HMS Winchelsea (D46)

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Winchelsea during World War II
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Name: HMS Winchelsea (D46)
Ordered: 9 December 1916
Builder: J. Samuel White
Laid down: 25 May 1917
Launched: 15 December 1917
Decommissioned: March 1945
Fate: Scrapped August 1945
General characteristics
Class & type: W class destroyer

HMS Winchelsea (D46) was an Admiralty W class destroyer of the Royal Navy, ordered 9 December 1916 from J. Samuel White at Cowes during the 1916-17 Build Programme.

Winchelsea was then launched 15 December 1917 and was the 7th Royal Navy ship to carry this name, which was introduced in 1694 and named after the 6th Earl of Winchelsea (1647–1730)[1]

In March 1945 she was de-commissioned and sold for scrap.[2]

Events in history[edit]

27 July 1940 - 84 survivors were picked up from the British merchant ships Sambre and Thiara. The freighters had been torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-34, south-south-west of Rockall.

17 September 1940 - 25 survivors were picked up from the British merchant Crown Arun. The boat had been torpedoed and was then sunk with gunfire by the German submarine U-99, north of Rockall.

2 November 1942 - 24 survivors were picked up from the British merchant Hartington. The boat had been torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-521, approximately 450 nautical miles (830 km) east of Belle Isle.[3]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "H . M . S . W I N C H E L S E A ( D 4 6 )". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Wakeful Class". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  3. ^ "HMS Winchelsea (D 46)". Retrieved 2007-12-13. 

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. 
  • Winser, John de D. (1999). B.E.F. Ships Before, At and After Dunkirk. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-91-6.