Allied Warships

HMS Dulverton (L 63)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 63 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down16 Jul 1940 
Launched1 Apr 1941 
Commissioned28 Sep 1941 
Lost13 Nov 1943 
Loss position36° 50'N, 27° 30'E

Sunk by a glider bomb from a German Do.217 aircraft off Kos, Dodecanese in position 36º50'N, 27º30'E. The glider bomb struck HMS Dulverton (Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, MVO, DSC, RN) abreast the bridge, inflicting serious damage and starting extensive fires. The destroyer sustained heavy casualties, but her consorts took off six officers and 114 ratings before she was scuttled two hours later by HMS Belvoir. Three officers, including Captain (D) of the 5th Destroyer Flotilla, and 75 ratings were lost with HMS Dulverton.

Battle Honours;
Libya 1942
Sirte 1942
Mediterranean 1942
Malta Convoys 1942
Sicily 1943
Salerno 1943
Aegean 1943


Commands listed for HMS Dulverton (L 63)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Napier Petch, OBE, RN12 Aug 1941Jan 1943
2Cdr. Stuart Austen Buss, RNJan 194313 Nov 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Dulverton include:

One of the surviving officers was Lt Paul Woolley RNVR. He and others were picked up some hours after the disaster by a Turkish fishing vessel and taken to the island of Kos, from whence they eventually made their way by merchant vessels to Alexandria. (1)

30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN), after being located by a British Vickers Wellesley aircraft (47 Sqn RAF/F).


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