Allied Warships

HMS Glowworm (H 92)

Destroyer of the G class

Nice photograph showing HMS Glowworm before the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 92 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered5 Mar 1934 
Laid down15 Aug 1934 
Launched22 Jul 1935 
Commissioned22 Jan 1936 
Lost8 Apr 1940 
Loss position64° 27'N, 6° 28'E

HMS Glowworm (Lt.Cdr. Gerard Broadmead Roope, RN) was sunk in the Norwegian Sea about 70 nautical miles north-east of Froya Island, Norway in position 64º27'N, 06º28'E after she rammed the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper. Hipper ended up with a large underwater gash in her hull and had to return to base for repairs. HMS Glowworm, already damaged by gunfire was fatally damaged during the ramming and sank. Only a little over 30 men from her crew survived.  

Commands listed for HMS Glowworm (H 92)

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1Lt.Cdr. Gerard Broadmead Roope, RN22 Jul 19388 Apr 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Glowworm include:

The Commanding Officer, Lt.Cdr. Rooper was awaeded the Victoria Cross for his action in Ramming the Hipper. The Victoria Cross is the highest medal that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth Forces. (1)

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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