TUMULT-Class Destroyer ordered with the 6th Emergency
Flotilla on 13th March 1941 from John Brown of Clydebank. The ship was laid down on 10th November 1941 and
launched on 23rd September 1942. She was the second RN ship to bear this name, previously used in 1805
for a hired ship. In March 1942 following a successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign she was
adopted by the civil community of Walthamstow, Greater London, now part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.
The build was completed on 8th March 1943 and she was fitted for use as a Flotilla Leader.
B a t t l e H o n o u r s
SICILY 1943 - SALERNO 1943
- MEDITERRANEAN 1943-44 - AEGEAN 1944 - SOUTH FRANCE
1944 - ADRIATIC 1944 - OKINAWA 1945
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March Contractor's trials and
8th Build completion
and commenced Acceptance Trials
service in 24th Destroyer Flotilla as Leader.
Passage to Scapa Flow to work-up with ships of Home Fleet for
April Worked up with Home
Fleet at Scapa Flow.
completion took passage to Mediterranean.
May Deployed for screening
duties of major units.
Part of screen for HM Cruisers AURORA, NEWFOUNDLAND, ORION, PENELOPE
with Mediterranean Fleet destroyers and Motor Torpedo
Boats for surrender of
CORKSCREW - General Eisenhower was embarked on board HMS AURORA).
Deployed for Fleet screening during preparation for planned allied
landings in Sicily
– For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
Barnett and Naval Staff History.)
8th Sailed from Malta with HM
Destroyer TUMULT for Fleet screening in support of HUSKY.
10th Part of destroyer screen for HM
Battleships NELSON, RODNEY, WARSPITE and VALIANT,
Carriers INDOMITABLE and FORMIDABLE, HM Cruisers PENELOPE,
CLEOPATRA, and EURYALUS with HM Destroyers QUILLIAM,
QUEENBOROUGH, QUAIL, ISIS, FAULKNOR, ECHO,
INTREPID, ECLIPSE, FURY,
TUMULT, TYRIAN, OFFA, Polish ORP PIORUN and Greek
(Note: These major
warships were deployed in the Ionian Sea to provide cover against any
attempt by Italian surface warships to interfere with landings.)
August Deployment for Fleet
screening in continuation.
31st Deployed as part of screen for
HMS NELSON, HMS RODNEY and HMS ORION to provide
support during allied landings in Calabria.
BAYTOWN - See above references).
2nd Provided additional naval
gunfire support for Calabrian landings.
9th Deployed with destroyer screen
for major units providing cover against Italian
warships during allied landings at Salerno.
AVALANCHE - See above references).
units and screen were same ships as for HUSKY).
11th Under heavy air attack off
Salerno and provided AA protection to Fleet units.
October Deployed with Fleet screen
and support of military operations in Italy.
November Bombarded shore targets at
December Deployed with ships of Flotilla
for support of military operations on the East
coast of Italy
based at Bari.
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January Deployed in Adriatic for attacks on shipping and support of military
operations, based at Brindisi.
bombardment of Dubrovnic and island of Korcula.
3rd Sank supply ship during attack
off Civitanova with HM Destroyer TUMULT
8th Took part in bombardment of
San Bendetto until 10th.
(Note: Ship ran
aground off Italian coast but was refloated without major
deployment in continuation.
27th Bombarded targets at Curzola
with HMS TUMULT.
Deployed In Adriatic and Eastern Mediterranean for convoy defence,
to support of
support of planned attack on island of Pantelleria and deployed in
Malta for preparatory
meetings and exercises. (Operation CORKSCREW)
31st Took part in bombardment of
Pantelleria with HM Cruiser ORION and HM
2nd Took part in
farther bombardment at Pantelleria with HMS ORION and HM
10th Deployed with HM Cruisers
AURORA, ORION, NEWFOUNDLAND,
EURYALUS as screen with HM Destroyers LAFOREY, LOOKOUT,
TARTAR, NUBIAN and WHADDON to cover landings
(Note: General Eisenhower was embarked in HMS AURORA.)
11th Present during landings after
which Italian Rear Admiral Pavesi surrendered the
14th Deployed with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND
and found island of Lampione deserted.
20th Nominated for support of planned
landings on Sicily and deployed for preparatory
July Preparation for
support of assault landings with ships of Flotilla. Joined HM Escort
Carriers KHEDIVE, EMPEROR, SEARCHER, PURSUER and
ROYALIST and DELHI with HM Destroyers TUSCAN, TYRIAN, TEAZER,
destroyer NAVARINON and HM Escort Destroyer WHEATLAND
duty during air operations as Task Group 88.1
from Malta with TF88.1
15th Present during landings in South
DRAGOON –formerly ANVIL
See INVASION OF THE SOUTH OF FRANCE (HMSO),
MORE CLOSELY by
C Barnett and BRITISH INVASION FLEETS by J de Winser.).
18th With TG88.1 at Maddalena to
refuel and for rest period.
21st Redeployed with screen off
24th With TG88.1 at Maddalena.
