Allied Warships

HMS Arrow (H 42)

Destroyer of the A class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 42 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness,U.K.) 
Ordered6 Mar 1928 
Laid down20 Aug 1928 
Launched22 Aug 1929 
Commissioned14 Apr 1930 
End service 

HMS Arrow (Lt.Cdr. William Wentworth Fitzroy, RN) was heavily damaged in an accident in Algiers harbour on 4 August 1943. She was alongside the ammunition ship Fort la Monte when that vessel blew up. Arrow was beyond economical repair and was declared a constructive total loss. Later she was towed to Taranto, Italy where she was scrapped.


Commands listed for HMS Arrow (H 42)

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1Cdr. Herbert Wyndham Williams, RN23 Aug 19398 Jan 1941
2Cdr. Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, RN8 Jan 1941Feb 1941

3Cdr. Richard Edmund Hyde-Smith, RN13 Mar 1941mid 1941

4Cdr. Alec Murray McKillop, RN24 Sep 194116 Mar 1943
5Lt.Cdr. William Wentworth Fitzroy, RN16 Mar 1943early 1944

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Notable events involving Arrow 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). (1)

18 Apr 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) conducted gunnery exercises and RD/F trials to the west of Scapa Flow together with HMS Hermione (Capt. G.N. Oliver, RN). They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN) and HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. Viscount Jocelyn, RN). When Hermione left at 1102 hours, HMS Achates took over the duty as 'target ship'. (2)

25 Apr 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Arrow (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN), HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN). Prince of Wales also served briefly as target during gunnery exercises of the cruiser HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, RN). (2)

30 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Arrow (Lt.Cdr. W.W. Fitzroy, RN), HMS Troubridge (Capt. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN), HMS Lewes (Lt.Cdr. M.V. Thorburn, DSC, RNVR) and HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN). (3)

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  1. ADM 53/112663 + ADM 186/798
  2. ADM 53/114887
  3. ADM 173/18389

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

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