HMS Bicester (L 34)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||29 May 1940|
|Launched||5 Sep 1941|
|Commissioned||9 May 1942|
Scrapped at Grays on 22 August 1956.
Commands listed for HMS Bicester (L 34)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN||5 May 1942||10 Aug 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ralph William Frank Northcott, DSO, RN||10 Aug 1944||1 Jan 1946|
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Noteable 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). (see map)