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Royal Navy Battle Cruiser histories including heavy cruisers and light cruisers. Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the "D" Class. HMS Danae, HMS Dauntless, HMS Delhi, HMS Dragon, HMS Dunedin, HMS Durban, HMS Despatch, HMS Diomede including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the "D" Class cruisers.

Displacement: 4,850 tons    Speed: 29kt    Complement: 450 increasing to 469 as a Flagship.

Armament: Six 6 inch and three 4 inch anti-aircraft guns and two 2pdr anti-aircraft guns.   Twelve 21 inch torpedo tubes.

HMS Danae 26th January 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Dauntless 10th April 1918 Broken up 1946.
HMS Delhi 23rd August 1918 Broken up 1948.
HMS Despatch 24th September 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Diomede 29th April 1919 Broken up 1946.
HMS Dragon 29th December 1917 Scuttled and used as breakwater 8th July 1944.
HMS Dunedin 19th November 1918 Sunk on 24th November 1940.
HMS Durban 29th May 1919 Scuttled and used as breakwater 9th June 1944.

HMS Danae

HMS Danae served in China during 1939-41, followed by the Eastern fleet from 1942-44 and ending with the home fleet from 1944-45. 

HMS Danae 

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Crew of HMS Danae at Malta  

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HMS Danae 

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HMS Danae.

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HMS Danae

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Two of the crew of HMS Danae.

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HMS Dauntless

HMS Dauntless

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HMS Dauntless in the North Sea in 1944. Sent in by Stanley Richardson.

A B Stan Richardson who served as senior radar operator 1943 to 1945 on HMS Dauntless. Sent in by Stanley Richardson.

Crew of HMS Dauntless which brought the bodies of American officers and men from the ill fated A22. ©Tony Davies

HMS Delhi

HMS Dehli was fitted with five 5 inch de-perming and eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns. HMS Dauntless and HMS Durban served in China with Danae during 1939-41, both ships switching to the Eastern fleet in 1942-43. Dauntless then served as a training ship from 1943-45, while Durban served the home fleet until 1944. HMS Dehli served with the Home fleet in 1939 and 1942, the Mediterranean fleet in 1940 and 1943-45. After a stretch in the South Atlantic from 1941-42 during which she was refitted in the USA, she was placed in reserve in 1945.

HMS Delhi 

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HMS Delhi pictured c.1936

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HMS Delhi firing salute.  Monte Carlo, 1934.

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Prince of Monaco coming aboard HMS Delhi, 1934, Monaco.

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HMS Despatch

HMS Despatch served in America and West Indies during 1939-42 changing to the South Atlantic fleet in 1942-32, eventually serving in the Home fleet in 1944 before becoming an accommodation ship in 1945. 

HMS Despatch at Portland, Oregon, c.1924.

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USS Saratoga with HMS Despatch in the Panama Canal c.1925. 

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HMS Despatch   

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HMS Diomede

HMS Diomede was in the Home fleet in 1939, transferring to the America and West Indies fleet in 1940-42, she then served in the South Atlantic in 1942 and the Home fleet again from 1942-43 and finally served as a training ship from 1943-45.

HMS Diomede pictured c.1932 

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HMS Diomede.

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HMS Diomede

Identified by Carl Proctor

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HMS Dragon

HMS Dragon  built by Scott in January 1917 and launched 29th December 1917. Joined the 5th Light Cruiser squadron at Harwich in 1918 and served in the Baltic during 1919served in the home fleet in 1939, switching to the Mediterranean fleet and East Indies fleet in 1940, then in 1940-41 she served in the South Atlantic, transferring to the Eastern fleet in 1942 before returning to the home fleet from 1943-44. After Torpedo Damage  HMS Dragon became a breakwater at Normandy along with HMS Durban

HMS Dragon in May 1934

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HMS Dragon, Alabama, 1934.

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HMS Dragon at Hamburg, 17th March 1919.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon pictured c.1920 

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HMS Dragon passing under one of Mobile's bridges c.1934 

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon at Antwerp, 25th April 1920.

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The Forth Bridge, taken from HMS Dragon, 8th March 1920.

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HMS Dragon at Mobile, USA.

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HMS Dragon.

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HMS Dragon in a choppy sea.  Sent in by Tony Smith

HMS Dunedin

HMS Dunedin served in the Home fleet in 1939 switching to the America and West Indies in 1940 before being torpedoed in 1941 by U124 off the coast of Brazil while serving in the South Atlantic.

HMS Dunedin pictured c.1938. 

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HMS Dunedin

HMS Dunedin.  

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Two of the D Class ships, 1920.  HMS Durban is the near ship, and HMS Dragon the far one.

