Allied Warships

HMS Limbourne (L 57)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 57 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered28 Jul 1940 
Laid down8 Apr 1941 
Launched12 May 1942 
Commissioned23 Oct 1942 
Lost23 Oct 1943 
Loss position48° 59'N, 3° 39'W

HMS Limbourne (A/Cdr. Walter John Phipps, MVO, RN) was heavily damaged by the German torpedo boats T 22 and T 24 along with cruiser HMS Charybdis in the English Channel. Sunk in position 48º59'N, 03º39'W by HMS Rocket and HMS Talybont when impossible to salvage.


Commands listed for HMS Limbourne (L 57)

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1Cdr. Conrad Byron Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN1 Sep 194220 Oct 1943
2A/Cdr. Walter John Phipps, OBE, RN20 Oct 194323 Oct 1943

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Notable events involving Limbourne include:

5 Dec 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. C. Gordon, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Limbourne (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN) and HMS Racehorse (Cdr. A.F. Burnell-Nugent, DSC, RN). (1)

23 Jun 1943
HMS H 34 (T/Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Limbourne (Cdr. C.B. Alers-Hankey, DSC, RN), HMS Wensleydale (Lt. J.A. McClure, DSC, RN), HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), HMCS Galt (T/Lt. A.M. Kirkpatrick, RCNVR), HMCS St. Francis (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and HMCS Sackville (Lt. A.H. Rankin, RCNVR). (2)


  1. ADM 173/17220
  2. ADM 173/17795

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

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