Allied Warships

HMS Bicester (L 34)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 34 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down29 May 1940 
Launched5 Sep 1941 
Commissioned9 May 1942 
End service 

Scrapped at Grays on 22 August 1956.


Commands listed for HMS Bicester (L 34)

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1Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN5 May 194210 Aug 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Ralph William Frank Northcott, DSO, RN10 Aug 19441 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Bicester include:

30 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. B.J.B. Andrew, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J. Byron, DSC, RNR), HMS Zetland (Lt. J.V. Wilkinson, RN), HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Bridgewater (Cdr.(Retd.) N.W.H. Weekes, OBE, RN). (1)

21 Feb 1943
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) carried out A/S exercises off Algiers with the British destroyers HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN) and HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN). (2)

23 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-443 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Algiers, in position 36°55'N, 02°25'E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC, RN), HMS Wheatland (Lt.Cdr. R.deL. Brooke, DSC, RN).


  1. ADM 173/17253
  2. ADM 173/18379

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

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