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Destroyer histories. Royal naval E and F class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Exmouth, HMS Echo, HMS Eclipse, HMS Electra, HMS Encounter, HMS Escapade, HMS Escort, HMS Esk, HMS Express, HMS Faulknor, HMS Fame, HMS Fearless, HMS Firedrake, HMS Forester, HMS Foresight, HMS Fortune, HMS Foxhound and HMS Fury from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of E and F Class destroyers.

HMS Echo   H.23 16th February 1934 Sold to Greece 1944. as RHN Navarinon and scrapped at Dunston 26th April 1956
HMS Eclipse  H.08 12th April 1934 Sunk 24th October 1943.
HMS Electra  H.27 15th February 1934 Sunk on 27th February 1942.
HMS Encounter  H.10 29th March 1934 Sunk on 1st March 1942
HMS Escapade  H.17 30th January 1934 Broken up 1947.
HMS Escort  H.66 29th March 1934 Sunk 11th July 1940.
HMS Esk  H.15 19th March 1934 Sunk 31st August 1940.
HMS Exmouth  H.02 7th February 1934 Sunk on 21st January 1940.
HMS Express  H.61 29th May 1934 1943 became RCN Gatineau and Broken up at Vancouver 1956.
HMS Fame   H.78 28th June 1934 Sold to Dominican Republic 1948. and became Generalisimo
HMS Faulknor  H.62 12th June 1934 Broken up 1946.
HMS Fearless  H.67 12th May 1934 Sunk on 23rd July 1941.
HMS Firedrake  H.79 28th June 1934 Sunk 16th December 1942.
HMS Forester  H.74 28th June 1934 Broken up 1947. at Rosyth 
HMS Foresight  H.68 29th June 1934 Sunk on 12th August 1942.
HMS Fortune   H.70 29th August 1934  became RCN Saskatchewan in 1943 and Broken up 1946.
HMS Foxhound   H.69 12th October 1934 Became RCN Qu'appelle Broken up 1948.
HMS Fury  H.76 10th September 1934 Constructive loss 21st June 1944. and scrapped at Briton ferry Sept 1944

HMS Echo

HMS Echo.

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HMS Echo.

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HMS Eclipse

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HMS Electra

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John Arthur Pennell of HMS Electra, who was lost in the sinking on 27th February 1942.

Contributed by Tim Lloyd, his grandson.

HMS Electra, with an inset of John Arthur Pennell, the crew member opposite.

Contributed by Tim Lloyd.

HMS Encounter

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HMS Encounter

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HMS Encounter.

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HMS Escapade.    ©Walker Archive

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HMS Escapade.

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HMS Escort

HMS Escort.

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HMS Esk

HMS Esk (H15) pictured c.1930.

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HMS Esk.  

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HMS Exmouth

HMS Exmouth.

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HMS Exmouth    

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HMS Exmouth. 

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HMS Exmouth   

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HMS Exmouth.

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HMS Fame

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HMS Fame   

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HMS Fame.

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HMS Faulknor

HMS Faulknor.

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HMS Faulknor.

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HMS Faulknor.

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HMS Fearless

HMS Fearless.      

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HMS Firedrake

HMS Firedrake pictured c.1938.    

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The following information and photographs were sent in by John Andrews.  My Uncle Dennis G Andrews served on HMS Cornwall and was on board when she was torpedoed. He was in the sea for 36 hours before being rescued. He was posted to HMS Firedrake later that year and went down with the Firedrake in Dec 17th 1942.I have attached details of my Uncle, if you can make use of them please do. He was married in 1942.

Wedding photo of Dennis G Andrews, 1942.

A Telegram from a Commodore confirming Dennis Andrews survived the Cornwall.

HMS Forester

HMS Forester.   

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HMS Forester (or possibly HMS Fortune), apparently capturing or sinking a submarine.  This could be U-27, sunk 20th September 1939.

Contributed by Charlie Henry.

HMS Foxhound

HMS Foxhound.    

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HMS Fury

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HMS Fury.

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HMS Fury pictured c. 1938   

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HMS Fury.

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Specifications for HMS Exmouth and HMS Faulknor

 

Displacement: 1,475 tons   Speed: 36kts    Complement: 175

Armament: Five 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in fours.

 

Specifications for Echo, Eclipse, Electra, Encounter, Escapade, Escort, Esk, Express and Fearless.

 

Displacement: 1,375 tons   Speed: 35.5kts    Complement: 145

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in fours.

 

Specifications for Fame, Firedrake, Forester, Foresight, Fortune, Foxhound and Fury.

 

Displacement: 1,350 tons   Speed: 35.5kts    Complement: 145

Armament: Four 4.7 inch guns, eight 0.5 inch anti-aircraft guns in fours and eight 21 inch torpedo tubes in fours.

 
 

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 During a patrol on 6th July 1918, Christiansen spotted a British submarine on the surface of the Thames Estuary. He immediately turned and put his Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 floatplane into an attacking dive, raking the submarine C.25 with machine gun fire, killing the captain and five other crewmen. This victory was added to his personal tally, bringing his score to 13 kills by the end of the war, even though the submarine managed to limp back to safety. Christiansen survived the war and went on to work as a pilot for the Dornier company, notably flying the giant Dornier Do.X on its inaugural flight to New York in 1930. He died in 1972, aged 93.

Kapitanleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Maurice <i>Peter</i> Brown damages a Dornier Do.17 in his 41 Squadron Spitfire on 30th September 1940.

Dorniers Demise by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 A pair of P51D Mustangs of the 361st Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, escort a damaged B17G Flying Fortress of the 381st Bomb Group back to its home base of Ridgewell, England, during the Autumn of 1944.

Last One Home by Ivan Berryman. (F)
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 As the Libyan people's uprising against Colonel Gadaffi's regime intensified at the end of February 2011, many British nationals found themselves isolated in the sprawling desert, many of them oil workers in some of the country's most remote areas.  As Libya deteriorated into rebellion, British Special Forces were dispatched to pluck the stranded workers from the desert and fly them to the safety of Malta.  Here, an RAF Lockheed C130 Hercules climbs away from a successful pickup on a remote airstrip.  In total, two operations involving five Hercules aircraft rescued over 300 British nationals and other foreign workers.

Libyan Rescue by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 With Italys entry into WW II on June 10, 1940, the epic two-and-one-half-year siege of Malta began. Symbolizing the defiant resistance of the people and defenders of that tiny island, the legend of Faith, Hope, and Charity grew from a handful of Gloster Sea Gladiators which initially comprised Maltas sole aerial defense. Until the arrival of the more modern Hawker Hurricanes, these obsolescent biplanes fought the Regia Aeronautica alone in the skies above Malta. Only six or seven Gladiators were assembled from the shipment of eighteen crated aircraft which had been delivered by the HMS Glorious. Others were utilized for spare parts, and three had been dispatched, still crated, to Egypt. Though hugely outnumbered, the defenders fought on, raising the morale of the citizens of Malta, and denying the Italians mastery of the sky. Suffering from a constant shortage of spare parts, tools and equipment, the devoted ground support crews were never able to keep more than three Gladiators operational at any point in time. Only one of these Gladiators was totally lost in aerial combat, and the sole surviving aircraft was presented to the people of Malta, and today stands in their National War Museum as a proud symbol of courage and endurance. In Stan Stokes painting, a Sea Gladiator, piloted by Flight Lt. James Pickering, tangles with a Fiat C.R. 42 over Malta in 1940 while an Italian Savoia S.79 tri-engined bomber passes by in the background. The Gloster Gladiator represented the zenith of development of the classic biplane fighter aircraft, a design formula which characterized an entire era from WW I until the advent of the monoplane fighter just before WW II. Glosters naval model of the Gladiator was equipped with a Bristol Mercury VIIIA engine providing a maximum speed of 253 MPH, a rate of climb of 2300 feet per minute, an operational ceiling of 32,200 feet, and a range of 415 miles. The Gladiator was armed with four .303 inch Browning machine guns, and incorporated several advanced features including an enclosed cockpit and wing flaps. One top RAF ace, Sqd. Ldr. Pattle, attained eleven victories flying the Gladiator. A total of 527 Gladiators were produced, and the aircraft served in twelve different countries. The Italians were overly persistent in their emphasis on biplane fighters, stemming from their successes with these highly maneuverable machines during the Spanish Civil War. Employing distinctive Warren-truss type interplane bracing the C.R. 42 was powered by a Fiat A74 R.C. 38 engine providing a maximum speed of 274 MPH and a range of 485 miles. The C.R. 42 was more lightly armed than the Gladiators it opposed, possessing only two 12.7mm Breda machine guns. The C.R 42 served on all of Italys fronts including North and East Africa, France, Britain, the Balkans, and Russia. Exported to Hungary, Sweden and Belgium, the C.R. 42 ironically served alongside the Gladiator in other theaters of operation during WW II.
Faith Hope and Charity by Stan Stokes. (C)
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 Two Spitfire Mk1Bs of 92 Squadron patrol the south coast from their temporary base at Ford, here passing over the Needles rocks, Isle of Wight, in the Spring of 1942.

In Them We Trust by Ivan Berryman. (F)
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 Two British Army AH1 Apache attack helicopters escort a Boeing Chinook en route to deploy British troops in southern Afghanistan.

Outbound by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Flying Officer Tom Neil closes on a Dornier Do.17 on 15th September 1940, just one of four victories confirmed on that day, the others being two Bf.109s and another Dornier shared.  He is depicted flying Hurricane Mk1 V7313 of 249 Sqn whilst based at North Weald.

Tribute to Fl Off Tom Neil by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 The E-class light cruiser HMS Emerald is shown off the Newfoundland coast in company with a Flower class corvette.  Between October 1939 and August 1940, HMS Emerald carried £58 million in gold from Britain to Canada.

HMS Emerald by Ivan Berryman.
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 Viewed from beneath the blistered guns of the damaged X and Y turrets of her sister HMS Ajax, Achilles come sunder fire from the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee during what was to become known as the Battle of the River Plate on the 13th December 1939. Shells from Achilles are closing on her opponent as the Graf Spee alters course at the start of the doomed battleships flight to Montevideo.

