Allied Warships

HMS Brecon (L 76)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type IV) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type IV) 
PennantL 76 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered28 Jul 1940 
Laid down27 Feb 1941 
Launched27 Jun 1942 
Commissioned18 Dec 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped on 27 September 1962.

 

Commands listed for HMS Brecon (L 76)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Terence Desmond Herrick, DSC, RN16 Nov 1942Jan 1944
2Lt. Nigel Robert Harley Rodney, RNJan 1944early 1946

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Notable events involving Brecon include:


9 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Queenborough (Cdr. E.P. Hinton, DSO and Bar, MVO, RN), HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Offa (Cdr. R.A. Ewing, DSC, RN) and HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN). (1)

11 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN) and HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN). (1)

13 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN) and ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP). (1)

14 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. W.B.L. Holms, RCN). (1)

16 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Campbell, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Penn (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, DSO, RN) and HMS Panther (Lt.Cdr. R.W. Jocelyn, RN). (2)

17 Mar 1943
HMS Usurper (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Echo (Lt. R.H.C. Wyld, RN), HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN) and two ML's. (2)

8 May 1943
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN), HMS Tyrian (Cdr. C.W. Greening, RN), HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. D.C. Beatty, RN). (3)

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).

18 Sep 1944
On 18 September 1944 on 7pm, a lookout on ORP Garland spotted an enemy U-boat. The U-boat was promptly attacked, but without any result. Later four British destroyers, HMS Troubridge, HMS Terpsichore, HMS Brecon and HMS Zetland, joined the Polish destroyer and started the hunting which lasted for 10 hours. On 6am the following day the U-boat surfaced and was spotted again by the Polish destroyer, this time the attack, 10 depth-charges, was deadly. German U-boat U-407 was sunk. The survivors were picked up by Garland as war prisoners. (4)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18389
  3. ADM 173/18316
  4. Personal communication

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


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