Allied Warships

HMS Whirlwind (i) (D 30)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 30 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid downMay 1917 
Launched15 Dec 1917 
Commissioned15 Mar 1918 
Lost5 Jul 1940 
Loss position50° 17'N, 8° 48'W

On 5 July 1940 HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-34 about 120 nautical miles west of Lands End, south-west England in position 50º17'N, 08º48'W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 5 Jul 1940 by U-34 (Rollmann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Whirlwind (i)

Commands listed for HMS Whirlwind (i) (D 30)

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1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Michael Wentworth Ewart-Wentworth, RN15 Jun 193910 Oct 1939
2Lt.Cdr. John Malcolm Rodgers, RN10 Oct 19395 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Whirlwind (i) include:

30 Oct 1939
HMS Walpole (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, RN) and HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. M.B. Ewart-Wentworth, RN) scuttle the British merchant Bronte with gunfire in position 50°07'N, 10°36'W. HMS Walpole takes on board the 42 crewmembers of the Bronte.

The Bronte was torpedoed and damaged on 27 October 1939 by German U-boat U-34 180 nautical miles west of Lands End in position 49°30'N, 12°15'W.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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