HMS Bideford (L43)
|Class and type:||Shoreham-class sloop|
|Laid down:||10 June 1930|
|Launched:||1 April 1931|
|Completed:||27 November 1931|
|Commissioned:||23 February 1932|
|Motto:||'Bide your time'|
North Africa 1942
English Channel 1945
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping on 14 July 1949|
|Badge:||On a Field Blue, a Bridge silver, beneath it a ship silver upon 2 wavelets gold and green.|
|Length:||281 ft (86 m)|
|Beam:||35 ft (11 m)|
|Draught:||8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)|
2,000 shp (1,500 kW)
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Notes:||Pennant number: L43 (later U43)|
Bideford served in the Second World War. In May 1940 she helped in the Dunkirk evacuation, in which her stern was badly damaged. The River-class gunboat HMS Locust towed her back to Dover, which took 30 hours and ended on 31 May.
Bideford was used in anti-submarine sweeps and as a convoy escort in the North Atlantic. She rescued 63 survivors of the torpedoed MV Edward Blyden on 3 September 1941 and 31 from MV Abosso on 31 October 1942. In August 1943 while serving with the 40th Escort Group in the Bay of Biscay, Bideford was damaged by a Henschel Hs 293 guided missile.
Bideford survived the war and was scrapped in 1949.