HMS Acheron (i) (H 45)
Destroyer of the A class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.): Parsons|
|Ordered||29 May 1928|
|Laid down||29 Oct 1928|
|Launched||18 Mar 1930|
|Commissioned||13 Oct 1931|
|Lost||17 Dec 1940|
|Loss position||50° 32'N, 1° 26'W|
The British destroyer HMS Acheron (i) (H 45) lost on 17 Dec 1940 in position 50° 32'N, 1° 26'W.
HMS Acheron (Lt. John Rees Wilson, RN) was mined off the Isle of Wright on 17 December 1940. She was running trials after completing repairs following the bomb damage sustained on 24 August. The trial was being conducted at night, with heavy seas running and a strong north-east wind in complete darkness.
Commands listed for HMS Acheron (i) (H 45)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Ralph William Frank Northcott, RN||Jan 1939||Dec 1940|
|2||Lt. John Rees Wilson, RN||Dec 1940||17 Dec 1940 (+)|
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Notable events involving Acheron (i) include:
24 Apr 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) departed Rosyth loaded with troops for Molde. Passage north was made with HMS York (Capt. R.H. Portal, DSC, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) that were also loaded with troops but these were to be landed at Aandalsnes. Escort was provided by the destroyers HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. H.W. Williams, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN). (3)
24 Aug 1940
HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN) was damaged by German aircraft during a air raid on Portsmouth. Repairs were completed on 2 December 1940.
27 Dec 1940
The loss of HMS Acheron was made public.
- ADM 173/15687
- ADM 173/16286
- ADM 53/112663 + ADM 186/798
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.