Mackenzie, RNR26 Feb 19419 Jan 1942

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Notable events involving Vimiera include:


24 May 1940
The Polish destroyer Burza was ordered to join the British destroyers HMS Vimiera and HMS Wessex and shell German positions in Calais area. At 16.20 the Allied vessels opened fire on enemy armoured column at Sangatte Hill, west of Calais. 10 minutes later they were attacked by 27 German airplanes which hit and sank HMS Wessex. HMS Vimiera managed to escape. Then the entire enemy air group concentrated on the Polish destroyer. The AA guns (2 40 mm) jammed due to shrapnel hits, three bombs exploded in the water. They caused boiler damage and loss of speed. The commander (Lt.Cdr. Francki) ordered to emergency launch the torpedoed and drop all depth charges, trying to avoid additional explosions. Shortly after this, two bombs hit the Burza and badly damaged her. However the airplanes had dropped all of their bombs and broke off the attack. The crew managed to stop the leakage and return to Dover. One German airplane was shot down during the action. (1)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

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