HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08)
Destroyer of the V class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Sep 1941|
|Laid down||14 May 1942|
|Launched||18 Mar 1943|
|Commissioned||14 Aug 1943|
|Lost||30 Jan 1944|
|Loss position||73° 40'N, 24° 30'E|
At 03.46 and 03.54 hours on 30 January 1944, U-957 (Schaar) fired two Gnats at the escorts of the convoy JW-56B and heard two detonations, which were claimed by Schaar as hits on two destroyers, but they were end-of-run detonations.
At 03.57 hours, U-278 fired a Gnat, which struck HMS Hardy (Capt. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN). This hit was observed and claimed by U-957 and also by U-472 (Forstner), which had fired a Gnat at 03.57 hours, but missed the HNoMS Stord. At 04.20 hours, U-957 fired a spread of three FAT torpedoes at two corvettes, which laid stopped (probably the destroyer HMS Venus rescuing survivors from the torpedoed destroyer HMS Hardy) and heard one detonation after four minutes, but no destroyer had been hit at this time.
HMS Hardy had been seriously damaged and had to be sunk by a coup de grâce by HMS Venus in position 73º40'N, 24º30'E. This detonation was heard by U-601 (Hansen), which thought that her Gnat, fired at 05.24 hours had hit this destroyer. The U-boat then crossed the sinking position of HMS Hardy and sighted an oil slick and debris.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Hardy (ii)|
Commands listed for HMS Hardy (ii) (R 08)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Richard Horncastle, RN||6 Jul 1943||10 Dec 1943|
|2||Capt. William Geoffrey Arthur Robson, DSO, DSC, RN||10 Dec 1943||30 Jan 1944|
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Notable events involving Hardy (ii) include:
10 Dec 1943
HMS Telemachus (Cdr. W.D.A. King, DSO, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Tuscan (Lt.Cdr. C.H.de B. Newby, RN), HMS Tenacious (Lt.Cdr. D.F. Townsend, RN), HMS Meteor (Lt.Cdr. D.J.B. Jewitt, RN) and HMS Hardy (Lt.Cdr. R. Horncastle, RN). (2)
6 Jan 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted RD/F exercises off Stornoway with HMS Hardy (Capt. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (3)
7 Jan 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) conducted RD/F exercises off Stornoway with HMS Hardy (Capt. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Venus (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson DSO, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN). (3)
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18214
- ADM 173/19188
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.