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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.

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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.

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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 Faulknor.

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HMS Faulknor.

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HMS Fearless

HMS Fearless.      

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HMS Firedrake

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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.

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HMS Foxhound

HMS Foxhound.    

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HMS Fury

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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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On the 11th August 1942, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Wellum DFC, having just taken off from the deck of HMS Furious, leads his section of gathering Spitfires on the long journey to Malta. They are much-needed reinforcements for the beleaguered island, now in the twenty-sixth month of its siege. To enable each of the 38 Spitfires dispatched from Furious to reach Malta, over three hours flying time away, they carry maximum fuel together with a centre-line over-load tank. Even their ammunition is removed to save weight. Escorting Furious to her aft is the Cruiser HMS Manchester together with Destroyers Brave and Lithe. To their port side is the Ohio tanker laden with fuel during what became an epic voyage. In the distance HMS Eagle succumbs to an Axis torpedo attack. The success of Operation Pedestal was absolutely critical for the survival of Malta, bringing desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition to the Island. Losses were heavy but the courage and determination by all involved prevailed: five of the fourteen merchant ships, including the Ohio, made it through and the island was saved.
Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West.
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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. (P)
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After take off a Sunderland of Coastal Command flies low over its base at Rosneath on the Gareloch, as Royal Navy battleships lay at anchor around the naval base of Faslane, near Helensburgh, Scotland during 1945.

Sunderland Over the Gareloch by Geoff Lea (P)
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 With HMS Warspite keeping a watchful eye off her port bow, the Illustrious class carrier HMS Formidable prepares to recover a Fairey Albacore TB MK1 of No. 826 sqn. following a vital sortie against Italian shipping at the start of the Battle of Cape Matapan in march 1941. Led by Lt Cdr W G H Saunt DSC, Formidables Albacores launched torpedo attacks on the battleship Vittorio Veneto, seriously damaging her, despite coming under intense anti aircraft fire and a splash barrage of 15-inch shells.

HMS Formidable by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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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. (AP)
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 At the end of its landing run and streaming the unmistakable scarlet brake parachute with its characteristic tuck at the bottom, an SR-71 prepares to turn off of the runway after another Hot Flight.   Retired in favour of other technology including satellite surveillance a small number of these remarkable aircraft were due to start back in service at the end of 1996.  There were jobs that just could not be done by any other system, even the most sophisticated modern technology failing to address all of the incredible capabilities of one of the most advanced aircraft of all time.

The Black is Back by Robert Tomlin.
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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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 Spitfire of 610 Squadron which has been damaged during combat during the height of the Battle of Britain is shown over the white cliffs of Dover.  No. 610 (County of Chester) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force's first major combat with the Luftwaffe was on 27th May when a Heinkel bomber protected by about 40 Me110s, was engaged.  The combat which followed saw the Heinkel and three Me110 fighters being shot down.  Throughout August 610 Squadron was involved in bitter fighting over the Channel and Home Counties of England.  During the Battle of Britain No.610 Squadron operated from Biggin Hill, Hawkinge, and, on one occasion, from Croydon.  The Squadron put up a terrific show and 40 enemy aircraft were confirmed as having been destroyed by 610 Squadron during August.  The loss to the Squadron was eleven pilots killed during the battle.

Return of the Heroes by Ivan Berryman.
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 HMS Intrepid embarks some of her landing craft during the Falklands conflict of 1982.
HMS Intrepid by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Launched on Trafalgar Day, 1960, HMS Dreadnought was the Royal Navy's first nuclear powered submarine, entering service in 1963.  She is depicted here in the Firth of Forth with the iconic Forth Bridge in the background in December 1963 when she was docked at Rosyth for re-coating of her hull and a general examination.

HMS Dreadnought S101 by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 Mitsubishi G4Ms of 27 Kanoya Kokutai begin their devastating attack on Force Z off the north east coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941. Both Repulse and prince of Wales were lost in the attack, while their accompanying destroyers remained to pick up survivors among them HMS Express which can be seen off HMS Repulse starboard quarter.

HMS Repulse with HMS Prince of Wales Under Attack by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 HMS Ajax was built as a light cruiser at Barrow and launched in 1935. She saw service initially in the American and West Indies theatre before temporary commission in the Mediterranean. Then followed her never to be forgotten role in the Battle of the River Plate ending in the scuttling of the Graf Spey. She is seen here entering Portsmouth Harbour with the Isle of White in the background.

HMS Ajax by Ivan Berryman.
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Wednesday, April 10th, 1912. The mighty liner Titanic is shown at anchor in Cherbourg Harbour, all lights ablaze.  Due to her size, she can't pull into port as the piers are too small.  Instead, she is anchored offshore.  Cherbourg passengers finally board tenders and wait to be ferried out to Titanic.  Mail is brought aboard.  By 8:30 p.m. the anchor is raised and the Titanic leaves for Queenstown, Ireland.

RMS Titanic at Cherbourg by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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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. (Y)
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 The lead ship of the Royal Navy's Vanguard Class SSBNs, HMS Vanguard (S28) was commissioned on 14th August 1993 and is based at HMNB Clyde at Faslane.

