Allied Warships

HMS Leda (J 93)

Minesweeper of the Halcyon class

Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 93 
ModSecond group 
Built byDevonport Dockyard (Plymouth, U.K.) : Richardson Westgarth 
Ordered1 Jul 1936 
Laid down16 Nov 1936 
Launched8 Jun 1937 
Commissioned19 May 1938 
Lost20 Sep 1942 
Loss position76° 30'N, 5° 00'E

HMS Leda (A/Cdr. Arthur Hugh Wynne-Edwards, RN) was torpedoed and sunk in the Greenland Sea south-west off Spitsbergen in position 76º30'N, 05º00'E by U-435. 44 of the crew and 3 passengers went down with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 20 Sep 1942 by U-435 (Strelow).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Leda

Commands listed for HMS Leda (J 93)

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1Lt.Cdr. Noel Ratley Courthope-Munroe, RN4 May 19387 Mar 1940
2Lt. Harold Unwin, RN7 Mar 1940Oct 1940
3Cdr. Richard Cyril Vesey Ross, DSO, RNOct 194022 Jul 1941
4Lt.Cdr. Alan David Hastings Jay, RN22 Jul 194116 Jun 1942
5A/Cdr. (retired) Arthur Hugh Wynne-Edwards, RN16 Jun 194220 Sep 1942

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Notable events involving Leda include:

27 Nov 1939
HMS Tribune (Lt.Cdr. G.P.S. Davies, RN) departed from Portsmouth for her 1st war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea. Tribune is escorted to the North Goodwin light vessel by HMS Saladin (Lt.Cdr. L.J. Dover, RN). From there HMS Leda (Lt.Cdr. N.R. Courthope-Munroe, RN) will take over. (1)

23 Mar 1941
HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) was undocked. She departed Blyth for Harwich later the same day. She made the passage together with HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN). Off Blyth they made rendez-vous with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) and ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) coming from Dundee. Escort was provided by HMS Leda (Cdr. R.C.V. Ross, DSO, RN).

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 45.62)


  1. ADM 199/1847

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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