Allied Warships

HMS Tuscan (R 56)

Destroyer of the T class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassT 
PennantR 56 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered13 Mar 1941 
Laid down6 Sep 1941 
Launched28 May 1942 
Commissioned11 Mar 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Bo'ness in May 1966.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tuscan (R 56)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. George Ian Mackintosh Balfour, RN24 Jan 19436 Jun 1943

2Lt.Cdr. Cecil Hugo de Boisville Newby, RN12 Jul 1943Mar 1944
3Lt.Cdr. Ernest Norman Wood, DSC, RNVRMar 194422 Jan 1945
4Lt.Cdr. Peter Barthrop North Lewis, DSC, RN22 Jan 1945mid 1946

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Notable events involving Tuscan include:


7 Apr 1943
HMS Universal (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted practice attacks at Scapa Flow with officers participating in the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course). HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) served as target. (1)

14 May 1943
HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) is damaged when she hits a drifting mine in the Bristol Channel. She is out of action for about 4 months.

22 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Termagent (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Scatchard, DSC, RN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN). (2)

27 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN) and HMS Virago (Lt.Cdr. A.J.R. White, RN). (2)

30 Nov 1943
HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN), HMIS Cauvery (A/Cdr. A.W. Beeton, RIN) and HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN). (2)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN), HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Hardy (Lt.Cdr. R. Horncastle, RN). (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18349
  2. ADM 173/18180
  3. ADM 173/18214

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


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