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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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 Dedicated to those who served and died in the Battle of Britain on the ground and in the air during the summer of 1940.

A Nation Alone by Ivan Berryman.
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 Focke-Wulf FW.190A-5/U8 of 1 Gruppe, Schnellkampfgeschwader 10 in 1943. All national markings were painted out, except for the call sign C on the fuselage and repeated, crudely sprayed, on the engine cowling.

Focke-Wulf Fw190A-5/U8 by Ivan Berryman.
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 Over three years of continuous air combat the 91st Bombardment Group The Ragged Irregulars were based at Bassingbourn in England. They flew 340 missions with honor and bravery, over occupied Europe and bore such B-17 legends as Memphis Belle, Shoo Shoo Baby, General Ike and Nine O Nine. On this day, however, the Memphis Belle is going to have to wait for the snow to be cleared before it can depart on yet another dangerous mission over enemy territory. In the meantime, to enable the Memphis Belle to leave at the earliest opportunity when the weather clears, ground crew carry on with their maintenance work in support of a crew and aircraft they all look upon with affection and admiration.
The Memphis Belle by Philip West. (Y)
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 Gazelle of Army Air Corps 661 Squadron on a reconnaissance mission for British 7th Armoured Division during Operation Desert Storm.

Desert Gazelle by David Pentland. (Y)
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On an RAF airfield in the early evening, a squadron of Lancaster bombers of Bomber Command prepare for another bombing sortie against targets of the German war machine.  A fitting tribute to all Bomber Command aircrew who flew in the Avro Lancatser.

Distant Dispersal by Graeme Lothian. (E)
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On 11th September 1944, Urban <i>Ben</i> Drew claimed his third aerial victory claiming another Me109 in his P-51 Mustang.

Urban 'Ben' Drew - Aerial Hat-Trick by Brian Bateman. (P)
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 Regarded by some in the Air Ministry as a failed fighter, the mighty Hawker Typhoon was unrivalled as a ground attack aircraft, especially in the crucial months immediately prior to – and after – D-Day when squadrons of Typhoons operated in 'cab ranks' to smash the German infrastructure and smooth the passage of the invading allied force.  This aircraft is Mk.1B (MN570) of Wing Commander R E P Brooker of 123 Wing based at Thorney Island.

Sledgehammer by Ivan Berryman.
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 Squadron Leader J R Baldwin passes above a section of Mulberry Harbour near Arromanches, late in June 1944, his personalised Hawker Typhoon bearing the codes JBII.

JBII - Hawker Typhoon of Wing Commander J R Baldwin by Ivan Berryman.
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 The cruiser HMS Frobisher dominates this scene off Houlgate at the Normandy landings of 1944.  The monitor HMS Roberts lies beyond Frobisher with a Large Infantry Landing Ship or LSI (L) unshipping its LCAs on the extreme right of the picture.  In the foreground, a motor launch attends a group of LCP (L)s as they head for the French beaches.  Two Spitfire Mk.IXs conduct sweeps overhead as Operation Neptune gathers momentum.

HMS Frobisher and HMS Roberts at Normandy by Ivan Berryman
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 HMS Cossack, one of the fast Tribal class destroyers will always be remembered for the daring rescue of 300 prisoners of war from the German Altmark in Norwegian waters. She is shown here departing Grand Harbour, Malta.

HMS Cossack by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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B216P.  HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman. Together with her sister ship, Hercules, HMS Colossus acquitted herself well at the Battle of Jutland where she fired 93 12in rounds, but received only two hits from enemy fire which caused minor damage and left nine crew injured.  She was sold for scrap in 1928.

HMS Colossus by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Having played a vital part in the battle for the Mediterranean for over two years, HMS Ark Royal finally succumbed to a U-Boats torpedo in November 1941. She is shown here with a pair of Swordfish Mk1s of 821 Sqn ranged on the deck, passing the cruiser HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar, earlier that same year.

HMS Ark Royal and HMS Sheffield off the Mole, Gibraltar by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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 Flt. Lt. John Alexander Cruickshank in his consolidated Catalina. Winning his Victoria Cross for sinking U-347.

Sinking of U-Boat 347 by Tim Fisher.
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 Besstrashniy (meaning Fearless) 434 heavy rocket ASW Destroyer is shown swinging to the port side of Pyotr Velikiy (meaning Peter the Great) a Kirov Class Cruiser as they clear a path for the carrier Minsk.

Arctic Waters by Randall Wilson.
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B151.  HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.

HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman.
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 Between 24th may and 4th June 1940 an extraordinary armada of craft, large and small, naval and civilian, embarked on one of the greatest rescue missions in history. the evacuation of 330,000 British and French troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in northern France. the destroyer HMS Wakeful dominates the foreground here as troops pour onto the beaches and harbour moles in search of salvation. Both Wakeful and distant HMS Grafton were lost during the evacuation.

Dunkirk by Ivan Berryman.
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With her mizzen top already gone and her sails aloft having received severe punishment, Victory breaks through the line behind the French flagship Bucentaure, delivering a shattering broadside into her stern.  So severe was this opening fire that the Bucentaure was effectively put out of the rest of the battle, although Admiral Villeneuve himself was to miraculously survive the carnage.  Beyong Victory can be seen the French Redoubtable, which is receiving fire from Victorys starboard guns, and the Spanish San Leandro is in the extreme distance.  Most of Victorys stunsails have been cut away, but it was her stunsail booms that became entangled with the rigging of the Redoubtable when she put her helm to port and ran onto her.  Admiral Nelson fell shortly afterward, having received a fatal wound from a musket ball fired by a French sharpshooter in Redoubtables mizzen fighting top.  The Temeraire can be seen approaching the fray to the right.

