Allied Warships

HMS Brazen (H 80)

Destroyer of the B class


HMS Brazen sinking

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassB 
PennantH 80 
Built byPalmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd (Jarrow-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered22 Mar 1929 
Laid down22 Jul 1929 
Launched25 Jul 1930 
Commissioned8 Apr 1931 
Lost20 Jul 1940 
Loss position51° 01'N, 1° 17'E
History

HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, RN) was sunk off Dover by German aircraft on 20 July 1940.
The wreck lies in 30 meters of water in position 51º01'05"N, 01º17'15"E.

 

Commands listed for HMS Brazen (H 80)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RNApr 19391 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Roger Caton Beckett, RN1 Nov 193912 Feb 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, RN12 Feb 194020 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Brazen include:


22 Sep 1939
HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Dover where she arrived later the same day. She is escorted by HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN). Later HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Mills, RN) took over from HMS Skate as escort. (1)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) returned to Rosyth.

She departed later the same day for Invergordon together with HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN). At sea they were joined by HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN).

15 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) and HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) arrive at Invergordon. They departed again later the same day escorting the destroyer HMS Duncan (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN) that was being towed from Invergordon to Rosyth by the tugs St. Mellons and Norman.

16 Feb 1940
HMS Duncan (Cdr. J.S.C. Salter, RN), under tow by the tugs St. Mellons and Norman and their escorting destroyers; HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) and HMS Boreas (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) arrive at Rosyth from Invergordon.

17 Feb 1940
HMS Diana (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) and HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) departed Rosyth escorting two merchant vessels to Aberdeen after which they escorted the merchant vessels Hirondelle (British, 893 GRT, built 1925) and Rutland (1437 GRT, built 1935) to Lerwick and Scapa Flow respectively.

7 Apr 1940
In the evening, ships from the Home Fleet; battleships HMS Rodney (Capt. F.H.G. Dalrymple-Hamilton, RN, flying the flag of Admiral J.M. Forbes, KCB, DSO, RN), HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), battlecruiser HMS Repulse (Capt. E.J. Spooner, DSO, RN), light cruisers HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Yates, RN), HMS Sheffield (Capt. C.A.A. Larcom, RN), Emile Bertin (Capt. R.M.J. Battet), with destroyers HMS Codrington (Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN), HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN), HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO, RN), HMS Punjabi (Cdr. J.T. Lean, RN), HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. R.G.K. Knowling, RN) departed from Scapa Flow to patrol in Norwegian waters near position 61°00'N, 01°00'E.

10 Apr 1940
Around 1530 hours the destroyers HMS Jupiter (Cdr. D.B. Wyburd, RN), HMS Afridi (Capt. P.L. Vian, RN), HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN), HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN), HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN) and HMS Codrington (Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN) arrived at Sullom Voe to fuel. (2)

11 Apr 1940

Convoy NP 1.

This troop convoy departed the Clyde on 11 April 1940 for Harstad, Norway. In the end the convoy was split up and one part arrived at Harstad on 15 April. The other part arrived off Namsos on 16 April.

It was made up of the troopships Empress of Australia (British, 21833 GRT, built 1914), Monarch of Bermuda (British, 22424 GRT, built 1931) and Reina del Pacifico (British, 17702 GRT, built 1931).

They were escorted by the destroyer HMS Amazon (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Roper, RN).

Early in the afternoon of 12 April the troopships Batory (Polish, 14387 GRT, built 1936) and Chrobry (Polish, 11442 GRT, built 1939) departed Scapa Flow to join convoy NP 1 at sea.

They were escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. J.G.W. Deneys, RN), HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN), HMS Whirlwind (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN) and HMS Witherington (Lt.Cdr. J.B. Palmer, RN). The netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN) also departed Scapa Flow with these ships.

Around 1600/12, the light cruisers HMS Manchester (Capt. H.A. Packer, RN, flying the flag of Vice Admiral G. Layton, CB, DSO, RN) and HMS Birmingham (Capt. A.C.G. Madden, RN) departed Scapa Flow to join the convoy at sea which they did around 1945/12.

Shortly afterwards the convoy was also joined by the AA cruiser HMS Cairo (Capt. P.V. McLaughlin, RN) and the destroyers HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. M. Culme-Seymour, RN), HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, RN) which had sailed from Sullom Voe around 1130/12.

Late in the evening of 12 April repair ship HMS Vindictive (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN) escorted by the destroyers HMS Codrington (Capt. G.E. Creasy, MVO, RN), HMS Acasta (Cdr. C.E. Glasfurd, RN) and HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN) departed Scapa Flow to join the convoy which they did late in the afternoon of the 13th.