28th Released from DRAGOON and
reverted to RN control.
Flotilla in Eastern Mediterranean with British Aegean Force
re-occupation of islands and preparation for landings in Greece.
13th Sank small Transport TON1 north
of Crete with HM Destroyer TUSCAN during an
intercept craft evacuating German garrison.
19th Participated in sinking of U407
south of Meloe in position 36.27N 24.33E
TERPSICHORE, BRECON, ZETLAND and Polish ORP GARLAND.
October Patrol and support duty in Aegean.
service with Flotilla in Pacific after refit
to Chatham for refit prior to service with 24th Flotilla in British Pacific
December Under refit by HM Dockyard, Chatham.
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January Under refit.
February On completion of refit carried out post refit trials prior to storing
for foreign service.
Took passage to
Malta to work-up for service with Flotilla in British Pacific Fleet
March On completion of work-up with ships of Mediterranean Fleet took
passage to Australia
via Suez to
prepare for service in with Flotilla as part of Task Force 57
April On arrival at Sydney
prepared for operational service under US Navy overall command.
Pennant Number for visual signalling
purposes changed to D49 to conform to US Navy
identity for destroyers.
Took passage to
forward British Base at Manus for deployment with Flotilla in BPF.
TF57 with HM Destroyers NAPIER, NEPAL, TENACIOUS and TERMAGANT.
destroyers in screen for HM Aircraft Carriers VICTORIOUS
FORMIDABLE after series of
attacks by KAMIKAZE during air operations in
(Operation ICEBERG - For details of BPF operations see
OPERATION PACIFIC by
E Grey, THE FORGOTTEN FLEET by
J Winton. TASK FORCE 57 by P Smith and
WAR WITH JAPAN
completion of TF57 air operations on Sakishima Gunto detached and joined HM
GEORGE V as destroyer screen with HM Destroyers TENACIOUS
for passage to Guam.
KING GEORGE V was taking Admiral Rawlings for visit to US Navy
CinC Pacific Fleet.)
28th Arrived at Guam.
Passage to Manus with HMS KING GEORGE V to rejoin ships of TF57
nominated for duty with Task Group 111.2 under RN command for air
bombardment of Truk (Operation INMATE)
12th Formed Task Unit 111.2.15 with HM
Destroyers TENACIOUS, TERPSICHORE
for screening of HM Aircraft Carrier IMPLACABLE, HM
UGANDA (RCN) and ACHILLES (RNZN).
15th Carried out bombardment of Truk
with HMS NEWFOUNDLAND when air operations
had been completed.
16th Passage to Manus
with Task Force 111.2.
to US 3rd Fleet as Task Force 38 with ships of BPF after changes in US
structure in Pacific area..
Force 37 comprised HMS KING GEORGE V, HM Aircraft Carriers
FORMIDABLE and VICTORIOUS,
NEWFOUNDLAND, ACHILLES, UGANDA, GAMBIA,
and BLACK PRINCE screened by 15
18th Ships of BPF Joined US TG 38 for
series of combined attacks on the Tokyo and
in continuation during operations and replenishment.
August Deployment with TF37
screen during Joint operations with US TF38 including
on targets in North Honshu and Hokkaido.
12th Re-deployed as part of US TF38 in
Task Group with HMS KING GEORGE V,
INDEFATIGABLE, HM Cruisers GAMBIA and NEWFOUNDLAND as
HM Destroyers TERMAGANT, TENACIOUS, TEAZER
NAPIER and WRANGLER.
remaining British ships of TF37 were withdrawn from the operation
because of difficulties in obtaining
fuel from the RN Fleet Train and the
increasing maintenance problems (See above references))
. 14th Refuelled from US Navy tankers.
15th Deployed with screen for TG38.5
during final air strikes on Japan.
27th Passage to
Sagami Wan with BPF units for attendance at formal surrender ceremony.
2nd Present with BPF
units at Japanese surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay.
P o s t W a r N o t e s
HMS TROUBRIDGE returned to UK later in 1945 with ships of
the 24th Flotilla and was retained in commission. She served in the Mediterranean with the 3rd
Destroyer Flotilla as its Leader after HMS SAUMAREZ had been badly damaged by a. mine off Corfu. The
ship was paid off into Reserve at Chatham In 1949. She was selected for conversion to a Type
15 Anti-Submarine Frigate in 1955 by HM Dockyard, Portsmouth but later transferred to JS White
at Cowes for completion. Commissioned for service in 1957 this ship was deployed In the West
Indies and in the Home Fleet until 1962. After a refit in Malta in 1964 she re-commissioned for service in
24th Escort Squadron. HMS TROUBRIDGE finally paid off on 27th March 1969 and was placed on the
Disposal List. On 5th May 1970 she arrived at Newport, Gwent under tow of HM Tug REWARD to be
broken-up by Messrs Cashmore.
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
by Don Kindell
These convoy lists have not been cross-checked
with the text above
Date convoy sailed
Joined convoy as escort
Date convoy arrived
(Note on Convoys)