Allied Warships

HNMS Witte de With (WW)

Destroyer of the Admiralen class

NavyThe Royal Dutch Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralen 
PennantWW 
Built byWilton-Feijenoord (Schiedam, Holland) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 May 1927 
Launched11 Sep 1928 
Commissioned20 Feb 1929 
Lost2 Mar 1942 
History

HrMs Witte de With (Lt.Cdr. Pieter Schotel) took part in the Battle of the Java Sea but was ordered to escort the damaged British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter to Soerabaja. She was damaged by a Japanese bomb hitting the fo'c'scle on 1 March 1942 and scuttled the next day along with HrMs Banckert and USS Stewart to prevent her capture by the Japanese.

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Commands listed for HNMS Witte de With (WW)

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CommanderFromTo
1luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Schotel, RNN19 May 194124 Dec 1941

2luitenant ter zee 1e klasse (Lt.Cdr.) Pieter Schotel, RNN15 Feb 19421 Mar 1942

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Notable events involving Witte de With include:


25 May 1940
HrMs Tromp (Capt. J.W. Termijtelen, RNN) conducted exercises in Strait Madoera with the destroyers HrMs Witte de With (?) and HrMs Evertsen (Lt.Cdr. A. Kroese, RNN). (1)

Media links


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6847 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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