HUNT-Class Escort Destroyer ordered
from John Brown at Clydebank, on 4th
July 1940 under the
Emergency Programme and laid down as Job Number 1578 on 20th November 1940. The ship was Launched
on 12th August 1941as the first RN ship to carry the name. Build was completed on 8th January
1942. After a
successful WARSHIP WEEK National Savings campaign in March 19 was 'adoptedI by
the civil community
of Spenborough, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
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trials and commissioned for service.
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials
completion of trials and storing took passage to Scapa Flow.
February Worked-up at
Scapa Flow with ships of Home Fleet.
Nominated for escort of Russian convoy.
Provided Local Escort for Russian Convoy PQ11 with HM
Escort Destroyer MIDDLETON
from PQ11 with Local Escort and returned to Scapa Flow.
(Note: This was the first Russian convoy escort
which included a HUNT Class Escort Destroyer.
Nominated for service in eastern
Mediterranean in 5th Destroyer Flotilla
passage to Gibraltar as escort to ss QUEEN VICTORIA and tug SAMSONIA with HM
HM Cruiser DAUNTLESS for passage to Cape of Good Hope.
May Joined 5th
Destroyer Flotilla at Alexandria.
with HM Escort Destroyers BEAUFORT and DULVERTON to assist defence of
Destroyer JACKAL returning; in tow to Alexandria after air attack.
(Note: This towing attempt failed. See WARSHIP LOSSES IN WW2 by D Brown.)
for escort. of Malta
relief convoy MW11 (Operation VIGOROUS).
(Editor's Note: check
The Supply of Malta by Arnold
Hague for details.)
with destroyers of 5th Flotilla and Fleet Destroyers for escort and screening
cruisers in defence of Convoy MW11.
heavy and sustained air attacks
nightfall convoy under attacks by E-Boats.
(Note: HM Cruiser NEWCASTLE and HM Destroyer HASTY were hit by
ordered to reverse course by CinC at Alexandria because of threat attack by
Italian surface warships.
later rescinded and convoy resumed westward course.
selected attack by dive bombers.
near misses and 2 hits aft resulted in major outbreak of fire and magazine
abandoned and sunk by torpedo from HM Escort Destroyer ALDENHAM and gunfire
HM Escort Destroyer HURWORTH.
survivors were rescued.
full details of this disastrous operation and the conflicting instructions
from the shore
CinC, see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by Corelli Barnett, THE
BATTLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN by D Macintyre, MALTA CONVOYS by
Woodman and Naval Staff History.)
CONVOY ESCORT MOVEMENTS
of HMS AIREDALE
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)