Allied Warships

HMS Sherwood (I 80)

Destroyer of the Town class

HMS Sherwood as modified during the war, note the radar installed on the bridge

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantI 80 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Laid down25 Sep 1918 
Launched26 Apr 1919 
Commissioned23 Oct 1940 
End service20 Sep 1943 

USS Rodgers decommissioned 23 October 1940 and was transferred and commissioned the same day for service in the 4th "Town" Flotilla as HMS Sherwood

Sherwood sailed for the United Kingdom 1 November. Diverted en route, she participated in the search for survivors of ships lost from convoy HX 84 and in the subsequent hunt for Admiral Scheer, when returning to Canada for repairs. On the 18th, she arrived at Belfast, continued on to Portsmouth whence, after overhaul, she sailed to join the 12th Escort Group, Western Approaches Command at Londonderry. Transferred, with her group, to Iceland in April 1941, she joined in the hunt for Bismarck in May and on the 28th, the day after the German battleship had been sunk, assisted in rescue operations for survivors from British destroyer HMS Mashona.

During the summer, Sherwood underwent repairs in the Clyde, then returned to Londonderry, whence she operated first with the 2d Escort Group, then with the 22d, into the new year, 1942. In February and March, she accompanied carriers during trials, and, after another yard period, April to August served as a target ship for training aircraft from the Royal Naval Air Station at Fearn, Scotland. In the autumn, she again crossed the Atlantic and served with the Newfoundland Command until she returned to Londonderry in February 1943. During March and April she escorted a convoy to Tunisia and back, but by May she again needed major repairs.

Worn out, she was paid off at Chatham on 20 September 1943. She was stripped of useable parts and ordnance and towed to the Humber where she was beached in shallow water for use as an aircraft target. Her hulk was scrapped in 1945.

Former nameUSS Rodgers (DD 254)

Commands listed for HMS Sherwood (I 80)

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1Lt.Cdr. Sydney William Floyd Bennetts, RN24 Oct 1940May 1942

2Lt.Cdr. Walter Raleigh Hickey, RNR18 Jun 1942mid 1942

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Notable events involving Sherwood include:

15 May 1941
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN) and HMS Dianella (T/Lt. J.G. Rankin, RNR) and aircraft.

In the early evening HrMs O 10 was hit by a practice bomb that damaged the pressure hull. The exercise was then cancelled and O 10 proceeded to Londonderry for repairs. (1)

15 Dec 1941
HMS H 34 (Lt. W.A. Phillimore, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Douglas (Cdr. W.E. Banks, DSC, RN) and HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN).

Later the same day, HMS H 34 departed Londonderry for Rothesay together with HMS H 31 (Lt. F.B. Gibbs, RN). They were escorted by HMS Notts County (T/Lt. R.H. Hampton, RNR). (2)

8 Feb 1942
HMS Utmost (Lt.Cdr. R.D. Cayley, DSO, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Sherwood (Lt.Cdr. S.W.F. Bennetts, RN). (3)

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/16767
  3. ADM 199/424

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

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