USS Fitch (DD 462)
Destroyer of the Bristol class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||16 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||6 Jan 1941|
|Launched||14 Jun 1941|
|Commissioned||3 Feb 1942|
|End service||24 Feb 1956|
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-25 November 15 1944.
Decommissioned 24 February 1956.
Commands listed for USS Fitch (DD 462)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Henry Crommelin, USN||3 Feb 1942||28 Nov 1942|
|2||T/Cdr. Kinloch Chafee Walpole, USN||28 Nov 1942||10 Nov 1944|
|3||T/Cdr. Ennis Walter Taylor, USN||10 Nov 1944||23 Jun 1945|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Robert Hampson Thomas, USNR||23 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Fitch include:
28 Sep 1943
During 28/29 September the battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN), HMS Anson (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO and Bar, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, DSO, CVO, RN), battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN), aircraft carrier USS Ranger (Capt. G. Rowe, USN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral O.M. Hustvedt, USN), heavy cruiser USS Tuscaloosa (Capt. J.B.W. Waller, USN), light cruiser HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, CB, DSO, OBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Janus (Lt.Cdr. W.B.R. Morrison, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. J.C. Hibbard DSC, RCN), USS Forrest (T/Cdr. K.P. Letts, USN), USS Hobson (T/Lt.Cdr. K. Loveland, USN), USS Fitch (T/Cdr. K.C. Walpole, USN), USS Corry (T/Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and USS Capps (T/Cdr. B.E.S. Trippensee, USN), conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (1)
12 Oct 1943
During 12/13 October 1943, HMS Renown (Capt. W.E. Parry, CB, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow during which she was escorted by HMS Teazer (Lt.Cdr. A.A.F. Talbot, DSO and Bar, RN) and USS Fitch (T/Cdr. K.C. Walpole, USN). (2)
- Report COMTASFOR 22 (USN) September 1943
- ADM 53/118435
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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