Allied Warships

HMS Bicester (L 34)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 34 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down29 May 1940 
Launched5 Sep 1941 
Commissioned9 May 1942 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Grays on 22 August 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Bicester (L 34)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN5 May 194210 Aug 1944
2Lt.Cdr. Ralph William Frank Northcott, DSO, RN10 Aug 19441 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Bicester include:


23 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-443 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Algiers, in position 36°55'N, 02°25'E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyers HMS Bicester (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC, RN), HMS Wheatland (Lt.Cdr. R.deL. Brooke, DSC, RN).


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