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Destroyer histories. Royal naval Type II escort destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of Hunt Class II ships. 

Ships in the class were: HMS Avon Vale, HMS Badsworth, HMS Beaufort, HMS Bedale, HMS Bicester, HMS Blackmore, HMS Blankney, HMS Blencathra, HMS Bramham, HMS Burton, HMS Brocklesby, HMS Calpe, HMS Chiddingfold, HMS Cowdray, HMS Croome, HMS Dulverton, HMS Eridge, HMS Farndale, HMS Grove, HMS Heythrop, HMS Hursley, HMS Hurworth, HMS Lamerton, HMS Lauderdale, HMS Ledbury, HMS Liddesdale, HMS Middleton, HMS Oakley, HMS Puckeridge, HMS Silverton, HMS Southwold, HMS Tetcott, HMS Tickham, HMS Wheatland, HMS Wilton and HMS Zetland from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of Type II Class escort destroyers.

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Displacement: 1050tons standard, 1600 Tons deep load. Speed 27 knots. Armament: six  4 -inch guns in pairs. Four 2 pdr pompom.  Compliment 168.

HMS Avon Vale   L.06 23rd October 1940 Broken up  at Sunderland 15th May 1958
HMS Badsworth  L.03 17th March 1941 Transferred to Norway 1946 and renamed Arendal.
HMS Beaufort  L.14 9th September 1941 Transferred to Norway 1952 and renamed Haugesund.
HMS Bedale  L.26  23rd July 1941 1942-1945 became Polish Slazak. Transferred to India 1953 and renamed Godavari.
HMS Bicester  L.34 5th September 1941 Broken up  at Grays 22nd August 1956.
HMS Blackmore  L.43 2nd December 1941 Transferred to Denmark 1952 and renamed Esbern Snare.  scrapped in 1966
HMS Blankney  L.30 19th December 1940 Scrapped at Blyth March 1959
HMS Bramham  L.51 29th January 1942 Transferred to Greece 1943 and renamed Themistocles.  scrapped in Greece 1966
HMS Calpe  L.71 28th April 1941 Transferred to Denmark 1952 and renamed Rolfe Krake.
HMS Chiddingfold  L.31 10th March 1941 Transferred to India 1953 and renamed Ganga
HMS Cowdray  L.52 22nd July 1941 Broken up  at Gateshead 3rd september 1959.
HMS Croome  L,62 30th January 1940 Broken up at Briton Ferry August 1957.
HMS Dulverton  L.63 1st April 1941 Sunk 13th November 1943. by German Aircraft of Kos Island
HMS Eridge  L.68 20th August 1940 Constructive loss 29th August 1942. after damage in the Mediterranean. becoming a base Ship at Alexandria 1944- 1946 then scrapped October 1946
HMS Exmoor  L.08 ( HMS Burton (ii) 1941 ) 12th March 1941 Transferred to Denmark 1953 and renamed Valdemar Sejr.
HMS Farndale  L.70 30th September 1940 Broken up at Blyth 4th December  1962.
HMS Grove  L.77 25th May 1941 Sunk on 12th June 1942 by U-77 off Sollum
HMS Heythrop  L.85 30th October 1940 Sunk on 20th March 1942. sunk by U-652 off Sollum
HMS Hursley  L.84 25th July 1941 Transferred to Greece 1943 and renamed Kriti. and scrapped 1960 
HMS Hurworth  L.28 10th April 1941 Sunk 22nd October 1943.  by mines east of Kalymnos 
HMS Lamerton  L.88 14th December 1940 Transferred to India 1953. becoming Gomati
HMS Lauderdale   L.95 5th August 1941 Transferred to Greece 1946 and renamed Aigaion. scrapped 1960
HMS Ledbury   L.90 27th September 1941 Broken up at Rosyth April  1958.
HMS Middleton  L.74 12th May 1941 Hulked in 1955 finally Broken up at Blyth 4th October 1957.
HMS Oakley  (i)  L.72 30th October 1940 1941 became Polish Krakowiak and Sunk on 16th June 1942. by mines off Malta and foundered in tow. 
HMS Oakley  L98  (was  Tickham) 15th January 1942 Transferred to West Germany 1958 and renamed Gneisenau.
HMS Puckeridge  L.108 6th March 1940 Sunk on 6th September 1943. by U-617 off Gibraltar 
HMS Silverton  L.115  4th December 1940 Became Polish Krakowiak in1941 to 1946 finally Broken up at Grays March  1959.
HMS Southwold  L.10  29th May 1941 Sunk 24th March 1942. by mines of Malta 
HMS Tetcott  L.99 12th August 1941 Broken up at Milford Haven 24th September  1956.
HMS Wheatland  L.122  7th June 1941 Hulked in 1955 and Broken up at Bo'ness September   1959.
HMS Wilton   L.128 17th October 1941 Broken up  at Faslane December 1959.
HMS Zetland  L.59 7th March 1942 Transferred to Norway 1954 and renamed Tromso. scrapped 1965

HMS Avon Vale

Crew of HMS Avon Vale.

Contributed by Ron Mould.

HMS Badsworth

HMS Badsworth.    ?Walker Archive

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HMS Beaufort

HMS Beaufort, July 1943.

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HMS Bicester

HMS Bicester, March 1949.

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HMS Blackmore

HMS Blackmore in 1945.  Sent in by Lester May

HMS Blankney

HMS Blankney.  Thanks to Robert for the photo.

This photo was taken from Malta convoy, probably when shielding the convoy from the Italian surface force.  - thanks to L.G. Franceis, Gunner, #3 (After) Turret 1941 - 1944.

HMS Blankney, laid up, April 1950.

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HMS Cowdray

HMS Cowdray, October 1946.

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HMS Exmoor

HMS Exmoor, 1944.

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HMS Farndale

Damaged photo of HMS Farndale.

Contributed by Sean Herron.

HMS Ledbury

HMS Ledbury, June 1943.

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HMS Tetcott

HMS Tetcott at Beirut , c.1942.  Courtesy of Geoffrey Needham

HMS Wilton

HMS Wilton, 1941.

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HMS Zetland

HMS Zetland, 1943.

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