4 4.7" guns (4x1) 2 2pdr AA (2x1) 8 21" torpedo tubes (2x4)
|Max speed||36 knots|
|Engines||Geared turbines, 2 shafts|
|Notes on class|
The specifications as listed above are for the 'normal' D-class destroyers. HMS Duncan was fitted as flotilla leader and had some different specifications; Displacement: 1400 BRT Complement: 175 men.
Despite the fact that the Admiralty recognised that the 'standard' British destroyer design looks very week, compared to the larger U.S., French and even Japanese destroyers, they decided to retain the 4.7" gun as main armament.
The D-class destroyers were repeat C-class destroyers with only minor modifications.
All ships of the D class
|HMCS Kootenay (H 75)|
|HMCS Margaree (H 49) (ex. HMS Diana)||Lost on 22 Oct 1940|
|HMS Dainty (H 53)||Lost on 24 Feb 1941|
|HMS Daring (H 16)||Lost on 18 Feb 1940|
|HMS Decoy (H 75) (Became the Canadian destroyer Kootenay)|
|HMS Defender (H 07)||Lost on 11 Jul 1941|
|HMS Delight (H 38)||Lost on 30 Jul 1940|
|HMS Diamond (H 22)||Lost on 27 Apr 1941|
|HMS Diana (H 49) (Became the Canadian destroyer Margaree)|
|HMS Duchess (H 64)||Lost on 12 Dec 1939|
|HMS Duncan (D 99)|
See all Destroyer classes.
The last stand of the tin can sailors
Hornfischer, James D.
Books dealing with this subject include:
200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999