HMS Exmouth (H 02)
Destroyer of the E class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Portsmouth Dockyard (Portsmouth, U.K.): Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Nov 1932|
|Laid down||16 May 1933|
|Launched||7 Feb 1934|
|Commissioned||3 Oct 1934|
|Lost||21 Jan 1940|
|Loss position||58° 18'N, 2° 25'W|
HMS Exmouth (Capt. Richard Stoddart Benson, DSO, RN) was torpodoed on 21 January 1940 by the German submarine U-22 off Tarbett Ness in the Moray Firth. HMS Exmouth was hit at 0444 hrs, sinking with no survivors in position 58º18'N, 02º25'W, east-south-east of Wick, Scotland. The wreck lies in 40 meter of water.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Exmouth|
Commands listed for HMS Exmouth (H 02)
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|1||Capt. Richard Stoddart Benson, RN||31 Jul 1939||21 Jan 1940 (+)|
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Notable events involving Exmouth include:
11 Dec 1939
HMS Barham (Capt. H.T.C. Walker, RN) and her two escorting destroyers, HMS Duncan (Capt. G.R.B. Back, RN), HMS Duchess (Lt.Cdr. R.C.M. White, RN), are joined by three more detroyers; HMS Exmouth (Cdr. R.S. Benson, DSO, RN) and HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) joined around 1500 hours while HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN) joined shortly after 1700 hours. (1)
HMS Barham stopped and lowered her seaboats. Around 0450 hours the ready use depth charges on board HMS Duchess exploded and she sank.
HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN) and HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN) remained behind to search for survivors. Only one officer and twenty-two ratings could be picked up from the water. Six officers and one hunderded and twenty-four ratings were lost.
HMS Barham arrived at the Clyde around noon. (1)
27 Dec 1939
HMS Triumph (Lt.Cdr. J.W. McCoy, RN) is joined by an escort during her return to Rosyth.
0943 hours - Sighted one Hudson aircraft.
0955 hours - There were now four Hudson aircraft overhead.
1056 hours - Sighted one enemy aircraft approaching. The Lewis gun was manned and the bridge was cleared with the exception of the Commanding Officer and the gun crews. The enemy was however driven off by the escorting Hudson aircraft.
1105 hours - Sighted HMS Exmouth (Cdr. R.S. Benson, DSO, RN), HMS Echo (Cdr. S.H.K. Spurgeon, DSO, RAN), HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St.J. Morgan, RN) and HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN).
1110 hours - The enemy aircraft again came in to attack but was again driven off by the Hudsons. (2)
- ADM 53/107659
- ADM 199/1848
- ADM 173/16650
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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