Summary

I created this listing on a whim after reading a post by my friend Tony Williams regarding the lack of data on RN destroyer losses.

This listing includes all RN, RAN and RCN destroyers that were either sunk or declared as a Constructive Total Loss (CTL). Near the end of the war, many damaged ships fell into this latter category as new construction more than outpaced losses.

Losses during 1939

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Blanche 13-Nov-39 Mined X
Gypsy 21-Nov-39 Mined X
Duchess 12-Dec-39 Collision with HMS Barham X
1939 Total
0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0

Losses during 1940

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Grenville 19-Jan-40 Mined X
Exmouth 27-Jan-40 Torpedoed by U22 X
Daring 3-Feb-40 Torpedoed by U23 X
Glowworm 8-Apr-40 Gunfire by and collision with German cruiser Admiral Hipper X
Gurkha 9-Apr-40 Bombed by Ju.87 and He.111 X
Hardy 10-Apr-40 Gunfire by German Destroyers Georg Thiele and Bernd von Arnim X
Hunter 10-Apr-40 a) Gunfire by German Destroyers Georg Thiele and Bernd von Arnim
b) Torpedo from Georg Thiele
c) Collision with HMS Hotspur
X
Afridi 3-May-40 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Valentine 13-May-40 Bombed by Ju.87
Salved and scrapped Jan-53
X
Whitley 19-May-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Wessex 24-May-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Wakeful 29-May-40 Torpedoed by S-30 X
Grafton 29-May-40 Torpedoed by U62 X
Grenade 29-May-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Keith 1-Jun-40 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Basilisk 1-Jun-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Havant 1-Jun-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Ardent 8-Jun-40 Sunk by gunfire from German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau X
Acasta 8-Jun-40 Sunk by gunfire from German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau X
Khartoum 22-Jun-40 Gunfire from Italian submarine Torricelli 1 X
Fraser 25-Jun-40 Collision with HMS Calcutta X
Whirlwind 5-Jul-40 Torpedoed by U34 X
Escort 11-Jul-40 Torpedoed by Italian submarine Marconi X
Imogen 16-Jul-40 Collision with HMS Glasgow X
Brazen 20-Jul-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Codrington 27-Jul-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Wren 27-Jul-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Delight 29-Jul-40 Bombed by German aircraft X
Hostile 21-Aug-40 Mined X
Esk 30-Aug-40 Mined X
Ivanhoe 1-Sep-40 Mined X
Venetia RAN 19-Oct-40 Mined X
Margaree RCN 22-Oct-40 Collision with MV Port Fairey X
Sturdy 30-Oct-40 Grounding, Island of Tiree, Scotland X
Cameron 15-Dec-40 Bombed by German aircraft
CTL, scrapped Nov-44
X
Acheron 17-Dec-40 Mined X
Hyperion 22-Dec-40 Torpedoed by Italian submarine Serpente X
1940 Total
6 1 6 0 6 14 4 0

Losses during 1941

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Gallant 10-Jan-41 Mined
CTL, expended as blockship at Malta, wreck broken up in 1953
X
Dainty 24-Feb-41 Bombed by Ju.88 X
Exmoor 25-Feb-41 Torpedoed by S-30 X
Mohawk 16-Apr-41 Torpedoed by Italian Destroyer Tarigo X
Wryneck 27-Apr-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Diamond 27-Apr-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Jersey 27-Apr-41 Mined X
Juno 21-May-41 Bombed by Italian Cant Z.1007 X
Greyhound 22-May-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Kelly 23-May-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Kashmir 23-May-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Mashona 28-May-41 Bombed by He.111 X
Imperial 29-May-41 Scuttled following a steering failure
Failure probably caused by near-misses from German aircraft bombs the previous day
X
Hereward 29-May-41 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Waterhen RAN 29-Jun-41 Bombed by German aircraft X
Defender 11-Jul-41 Bombed by German aircraft X
Fearless 23-Jul-41 Torpedoed by Italian aircraft X
Broadwater 18-Oct-41 Torpedoed by U101 X
Cossack 23-Oct-41 Torpedoed by U563 X
Stanley 19-Dec-41 Torpedoed by U574 X
Kandahar 20-Dec-41 Mined X
Thracian 24-Dec-41 Scuttled after suffering grounding damage at Hong Kong
Salved by the Japanese and commissioned as Patrol Boat No. 101 and later as Training Boat No. 1
Repatriated at the end of the war and scrapped in 1946
X
Vimiera 9-Jan-42 Mined X
1941 Total
0 2 3 1 4 12 1 0

