Allied Warships

HMS Ambuscade (D 38)

Destroyer of the Prototype class


HMS Ambuscade before the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassPrototype 
PennantD 38 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered12 Jun 1924 
Laid down8 Dec 1924 
Launched15 Jan 1926 
Commissioned15 Mar 1927 
End service 
History

HMS Ambuscade made 37.66 knots on trials and was more economical than the other prototype HMS Amazon.

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

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 November 1946.

 

Commands listed for HMS Ambuscade (D 38)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Oswald Johnson, RN21 Mar 194014 Jun 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Robert Augustus Fell, RN14 Jun 194016 May 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Edward Copson Peake, RN16 May 19429 Nov 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Donald Emberton Mansfield, RN9 Nov 194213 Jul 1943
5Lt. Harry Hutchinson, RN13 Jul 194310 Jun 1944
6Lt. John Mayling, RN10 Jun 1944Feb 1945
7A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Geeves Chesterman, DSC, RNRFeb 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Ambuscade include:


20 Jun 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt. G. Quint, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN) and HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN). (1)

21 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) and ? (unreadable in the log of O 9). (2)

7 Dec 1940
The Dutch merchant Farmsum is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 52°11'N, 22°56'W. HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) later picks up 15 survivors.

2 Sep 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. N. Marriott, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN) and HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, DSO, RNR). (3)

27 Feb 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. R. Gatehouse, DSC, RN) conducted special trials off Campbeltown with HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN). (4)

24 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Rochester (Cdr. (retired) C.B. Allen, RN), HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN), HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Fell, RN), HMS Sandwich (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) R.C. Gervers, RN), HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Carnduff, RN), HMS Bradford (Lt.Cdr. J.N.K. Knight, RN) and ORP Blyscawica (Lt.Cdr. T. Gorazdowski, ORP, ORP). (5)

23 Jun 1943
HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO, RN) departed from Holy Loch for exercises with aircraft off the west coast of Scotland. She was escorted by HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN) and HMS Kingfisher (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) G.H. Gandy, RN). (6)

11 Jul 1943
HMS Otus (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Ambuscade (Lt.Cdr. D.E. Mansfield, RN). (7)

1 Jun 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS St. Modwen (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Lycett, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Ambuscade (Lt. H. Hutchinson, RN). (8)

5 Jun 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Ambuscade (Lt. H. Hutchinson, RN) and HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR). (8)

6 Jun 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Ambuscade (Lt. H. Hutchinson, RN). (9)

11 Jun 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Shemara (Cdr.(Retd.) H. Buckle, RN) and HMS Ambuscade (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (8)

13 Jun 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Ambuscade (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (8)

14 Jun 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS La Cordeliere (Lt.Cdr. A.J.G. Barff, RNR) and HMS Ambuscade (Lt. J. Mayling, RN). (9)

30 Apr 1945
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Ambuscade (A/Lt.Cdr. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMS Carnation (T/Lt. W.R. Fowler, RNVR). (10)

1 May 1945
HMS H 34 (Lt. A.M.B. Buxton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Ambuscade (A/Lt.Cdr. H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) and HMS Carnation (T/Lt. W.R. Fowler, RNVR). (11)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16793
  4. ADM 173/17234
  5. File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. ADM 199/627
  7. ADM 173/17886
  8. ADM 173/18529
  9. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. ADM 173/19491
  11. ADM 173/19492

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


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