Allied Warships

HMS Exmoor (ii) (L 08)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 08 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down7 Jun 1940 
Launched12 Mar 1941 
Commissioned18 Oct 1941 
End service 
History

Renamed HMS Exmoor (ii) before being commissioned.

Sold to the Royal Danish Navy in July 1952 being renamed Valdemar Sejr.
Scrapped in 1966 at Ystad, Sweden.

 
Former nameHMS Burton

Commands listed for HMS Exmoor (ii) (L 08)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Lawrence St George Rich, RNJun 1941Feb 1943
2Lt. Donald Terry McBarnet, RNFeb 19435 Nov 1943
3Cdr. John Jefferis, RN5 Nov 1943Early 1944
4Lt. Donald Douglas Howson, RNEarly 1944Jan 1945
5Cdr. John Holmes, RNJan 19459 Jul 1945
6Cdr. Bertram Wilfrid Taylor, DSC, RN9 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Exmoor (ii) include:


1 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN). (1)

2 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN). (1)

4 Nov 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Alisma (A/Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rose, RANVR), HMS Chelsea (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, RN), HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Campbeltown (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) Lord Teynham, RN). (1)

17 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-131 was sunk north-east of Madeira, Portugal, in position 34°12'N, 13°35'W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN) and HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSC, RN), the British destroyer HMS Stanley (Lt.Cdr. D.B. Shaw, OBE, RN), the British corvette HMS Pentstemon (Lt.Cdr. J. Byron, RNR (retired)) and the British sloop HMS Stork (Cdr. F.J. Walker, RN), and by depth charges from a Martlet aircraft (Sqdn. 802) of the British escort carrier HMS Audacity (Cdr. D.W. Mackendrick, RN).

31 Jan 1942
At 0815 hours, HMS Hermione (Capt. G.N. Oliver, RN), parted comapany with RFA Dingledale and her escorts, submarine HMS Clyde (Cdr. D.C. Ingram, DSC, RN) and corvette HMS Spiraea (T/Lt. R.W. Tretheway, RNR).

At 1330 hours, the escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN), HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and the corvettes HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A. Foxall, RNR) and HMS Vetch (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Beverley, DSC, RNR) joined.

The escort destroyers were to fuel from RFA Dingledale but the swell was too high and they parted company at 1500 hours as did HMS Spiraea which was to proceed to the U.K. for the fitting of radar equipment. (2)

21 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, DSO, RN) and HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. L.StG. Rich, RN). (3)

27 Mar 1943
HMS Exmoor picks up 13 survivors from the British merchant City of Guildford that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-593 off Derna in position 33°00'N, 22°50'E.

10 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-450 was sunk in the western Mediterranean south of Ostia, in position 41°11'N, 12°27'E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Blankney (Lt.Cdr. D.H.R. Bromley, RN), HMS Blencathra (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Warren, RN), HMS Brecon (Lt. N.R.H. Rodney, RN), HMS Exmoor (Lt. D.D. Howson, RN) and the US destroyer USS Madison (Cdr. D.A. Stuart, USN).

2 May 1944
HMS Stratagem (Lt. C.R. Pelly, DSC, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Malta together with HMS Exmoor (Lt. D.D. Howson, RN) and HMS Brocklesby (Lt. K.R.S. Leadlay, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6368 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 199/1222
  3. ADM 173/17331
  4. ADM 173/18844

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


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