HMS Vanguard in the Gareloch by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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HMS Glowworm, burning severely after receiving hits from the mighty Admiral Hipper, is depicted turning to begin her heroic sacrifice off the Norwegian coast on 8th April 1940. Hugely out-gunned and already crippled, Glowworms captain, Lieutenant-Commander Roope rammed his destroyer into the side of the Admiral Hipper, inflicting a 40 metre rip in its armour belt before drifting away and exploding. 38 British sailors were rescued from the sea and Roope was awarded a posthumous VC for his bravery, the first earned by the Royal Navy in WWII.

The attack on the Admiral Hipper by HMS Glowworm by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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 Soldiers of the Yorkist cause c.1461. Crossbowman, Man at arms and knight with the standard of the Sun in Splendour.

Sun in Splendour by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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CC088. Original art work for the book A Time of War Vol I, The Transgressors by Chris Collingwood.
Original art work for the book A Time of War Vol I, The Transgressors by Chris Collingwood.
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 William F Cody (Buffalo Bill) is shown as an Army Scout during a skirmish with Indians on the Frontier. 

Buffalo Bill by Brian Palmer.  (P)
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 After the fall of the stronghold of Alesia in 52BC, Vercingetorix was the last Gallic Chieftain to submit to Caesar. Vercingetorix is shown arrivng on horseback at the gate of the Roamn fort, with Caesar shown a distance away in the fort. Henri Motte studied under Jean-Leon Gerome, and most of his works were shown at the Salon des Artistes Francais in Paris. His major works were of historical pieces such as this one and Hannibal Crossing the Rhone, both of these receiving a bronze medal at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. He was awarded Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur in 1892.

Vercingetorix Surrendering to Caesar by Henri-Paul Motte. (Y)
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King Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt by Sir John Gilbert. (Y)
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 Illustrates the scene at Modderfontein Farm where a squadron of the 17th lancers were pinned down by a large Boer force, and fought to the finish.  Modderfontein Farm in the Eastern Cape, about 10 miles from Tarkastad, was the the battle on the 17th September 1901, between the 17th Lancers who had camped there, and General Jan Christiaan Smut's Boer Commandos.  C squadron of the 17th Lancers lost 3 Officers and 35 troopers, a single action in which the 17th Lancers lost more men in one day than any other day, inclduing that of the infamous charge of the Light Brigade.  Also killed that day were three gunners from the Royal Garrison Artillery.  Another account states that out of 130 men, 29 were killed and 41 wounded.  All Officers had been killed or wounded.

All That Was Left of Them by Richard Caton Woodville (Y)
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 Just seconds from opening fire with a broadside that will devastate her opponent, HMS Victory prepares to pass the stern of the French flagship Bucentaure, closely followed by the three-deckers HMS Temeraire and HMS Neptune. With guns unable to bear on the enemy fleet during the slow approach the British ships had endured terrible punishment with Victorys sails holed, her wheel smashed and her mizzen top shot away.

Breaking the Line by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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DHM6058P. A United States Cavalry rider is caught in single combat with a Native American Indian horseman.

Scene from the Indian Wars by Alan Herriot. (P)
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 2003 World Superbike Champion, Neil Hodgson with James Toseland in his slipstream.  British World Superbike - June 2003. 
Battle of Britain by Dave Foord.
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 Eddie Irvine and Johnny Herbert.  Jaguar Cosworth R1s

Return of the Cat by Michael Thompson
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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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 Valentino Rossi at speed on his Repsol Honda.
Rossi at Speed by Derrick Mark.
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Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

The Finish by Mark Churms.
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SFA7.  Galileo by Stephen Smith.

Galileo by Stephen Smith.
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David Coulthard made his Grand Prix debut at the Spanish Grand Prix in 1994.  Only an electrical problem with his Williams Renault stopped Coulthard finishing 3rd in his first ever Grand Prix.  This performance was enough to confirm his potential and earn a drive for the 1995 season.  Winning at Estoril, on the podium at Interlagos, Magny-Cours, Silverstone, Hockenheim, Hungaroring and T I Aida, placed him third in the championship in his first full Grand Prix season.  Coulthard moved to McLaren for the 1996 season proving on many occasions that he could match the pace of team leader Mika Hakkinen, who has a reputation as one of the fastest.  For 1997, Coulthard took over the mantle of Britains No.1 driver and was well qualified to do so.  Winning at Melbourne and Monza, second at A1 Ring and Jerez.  Fourth in the championship prior to Schumachers exclusion.  Coulthard drives with a balance of flair and aggression which earned him considerable respect.  After nearly fifteen years as a top flight driver, Coulthard has now retired from driving, leaving a remarkable legacy behind him.  Twice winner of the British Grand Prix in 1999 and 2000, he has represented Scotland and Great Britain at the highest level of motorsport for well over a decade.

Tribute to David Coulthard by Stuart McIntyre
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 The Welsh Six Nations Grand Slam of 2005 is completed as Wales beat Ireland in their final game. <br>Results : Cardiff, 5th February : Wales 11 - 9 England<br>Rome, 12th February : Italy 8 - 38 Wales<br>Paris, 26th February : France 18 - 24 Wales<br>Edinburgh, 13th March : Scotland 22 - 46 Wales<br>Cardiff, 19th March : Wales 32 - 20 Ireland.

Grand Slam 2005 by James Owen. (Y)
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