Allied Warships

HMS Pytchley (L 92)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 92 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Apr 1939 
Laid down27 Jul 1939 
Launched13 Feb 1940 
Commissioned23 Oct 1940 
End service 
History

Scrapped at llanelly on 1 December 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Pytchley (L 92)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Harold Unwin, DSC, RN26 Sep 1940Apr 1943
2Lt. Robert Hugh Hodgkinson, RNApr 194318 Jul 1944
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Duncan Howard Foulds, DSC, RNVR18 Jul 19442 Aug 1945
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Richard Clarke, DSC, RNVR2 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Pytchley include:


17 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN), HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN), HMS Sharpshooter (Lt.Cdr. D. Lampen, RN) and HMS Wheatland (Lt. R.deL. Brooke, RN). (1)

20 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) and HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN). (1)

22 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN). (1)

25 Nov 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) and HMS Beaufort (Lt.Cdr. S.O’G Roche, RN). (1)

10 Jan 1942
HMS H 44 (Lt. A.W. Langridge, RN) departed Sheerness for Falmouth. She was escorted by HMS Pytchley (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC, RN) until 2145 hours. (2)

14 Aug 1945
HMS Upshot (Lt. A.J. Boyall, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Holmes (T/A/Lt.Cdr. P.S. Boyle, RNVR) and HMS Pytchley (T/A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Clarke, DSC and Bar, RNVR). (3)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6388 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17258
  3. ADM 173/20194

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


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