Allied Warships

HMS Fearless (H 67)

Destroyer of the F class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassF 
PennantH 67 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
Ordered17 Mar 1933 
Laid down17 Mar 1933 
Launched12 May 1934 
Commissioned22 Dec 1934 
Lost23 Jul 1941 
Loss position37.40N, 08.20E
History

On 23 July 1941 HMS Fearless (Cdr. Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN) was torpedoed and heavily damaged by Italian aircraft while escorting a convoy in the central Mediterranean. She was scuttled by a torpedo from HMS Forester about 50 nautical miles north-north-east of Bone, Algeria in position 37º40'N, 08º20'E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Fearless (H 67)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Kenneth Lanyon Harkness, RN17 Aug 193815 Jul 1940
2Cdr. Ian Reddie Hamilton Black, RN15 Jul 194028 Dec 1940
3Cdr. Anthony Follett Pugsley, RN28 Dec 194023 Jul 1941

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Noteable events involving Fearless include:


11 Sep 1939
HMS Fearless (Cdr K.L. Harkness, RN) picks up 34 survivors from the British merchant Firby that was sunk by German U-boat U-48 about 270 miles west of the Hebrides in position 59°40'N, 13°50'W.

15 Apr 1940
German U-boat U-49 was sunk near Narvik, Norway in position 68°53'N, 16°59'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN).

6 Feb 1941
British raid on Genoa.

Force H (Vice Admiral Somerville) left Gibraltar on 6 February 1941. The battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt R.R. McGrigor, RN), battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN), light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) and the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN), HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St.J. Morgan, RN) and HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) left Gibraltar to the west with convoy HG-53. This was done to fool German and Italian observers in Spain. In the meantime 4 destroyers HMS Duncan (Capt. A.D.B. James, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN) HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.P. Thew, RN) left Gibraltar and steamed to the east to conduct a anti-submarine sweep. During the night Force H reversed course and passed Gibraltar on an easterly course back into the Mediterranean. There they were joined by the 4 destroyers that conducted the anti-submarine sweep.

On 8 February the Italian fleet left port and steamed south after they received reports of British carrier aircraft south of the Balearics. The Italians thought that there was another convoy to Malta.

Early in the morning of 9 February Renown, Malaya and Sheffield bombarded the Italian city of Genoa. In the harbour 4 ships were sunk and 18 were damaged. Also the city itself was damaged.

The Italian fleet turned around and tried to intercept the British ships but due to the bad weather this failed.

In the meantime Ark Royal's aircraft raided Livorno and mined the harbour of La Spezia.

Force H safely returned to Gibraltar on 11 February.

18 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-138 was sunk west of Cadiz, in position 36°04'N, 07°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. A.F. de Salis, DSO, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN), HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. E.B. Tancock, DSC, RN), HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN) and HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN).

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