HMS Leeds (G 27)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||16 Oct 1916|
|Launched||21 Aug 1917|
|Commissioned||23 Oct 1940|
|End service||Apr 1945|
Built as USS Conner (DD 72) of the Caldwell-class, commissioned in US Navy on 12 Jan, 1918. On 4 Oct, 1919 decommissioned and placed in reserve fleet. In May 1921 recommissioned, but again decommissioned on 21 Jun, 1922. USS Conner was recommissioned 23 August 1940 and fitted out at Philadelphia. Designated for inclusion in the destroyer land bases exchange with Great Britain, she sailed to Halifax, N. S., where she was decommissioned 23 October 1940 and transferred to Britain and commissioned in the Royal Navy as HMS Leeds the same day, Lieutenant Commander W.M.I. Astwood, RN, in command.
Leeds cleared Halifax 1 November 1940 for Belfast, Northern Ireland arriving 10 November. Under the Rosyth Command she escorted convoys in the North Sea between the Thames and the Firth of Forth, successfully weathering many air attacks. On 20 April 1942, she went to the aid of mine-damaged destroyer HMS Cotswold, towing her into Harwich. She drove German E-boats away from her convoy on the night of 24-25 February 1944.
Decommissioned in April 1945 and sold for scrap on 4 March 1947 at Grays.
|Former name||USS Conner (DD 72)|
Commands listed for HMS Leeds (G 27)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Maurice Lloyd Astwood, RN||23 Oct 1940||27 Feb 1941|
|2||Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR||27 Feb 1941||early 1942|
|3||Lt. Frank Maclear Graves, RN||early 1942||16 Apr 1942|
|4||Lt. Evelyn Francis Hamilton-Meikle, RN||16 Apr 1942||21 Feb 1943|
|5||Lt. Bernard Henry Brown, RN||21 Feb 1943||13 Mar 1944|
|6||Lt. Ronald Cameron Henley, RN||13 Mar 1944||early 1945|
|7||T/Lt. David Ian Lang, RNR||early 1945||Apr 1945|
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Notable events involving Leeds include:
1 Jun 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises in the Firth of Forth with HMS Leeds (Lt. B.H. Brown, RN), HMS Lady Beryl and HMS Stella Conopus (T/Skr. L. Ford, RNR). HMS Vivien (Lt. L.E. Blackmore, RN). (1)
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18397
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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