Losses during 1942

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Gurkha 17-Jan-42 Torpedoed by U133 X
Matabele 17-Jan-42 Torpedoed by U454 X
Thanet 27-Jan-42 Gunfire from Japanese destroyers Amagiri, Hatsuyuki and Shirayuki X
Belmont 31-Jan-42 Torpedoed by U82 X
Maori 12-Feb-42 Bombed by German aircraft X
Electra 27-Feb-42 Gunfire from Japanese destroyer Asagumo X
Jupiter 27-Feb-42 Strayed into a Dutch minefield X
Encounter 1-Mar-42 Gunfire from Japanese cruisers Myoko and Ashigara X
Stronghold 1-Mar-42 Gunfire from Japanese cruiser Maya and destroyers Arashi and Nowaki X
Vortigern 15-Mar-42 Torpedoed by S-104 X
Heythrop 20-Mar-42 Torpedoed by U652 X
Southwold 24-Mar-42 Mined X
Jaguar 26-Mar-42 Torpedoed by U652 X
Legion 26-Mar-42 Bombed by German aircraft
CTL, scrapped 1946
X
Campeltown 28-Mar-42 Expended as a Blockship X
Tenedos 5-Apr-42 Bombed by Japanese aircraft X
Lance 5-Apr-42 Bombed by German aircraft
CTL, scrapped Jun-44
X
Havock 6-Apr-42 Grounding off Kelibia, Tunisia X
Vampire RAN 9-Apr-42 Bombed by Japanese aircraft X
Kingston 11-Apr-42 Bombed by German aircraft
CTL, used as a blockship at Malta, scrapped in situ 1950s
X
Punjabi 1-May-42 Collision with HMS King George V X
Lively 11-May-42 Bombed by Ju.88 X
Kipling 11-May-42 Bombed by Ju.88 X
Jackal 11-May-42 Bombed by Ju.88 X
Grove 12-Jun-42 Torpedoed by U77 (slowed due to grounding damage) X
Bedouin 15-Jun-42 a) Gunfire by Italian cruisers Raimondo Montecuccoli and Eugenio di Savoia
b) Torpedoed by Italian SM.79 aircraft
1/2 X 1/2 X
Hasty 15-Jun-42 Torpedoed by S-55 X
Airedale 15-Jun-42 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Nestor 16-Jun-42 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Wild Swan 17-Jun-42 Bombed by Ju.88 and collision with Spanish fishing vessel X
Foresight 11-Aug-42 Torpedoed by Italian SM.79 aircraft X
Berkeley 19-Aug-42 Bombed by German aircraft X
Eridge 29-Aug-42 Torpedoed by Italian torpedo boat MTSM.228
CTL, scrapped Oct-46
X
Ottawa 14-Sep-42 Torpedoed by U91 X
Sikh 14-Sep-42 Gunfire from German shore batteries X
Zulu 14-Sep-42 Bombed by Ju.87 and Ju.88 X
Somali 20-Sep-42 Torpedoed by U703 X
Voyager RAN 25-Sep-42 Grounding, Timor Island
Later attacked by Japanese aircraft but wrecked by own crew
X
Veteran 26-Sep-42 Torpedoed by U404 X
Broke 8-Nov-42 Gunfire by French shore batteries X
Martin 10-Nov-42 Torpedoed by U431 X
Saguenay RCN 15-Nov-42 Collision with SS Azara
CTL, used for training, scrapped in 1946
X
Ithuriel 28-Nov-42 Bombed by German aircraft X
Quentin 2-Dec-42 Bombed by Ju.88 X
Penylan 3-Dec-42 Torpedoed by S-115 X
Porcupine 9-Dec-42 Torpedoed by U602
CTL, scrapped May-46
X
Blean 11-Dec-42 Torpedoed by U443 X
Firedrake 17-Dec-42 Torpedoed by U211 X
Partridge 18-Dec-42 Torpedoed by U565 X
Achates 31-Dec-42 Gunfire from German cruiser Admiral Hipper X
1942 Total
7.5 4 14 1.5 2 16 4 1

