Allied Warships

FFL Léopard

Large destroyer of the Chacal class

NavyThe Free French Navy
TypeLarge destroyer
Built byAt.&Ch de la Loire (St. Nazaire, France) 
Laid down1 Aug 1923 
Launched20 Sep 1924 
Commissioned31 Aug 1940 
Lost27 May 1943 

The French large destroyer Léopard was seized by the Royal Navy in Porstmouth on 3 July 1940.
Transferred to the Free French on 31 August 1940.
Stranded and wrecked North of Benghazi on 27 May 1943.
The wreck was destroyed on 19 June 1943.

Former nameLéopard

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Notable events involving Léopard include:

23 Jan 1941
The Polish destroyer Garland and the Free French destroyer Léopard composed the escort of a large troop ship heading to Canada. (1)

25 Jan 1941
Due to fuel shortage, L?opard left the group and turned back. (1)

24 Feb 1941
Leopard picks up 41 survivors from the British merchant Waynegate that was sunk earlier that day by U-73 south of Iceland in position 58°50'N, 21°47'W. The survivors were landed at Greenock on 28 February.

11 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-136 was sunk in the Atlantic west of Madeira, Portugal, in position 33°30'N, 22°52'W by the Free French destroyer Leopard (Lt.Cdr. Richard), the British frigate HMS Spey (Cdr. H.G. Boys-Smith, DSO and Bar, RNR) and the British sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. G.V. Gladstone, RN).


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