HMS Vimy (D 33)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||William Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||15 Mar 1917|
|Launched||28 Dec 1917|
|Commissioned||19 Mar 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at Portsmouth Dockyard was finished in June 1941. This ship was the first of the V & W-class destroyers to be converted to a Long Range Escort.
HMS Vimy is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list
Scrapped in February 1948.
Commands listed for HMS Vimy (D 33)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Ivo Thomas Clark, RN||15 Jun 1939||8 Nov 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Colin George Walter Donald, RN||8 Nov 1939||23 May 1940 (+)|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Richard George Kirby Knowling, RN||23 May 1940||28 May 1940 (+)|
|4||Lt. Adrian Paul Northey, RN||28 May 1940||30 May 1940|
|5||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Michael Wentworth Ewart-Wentworth, RN||30 May 1940||20 Jul 1940|
|6||Lt.Cdr. Dermod James Boris Jewitt, RN||20 Jul 1940||early 1941|
|7||Lt.Cdr. Henry Graham Dudley de Chair, RN||20 May 1941||1 Dec 1942|
|8||Lt.Cdr. Richard Been Stannard, VC, RD, RNR||1 Dec 1942||28 Mar 1943|
|9||Lt.Cdr. John Neil Kelly Knight, RN||28 Mar 1943||24 Jun 1944|
|10||Lt.Cdr. Karl Henry John Lynch Phibbs, RN||24 Jun 1944||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Vimy include:
The loss of the Italian submarine Alessandro Malaspina (offsite link) that is often credited to HMS Vimy is incorrect. Her fate was revised in March 2004 by Dr. Axel Niestlé and Eric Zimmerman.
15 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Lavender (Lt.Cdr. J. Whayman, RNR), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (2)
16 Nov 1941
HMS Severn (Lt.Cdr. A.N.G. Campbell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Freetown together with HMS Brilliant (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Poe, RN), HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN), HMS Nigella (T/Lt. L.J. Simpson, RNR) and HMS Crocus (Lt.Cdr. E. Wheeler, RD, RNR). (2)
3 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-162 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-east of Trinidad, in position 12°21'N, 59°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).
18 Sep 1942
HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) picks up 17 survivors of the American merchant West Lashaway that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-66 about 375 miles east of Trinidad on 30 August.
4 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-187 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 50°12'N, 36°35'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannart, VC, RNR) and HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN).
[For more info on the Pamplet convoy see the event for 1 February 1943.]
For the daily positions during the period of 13 February 1943 to 23 February 1943, see the map below.
- ADM 173/16985
- ADM 173/16988
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.