HMS Douglas (D 90)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Cammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.)|
|Laid down||30 Jun 1917|
|Launched||8 Jun 1918|
|Commissioned||30 Aug 1918|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 20 March 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Douglas (D 90)
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|1||Cdr. Roland Frith Balfour Swinley, RN||21 Aug 1939||5 Feb 1940|
|2||Cdr. (retired) Vernon Hammersley-Heenan, RN||5 Feb 1940||19 Apr 1940|
|3||Cdr. (retired) John Graham Crossley, RN||19 Apr 1940||20 Nov 1940|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Harold Godfrey Bowerman, RN||20 Nov 1940||Feb 1941|
|5||Cdr. William Eric Banks, DSC, RN||Feb 1941||20 Apr 1942|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant, RN||20 Apr 1942||21 Dec 1942|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Karl Henry John Lynch Phibbs, RN||21 Dec 1942||15 Jul 1944|
|8||A/Cdr. John Neil Kelly Knight, RN||15 Jul 1944||late 1944|
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Notable events involving Douglas include:
17 Oct 1940
HMS H 34 (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) conducted A/S exercises off / at Scapa Flow with with local defence craft, HMS Douglas (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Crossley, RN) and HMS Quorn (Lt. E.A.F. Drought, RN). (1)
18 Dec 1940
HMS Nelson (Capt. Sir G.J.A. Miles, RN), HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN), HMS Repulse (Capt. Sir W.G. Tennant, CB, MVO, RN) and HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) departed Scapa Flow to conduct exercises west of the Orkneys. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Cossack (Capt. P.L. Vian, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. G.H. Stokes, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. F.C. Brodrick, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN), HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN), HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN), HMS Escapade (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN), HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN). (2)
18 Mar 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Man o' War (T/Lt. W.W. Creber, RNR) and HMS Chesterfield (Lt.Cdr. E. Gleave, RNR). (3)
23 Apr 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Keppel (Cdr. A.M. Sheffield, RN), HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Roxborough (Lt. V.A. Wight-Boycott, OBE, RN), HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSC, RNR), HMS Veronica (Lt.Cdr. (retired) D.F. White, RNR), HMS St. Elstan (T/Lt. G. Butcher, RNVR) and HMS Vizalma (T/Lt. M.M. Firth, RNVR). (4)
28 Apr 1941
German U-boat U-65 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-east of Iceland in position 59°51'N, 15°30'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, RN).
HMS Douglas also picks up 18 men from the British tanker Capulet that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-552 south of Iceland in position 60°16'N, 16°10'W. HMS Douglas then tried to sink the tanker with gunfire but failed to do so. The abandoned wreck was finally sunk on 2 May 1941 by German U-boat U-201 south of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 16°00'W.
6 Sep 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN), HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN) and HMS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR). (5)
22 Nov 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN), HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN). (7)
P 45 was then docked later the same day. (9)
13 Nov 1942
The British merchant Louise Moller is torpedoed and sunk about 240 miles east by south of Durban, South-Africa in position 30°50'S, 35°54'E by German U-boat U-178. HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) later picks up 29 survivors.
31 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-732 was sunk in the Strait of Gibraltar north of Tangier, in position 35°54'N, 05°52'W, by depth charges from the British A/S trawler HMS Imperialist (T/A/Lt.Cdr. B.H.C. Rodgers, RNVR) and the British destroyer HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. K.H.J.L. Phibbs, RN).
- ADM 173/16307
- ADM 53/112671
- File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/16742
- ADM 173/16795
- ADM 173/16766
- ADM 173/16767
- ADM 173/17408
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.