Allied Warships

HMS Kelly (F 01)

Destroyer of the K class


HMS Kelly on trials

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassK 
PennantF 01 
ModFlotilla leader 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down26 Aug 1937 
Launched25 Oct 1938 
Commissioned23 Aug 1939 
Lost23 May 1941 
Loss position34° 40'N, 24° 10'E
History

HMS Kelly (Capt. Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, DSO, RN) was bombed and sunk on 23 May 1941 by German Stuka dive bombers south of Crete in position 34º40'N, 24º10'E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Kelly (F 01)

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1Capt. Lord Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, RN27 Jun 193923 May 1941

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Notable events involving Kelly include:


4 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Acheron (Lt.Cdr. R.W.F. Northcott, RN). (1)

10 Sep 1939
HMS H 44 (Lt. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) conducted exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN). (2)

11 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt.Cdr. W.R. Fell, OBE, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN). (1)

23 Sep 1939
HMS H 31 (Lt. P.R. Ward, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN). (1)

14 Dec 1939
HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, RN) is badly damaged by a German mine laid by German destroyers off the Tyne in position 55°05'N, 01°02'W. Repairs were completed in late February 1940.

9 May 1940
During the night of 9/10 May, the destroyer was hit amidships by one torpedo from the German MTB S-31(Oblt.z.S. Opdenhoff). She was searching for German minelayers in the Skagerrak together with one cruiser and six destroyers when the Task Force was attacked by five MTBs. The badly damaged ship was towed to Newcastle by HMS Bulldog.

10 May 1940
HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN) and HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) departed Scapa Flow to provide cover for the damaged destroyer HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN) that had been torpedoed by the German E-Boat S-31 in the North Sea. HMS Kelly was being towed by destroyer HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Wisden, RN). Destroyers HMS Khartoum (Cdr. D.T. Dowler, RN), HMS Fury (Cdr. E.W.B. Sim, RN) and HMS Gallant (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, RN) were escorting the tow. HMS Manchester and HMS Sheffield joined around 1540 hours (zone -1). Around 1530/11, HMS Manchester and HMS Sheffield parted company and set course for Rosyth where they arrived around 0015/12. In the early moring of the 11th two tugs had taken over the tow of HMS Kelly from HMS Bulldog. HMS Kelly finally arrived at the Tyne at 1730/13. (3)

24 Mar 1941
With her refit and reconstruction completed HMS Exeter (Capt. O.L. Gordon, MVO, RN) departed Plymouth for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by HMS Kelly (Capt. L.F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, GCVO, RN), HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN). (4)

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Destroyers of World War Two

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Sources

  1. ADM 173/15687
  2. ADM 173/15739
  3. ADM 53/112664 + ADM 199/361
  4. ADM 53/114251 + ADM 199/655

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


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