Allied Warships

HMS Daring (H 16)

Destroyer of the D class

HMS Daring before the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 16 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered2 Feb 1931 
Laid down18 Jun 1931 
Launched7 Apr 1932 
Commissioned25 Nov 1932 
Lost18 Feb 1940 
Loss position58° 40'N, 1° 35'W

On 18 February 1940 HMS Daring (Cdr. Sydney Alan Cooper, RN) was torpedoed and sunk about 40 nautical miles east of the Pentland Firth in position 58º40'N, 01º35'W by the German submarine U-23. HMS Daring was escorting convoy HN-12 from Bergen to Methil. There were only 5 survivors, 156 men were lost.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 18 Feb 1940 by U-23 (Kretschmer).

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

Commands listed for HMS Daring (H 16)

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1Cdr. Sydney Alan Cooper, RN7 Jul 193918 Feb 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Daring include:

28 Dec 1939
HMS Otway (Cdr. H.R. Conway, RN) conducted exercises off Malta together with HMS Beryl and later with HMS Daring (Cdr. S.A. Cooper, RN). (1)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/15881

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

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