HMS Broadway (H 90)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||20 Aug 1918|
|Launched||14 Feb 1920|
|Commissioned||9 Oct 1940|
|End service||May 1948|
HMS Broadway arrived at Belfast 24 October 1940, where she joined the 11th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command, with whom she engaged in escorting numerous convoys. On 9 May, with the help of destroyer HMS Bulldog and corvette HMS Aubretia, she captured German submarine U-110 between Iceland and Greenland. On the previous night, the U-boat had crept in to attack Broadway's convoy but was prevented from surfacing by the strong destroyer escort. She continued to shadow the Allied ships until early in the afternoon watch when she launched three torpedoes from periscope depth. HMS Broadway and her fellow escorts promptly counterattacked and forced her to surface where she surrendered. Unfortunately the prize sank while in tow to port but only after her captors had recovered documents of great value and importance.
During 1942 and 1943 Broadway continued to escort Atlantic convoys. On 12 May 1943 she joined frigate HMS Lagan and aircraft from escort carrier HMS Biter in destroying another German submarine, U-89, which was sunk northeast of the Azores.
After refitting at Belfast in September 1943 HMS Broadway became a target ship for aircraft and served as such at Rosyth in Scotland until the war ended in Europe. In May 1945 she left Rosyth for Northern Norway with one of the occupation forces. At Narvik, Norway, she took charge of a convoy of German submarines which was sailing to Trondheim.
Decommissioned and sold for scrap in May 1948.
|Former name||USS Hunt (DD 194)|
Commands listed for HMS Broadway (H 90)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Thomas Taylor, RN||Oct 1940||Early 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Evelyn Henry Chavasse, RN||2 Mar 1942||Sep 1943|
|3||Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN||22 Sep 1943||28 Dec 1943|
|4||Lt. Phillip Graham Sharp, DSC, RNVR||28 Dec 1943||4 Jun 1944|
|5||Lt. John Bruce Lamb, DSC, RN||4 Jun 1944||Nov 1944|
|6||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Wilson Boyd, DSO, RNVR||Nov 1944||May 1945|
|7||T/Lt.Cdr. Eric Reginald Offley Carey Greenstreet, RNVR||May 1945||mid 1945|
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Noteable events involving Broadway include:
9 May 1941
German U-boat U-110 was captured on 9 May 1941 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland by the British destroyers HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. A.J.B. Cresswell, RN) and HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, RN) and the British corvette HMS Aubretia (Lt.Cdr. V.F. Smith, RNR). The U-boat was allowed to sink the day after to preserve the secret capture.
12 May 1943
German U-boat U-89 was sunk in the Northern Atlantic, in position 46°30'N, 25°40'W by a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 811) from the British escort carrier HMS Biter (Capt. E.M.C. Abel Smith, RN), the British destroyer HMS Broadway (Lt.Cdr. E.H. Chevasse, RN) and the British frigate HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR). (see map)