Coming south from a patrol off the Vestfjord area were the battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), battlecruiser HMS Repulse (Capt. E.J. Spooner, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), HMS Javelin (Cdr. A.F. Pugsley, RN) and HMS Juno (Cdr. W.E. Wilson, RN). These ships made rendez-vous with the convoy in the afternoon of the 13th after which HMS Repulse with the three J-class destroyers continued on towards Scapa Flow while HMS Valiant joined the convoy.

On April 14th it was decided that some of the troops were to be sent to Namsos and the convoy split up;

Troopships Chrobry and Empress of Australia escorted by the light cruisers HMS Manchester and HMS Birmingham, AA cruiser HMS Cairo and the destroyers HMS Highlander, HMS Vanoc and HMS Whirlwind split off late in the afternoon. This convoy arrived off Namsos early in the morning of the 16th.

The remainder of the ships; troopships Batory, Monarch of Bermuda, Reina del Pacifico, repair ship HMS Vindictive and netlayer HMS Protector with their escort made up of the battleship HMS Valiant and the destroyers HMS Codrington, HMS Amazon, HMS Acasta, HMS Ardent, HMS Brazen, HMS Fearless, HMS Griffin, HMS Volunteer and HMS Witherington arrived at Vaagsfjord late in the morning of the 15th. They had been escorted in by the light cruisers HMS Southampton (Capt. F.W.H. Jeans, CVO, RN) and HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN).

15 Apr 1940
German U-boat U-49 was sunk near Narvik, Norway in position 68°53'N, 16°59'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fearless (Cdr. K.L. Harkness, RN) and HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN).

4 May 1940
The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal (Capt. C.S. Holland, RN), AA cruiser, AA cruiser HMS Curlew (Capt. B.C.B. Brooke, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN), HMS Encounter (Lt.Cdr. E.V.St J. Morgan, RN), HMS Mashona (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Sikh (Cdr. J.A. Giffard, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. L.P. Skipwith, RN) and HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) departed Scapa Flow for operations off Norway.

At 0640/7, HMS Encounter and HMS Jaguar were detached to fuel at Harstad. They returned at 2000/7 at which time HMS Sikh and HMS Tartar were detached to fuel at Harstad.

HMS Sikh and HMS Tartar rejoined at 1054/8. Later that day, at 1737/8, HMS Inglefield and HMS Mashona were sent to Harstad to fuel.

At 0902/9, HMS Inglefield and HMS Mashona rejoined. At 1315/9, HMS Jaguar was detached to Harstad. At 2253/9, HMS Encounter was detached to Harstad.

At 0225/10, HMS Jaguar rejoined followed by HMS Encounter at 1703/10 at which time HMS Sikh and HMS Tartar were detached for Harstad.

At 1355/11, HMS Sikh and HMS Tartar rejoined and HMS Mashona and HMS Jaguar were detached with orders to proceed to Scapa Flow.

At 1304/13, HMS Curlew and HMS Inglefield were detached to fuel at Harstad.

At 0830/14, HMS Inglefield rejoined. At 1338/14, the destroyers HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN) joined. At the same time HMS Inglefield and HMS Sikh were detached with orders to proceed to Scapa Flow while HMS Encounter was detached to Harstad. At 1350/14, HMS Curlew rejoined but she left again at 2057/14.

At 0615/15, HMS Encounter rejoined. HMS Tartar parted company on the 15th, also to fuel at Harstad (no time given).

At 0703/16, HMS Westcott parted company to proceed to Harstad. At 1044/16, HMS Tartar rejoined. At 1800/16, HMS Volunteer was detached to fuel at Harstad.

At 2100/17, HMS Volunteer rejoined from Harstad.

At 0200/18, the destroyer HMS Brazen (Lt.Cdr. Sir M. Culme-Seymour, RN) joined. At 1445/18, the destroyer HMS Antelope (Lt.Cdr. R.T. White, RN) joined. At 1800/18, HMS Encounter was detached to oil. HMS Tartar was detached on this day (no time given).

At 1612/19, HMS Encounter rejoined. At 1900/19, HMS Volunteer parted company to oil at Harstad.

At 1830/20, HMS Volunteer rejoined and HMS Brazen was detached to oil at Harstad.

At 1928/21, HMS Brazen rejoined.

Around 2345/22, HMS Volunteer and HMS Encounter lost touch in thick fog. They only rejoined at 1523/23, after the fog had cleared.

At 0455/24, HMS Antelope was detached followed by HMS Brazen at 1518/24. HMS Ark Royal, HMS Volunteer and HMS Encounter arrived at Scapa Flow around 1915/24.

22 Jul 1940
Loss of the ship reported. She was sunk while returning under tow, to port, after being attacked by enemy aircraft. Three planes were reported shot down. All the ship's crew were saved. (3)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16184
  2. ADM 199/376
  3. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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