HMS Witch (D 89)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty Modified W|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||13 Jun 1918|
|Launched||11 Nov 1919|
Completed by Devonport Dockyard.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 12 July 1947.
Commands listed for HMS Witch (D 89)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Richard Barnes, RN||31 Jul 1939||4 May 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Cecil Hamilton Holmes, RN||4 May 1941||Jul 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Sidney Richard James Woods, RD, RNR||Jul 1942||late 1943|
|4||T/Lt. Arthur Reginald Browne, RNVR||late 1943||6 May 1944|
|5||Lt. Walter James Taylor, RN||6 May 1944||4 Mar 1946|
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Notable events involving Witch include:
11 Apr 1943
The British merchant Empire Whimbrel is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-181 about 420 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 02°31'N, 15°55'W. The British destroyers HMS Wolverine (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) later pick up 53 survivors.