HMS Leda (J 93)
Minesweeper of the Halcyon class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Devonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Richardson Westgarth|
|Ordered||1 Jul 1936|
|Laid down||16 Nov 1936|
|Launched||8 Jun 1937|
|Commissioned||19 May 1938|
|Lost||20 Sep 1942|
|Loss position||76° 30'N, 5° 00'E|
HMS Leda (A/Cdr. Arthur Hugh Wynne-Edwards, RN) was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea south-west off Spitsbergen in position 76º30'N, 05º00'E by U-435. 44 of the crew and 3 passengers went down with the ship.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Leda|
Commands listed for HMS Leda (J 93)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Noel Ratley Courthope-Munroe, RN||4 May 1938||7 Mar 1940|
|2||Lt. Harold Unwin, RN||7 Mar 1940||Oct 1940|
|3||Cdr. Richard Cyril Vesey Ross, DSO, RN||Oct 1940||22 Jul 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, RN||22 Jul 1941||16 Jun 1942|
|5||A/Cdr. (retired) Arthur Hugh Wynne-Edwards, RN||16 Jun 1942||20 Sep 1942|
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Notable events involving Leda include:
27 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea. Tribune is escorted to the North Goodwin light vessel by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). From there HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Courthope-Munroe, RN) will take over. (1)
23 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. She departed Blyth for Harwich later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN). Off Blyth they made rendez-vous with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) coming from Dundee. Escort was provided by HMS Leda (Cdr. R.C.V. Ross, DSO, RN).
- ADM 199/1847
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.