Allied Warships

HMS Vimy (D 33)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantD 33 
Built byWilliam Beardmore & Co. (Dalmuir, Scotland) 
Ordered30 Jun 1916 
Laid down15 Mar 1917 
Launched28 Dec 1917 
Commissioned19 Mar 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort at Portsmouth Dockyard was finished in June 1941. This ship was the first of the V & W-class destroyers to be converted to a Long Range Escort.

HMS Vimy is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy list

Scrapped in February 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Vimy (D 33)

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1Lt.Cdr. Ivo Thomas Clark, RN15 Jun 19398 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Colin George Walter Donald, RN8 Nov 193923 May 1940 (+)
3Lt.Cdr. Richard George Kirby Knowling, RN23 May 194028 May 1940 (+)
4Lt. Adrian Paul Northey, RN28 May 194030 May 1940
5Lt.Cdr. (retired) Michael Wentworth Ewart-Wentworth, RN30 May 194020 Jul 1940
6Lt.Cdr. Dermod James Boris Jewitt, RN20 Jul 1940early 1941

7Lt.Cdr. Henry Graham Dudley de Chair, RN20 May 19411 Dec 1942
8Lt.Cdr. Richard Been Stannard, VC, RD, RNR1 Dec 194228 Mar 1943
9Lt.Cdr. John Neil Kelly Knight, RN28 Mar 194324 Jun 1944
10Lt.Cdr. Karl Henry John Lynch Phibbs, RN24 Jun 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Vimy include:

21 Sep 1941
The Italian submarine Luigi Torelli (offsite link) is heavily damaged by depth charges from HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) while escorting the convoy HG-73 in the North Atlantic.

The loss of the Italian submarine Alessandro Malaspina (offsite link) that is often credited to HMS Vimy is incorrect. Her fate was revised in March 2004 by Dr. Axel Niestlé and Eric Zimmerman.

3 Sep 1942
German U-boat U-162 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north-east of Trinidad, in position 12°21'N, 59°29'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) HMS Pathfinder (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Quentin (Lt.Cdr. A.H.P. Noble, DSC, RN).

18 Sep 1942
HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN) picks up 17 survivors of the American merchant West Lashaway that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-66 about 375 miles east of Trinidad on 30 August.

4 Feb 1943
German U-boat U-187 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 50°12'N, 36°35'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Vimy (Lt.Cdr. R.B. Stannart, VC, RNR) and HMS Beverley (Lt.Cdr. R.A Price, RN).

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

In Peril On The Sea

Bell, R.W. and Lockerbie, D.Bruce

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