HMS Terpsichore (R 33)
Destroyer of the T class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||13 Mar 1941|
|Laid down||25 Nov 1941|
|Launched||17 Jun 1943|
|Commissioned||20 Jan 1944|
Scrapped at Troon in May 1966.
Commands listed for HMS Terpsichore (R 33)
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|1||Cdr. Alfred Charles Behague, DSC, RN||Nov 1943||5 Jan 1945|
|2||Cdr. Richard Taylor White, DSO, RN||5 Jan 1945||7 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Terpsichore include:
18 Sep 1944
On 18 September 1944 on 7pm, a lookout on ORP Garland spotted an enemy U-boat. The U-boat was promptly attacked, but without any result. Later four British destroyers, HMS Troubridge, HMS Terpsichore, HMS Brecon and HMS Zetland, joined the Polish destroyer and started the hunting which lasted for 10 hours. On 6am the following day the U-boat surfaced and was spotted again by the Polish destroyer, this time the attack, 10 depth-charges, was deadly. German U-boat U-407 was sunk. The survivors were picked up by Garland as war prisoners. (1)
19 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-407 was sunk in the Mediterranean south of Milos, in position 36°27'N, 24°33'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Troubridge and HMS Terpsichore and the Polish destroyer ORP Garland.
8 Jun 1945
HMS Virtue (Lt. R.D. Cairns, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with (at least) HMS Terpsichore (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN). (3)
- Personal communication
- ADM 199/1867
- ADM 173/20291
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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