HMS Bicester (L 34)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||29 May 1940|
|Launched||5 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||9 May 1942|
Scrapped at Grays on 22 August 1956.
Commands listed for HMS Bicester (L 34)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN||5 May 1942||10 Aug 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ralph William Frank Northcott, DSO, RN||10 Aug 1944||1 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).
- ADM 173/17253
- ADM 173/18379
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.