HMS Walpole (D41)

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Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Walpole
Builder: William Doxford & Sons, Sunderland
Laid down: May 1917
Launched: 12 February 1918
Commissioned: 7 August 1918
Motto: Fari quod aentiaa: ' Speak as you feel'
Honours and
awards:
  • Atlantic 1939-43
  • Dover Strait 1942
  • English Channel 1942-44
  • North Sea 1942-44
  • Normandy 1944
Fate: Damaged by mine on 6 January 1945
Sold for scrapping on 8 February 1945
Notes: Pennant number: D41
Badge: On a Field Black, an Antelope's head Silver, collared blue and gold, armed and chained gold
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,188 tons
Tons burthen: 1,400 tons
Length: 312 ft (95.1 m) length overall
300 ft (91.4 m) between perpendiculars
Beam: 29 ft 6 in (9.0 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m) standard
13 ft 11 in (4.2 m) maximum
Propulsion: 3 Yarrow-type Water-tube boilers, Brown-Curtis steam turbines, 2 shafts, 27500 shp
Speed: 34 knots
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,480 km) at 15 knots
Complement: 115
Armament: 4 × QF 4-inch (101.6 mm) Mk V guns

2 × QF 2 pdr pom-poms

4 × 21-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Walpole (D41) was a W-class destroyer of the Royal Navy.

The ship was built under the 1916-17 Programme in the 10th Destroyer order. Walpole was assigned to the 13th Destroyer Flotilla in the Grand Fleet after completion, and served until almost the end of the Second World War. Her role was mostly convoy escort duties, but she took part in two combined arms operations (Operations Amsterdam and Jubilee) and the D-day landings (Operation Neptune). She hit a mine on 6 January 1945 and was subsequently declared a Constructive Total Loss and broken up in Grays, Essex in March 1945.

References[edit]

  • Preston, Antony (1971). 'V & W' Class Destroyers 1917-1945. London: Macdonald. OCLC 464542895. 
  • Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1979). 'V' and 'W' Class Destroyers. Man o' War 2. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 0-85368-233-X.