Trafalgar - The Destruction of the Bucentaure by Ivan Berryman.
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DHM1330GL.  The Liberation of Basra by the 7th Armoured Brigade, 6th April 2003 by David Rowlands.
The Liberation of Basra by the 7th Armoured Brigade, 6th April 2003 by David Rowlands (GL)
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 Men of the US 381st Infantry Regiment, 96th Division supported by the tanks of 763rd and 713th Flamethrower Tank Battalions, during the assault on Yaeju Dake. This escarpment, known as Big Apple was the last in a series of tough Japanese defence lines on the south of the Island.

Taking of Big Apple, Okinawa, 10th - 14th June 1945 by David Pentland. (Y)
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DHM500.  Brunswick Hussar, Quatre Bras 16th June 1815 by Brian Palmer.

Brunswick Hussar, Quatre Bras 16th June 1815 by Brian Palmer.
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 Depicting French Cuirassiers capturing a Russian Standard.
A Cavalry Skirmish by Theodore Gericault.
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 Commissioned by 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Battery, Royal Artillery in 1997 to commemorate bicentenary. Boer prisoner with early morning Yeomanry patrol, Transvaal, 1900.
The Prisoner by Scott Kirkwood
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French Cuirassiers of Napoleons Army, obtain information from a peasant outside a country farm house.
French Cuirassiers Questioning a peasant outside a country farmhouse by Edouard Detaille.
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 Admiral Cuthbert Collingwoods flagship the Royal Sovereign comes under intense fire from the black-painted Spanish 3-decker, Santa Ana, and the French 74 Fougueux, just prior to breaking through the Franco-Spanish line at Trafalgar.
HMS Royal Sovereign by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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SFA19.  Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.
Laytown Beach by Chris Howells.
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Eddie Irvine raced Formula Ford from 1983 to 1988.  Driving a variety of different chassis, he won two Formula Ford championships by the end of 1987.  In 1988, Eddie drove in the British Formula Three championship and then joined the Jordan Formula 3000 team for 1990.  He won his first race at Hockenheim, finishing third overall in the championship that year.  The following three years saw Eddie driving in the Japanese F3000 series, almost winninh the title in 1993.  He also drove for Toyota at Le Mans holding the lap record for several years.  At the end of 1993 Eddie drove for the Jordan F1 team and gained notoriety by overtaking Ayrton Senna having only just been lapped by him.  In 1996, Eddie took on the unenviable role as number two to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari but in 1999 became the number one driver for Ferrari following a serious accident for Schumacher.

Tribute to Eddie Irvine by Stuart McIntyre.
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 M. Schumacher / JP Montoya.  Brazilian GP 2001.

Close Encounters by Michael Thompson.
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FAR999. The Wild Card by Derrick Mark.
The Wild Card by Derrick Mark.
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Jason Leonard by Robert Highton. (Y)
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 In 1992 Matthew graduated in Geography from St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Rowing Club.  He took part in the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in 1990 and 1991, when Oxford beat Cambridge by substantial distances.  Also in 1992, at the age of only 21, Matthew had his first taste of Olympic success, when in a coxless pair with partner Sir Steve Redgrave, he won the gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.  Prior to that Olympic win he and Redgrave had enjoyed an unbeaten international season, and it was already obvious that Matthew was developing to become one of the world's greatest oarsmen.  At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Pinsent / Redgrave duo won another gold medal and throughout the nineties their outstanding combination also brought them seven world championship golds.  Their unbroken run of success continued through to the millennium Olympic games in Sydney when Pinsent, again with Redgrave (now in a coxless four with James Cracknell and Tim Foster) again triumphed earning Pinsent his third Olympic gold medal.  The race in which he did it was voted Britain's greatest sporting moment and the crew secured themselves a very special place in the heart of the nation.  After Sydney, Matthew formed a seemingly invincible coxless pair partnership with James Cracknell MBE.  Undefeated throughout 2001, they went on to complete a unique feat in the history of rowing, by winning the coxless pair at the world championships in Lucerne, a mere two hours after winning the coxed pairs.  In the 2002 world championships in Seville they defended their coxless pairs title, beating an experienced Australian crew who had beaten them in Lucerne earlier in the year and breaking the world record by 4 seconds in the process.  On Saturday 21st August 2004 at the Athens Olympic games, Matthew Pinsent CBE entered Olympic history.  In one of the classic sporting moments of all time, he led the Great Britain coxless four to victory over the Canadian world champions by only eight hundredths of a second.  Matthew was awarded the MBE in the 1993 New Year's Honours List and the CBE in the New Year's Honours List 2003.  In the 2005 New Year's Honours List he was awarded a knighthood.

Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE by James Owen.
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Jason Robinson by Robert Highton. (Y)
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Matt Le Tissier is quite simply a legend of Southampton Football Club. Since making his debut in 1986, Matt played 462 games for the Saints scoring 209 goals (including 49 penalties out of 50!)

Matt le Tissier by Gary Brandham. (Y)
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