Allied Warships

HMS Broadway (H 90)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 90 
Built byNewport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Aug 1918 
Launched14 Feb 1920 
Commissioned9 Oct 1940 
End serviceMay 1948 

HMS Broadway arrived at Belfast 24 October 1940, where she joined the 11th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command, with whom she engaged in escorting numerous convoys. On 9 May, with the help of destroyer HMS Bulldog and corvette HMS Aubretia, she captured German submarine U-110 between Iceland and Greenland. On the previous night, the U-boat had crept in to attack Broadway's convoy but was prevented from surfacing by the strong destroyer escort. She continued to shadow the Allied ships until early in the afternoon watch when she launched three torpedoes from periscope depth. HMS Broadway and her fellow escorts promptly counterattacked and forced her to surface where she surrendered. Unfortunately the prize sank while in tow to port but only after her captors had recovered documents of great value and importance.

During 1942 and 1943 Broadway continued to escort Atlantic convoys. On 12 May 1943 she joined frigate HMS Lagan and aircraft from escort carrier HMS Biter in destroying another German submarine, U-89, which was sunk northeast of the Azores.

After refitting at Belfast in September 1943 HMS Broadway became a target ship for aircraft and served as such at Rosyth in Scotland until the war ended in Europe. In May 1945 she left Rosyth for Northern Norway with one of the occupation forces. At Narvik, Norway, she took charge of a convoy of German submarines which was sailing to Trondheim.

Decommissioned and sold for scrap in May 1948.

Former nameUSS Hunt (DD 194)

Commands listed for HMS Broadway (H 90)

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1Lt.Cdr. Thomas Taylor, RNOct 1940Early 1942

2Lt.Cdr. Evelyn Henry Chavasse, RN2 Mar 1942Sep 1943
3Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN22 Sep 194328 Dec 1943
4Lt. Phillip Graham Sharp, DSC, RNVR28 Dec 19434 Jun 1944
5Lt. John Bruce Lamb, DSC, RN4 Jun 1944Nov 1944
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Wilson Boyd, DSO, RNVRNov 1944May 1945
7T/Lt.Cdr. Eric Reginald Offley Carey Greenstreet, RNVRMay 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Broadway include:

9 May 1941
German U-boat U-110 was captured on 9 May 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland by the British destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. A.J.B. Cresswell, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the British corvette HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, RNR). The U-boat was allowed to sink the day after to preserve the secret capture.

28 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN). (1)

29 Jul 1941
HMS H 32 (Lt. B.G. Heslop, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN), HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and aircraft. (1)

26 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Buxton (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.A. Moens, RN), HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chavasse, RN) and aircraft. (2)

12 May 1943
German U-boat U-89 was sunk in the Northern Atlantic, in position 46°30'N, 25°40'W by a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 811) from the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN), the British destroyer HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chevasse, RN) and the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR).

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  1. ADM 173/16741
  2. ADM 173/17248

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

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