Allied Warships

HMS Burwell (H 94)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 94 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., (Squantum, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Apr 1918 
Launched28 Aug 1918 
Commissioned9 Oct 1940 
End service4 Mar 1947 

HMS Burwell is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List

Decommissioned and sold for scrap on 4 March 1947.

Former nameUSS Laub (DD 263)

Commands listed for HMS Burwell (H 94)

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1Lt.Cdr. Sidney Richard James Woods, RNR9 Oct 1940mid 1942

2Lt.Cdr. (retired) Thomas Stanley Lane Fox-Pitt, RN3 Aug 1942Oct 1942

3Lt. Anthony Heron Parish, RN1 Nov 19429 Aug 1943
4Lt. Alan Vincent Turner, RNVR8 Sep 194322 Aug 1944
5Lt. John Rowlands Pritchard, DSC, RNVR22 Aug 1944late 1944

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Notable events involving Burwell include:

10 May 1941
The Belgian merchant Gand was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-556 about 210 miles south-east of Cape Farewell. HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) later picks up 43 survivors and landed them at Reykjavik on 17 May.

14 Apr 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with USS Mayo (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Duke, USN), HNoMS Rose, HMS Venomous (Cdr. H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN), HMS Burwell (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR), HNoMS Acanthus, USS Simpson (Lt.Cdr. E.J. Burke, USN), HNoMS Potentilla and HNoMS Eglantine. (1)

23 Jun 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Port Arthur (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.T. Simmons, DSO, DSC, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Agassiz (T/Lt. E.M. More, RCNR), HMS Burwell (Lt. A.H. Parish, RN) and HMS Fusilier (T/Lt. F.M. Phillips, RNVR). (2)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

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  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17925

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

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