Allied Warships

HMS Foxhound (H 69)

Destroyer of the F class

HMS Foxhound as seen prewar.

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NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 69 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered17 Mar 1933 
Laid down21 Aug 1933 
Launched12 Oct 1934 
Commissioned6 Jun 1935 
End service8 Feb 1944 

HMS Foxhound was transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy as HMCS Qu'appelle on 8 February 1944.

Career notesBecame the Canadian destroyer Qu'appelle

Commands listed for HMS Foxhound (H 69)

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1Lt.Cdr. Philip Henry Hadow, RN7 Dec 193726 Jan 1940
2Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Hendley Peters, RN26 Jan 194026 Jul 1942
3Cdr. Cecil John Wynne-Edwards, DSC, RN26 Jul 19428 Feb 1944

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Notable events involving Foxhound include:

14 Sep 1939
German U-boat U-39 was sunk west of Hebrides in position 58°32'N, 11°49'W by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Faulknor (Capt. C.S. Daniel, RN), HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. P.H. Hadow, RN) and HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, RN).

6 Feb 1941
British raid on Genoa.

Force H (Vice Admiral Somerville) left Gibraltar on 6 February 1941. The battlecruiser HMS Renown (Capt R.R. McGrigor, RN), battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. A.F.E. Palliser, DSC, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN), light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN) and the destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN), HMS Foresight (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.C. Robinson, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St.J. Morgan, RN) and HMS Jersey (Lt.Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN) left Gibraltar to the west with convoy HG-53. This was done to fool German and Italian observers in Spain. In the meantime 4 destroyers HMS Duncan (Capt. A.D.B. James, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN) HMS Firedrake (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Norris, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.P. Thew, RN) left Gibraltar and steamed to the east to conduct a anti-submarine sweep. During the night Force H reversed course and passed Gibraltar on an easterly course back into the Mediterranean. There they were joined by the 4 destroyers that conducted the anti-submarine sweep.

On 8 February the Italian fleet left port and steamed south after they received reports of British carrier aircraft south of the Balearics. The Italians thought that there was another convoy to Malta.

Early in the morning of 9 February Renown, Malaya and Sheffield bombarded the Italian city of Genoa. In the harbour 4 ships were sunk and 18 were damaged. Also the city itself was damaged.

The Italian fleet turned around and tried to intercept the British ships but due to the bad weather this failed.

In the meantime Ark Royal's aircraft raided Livorno and mined the harbour of La Spezia.

Force H safely returned to Gibraltar on 11 February.

7 Apr 1941
HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, RN) picks up 3 survivors in position 07°25'N, 13°55'W from the British merchant Umona that was torpedoed and sunk on 30 March 1941 by German U-boat U-124 about 90 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in approximate position 06°52'N, 15°14'W.

8 Oct 1942
HMS Foxhound (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Peters, RN) picks up survivors from the Greek merchant Koumoundouros that was torpedoed and sunk earlier that day by German U-boat U-68 about 20 miles south-west of Cape Point, South Africa.

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