Allied Warships

HMS Hurricane (H 06)

Destroyer of the Havant class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 06 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Laid down3 Jun 1938 
Launched29 Sep 1939 
Commissioned21 Jun 1940 
Lost24 Dec 1943 
Loss position45° 10'N, 22° 05'W

HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN) was bombed and sunk in a German air raid on Liverpool during the night of 7/8 May 1941. Raised, repaired and returned to service in January 1942.

At 20.57 hours on 24 December 1943 HMS Hurricane (Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN) was hit by one Gnat from the German submarine U-415 and sank north-east of Azores in position 45º10'N, 22º05'W. The destroyer served with the 1st Escort Group escorting the combined convoy OS-62/KMS-36 and supporting the task force of the American escort carrier USS Card.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Dec 1943 by U-415 (Neide).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hurricane
Former nameBrazilian Japarua

Commands listed for HMS Hurricane (H 06)

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1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN21 Apr 1940Jun 1941

2Lt.Cdr. Francis Cumberland Brodrick, RN2 Dec 194115 Feb 1942
3Cdr. Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN15 Feb 194223 Jun 1942
4Cdr. Edward Cresswell Bayldon, DSC, RN23 Jun 194213 Dec 1943
5Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN13 Dec 194324 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Hurricane include:

25 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker Saranac that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-51 about 270 nautical miles west-south-west of Lands End in position 48°24'N, 15°05'W.

27 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the Dutch tanker Leticia that was sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-47 in position 50°11'N, 13°15'W about 150 nautical miles west-south-west of Mizen Head.

HMS Hurricane and her sister ship HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) also pick up 27 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Lenda that was sunk about 160 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet, Ireland in position 50°00'N, 13°24'W by gunfire from German U-boat U-47.

29 Jun 1940
About 05.00 hours on 29 June 1940, the unescorted British merchant Empire Toucan was torpedoed by German U-boat U-47 190 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet and broke in two. The U-boat sank the after part by gunfire. The bow section was sunk by gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN), which picked up the master and 30 crew members and landed them at Plymouth.

18 Sep 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 105 survivors from the British passenger ship City of Benares that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°43'N, 21°15'W.

HMS Hurricane also picks up 20 survivors from the British merchant Marina that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°46'N, 21°15'W.

7 Mar 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 99 survivors from the British whale factory ship Terje Viken that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarines U-47 and U-99 south-east of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 12°50'W. The wreck of the Terje Viken was scuttled by gunfire of a British salvage tug.

29 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) rescued the master, 170 crew members, eight gunners and 273 passengers from the British steam passenger ship City of Nagpur which was sunk in position 52°30'N, 26°00'W by German U-boat U-75. The survivors were landed at Greenock.

30 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Henri Mory that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-110 about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Blasket Islands, Ireland.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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