Allied Warships

HMS Highlander (H 44)

Destroyer of the Havant class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassHavant 
PennantH 44 
Built byThornycroft (Southampton, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down28 Sep 1938 
Launched19 Oct 1939 
Commissioned18 Mar 1940 
End service 
History

Requisitioned by the Royal Navy on 4 September 1939 while being built for the Brazilian Navy. Named HMS Highlander.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 27 May 1946.

 
Former nameBrazilian Jaguaribe

Commands listed for HMS Highlander (H 44)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. William Alexander Dallmeyer, RN1 Jan 194014 Jan 1941
2Cdr. Sidney Boucher, RN14 Jan 194131 Jul 1942
3Cdr. Edward Campbell Lacy Day, RN31 Jul 194226 Aug 1943
4Cdr. Colin William McMullen, DSC, RN26 Aug 1943Dec 1943

5Cdr. Denys Arthur Rayner, DSC, RNVR20 Mar 1944ca. Sep 44
6Lt. Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, RNca. Sep 447 Feb 1945
7Cdr. (retired) Martyn Butt Sherwood, DSO, RN7 Feb 194520 Apr 1945
8Lt. Humphrey Edward Gregory Atkins, RN20 Apr 194528 Aug 1945
9Lt. Richard Edward Roe, RN28 Aug 1945early 1946

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Notable events involving Highlander include:


30 Mar 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN). (1)

4 Apr 1940
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Portland with HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN). (2)

26 Aug 1940
HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN) picks up survivors from the British merchant Yewcrest that was sunk with gunfire by German U-boat U-37 southwest of Iceland in position 55°10'N, 25°02'W.

13 Sep 1940
During the night of 13/14 September 1940 the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN), HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, RN), HMS Bulldog (Lt.Cdr. F.J.G. Hewitt, RN) and HMS Beagle (Lt.Cdr. R.H. Wright, RN) bombard Cherbourg in a sweep through the Seine Bay.

30 Oct 1940
German U-boat U-32 was sunk north-west of Ireland, in position 55°37'N, 12°19'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Harvester (Lt.Cdr. C.M. Thornton, RN) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. W.A. Dallmeyer, RN).

28 Jan 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) departed Liverpool for Rosyth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN).

At 1825 hours the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) also joined.

At 0850/29 the destroyer HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) joined until 1253 hours when she departed the screen.

Shortly before 1600/29 light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr M.J. Clark, RAN) joined. HMS Hesperus and HMS Havelock were then detached.

For the daily noon positions of HMS Prince of Wales during the passage from Liverpool to Rosyth see the map below.

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28 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Clover (Lt.Cdr. F.A. Shaw, RNR), HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN) and HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN). (4)

29 May 1942
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.S. Bridger, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Daneman (T/Lt. G.O.T.D. Henderson, RNVR), HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) K.W. Stewart, RN), USS Spry (Lt. M.W. Firth, USN) and HMS Pennyworth (T/Lt. R.A. Mason, RNVR). (4)

13 Sep 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. J.C.Y. Roxburgh, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Dunkery (T/Lt. S.M. Booker, RNVR) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN). (5)

12 Jan 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) A.W. Preston, RN) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. E.C.L. Day, RN). (6)

6 Sep 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Highlander (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN). (7)

26 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Linaria (T/A/Lt.Cdr. R.H. Jameson, RNR) and HMS Highlander (Cdr. C.W. McMullen, DSC, RN) and aircraft. (8)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16285
  2. ADM 173/16286
  3. ADM 53/114884
  4. ADM 173/17201
  5. ADM 173/17253
  6. ADM 173/17790
  7. ADM 173/17786
  8. ADM 173/17776

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


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