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Alan Huxtable has sent this information: this cruiser is a D class. I don't think it can be the Dauntless or Dragon, as they were completed with a hanger in front of the main mast.

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Lancaster CF-X (LM384) of 625 Squadron.  On the Leipzig raid on the evening of 19th/20th February 1944 approx 47 Lancasters were shot down or failed to return, that is over 300 airmen.  Lancaster CF-X (LM384) was taking part in the bombing raids that were a build up to the D-Day landings of June 1944.  Leipzig was seen as a high value target due to its oil and synthetic fuel production.  The Lancaster took off from Kelstern in Lincolnshire just before midnight.  Unfortunately LM384 did not come back as was the case with many others - the aircraft was lost and crashed just outside the tiny village of Bledeln in Germany.  The Pastor of the village, Herr Duncker, kept a diary throughout the war and has an account of the plane crash and the subsequent burial of the crew.  All of the crew died in the crash except one - bomb aimer George Paterson who was interned in Stalag 357 Kopernikus.  The rest of the crew were given a Christian burial and stayed there until the end of the war, when the war graves commission disinterred the crew and reburied them in the Hannover war cemetery.

Last Long Shadow by Anthony Saunders (AP)
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 Swordfish of 825 Sqn led by Lt-Cdr Esmonde begin their heroic attack on the battlescruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen as they make their way up the English Channel from Brest during Operation Cerberus on 12th February 1942.  Although all the aircraft were lost and no significant damage was done to the German fleet, all the pilots were decorated for their bravery and Lt-Cdr Esmonde received the first Fleet Air Arm VC to be awarded, albeit posthumously.  The painting depicts the first wave of Swordfish attacking the Scharnhorst with Gneisenau taking avoiding action in the distance.  A German torpedo boat has turned to confront the attacking aircraft.

Attack on the Scharnhorst by Ivan Berryman.
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 A pair of De Havilland Mosquito NF. MkII night fighters of 23 Squadron, based at Bradwell Bay, Essex in 1942.

Night Raiders by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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 For Manfred von Richthofen, the air battle in the skies west of Amiens on 20th April 1918 was to yield a final two victories to add to the seventy eight with which he was already credited.  But these were to be his last, the Red Baron finally succumbing the following day.  Just moments before Second Lieutenant David Lewis' 3 Sqn Sopwith Camel fell to the German's guns (the young pilot surviving to tell his story of being the Red Baron's final victim), Major Richard Raymond-Barker was not so lucky, his aircraft burning furiously until it hit the ground in a fireball near the Forest of Hamel.

The 79th Victory by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Two Hawker Furies of No.1 Sqm, based at Tangmere in 1937.

Cloud Dancers by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 One of 6,176 Halifaxes built during World War II, NA337(2P-X) was shot down over Norway on 23rd April 1945. In 1995 it was recovered from the lake that had been its watery home for fifty years and has now been restored by the Halifax Aircraft Association in Ontario, Canada.

Halifax Mk.III NA337 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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 A pair of Focke Wulf 190A4s of 9./JG2 Richthofen based at Vannes, France during February 1943. The nearest aircraft is that of Staffelkapitan Siegfried Schnell. The badge on the nose is the rooster emblem of III./JG2 and the decoration on Schnells rudder shows 70 of his eventual total of 93 kills.

Looking for Business†by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (P)
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The moment shortly after dawn on 24th May 1941 when HMS Hood, in company with HMS Prince of Wales, opens fire on the Bismarck, setting in motion one of the greatest sea dramas the world had seen.

HMS Hood Engages Bismarck by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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HMS Illustrious slips quietly away from the docks at Devonport, Plymouth with the Fiji class cruiser in the middle distance, 1941.

HMS Illustrious and HMS Kenya at Devonport by Ivan Berryman (P)
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DHM1322.  HMS Glasgow by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Glasgow by Ivan Berryman.
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 Completed in May 1941, HMS Victorious had been in commission just nine days when her pilots encountered and attacked the Bismarck. She is seen here in August 1942 with HMS Eagle astern of her.

HMS Victorious by Ivan Berryman.
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Originally constructed as a Home Fleet Repair Ship, HMS Cyclops was later converted into a submarine depot ship and enjoyed a long career, both in the Mediterranean and in home waters.  Here she prepares to receive HMS Sceptre.  Another S-class submarine is already tethered alongside.

