Allied Warships

HMS Delight (H 38)

Destroyer of the D class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassD 
PennantH 38 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered2 Feb 1931 
Laid down22 Apr 1931 
Launched2 Jun 1932 
Commissioned30 Jan 1933 
Lost30 Jul 1940 
History

HMS Delight (Cdr. Mark Fogg-Elliott, RN) was damaged by German aircraft off Portland on 29 July 1940, she finally sank in Portland harbour early the next morning.  

Commands listed for HMS Delight (H 38)

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1Cdr. Mark Fogg-Elliott, RN28 Mar 193930 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Delight include:


HMS Delight lies at a depth of approximately 55m, broken in half and upside down. Shell cases used to litter the seabed around her, but most have now been recovered. It is possible to get inside the forward section. (1)

30 Apr 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Scapa Flow together for Aandalsnes where they were to evacuate troops. They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN), HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN). (2)

1 May 1940
In the evening, HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN), HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN), HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN) arrived off Aandalsnes to evacuate troops. At Aandalsnes they joined the AA cruiser HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN), destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) and the sloop HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, RN). (3)

2 May 1940
After having taken on board troops, HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN), HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Delight (Cdr. M. Fogg-Elliott, RN) set course to return to Scapa Flow where they arrived around 0015/3. HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) was detached to transport the Norwegian General Ruga and his staff to Tromsö, where she arrived at 1100/3. HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN) had gone ahead and arrived at Scapa Flow at 1630/2. HMS Calcutta (Capt. D.M. Lees, DSO, RN) and HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) arrived at Scapa Flow at 0730/3 and finally HMS Auckland (Cdr. J.G. Hewitt, RN) arrived there at 1015/3. (3)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 53/112663 + ADM 186/798
  3. ADM 53/112664 + ADM 186/798

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


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