HMS Whitshed (D 77)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty Modified W|
|Mod||Short range escort|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Laid down||3 Jun 1918|
|Launched||31 Jan 1919|
|Commissioned||11 Jul 1919|
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Whitshed (D 77)
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|1||Cdr. Edward Reignier Conder, RN||15 Nov 1939||Sep 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. William Anthony Juniper, RN||29 Nov 1940||9 Jul 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Arthur Allison FitzRoy Talbot, DSO, RN||9 Jul 1942||14 Jul 1943|
|4||Lt. Tom Peter Baillie-Grohman, RN||14 Jul 1943||12 Sep 1944|
|5||Lt. Robert Graham Woodward, RN||12 Sep 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Whitshed include:
30 Jan 1940
On 30 January 1940 the German U-boat U-55 attacked convoy OA-80G south-west of the Isles of Scilly and sank two ships, but was sunk by depth charges from HMS Fowey (Cdr. H.B. Ellison, RN), HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, RN) and a British Sunderland aircraft (228 Sqn RAF/Y) in position 48°37'N, 07°48'W.
14 Feb 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr E.R. Conder, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. W.F.E. Hussey, DSC, RN) together pick up 72 survivors from the British merchant Sultan Star that was torpedoed and sunk southwest of the Scilly Isles in position 48°54'N, 10°03'W by German U-boat U-48.
31 Jul 1940
HMS Whitshed (Cdr. E.R. Conder, DSC, RN) struck a mine off Harwich and was badly damaged. She was towed back to port by HMS Wild Swan (Lt.Cdr. J.L. Younghusband, DSC, RN). Repairs were completed in mid-December.
12 Dec 1942
The British destroyers HMS Whitshed, HMS Worcester and HMS Vesper, the British escort destroyers HMS Brocklesby and HMS Albrighton, and the Norwegian escort destroyer Eskdale attacked German shipping in the English Channel. Eskdale torpedoed and sank Sperrbrecher 144/Beijerland (387 BRT) west of Le Treport, France in position 50°05'N, 01°09'E and Whitshed torpedoed and sank Sperrbecher 178/Gauss (1236 BRT) north-east of Dieppe, France in position 50°04'N, 01°09'E.
- ADM 173/15690
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.