Allied Warships

HMS Zephyr (R 19)

Destroyer of the Z class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 19 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons 
Ordered12 Feb 1942 
Laid down13 Jul 1942 
Launched15 Jul 1943 
Commissioned6 Sep 1944 
End service 

Scrapped at Dunston on 2 July 1958.


Commands listed for HMS Zephyr (R 19)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Fitzroy Duyland Bush, DSC, RN18 Jul 194415 Dec 1944
2Capt. John Hamilton Allison, DSO, RN15 Dec 194425 Jun 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Cuthbert Richard Purse, DSC, RN25 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Zephyr include:

14 Sep 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and later on the day with HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and 2 Bars, RN). (1)

18 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. V.D. Ravenscroft, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zephyr (Capt. J.H. Allison, DSO and Bar, RN). (2)

31 Dec 1944
On 31 Dec, 1944, the British destroyer HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and 2 Bars, RN) was damaged by an explosion west of the Pentland Firth. According to British reports this was very likely caused by a floating mine and not by a torpedo. U-1020 was long believed to have hit the destroyer. (3)

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  1. ADM 173/19129
  2. ADM 173/18917
  3. Personal communication

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

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