Allied Warships

HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08)

Destroyer of the V class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 08 
ModFlotilla leader 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Sep 1941 
Laid down14 May 1942 
Launched18 Mar 1943 
Commissioned14 Aug 1943 
Lost30 Jan 1944 
Loss position73° 40'N, 24° 30'E

At 03.46 and 03.54 hours on 30 January 1944, U-957 (Schaar) fired two Gnats at the escorts of the convoy JW-56B and heard two detonations, which were claimed by Schaar as hits on two destroyers, but they were end-of-run detonations.

At 03.57 hours, U-278 fired a Gnat, which struck HMS Hardy (Capt. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). This hit was observed and claimed by U-957 and also by U-472 (Forstner), which had fired a Gnat at 03.57 hours, but missed the HNoMS Stord. At 04.20 hours, U-957 fired a spread of three FAT torpedoes at two corvettes, which laid stopped (probably the destroyer HMS Venus rescuing survivors from the torpedoed destroyer HMS Hardy) and heard one detonation after four minutes, but no destroyer had been hit at this time.

HMS Hardy had been seriously damaged and had to be sunk by a coup de grâce by HMS Venus in position 73º40'N, 24º30'E. This detonation was heard by U-601 (Hansen), which thought that her Gnat, fired at 05.24 hours had hit this destroyer. The U-boat then crossed the sinking position of HMS Hardy and sighted an oil slick and debris.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 30 Jan 1944 by U-278 (Franze).

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Commands listed for HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08)

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1Lt.Cdr. Richard Horncastle, RN6 Jul 194310 Dec 1943
2Capt. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, DSO, DSC, RN10 Dec 194330 Jan 1944

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Notable events involving Hardy (ii) include:

16 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Hardy (Lt.Cdr. R. Horncastle, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (1)

10 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. B. Newby, RN), HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Hardy (Lt.Cdr. R. Horncastle, RN). (2)

6 Jan 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted RD/F exercises off Stornoway with HMS Hardy (Capt. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (3)

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.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18214
  3. ADM 173/19188

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

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