HMS Airedale (L 07)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type III)|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||4 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||20 Nov 1940|
|Launched||12 Aug 1941|
|Commissioned||8 Jan 1942|
|Lost||15 Jun 1942|
|Loss position||33° 50'N, 23° 50'E|
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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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|1||Lt.Cdr. Archibald George Forman, RN||8 Oct 1941||16 Jun 1942|
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Notable events involving Airedale include:
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)
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)
- ADM 173/17331
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.