Allied Warships

HMS Kipling (F 91)

Destroyer of the K class

HMS Kipling laying a smoke screen

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantF 91 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Laid down20 Oct 1937 
Launched19 Jan 1939 
Commissioned12 Dec 1939 
Lost11 May 1942 

HMS Kipling (Cdr. Aubrey St. Clair-Ford, DSO, RN) was bombed by German Ju 88 aircraft off Mersa Matruth in the eastern Mediterranean.  

Commands listed for HMS Kipling (F 91)

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1Lt.Cdr. Aubrey St. Clair-Ford, RN15 Nov 193911 May 1942

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Notable events involving Kipling include:

13 Sep 1940
The battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. Sir I.G. Glennie, RN), battleship HMS Nelson (Capt. Sir G.J.A. Miles, RN) and the light cruisers HMS Bonaventure (Capt. H.J. Egerton, RN) and HMS Naiad (Capt. M.H.A. Kelsey, DSC, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Rosyth. They were escorted HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN), HMS Zulu (Cdr. J.S. Crawford, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. C. Caslon, RN), and HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St. J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN). At sea they were joined by the light cruiser (AA cruiser) HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and destroyers HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) and HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN). (1)

11 Oct 1940
The battleship HMS Revenge sails from Plymouth with the destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jupiter, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jaguar and HMS Kashmir to shell the French port of Cherbourg.

25 Oct 1941
HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. P.S. Francis, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria with HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN). (2)

28 Dec 1941
German U-boat U-75 was sunk in the Mediterranean near Mersa Matruh, in position 31°50'N, 26°40'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St. Clair-Ford, RN).

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  1. ADM 199/379
  2. ADM 173/16922

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

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