Allied Warships

HMS Airedale (L 07)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 07 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered4 Jul 1940 
Laid down20 Nov 1940 
Launched12 Aug 1941 
Commissioned8 Jan 1942 
Lost15 Jun 1942 
Loss position33° 50'N, 23° 50'E

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History

HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. Archibald George Forman, DSC, RN) was bombed and heavily damaged by German Ju 87 (Stuka) divebombers about 90 nautical miles north-east of Derna, Libya in position 33º50'N, 23º50'E. Scuttled by HMS Aldenham and HMS Hurworth.  

Commands listed for HMS Airedale (L 07)

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1Lt.Cdr. Archibald George Forman, RN8 Oct 194116 Jun 1942

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Notable events involving Airedale include:


4 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, RN) and HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN). (1)

5 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN), HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.T. Jellicoe, DSC, RN). (1)

27 May 1942
HMS Otus (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Alexandria together with HMS Airedale (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Forman, DSC, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN).

No logs are available for HMS Otus from June 1942 to April 1943 so her exact movements (on a day to day basis) are currently unknown to us). (1)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17331

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


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