Allied Warships

HMS Hurricane (H 06)

Destroyer of the Havant class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassHavant 
PennantH 06 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down3 Jun 1938 
Launched29 Sep 1939 
Commissioned21 Jun 1940 
Lost24 Dec 1943 
Loss position45° 10'N, 22° 05'W

The British destroyer HMS Hurricane (H 06) lost on 24 Dec 1943 in position 45° 10'N, 22° 05'W.

History

HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN) was bombed and sunk in a German air raid on Liverpool during the night of 7/8 May 1941. Raised, repaired and returned to service in January 1942.

At 20.57 hours on 24 December 1943 HMS Hurricane (Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN) was hit by one Gnat from the German submarine U-415 and sank north-east of Azores in position 45º10'N, 22º05'W. The destroyer served with the 1st Escort Group escorting the combined convoy OS-62/KMS-36 and supporting the task force of the American escort carrier USS Card.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 24 Dec 1943 by U-415 (Neide).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hurricane
Former nameBrazilian Japarua

Commands listed for HMS Hurricane (H 06)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Hugh Crofton Simms, RN21 Apr 1940Jun 1941

2Lt.Cdr. Francis Cumberland Brodrick, RN2 Dec 194115 Feb 1942
3Cdr. Clarence Dinsmore Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN15 Feb 194223 Jun 1942
4Cdr. Edward Cresswell Bayldon, DSC, RN23 Jun 194213 Dec 1943
5Cdr. Charles Edward Eustace Paterson, RN13 Dec 194324 Dec 1943

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Notable events involving Hurricane include:


24 Jun 1940
HrMs O 10 (Lt. G. Quint, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Portland together with HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) and HMS Olvina (Lt.Cdr. C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR). (1)

25 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 40 survivors from the British tanker Saranac that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-51 about 270 nautical miles west-south-west of Lands End in position 48°24'N, 15°05'W.

25 Jun 1940
HrMs O 9 (Lt. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Camellia (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RNR) and HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN). (2)

27 Jun 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 28 survivors from the Dutch tanker Leticia that was sunk earlier that day by the German U-boat U-47 in position 50°11'N, 13°15'W about 150 nautical miles west-south-west of Mizen Head.

HMS Hurricane and her sister ship HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN) also pick up 27 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Lenda that was sunk about 160 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet, Ireland in position 50°00'N, 13°24'W by gunfire from German U-boat U-47.

29 Jun 1940
About 05.00 hours on 29 June 1940, the unescorted British merchant Empire Toucan was torpedoed by German U-boat U-47 190 nautical miles south-west of Fastnet and broke in two. The U-boat sank the after part by gunfire. The bow section was sunk by gunfire by the British destroyer HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN), which picked up the master and 30 crew members and landed them at Plymouth.

18 Sep 1940
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 105 survivors from the British passenger ship City of Benares that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°43'N, 21°15'W.

HMS Hurricane also picks up 20 survivors from the British merchant Marina that was also torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-48 253 nautical miles west-south-west of Rockall in position 56°46'N, 21°15'W.

22 Nov 1940
HMS H 43 (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Holyhead with HMS Havelock (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN) and HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN). (3)

7 Mar 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 99 survivors from the British whale factory ship Terje Viken that was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarines U-47 and U-99 south-east of Iceland in position 60°00'N, 12°50'W. The wreck of the Terje Viken was scuttled by gunfire of a British salvage tug.

29 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) rescued the master, 170 crew members, eight gunners and 273 passengers from the British steam passenger ship City of Nagpur which was sunk in position 52°30'N, 26°00'W by German U-boat U-75. The survivors were landed at Greenock.

30 Apr 1941
HMS Hurricane (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN) picks up 3 survivors from the British merchant Henri Mory that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-110 about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Blasket Islands, Ireland.

2 Apr 1942
HMS H 50 (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Anchusa (A/Lt.Cdr. D.M. Gibb, RNR), HMS Sunflower (Lt.Cdr. J.T. Jones, RD, RNR), HMS Fleetwood (Cdr. D.T.M. Williams, RNR), HMS Philante (Cdr.(Retd.) H.J.R. Paramore, RN) and HMS Hurricane (Cdr. C.D. Howard-Johnston, DSO, DSC, RN). (4)

23 Aug 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Bulldog (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, DSO, RN), HMS Achates (Lt.Cdr. A.H.T. Johns, RN), HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN). (5)

1 Jul 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN), HMS Rockingham (Lt.Cdr. N.W. Duck, DSC, RD, RNR), HMCS Restigouche (A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Nasturtium (Lt. C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR), HMCS Collingwood (T/Lt. R.J.C. Pringle, RCNVR) and another vessel [unable to read the name in the log of H 28]. (6)

17 Aug 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Northern Pride (T/Lt. A.L.F. Bell, RNR), HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN), HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR) and HMS Monkshood (Lt. G.W. McGuiness, RNR). (7)

5 Nov 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dahlia (Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Hurricane (Cdr. E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN). (8)

16 Dec 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Summerside (T/Lt. G. St. A.Mongenais, RCNVR) and HMS Hurricane (Cdr. C.E.E. Paterson, RN). (9)

Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6375 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. File 2.12.03.6365 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. ADM 173/16313
  4. ADM 173/17272
  5. ADM 173/17252
  6. ADM 173/17772
  7. ADM 173/17773
  8. ADM 173/17788
  9. File 2.12.03.6384 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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


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