Allied Warships

USS Fitch (DD 462)

Destroyer of the Bristol class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 462 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered16 Dec 1940 
Laid down6 Jan 1941 
Launched14 Jun 1941 
Commissioned3 Feb 1942 
End service24 Feb 1956 

Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-25 November 15 1944. Decommissioned 24 February 1956.
Stricken 1 July 1971.
Sunk as target off Florida 15 November 1973.


Commands listed for USS Fitch (DD 462)

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1Lt.Cdr. Henry Crommelin, USN3 Feb 194228 Nov 1942
2T/Cdr. Kinloch Chafee Walpole, USN28 Nov 194210 Nov 1944
3T/Cdr. Ennis Walter Taylor, USN10 Nov 194423 Jun 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Robert Hampson Thomas, USNR23 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)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  1. Report COMTASFOR 22 (USN) September 1943
  2. ADM 53/118435

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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