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.
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 Wearing her unusual black and white disruptive colour scheme, HMS Repulse is pictured as part of Force Z in company with HMS Prince of Wales and the destroyer Vampire. These two mighty battleships were to be lost within hours of each other, the victims of intense Japanese air strikes. Vampire and the destroyer Electra were on hand to pick up survivors from both ships.

HMS Repulse by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 Key ships of the British task force sail in close formation in the Mediterranean sea during the build up to the coalition invasion of Iraq in march 2003, nearest is the flagship HMS Ark Royal with the commando carrier HMS ocean to her port side. other ships include a Type 42 destroyer , the Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria and an LSL  

NTG03 - Task Force to Iraq by Ivan Berryman.
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B111.  The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.
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The R-class battleship Royal Oak lies at anchor in Scapa Flow between the wars ahead of her sisters Royal Sovereign and Revenge. HMS Repulse is passing the line on the left of the picture.
HMS Royal Oak by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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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 pilot of a Fairey Swordfish MKII guides his aircraft towards the landing ramp of HMS Victorious following a sortie in the Mediterranean Sea 1940

Safe Return by Ivan Berryman.
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 The Grand army crossing the Danube on its advance to the battle of Wagram. 
Napoleon before the Battle of Wagram by Swebach (B)
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 After the unsuccessful march on London, Prince Charlie retreats to the safety of Scotland. The army regroups and more men come to join the cause, including soldiers from France. However King Georges men are never far away. As dark, winter rain clouds draw in over the high ground above the town of Falkirk, the Jacobite army assembles to face Hang-man Hawleys dragoons and infantry. A piper plays on while the men of Ogilvys Regiment, in the second line, load and make ready their weapons for the coming assault. Bonnie Prince Charlie (so called for his nature, not his looks) rides down the ranks followed by Lord Elcho and his Life Guards. Red coated Irish Pickets, regulars from France, are also in reserve.

The Jacobite Piper by Mark Churms. (Y)
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VAR128. Pinned Down (Highlanders Engage Boers) by John Farquharson
Pinned Down (Highlanders Engage Boers) by John Farquharson
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VAR636. 6th Inniskilling Dragoon by Chris Collingwood.
6th Inniskilling Dragoon by Chris Collingwood.
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A French General followed by his staff officers watch as Grenadiers a Cheval pass.
General of the 1st Empire by Edouard Detaille.
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The Charge of the 6th Inniskilling Dragoons at Tolnay by William Barnes Wollen. (Y)
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 Troops of the 1st Hampshires assaulting Gold Beach during the Normandy Landings. Gold beach was one of the British beaches on D-Day. Gold beach was the western most beach of the British beaches, on D-Day. Gold beach was between two twenty metre high cliffs where German fortifications had been built. The beach had been protected by concrete casemates which took some time to break through. This happened with support form British tanks in the afternoon of D-day 6th June. The British tanks and reinforcements moved off the beaches towards Saint-Come-de-Fresene and Arromanches which were both liberated by 9pm.

D-Day Gold Beach, 6th June 1944 by Simon Smith.
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UN0092B.  Argyll and Sutherland Officer Review Order 1914 by Haswell Miller.
Argyll and Sutherland Officer Review Order 1914 by Haswell Miller
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 Twickenham, March 16th 1996.  England return to the running game to clinch victory in style over Ireland and retain the Five Nations Championship.

In Full Flight by Keith Fearon.
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 Kentucky - born Steve Cauthen was just 12 years old when his father Tex finally agreed to help the single-minded young man realise a burning ambition to become a jockey provided he didnt let success make him big-headed.  No parental proviso was ever more faithfully fulfilled.  In the year of his seventeenth birthday the kid rode 487 winners of 6 million dollars, including the U.S. Triple Crown on Affirmed.  He went on to captivate British hearts two years later.  By 1984 he was champion. But better was to come. No wonder the fairytale ingredients of 1985 have fired the imagination and talent of Peter Deighan to such compelling effect.

The Golden Boy by Peter Deighan.
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Passing the stand in the Galway Plate.

With a Circuit To Go by Chris Howells.
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B45. David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman

David Coulthard/ Williams FW.17 by Ivan Berryman
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 Celebrating Englands 1980 Five Nations Grand Slam. After the 70s had been dominated by the Welsh, England battled through an exceptionally tough campaign to win their first Grand Slam in 23 years.

1980 Grand Slam by James Owen. (Y)
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SPC5003. Rory Underwood by Rodger Towers.

Rory Underwood by Rodger Towers.
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 Sir Bobby played more than 750 games for Manchester United, scoring 247 goals. He also played 106 times for his country and scored a record 49 goals. One of only two Englishmen to have won World Cup and European Cup medals his name will always remain synonymous with some of the greatest moments in the English game.

Sir Bobby Charlton by Gary Keane. (Y)
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Michael Atherton by Keith Fearon.
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