Allied Warships

HMS Lightning (G 55)

Destroyer of the L class

HMS Lightning during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 55 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered31 Mar 1938 
Laid down15 Nov 1938 
Launched22 Apr 1940 
Commissioned28 May 1941 
Lost12 Mar 1943 
Loss position37° 53'N, 9° 50'E

On 12 March 1943 HMS Lightning (Cdr. Hugh Greaves Walters, DSC, RN) was torpedoed and sunk about 35 nautical miles north of Bizerte, Tunisia in position 37º53'N, 09º50'E by the German Moter Torpedo Boat (S-boat) S-55.

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Commands listed for HMS Lightning (G 55)

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1Cdr. Richard Graham Stewart, RN25 Feb 1941Dec 1941
2Lt. Douglas Henry Reid Bromley, RNDec 194125 Jan 1942
3Cdr. Hugh Greaves Walters, DSC, RN25 Jan 194212 Mar 1943

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Notable events involving Lightning include:

1 Aug 1942
HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN) picked up 39 survivors (and a dog) from the Norwegian tanker Tankexpress that was torpedoed and sunk on 25 July 1942 by German U-boat U-130 south of the Cape Verde Islands in position 10°05'N, 26°31'W.

18 Jan 1943
The British destroyers HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN) and HMS Loyal (Lt.Cdr. H.E.F. Tweedie, RN) sink the German (former Norwegian) Favor (1323 GRT) south of Sardinia, Italy in position 38°40'N, 09°32'E.

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British destroyers & frigates

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