Allied Warships

HMS Whitehall (D 94)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 94 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid downJun 1918 
Launched11 Aug 1919 
Commissioned9 Jul 1924 
End service 

Completed by Chatham Dockyard.

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in August 1942.

HMS Whitehall is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List

Sold to be broken up for scrap in October 1945.


Commands listed for HMS Whitehall (D 94)

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1Lt.Cdr. Archibald Boyd Russell, RN31 Jul 1939early 1942

2Lt.Cdr. Robert Sydney Stafford, RN7 Jul 19428 Oct 1942
3Cdr. Charles Leigh de Hauteville Bell, RD, RNR8 Oct 19421 Nov 1943
4Lt.Cdr. Patrick James Cowell, DSC, RN1 Nov 194321 Oct 1944
5Lt. John Monroe, RN21 Oct 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Whitehall include:

1 Jun 1940
During the evacuation of Dunkirk HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. A.B. Russell, RN) is damaged by German aircraft. Repairs were completed at Plymouth on 26 August.

31 Oct 1943
German U-boat U-306 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46°19'N, 20°44'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. H. Bell, RD, RNR) and the British corvette HMS Geranium (T/Lt. A.R.J. Tilston, DSC, RNR).

30 Jan 1944
German U-boat U-314 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73°41'N, 24°30'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN).

2 Sep 1944
German U-boat U-394 was sunk in the Norwegian Sea some nautical miles south-east of Jan Mayen island, Norway, in position 69°47'N, 04°10'E, by rockets and depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) from the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN), and the British destroyers HMS Keppel (Cdr. I.J. Tyson, DSO, DSC, RNR) and HMS Whitehall (Lt.Cdr. P.J. Cowell, DSC, RN) and the British sloops HMS Mermaid (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Mosse, RN) and HMS Peacock (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannard, VC, DSO, RNR).

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