HMS Cyclops Prepares to Receive HMS Sceptre by Ivan Berryman
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 The key to Nelsons victories always lay in his meticulous planning and the Battle of Copenghagen was no exception as he used his fleet to first destroy the Danish floating defences so that his bomb vessels could be brought up to bombard the city itself. The Danes eventually capitulated, but they had fought hard and over 2,000 men had died on both sides before the end of the battle. In this view, HMS Elephant, carrying the flag of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, dominates the scene as the battle gathers intensity. British ships depicted, left to right, are the Glatton (54), Elephant (74), Ganges (74) and Monarch (74)

The Battle of Copenhagen, 2nd April 1801 by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Ark Royal after a recent refit, rejoins the fleet in 2001.

HMS Ark Royal by Ivan Berryman.
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 Bismarck, now complete and newly painted in full Baltic camouflage, returns to Hamburg for the last time as the harsh winter of 1940/41 relents and the pride of the German Kriegsmarine prepares for real action. In the distance, the pre-Dreadnought Schleswig-Holstein awaits her next commission, the old ship alternating between vital ice-breaker and air defence duties at this time.

Bismarck at Hamburg by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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British troops on exercise or on duty in Northern Ireland.

Orders Group by John Wynne Hopkins.
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 Polish 7TP (Twin Turret) light tank of Captain F. Michalowskis training company breaks out from the street barricade to counter attack German reconnaissance elements.

Warsaw, September 1939 by David Pentland.
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 A lone Jacobite piper plays a last farewell to fallen comrades.

The Lone Piper by David Rowlands. (Y)
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 It is September 18th, 1805, off Plymouth. Led by the 74-gun HMS Thunderer, with HMS Ajax astern, HMS Victory, with Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson aboard, begins her journey south to join the rest of the British fleet off Cadiz where the combined French and Spanish fleets lay blockaded. This was the prelude to the Battle of Trafalgar and the last time Nelson would see his beloved England.

Hearts of Oak Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge. The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre. A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

HMS Captain at the Battle of Cape St Vincent by Ivan Berryman (P)
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DHM0270P. Unhooked, Kings Troop R.H.A Number 2, by Mark Churms.

Unhooked, Kings Troop R.H.A Number 2, by Mark Churms. (P)
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Captain Charles Vane was born in 1680, and was an English pirate who preyed upon English and French shipping.  Vane began piracy in 1716 and lasted 3 years. Vane captured a Barbados sloop and then a large 12-gun brigantine, which he renamed the Ranger.   Vane was among the pirate captains who operated out of the Bohama at the notorious base at New Providence after the colony had been abandoned by the British.  His pirate attacks made Captain Charles Vane well known to the Royal Navy and in February of 1718 Vincent Pearse, commander of HMS Phoenix cornered Vane on his ship the Lark.  Vane  had heard of the recent royal pardons that had been offered to pirates in exchange for a guarantee they would quit plundering, so Vane claimed he had actually been en route to surrender to Pearse and accepted the pardon on the spot,  Charle Vane gained his freedom but as soon as he was free of Pearse he ignored the pardon and resumed his pirate ways.  Charles Vane was again captured and in 1721 was executed by hanging at Gallows Point, Port Royal, Jamaica on March 29th 1721.

Captain Charles Vane by Chris Collingwood.
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 Sous-Lieutenant Ferdinand de la Riloisiere of 1st Regiment of Carabiniers, moments before he received a mortal wound, in the charge of the 2nd reserve cavalry Corps, against the reavski Redoubt. Despite his injury he survived for several days after the battle and was presented with the cross of the Legion of Honour only hours before his death.

La Moscowa, The Battle of Borodino, 7th September 1812 by Mark Churms. (Y)
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This montage shows Trigger winning the Goodwood Cup in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Double Trigger by Stephen Smith.
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 The Minstrel, 1977, Shergar, 1981, Golden Fleece, 1982, .Teenoso, 1983, Reference Point, 1987, Nashwan, 1989.

Derby Winners by Peter Deighan.
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 Jonjo O'Neill.  Cheltenham Champion Hurdle 1984, Cheltenham Gold Cup 1986.

Dawn Run by Peter Deighan.
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 Colin McRae and Nicky Grist.  Ford Focus WRC
High Flier by Michael Thompson.
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Lennox Lewis by Peter Deighan.
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The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
Gareth Edwards by Darren Baker. (Y)
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 A celebration of Nigel Mansells success in winning the Formula 1 World Championship and the Indy Car Championship in successive years. A celebration of the magnificent talents of Nigel Mansell. He made his debut in Formula 1 in 1981 and his superb driving technique made an instant impact. He recorded victory after victory coming agonisingly close to being world champion many times before gaining his well deserved Formula 1 title in 1992. The following year he recorded an unprecedented double, gaining the Indy Car championship in 1993. A feat that reserves his name quite rightly in the record books.
Mansell by Peter Deighan.
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 Valentino Rossi at speed on his Repsol Honda.
Rossi at Speed by Derrick Mark.
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