HMS Whirlwind (D 30)
|Name||HMS Whirlwind (D 30)|
|Type:||Destroyer (Admiralty V & W)|
|Completed||1918 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Date of attack||5 Jul 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)|
|Position||50° 17'N, 8° 48'W - Grid BF 1286|
|Complement||114 officers and men (57 dead and 57 survivors).|
|History||Completed in March 1918 |
|Notes on event|
At 18.26 hours on 5 July 1940, HMS Whirlwind (D 30) (LtCdr J.M. Rodgers, RN) was hit underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-34 about 120 miles west of Land’s End. The U-boat had spotted the destroyer at 15.30 hours and missed her with two torpedoes at 17.13 hours. The ship immediately lost her forepart while the rest remained afloat and was later scuttled by HMS Westcott (D 47) (LtCdr W.F.R. Segrave, RN) after picking up the survivors. 56 crew members were lost and one died of wounds the following day.
|On board||We have details of 58 people who were on board.|
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