Allied Warships

HMS Londonderry (L 76 / U 76)

Sloop of the Grimsby class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassGrimsby 
PennantL 76 / U 76 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.): J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered1 Mar 1934 
Laid down11 Jun 1934 
Launched16 Jan 1935 
Commissioned20 Sep 1935 
End service 
History

HMS Londonderry is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Sold 8 March 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Londonderry (L 76 / U 76)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Sir Thomas Lubbock Beevor, RN1 Apr 1938Aug 1940

2Cdr. John Stanley Dalison, RN9 Dec 1940Jan 1943
3Lt.Cdr. Ralph Grosvenor Jenkins, RNJan 1943Mar 1943
4Lt. Alfred Sydney Walker, RNMar 194320 Sep 1943
5Lt.Cdr. Wallace Hamilton Barker, RD, RNR20 Sep 194329 Sep 1943
6Lt.Cdr. Alfred Ernest Willmott, DSC, RNR29 Sep 194323 Dec 1943
7Lt.Cdr. Leslie Benjamin Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR23 Dec 1943Aug 1944
8T/A/Lt.Cdr. Cyril Merton Newns, RNVRAug 1944Jul 1945 ?

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Notable events involving Londonderry include:


31 Dec 1939
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) conducted exercises off Portland with HMS Londonderry (Cdr. Sir T.L. Beevor, RN). (1)

6 Jan 1940
HMS Triton (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Pizey, RN) departed from Rosyth for convoy escort duty. She is part of the escort for convoy ON-7 to Norway. Other ships of the escort are HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO, RN), HMS Tartar (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Holland-Martin, DSC, RN), HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN) and HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN). (HMS Eskimo developed engine problems and was replaced by HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), Encounter herself was relieved the next day by HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, RN).

Before joining the convoy Triton conducts exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Auckland (Capt. (retired) K.A. Beattie, RN) and HMS Londonderry (Cdr. Sir T.L. Beevor, RN). (2)

11 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) and HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN). (3)

20 Sep 1941
German U-boat U-111 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Cingalese Prince east-southeast of St.Paul Rocks in position 02°00'S, 25°30'W.

HMS Londonderry (Cdr J.S. Dalison, RN) later picks up 1 survivor.

24 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) and HMS Folkestone (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN). (4)

18 Nov 1941
HMS H 44 (Lt. J.S. Stevens, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wellington (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Weston (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN), HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) and HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR). (5)

31 Jan 1942
HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN) picks up 13 survivors from the British sloop HMS Culver that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-105 while escorting convoy SL-98 about 450 miles west-southwest of Cape Clear in position 48°43'N, 20°14'W.

9 Aug 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bideford (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Moore, RNR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.E.S. Hugonin, RN), HMS Hastings (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Londonderry (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, RN). (6)

3 Feb 1943
HMS Londonderry (Lt.Cdr. R.G. Jenkins, RN) was disabled by an explosion astern (possibly the premature explosion of a depth-charge). She was towed into Londonderry on 7 February. She was repaired at Devonport Dockyard. Repairs lasted to October 1943. (7)

14 Mar 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. F. Ardern, RNR), HMS Swale (Lt.Cdr. J. Jackson, DSC, RNR), HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR), HMS Geranium (T/Lt. G. Wallace, RNR), HMS Londonderry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Philpott, DSC, RD, RNR), HMS Louis (A/Lt.Cdr. R. Johnston, RNR), HMS Anguilla (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) and HMS Petunia (Lt. R.M. Roberts, RNR). (8)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15742
  2. ADM 173/16642
  3. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/16793
  5. ADM 173/16787
  6. ADM 173/17216
  7. ADM1/14279
  8. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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