Allied Warships

HMS Duckworth (K 351)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeFrigate
ClassCaptain 
PennantK 351 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down16 Jan 1943 
Launched1 May 1943 
Commissioned4 Aug 1943 
End service 
History

Returned to the USN on 17 December 1945. Sold for scrap on 29 May 1946.

 
Former nameUSS Thomas J Gary DE 61

Commands listed for HMS Duckworth (K 351)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Hugh Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVRJul 194319 Nov 1943
2Cdr. Ronald George Mills, DSO, DSC, RN19 Nov 1943Feb 1945
3Lt. Denis Jermain, DSC, RNFeb 194523 Jul 1945
4Lt. Brian William Knowles Hewson, RN23 Jul 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Duckworth include:


9 Oct 1943
The British frigate HMS Duckworth (Cdr. Hugh Lloyd-Williams, DSO, RNVR) and the Canadian corvette HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR) together pick up 54 survivors from the American merchant Yorkmar that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-645 about 475 nautical miles south of Iceland in position 56°38'N, 20°30'W.

10 Mar 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RNVR). (1)

11 Mar 1944
HMS Terrapin (Lt.Cdr. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and 2 bars, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Larne with HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ekins (T/Lt. G.G. Bonner-Davies, RNVR). (1)

30 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-441 was sunk in the English Channel west of Guernsey, in position 49°37'N, 03°41'W, by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft (224 Sqn RAF/L) and the British frigates HMS Essington (A/Lt.Cdr. W. Lambert, RNVR), HMS Duckworth (Cdr. R.G. Mills, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Domett (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gordon, RNVR), HMS Cooke (Lt.Cdr. L.C. Hill, OBE, RD, RNR).

14 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-618 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay south-west of Lorient, in position 47°22'N, 04°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth and HMS Essington and from a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/G).

27 Feb 1945
German U-boat U-1208 was sunk in the English Channel south-east of Isles of Scilly, in position 49°51'783N, 06°06'750W, by depth charges from the British frigates HMS Duckworth (A/Lt.Cdr. D. Jermain, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Rowley (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Jones, RNR).

26 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-399 was sunk in the English Channel near Land's End, in position 49°56'N, 05°22'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth (Lt. D. Jermain, DSC and Bar, RN).

29 Mar 1945
German U-boat U-1169 was sunk in the English Channel south of Lizard Point, in position 49°58'N, 05°25'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Duckworth (Lt. D. Jermain, DSC and Bar, RN).

Media links


The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

Sources

  1. ADM 173/18996

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


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