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HMS Firedrake - World Naval Ships Directory

HMS Firedrake

Name : HMS Firedrake
Laid Down : 5th July 1933
Launched : 28th June 1934
Completed : 30th May 1935
Type : Destroyer
Class : F
Builder : Vickers
Country : UK
Pennants : H79
Fate : Sunk 17th December 1942.

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HMS Firedrake, July 1935.

Timeline Entries :


28th June 1934 - Launched
28th June 1934 - Pennant H79
11th February 1935 - 6th Destroyer Flotilla
11th February 1936 - Sailed Gibraltar
7th March 1936 - Sailed UK for Malta
2nd April 1936 - 6th Destroyer Flotilla
30th May 1936 - Arrived Mersa Matruh
20th July 1936 - Arrived Sheerness
10th October 1936 - Arrived Rosyth
19th April 1937 - Arrived La Rochelle
29th June 1937 - Arrived Bristol
21st July 1937 - Arrived Sheerness
21st July 1937 - Sailed Portsmouth for Sheerness
22nd October 1937 - Sailed Gibraltar
January 1938 - 6th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
30th March 1938 - Arrived Sheerness
4th April 1938 - Lt.Cdr. Stephen Hugh Norris, RN In Command
17th January 1939 - Sailed Sheerness
22nd January 1939 - Arrived Bordeaux
26th January 1939 - Sailed Bordeaux
30th July 1939 - Sailed Sheerness
August 1939 - 8th Destroyer Flotilla, Home Fleet
15th August 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow for exercises
21st August 1939 - Arrived Invergordon
27th August 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow
31st August 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow. Deployed in the North Sea between the Orkneys and Norway.
3rd September 1939 - 8th Destroyer Flotilla, Division 16, Home Fleet, Scapa Flow
6th September 1939 - Arrived Scapa Flow
14th September 1939 - Sunk U-39 North west of Ireland after a failed torpedo attempt U-39
1st October 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow for Loch Ewe
2nd October 1939 - Arrived Loch Ewe
4th October 1939 - Investiged Submarine report 60 miles SSW of Sumburgh Head
8th October 1939 - Damaged by heavy weather. Detached to the Clyde
8th October 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow
9th October 1939 - Arrived Clyde
11th October 1939 - Arrive Loch Ewe
14th October 1939 - Sailed Loch Ewe. Arrived at Scapa Flow later the same day
15th October 1939 - Sailed Scapa Flow
23rd October 1939 - Sailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
25th October 1939 - Arrived the Clyde
26th October 1939 - Sailed the Clyde to cover the Atlantic convoy routes, including Halifax convoys
28th October 1939 - Arrived on the Clyde
29th October 1939 - Joined Main force at sea
1st November 1939 - Arrived Rosyth
2nd November 1939 - Repairs completed at the Clyde
23rd November 1939 - Sailed the Clyde for a position off the Norwegian coast
24th November 1939 - At Sea
1st December 1939 - North of the Faroes to cover AMCs returning to Northern Patrol
4th December 1939 - Arrived Loch Ewe en route to the Clyde
13th December 1939 - Sailed Loch Ewe
22nd December 1939 - Arrived Loch Ewe with the 1st Minesweeping Flotilla arrived at Loch Ewe
24th December 1939 - Sailed Loch Ewe for the Clyde
25th December 1939 - Sailed Greenock
28th December 1939 - Joined Convoy TC
29th December 1939 - Arrived in the Clyde
4th January 1940 - Sailed Greenock on patrol
11th January 1940 - Arrived Greenock
14th January 1940 - Sailed Greenock on patrol
17th January 1940 - Arrived at Scapa Flow
17th January 1940 - Sent to search for U-Boat seven miles 10 of Muckle Flugga
18th January 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow
18th January 1940 - 8th Destroyer Flotilla
20th January 1940 - Attacked submarine contacts, east of the Faroes in 62-27N, 2-01W
24th January 1940 - Arrived in the Clyde from patrol.
24th January 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
2nd February 1940 - Sailed Greenock for an anti-submarine sweep towards the Mull of Kintyre
7th February 1940 - Arrived in the Clyde
8th February 1940 - Sailed The Clyde on patrol
14th February 1940 - Refuelled at Sullom Voe and returned to Battle Group
15th February 1940 - At sea near Pentland Firth covering Operation DT
19th February 1940 - Sailed the Clyde
24th February 1940 - Arrived Greenock.
28th February 1940 - Sailed the Clyde
3rd March 1940 - Sailed Plymouth for the Clyde
3rd March 1940 - Sailed Plymouth for the Clyde
4th March 1940 - Arrived the Clyde
4th March 1940 - Arrived in the Clyde
7th March 1940 - Sailed The Clyde
9th March 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
12th March 1940 - Escorted 1st Cruiser Squadron on a full caliber shoot west of the Orkneys
12th March 1940 - Searched for submarine reported by aircraft east of South Ronaldsay
12th March 1940 - Sailed the Clyde for Scapa Flow
13th March 1940 - Patrolled on a line south of Canntlick Head to Sandwick Bay, South Ronaldshay.
13th March 1940 - Due to damage to the anti-submarine nets at Scapa Flow patrolled approaches to Hoxa Sound.
19th March 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow to search for Submarine near Holm Sound
20th March 1940 - Sailed Scapa Flow on Operation DU
23rd March 1940 - Arrived Scapa Flow
24th March 1940 - Attacked a submarine contact in the Pentland Skerries
25th March 1940 - Carrying out Anti-submarine operations N.E. of the Orkneys
25th March 1940 - Ordered to Moray Firth for patrol
25th March 1940 - A/S Submarine work between Scapa Flow and Sullom Voe
26th March 1940 - Attacked a submarine contact ESE of Copinsay
27th March 1940 - Sailed Invergordon to rendevous with HMS Tribune
28th March 1940 - Sailed to Greenock
30th March 1940 - Arrived Greenock
30th March 1940 - Sailed Greenock for Cardiff for repairs and refit
1st April 1940 - 8th Destroyer Flotilla, 16th Division
1st April 1940 - Lt. Cdr. S.N. Norris in Command
1st April 1940 - Repairing at Cardiff
27th August 1940 - Deployed as escort for HM Auxiliary Minelayers Southern Prince, Port Napier, Port Quebec and Menestheus of 1st Minelaying Squadron
18th October 1940 - HMS Firedrake, with the assistance of HMS Wrestler and two Saunders-Roe London Flying boats of 202 Squadron RAF, Firedrake sank the Italian submarine Durbo (Tenete DI Vasc. Armando Acanfora) east of Gibraltar. The submarine surfaced and was abandoned at 19.50 hrs and sank soon afterwards. The entire crew of 46 officers and men were rescued by the Firedrake and taken prisoner.
27th November 1940 - Battle Of Cape Spartivento, Sardinia
27th November 1940 - Force H
4th May 1942 - Cdr. William Eric Banks, DSC, RN In Command
1st September 1942 - Cdr. Eric Henry Tilden, DSC, RN In Command
16th December 1942 - Sunk

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