HMS Coventry (D 43)
Light cruiser of the Ceres class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Laid down||4 Aug 1916|
|Launched||6 Jul 1917|
|Commissioned||21 Feb 1918|
|Lost||14 Sep 1942|
|Loss position||32.48N, 28.17E|
Converted to Anti-Aircraft cruiser before the war.
HMS Coventry (Capt. Ronald John Robert Dendy, RN) was taking part in Operation "Agreement", a Commando raid agains Tobruk harbor which ended in a complete disaster for the British due to the unexpectedly tenacious resistance of Italo-German troops and the prompt reaction of Axis' air units in the area.
Commands listed for HMS Coventry (D 43)
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|1||Capt. Richard Francis John Onslow, DSC, RN||18 Aug 1938||22 Apr 1940|
|2||Capt. David Gilmour, RN||22 Apr 1940||19 May 1941|
|3||A/Capt. William Power Carne, RN||19 May 1941||5 Mar 1942|
|4||Capt. Ronald John Robert Dendy, RN||5 Mar 1942||14 Sep 1942|
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Noteable events involving Coventry include:
1 Jan 1940
HMS Coventry (Capt. R.F.J. Onslow, OBE, DSC, RN) was damaged in a German air attack on the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland.
13 Dec 1940
HMS Coventry (Capt. D. Gilmour, RN) was torpedoed and damaged by the Italian submarine Neghelli in the eastern Mediterranean about 80 nautical miles north-north-west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt in position 32°37'N, 26°44'E. Repairs were completed on 20 January 1941.
18 May 1941
The First Victoria Cross of the Mediterranean battle was posthumously awarded to Petty Officer A.E. Sephton for "great courage and endurance" while on HMS Coventry as she was being attacked by German Stuka dive bombers while off Crete.
Petty officer Sephton was buried at sea. His VC was on display at Coventry Cathedral but was stolen on 25 September 1990.