Allied Warships

HMS Intrepid (D 10)

Destroyer of the I class

HMS Intrepid in March 1942

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantD 10 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered14 Nov 1935 
Laid down13 Jan 1936 
Launched17 Dec 1936 
Commissioned29 Jul 1937 
Lost26 Sep 1943 

HMS Intrepid (Cdr. Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RN) was sunk by German Ju 88 bombers in Leros harbour, Dodecanese.


Commands listed for HMS Intrepid (D 10)

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1Cdr. John William Josselyn, RN8 Aug 19384 Dec 1939
2Cdr. Roderick Cosmo Gordon, RN4 Dec 193916 Sep 1941
3Lt.Cdr. John Hugh Lewes, DSC, RN16 Sep 1941Jun 1942
4Cdr. Charles Arthur de Winton Kitcat, RNJun 194226 Sep 1943

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Notable events involving Intrepid include:

14 Oct 1939
German U-boat U-45 was sunk south-west of Ireland, in position 50°58'N, 12°57'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. A.G. Talbot, RN), HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, RN), HMS Intrepid (Cdr. J.W. Josselyn, RN) and HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. C.D. Maud, RN).

13 Feb 1940
On or around 13 February 1940 German U-boat U-54 hit a mine in the barrage Field No. 4 or Field No. 6 laid by the British destroyers HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. B. Jones, DSC, RN) HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, RN) in the North Sea on 2 and 13/14 January 1940.

9 May 1940
The mine laying destroyers HMS Express (Cdr. J.G. Bickford, DSC, RN), HMS Esk (Lt.Cdr. R.J.H. Couch, RN) and HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.G. Gordon, RN) lay 180 mines in known German swept channels in operation XMG.

31 Aug 1940
On 31 August 1940 a group of destroyers sailed from Immingham on a mine laying mission off the Dutch coast. The minelayers were from the 20th Destroyer Flotilla and consisted of the destroyers HMS Express (Cdr. J.G. Bickford, DSC, RN), HMS Esk (Lt.Cdr. R.J.H. Couch, DSC, RN), HMS Icarus (Cdr. C.D. Maud, DSC, RN), HMS Intrepid (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, RN) and HMS Ivanhoe (Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN). The minelayers were escorted by members of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla consisted of the destroyers HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN), HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Vortigern (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Howlett, RN). Aerial reconnaissance detected a German force and the ships of the 20th and 5th DF were ordered to intercept, believing wrongly that the German ships were part of an invasion force. HMS Express struck a mine and was badly damaged, HMS Esk went to her assistance and hit mine and sank immediately, HMS Ivanhoe also went to her assistance and hit a mine and was badly damaged, so much so she had to be sunk by HMS Kelvin. The following day they were joined by the light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN) and HMS Galatea (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) and while returning to base HMS Galatea struck another mine and was slightly damaged off Cleaner Shoal Buoy near the Humber light vessel.

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