Allied Warships

HMS Croome (L 62)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 62 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down7 Jun 1940 
Launched30 Jan 1941 
Commissioned29 Jun 1941 
End service 

Scrapped at Briton Ferry, Wales on 13 August 1957.


Commands listed for HMS Croome (L 62)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Douglas Hayes, RN25 Apr 1941Jul 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Rupert Cyril Egan, RNJul 1942Jan 1943
3Lt. Hubert Duncan McLaughlin Slater, RNJan 194330 Mar 1944
4Lt. William David Shaw, RN30 Mar 19444 Apr 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Stuart Lawrence, DSC, RNVR4 Apr 194412 Dec 1944
6A/Lt.Cdr. Basil Chrystie Ward, DSC, RN12 Dec 1944late 1945

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Notable events involving Croome include:

9 Aug 1941
The Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca (offsite link) was rammed and sunk in the North Atlantic, north-east of the Azores, in position 40°15'N, 20°55'W by the British escort destroyer HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Hayes, RN).

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). (1)

4 Aug 1942
German U-boat U-372 was sunk in the Mediterranean south-west of Haifa, in position 32°28'N, 34°37'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Zulu (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN) and HMS Tetcott (Lt. R.H. Rycroft, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (221 Sqdn.).


  1. ADM 173/17331

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

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