Allied Warships

HMS Witch (D 89)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 89 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid down13 Jun 1918 
Launched11 Nov 1919 
CommissionedMar 1924 
End service 

Completed by Devonport Dockyard.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 12 July 1947.


Commands listed for HMS Witch (D 89)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Richard Barnes, RN31 Jul 19394 May 1941
2Lt.Cdr. Cecil Hamilton Holmes, RN4 May 1941Jul 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Sidney Richard James Woods, RD, RNRJul 1942late 1943
4T/Lt. Arthur Reginald Browne, RNVRlate 19436 May 1944
5Lt. Walter James Taylor, RN6 May 19444 Mar 1946

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Notable events involving Witch include:

11 Apr 1943
The British merchant Empire Whimbrel is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-181 about 420 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 02°31'N, 15°55'W. The British destroyers HMS Wolverine (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) later pick up 53 survivors.

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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