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History of  Royal Navy cruisers (heavy cruisers, light cruisers). Royal Navy cruiser website dedicated to the Dido Class. HMS Dido, HMS Euryalus, HMS Naiad, HMS Phoebe, HMS Sirius, HMS Bonaventure, HMS Hermione, HMS Charybdis, HMS Cleopatra, HMS Scylla, HMS Argonaut, including crew and families of ex-crew members notice board for the Dido Class cruisers.

HMS Naiad.  Built by Hawthorn Leslie  and launched 3rd February 1939 and completed 24th July 1940. HMS naiad served in the Home fleet between 1940 till 1941 going to the Mediterranean 194`1- 1942, she was sunk by U-565 of Crete 11th March 1942.

 

Specifications for HMS Dido, HMS Euryalus, HMS Naiad, HMS Phoebe, HMS Sirius, HMS Bonaventure, HMS Hermione, HMS Charybdis, HMS Cleopatra, HMS Scylla and HMS Argonaut.

 

Displacement: 5,450 tons   Speed: 33kts    Complement: 530 (556 as a Flagship)

Armament: Ten 5.25 inch de-perming guns in pairs. Eight 2pdr anti-aircraft guns in fours as well as eight 0.5 inch machine guns in fours.   Six 21 inch torpedo tubes in threes.

HMS Argonaut 6th September 1941 Broken up 1955.
HMS Bonaventure 19th April 1939 Sunk 31st March 1941.
HMS Charybdis 17th September 1940 Sunk 23rd October 1943.
HMS Cleopatra 27th March 1940 Broken up 1958.
HMS Dido 18th July 1939 Broken up 1958.
HMS Euryalus 6th June 1939 Broken up 1959.
HMS Hermione 18th May 1939 Sunk 16th June 1942.
HMS Naiad 3rd February 1939 Sunk 11th March 1942.
HMS Phoebe 25th March 1939 Broken up 1956.
HMS Scylla 24th July 1940 Broken up 1950.
HMS Sirius 18th September 1940 Broken up 1956.
HMS Argonaut

HMS Argonaut, May 1947.

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HMS Bonaventure

HMS Bonaventure.

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HMS Charybdis

HMS Charybdis, 1941.

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HMS Charybdis, 1942.

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HMS Charybdis as completed with a main armament of eight 4.5ins guns in pairs. Machine guns were replaced by six 20mm AA guns.

 

The crew of HMS Charybdis sent in by Stuart Jackson.

HMS Hermione

HMS Hermione, 1942.

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HMS Naiad

HMS Naiad, Sunk 11th March 1942

HMS Phoebe

HMS Phoebe, June 1942.

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HMS Phoebe, January 1944.

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HMS Phoebe, 1948.

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HMS Scylla

HMS Scylla.

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HMS Scylla, August 1943.

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HMS Dido with sister ship HMS Cleopatra at Red Bay N. Ireland 31 Oct. 1946. Photograph supplied by David Mitchell.

 

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HMS CHARYBDIS:

DUNCAN MALCOLM:  My Father Duncan Malcolm served on HMS Charybdis when it was torpedoed and sunk in 1943. He died in 1982 but I would love to hear from any survivors who might know him or have recollections of the tragedy. David Malcolm.  davy@malcolm-msd.freeserve.co.uk 

HMS PHOEBE:

FRANK RONALD PATTENDEN... served on the h.m.s phoebe  just after ww2 he was 15 around 1946-47 if anyone has pictures or storys please contact on nickypattenden@aol.com 

ALBERT WILLIAM DRAKE.. My uncle Albert served on HMS Phoebe during WW2 from 13/05/1942 -26/08/1942 when he was reported missing. He also served on HMS St Marys from 12/09/1940 - 09/07/1941 and HMS Holdernes from 27/06/1941 - 08/08/1941. If anyone can give me information on my uncle, fellow crew members or the ships mentioned contact me at jarvisaaw@aol.com 

JOHN FREDERICK DAVIS.. My dad served on HMS Phoebe during WWII. He was from Channel, Newfoundland in Canada and he often talked of his wartime experiences on HMS Phoebe. If anyone remembers him contact me at d_davis@canada.com 

HMS SIRIUS

Can you help my father  was the radio operator on HMS Sirius during the latter part of WW2, (1944) and I have been trying to find any information on any surviving crew members, or any information on re unions etc. If anyone can help please contact me Norma Davis at Normadavis2002@aol.com