Allied Warships

HMS Douglas (D 90)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Leader 
PennantD 90 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1916 
Laid down30 Jun 1917 
Launched8 Jun 1918 
Commissioned30 Aug 1918 
End service 
History

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 20 March 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMS Douglas (D 90)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Roland Frith Balfour Swinley, RN21 Aug 19395 Feb 1940
2Cdr. (retired) Vernon Hammersley-Heenan, RN5 Feb 194019 Apr 1940
3Cdr. (retired) John Graham Crossley, RN19 Apr 194020 Nov 1940
4Lt.Cdr. Harold Godfrey Bowerman, RN20 Nov 1940Feb 1941
5Cdr. William Eric Banks, DSC, RNFeb 194120 Apr 1942
6Lt.Cdr. Robert Basil Stewart Tennant, RN20 Apr 194221 Dec 1942
7Lt.Cdr. Karl Henry John Lynch Phibbs, RN21 Dec 194215 Jul 1944
8A/Cdr. John Neil Kelly Knight, RN15 Jul 1944late 1944

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Notable events involving Douglas include:


13 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). (1)

14 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). (1)

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)

13 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) and HMS Skate (Lt. F.P. Baker, DSC, RN). (6)

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)

15 Dec 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) and HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN).

Later the same day, HMS H 34 departed Londonderry for Rothesay together with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (T/Lt. R.H. Hampton, RNR). (8)

22 Jul 1942
Early in the morning HMS Douglas (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN) collided with HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) causing some damage.

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).

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16307
  2. ADM 53/112671
  3. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. File 2.12.03.6376 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. ADM 173/16742
  6. ADM 173/16795
  7. ADM 173/16766
  8. ADM 173/16767
  9. ADM 173/17408

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


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