Allied Warships

HMS Georgetown (I 40)

Destroyer of the Town class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantI 40 
Built byFore River Shipbuilding Co. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down20 Jul 1918 
Launched27 Oct 1918 
Commissioned23 Sep 1940 
End serviceAug 1944 

HMS Georgetown participated in operation "Bowery", escorting the American aircraft carrier USS Wasp in May 1942 on her second reinforcement of the spitfire strength on the island of Malta. In September 1942, she transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy tor convoy escort duties in the western Atlantic. returned, to the United Kingdom in December 1943, she Joined the Reserve Fleet and in August 1944 was turned over to the Soviet Navy.

Former nameUSS Maddox (DD 168)
Career notesto Soviet Union as USSR Zostkij

Commands listed for HMS Georgetown (I 40)

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1Lt.Cdr. Arthur Geoffrey Poe, RN23 Sep 19402 Mar 1941
2Lt. Archibald John Ramsay White, RN2 Mar 1941late 1941

3Lt.Cdr. Peter Graeme MacIver, RNR9 Feb 19427 Jul 1943
4Lt.Cdr. John Parker Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR7 Jul 1943late 1943
5T/Lt. A. Bryden-Brown, RNVRlate 1943Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Georgetown include:

5 Aug 1942
After temporary repairs at Gibraltar around 2300 hours, HMS Liverpool (Capt. W.R. Slayter, DSC, RN) departed that port for Rosyth where full repairs were to be made. She was escorted by HMS Georgetown (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR) and HMS Mansfield (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RNR).

HMS Georgetown was detached to Londonderry around 1800/9.

HMS Mansfield was detached to Liverpool around 1800/10. HMS Sennen (Lt.Cdr. R.S. Abram, RN) had been sailed from Londonderry on the 10th to join HMS Liverpool. Most likely she joined before HMS Mansfield was detached but there is no mention in the log of Liverpool of Sennen joining the escort.

At 1552/11 HMS Liverpool was joined by HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Avon Vale (Lt.Cdr. P.A.R. Withers, DSO, RN) but at 1831 hours, HMS Walpole, took over from Avon Vale. (1)

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  1. ADM 53/116164

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

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