Allied Warships

HMS Douglas (D 90)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Leader class

NavyThe Royal Navy
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 

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


Commands listed for HMS Douglas (D 90)

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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:

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.

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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