HMS Vidette (D 48)
Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty V & W|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||30 Jun 1916|
|Laid down||1 Feb 1917|
|Launched||28 Feb 1918|
|Commissioned||27 Apr 1918|
Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at Sheerness Dockyard was finished in January 1943.
HMS Vidette is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Vidette (D 48)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Denys Royds Brocklebank, RN||15 Jun 1939||Jun 1940|
|2||Lt. Eric Norman Walmsley, RN||1 Jun 1940||late 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Raymond Hart, DSC, RN||21 Dec 1942||6 Nov 1943|
|4||Cdr. Sir Peter William Gretton, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN||6 Nov 1943||1 Dec 1943|
|5||Lt.Cdr. Raymond Hart, DSC, RN||1 Dec 1943||Mar 1944|
|6||Lt. Percival John Stoner, RN||Mar 1944||14 Apr 1944|
|7||T/A/Lt.Cdr. George Stephen Woolley, RNVR||14 Apr 1944||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Vidette include:
6 May 1943
German U-boat U-531 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of Newfoundland, in position 52?48'N, 45?18'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vidette (Lt. R. Hart, DSC, RN). (see map)
6 May 1943
German U-boat U-630 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of Newfoundland, in position 52?31'N, 44?50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Vidette (Lt. R. Hart, DSC, RN). (see map)
23 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-274 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland in position 57°14'N, 27°50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN), and by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (Sqdn. 224/Z). (see map)
29 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-282 was sunk south-east of Greenland, in position 55°28'N, 31°57'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vidette (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Duncan (Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSO, DSC, RN) and the British corvette HMS Sunflower (A/Lt.Cdr. J. Plomer, DSC, RCNVR). (see map)
20 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-413 was sunk in the English Channel south of Brighton, in position 50°21'N, 00°01'W, by depth charges from the British escort destroyer HMS Wensleydale (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Goodfellow, RNVR) and the British destroyers HMS Forester (Lt. D.C. Beatty, RN) and HMS Vidette (T/A/Lt.Cdr. G.S. Wooley, RNVR). (see map)