Allied Warships

HMS Amazon (D 39)

Destroyer of the Prototype class


HMS Amazon on trials

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassPrototype 
PennantD 39 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered12 Jun 1924 
Laid down29 Jan 1925 
Launched27 Jan 1926 
Commissioned5 May 1927 
End service 
History

On first trails HMS Amazon reached only 34.5 knots. After modifications she achieved 38.7 knots six months later.

HMS Amazon is not listed as active unit in the October 1945 Navy List

Scrapped at Troon, Scotland starting on 6 October 1948.

 

Commands listed for HMS Amazon (D 39)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt. Nigel Edward Godfrey Roper, RN1 May 193910 May 1942
2Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Lord Teynham, RN10 May 1942Feb 1943

3Lt.Cdr. Denis Harold Palmer Gardiner, DSC, RN30 Mar 19431 Sep 1943
4Lt.Cdr. George Blackler, RN1 Sep 19433 Jan 1944

5A/Lt.Cdr. Henry Peter Byrne, RN10 Jul 1944Feb 1945
6T/A/Lt.Cdr. Colin Langsford Beale, RNVRFeb 19455 Apr 1945
7T/Lt. Jack Ruan Crothers, RNVR5 Apr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Amazon include:


4 Sep 1939
HMS Courageous (Capt. W.T. Makeig-Jones, RN) departed Plymouth for an anti-submarine patrol. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Acasta (Cdr. P.J. Oliver, RN), HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.T. Thew, RN), HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN).

At sea they were joined by HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Woodhall, RN) which attacked a submarine contact around 1915 hours near Plymouth. The contact appears to have been bogus.

The force returned to Plymouth later the same day.

15 Sep 1940
The Canadian merchant Kenordoc is shelled and damaged about 44 nautical miles west-north-west of Rockall in position 57°42'N, 15°02'W by German U-boat U-99. HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN) later scuttles the damaged Kenordoc.

12 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN). (1)

14 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN), HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN) and HMS Mansfield (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RNR). (1)

15 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN), HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN), HMS Folkestone (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G.C. Gibson, OBE, RN) and HMS Teviot (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN). (1)

16 Sep 1943
HMS Uther (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. G. Blackler, RN). (2)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17783
  2. ADM 173/18396

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


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