Losses during 1943

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Harvester 11-Mar-43 Torpedoed by U444 X
Lightning 12-Mar-43 Torpedoed by S-55 and S-158 X
Derwent 19-Mar-43 Torpedoed by Italian aircraft X
Beverley 11-Apr-43 Torpedoed by U188 X
Pakenham 16-Apr-43 Scuttled following gunfire damage from Italian torpedo boat Cigno X
Puckeridge 6-Sep-43 Torpedoed by U617 X
St. Croix 20-Sep-43 Torpedoed by U305 X
Intrepid 27-Sep-43 Bombed by German aircraft X
Panther 3-Oct-43 Bombed by Ju.87 X
Hurworth 22-Oct-43 Mined X
Limbourne 22-Oct-43 Torpedoed by German T22 or T26 X
Eclipse 24-Oct-43 Mined X
Rockwood 11-Nov-43 Hit by Hs.293A glider bomb X
Dulverton 11-Nov-43 Hit by Hs.293A glider bomb X
Quail 15-Nov-43 Mined X
Tynedale 12-Dec-43 Torpedoed by U593 X
Holcombe 12-Dec-43 Torpedoed by U593 X
Worcester 23-Dec-43 Mined X
Hurricane 24-Dec-43 Torpedoed by U415 X
1943 Total
1 2 7 1 4 4 0 0

Losses during 1944

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Janus 23-Jan-44 Probably aircraft torpedo, but possibly Hs.293A glider bomb X
Hardy 30-Jan-44 Torpedoed by U278 X
Warwick 20-Feb-44 Torpedoed by U413 X
Inglefield 25-Feb-44 Hit by Hs.293A glider bomb X
Maharatta 25-Feb-44 Torpedoed by U990 X
Laforey 30-Mar-44 Torpedoed by U223 X
Athabaskan 29-Apr-44 Torpedoed by German T24 X
Wrestler 6-Jun-44 Mined
CTL, scrapped 15-Aug-44
X
Boadicea 13-Jun-44 Torpedoed by Ju.88 X
Fury 21-Jun-44 Mined
CTL, scrapped Sep-44
X
Swift 24-Jun-44 Mined X
Isis 20-Jul-44 Probably mined, but could have been torpedoed X
Goathland 24-Jul-44 Mined
CTL, scrapped Feb-46
X
Quorn 3-Aug-44 Human torpedo X
Rockingham 27-Sep-44 Mined X
Loyal 12-Oct-44 Mined
CTL, scrapped Aug-48
X
Skeena RCN 25-Oct-44 Grounding at Reykjavík, Iceland
Salved and scrapped 1946
X
Wensleydale 21-Nov-44 Collision with HM LST-367
CTL, scrapped Feb-46
X
Aldenham 14-Dec-44 Mined X
1944 Total
0 1 5 2 8 1 2 0

Losses during 1945

Name Date Cause Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Walpole 6-Jan-45 Mined X
Pathfinder 11-Feb-45 Bombed by Japanese Army aircraft
CTL, scrapped 1948
X
1945 Total
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

Total Losses

Gunfire Ship Torpedo Submarine Torpedo Aircraft Torpedo Mine Bombs Accident Other
Category Totals
14.5 10 35 5.5 27 48 12 1
Grand Total 2
153

Notes

1 The Admiralty report on the loss of Khartoum includes a theory that the torpedo air flask explosion that led to her loss could have been the result of corrosion or a manufacturing flaw and that similar air flask explosions had previously been reported in other ships. However, inspections of other destroyers failed to find corrosion problems of this nature and the exact cause of her loss probably cannot be determined.

2 The following warships are sometimes noted, but in my opinion they were not RN war losses.

Branlebas - Ex-French torpedo boat, 600 tonnes class. Foundered in bad weather while under RN control. This was a TB, not a destroyer, and was more the size of a corvette.

HMS Bruce - I had a chuckle about this one as she is listed as being "Lost" on 22 Nov. 1939 in "Warships of World War II" yet I could not find her listed anywhere else as a war loss. Some references I consulted did not even include her as a World War II warship. I finally found that she had been designated as a target and was sunk during exercises off Hong Kong. The date of her sinking is, of course, after the start of the European War but prior to the start of the Pacific War. Having been sunk as a target, she cannot be considered as a war loss.

RNN Eskdale (ex-HMS Eskdale). A Hunt class destroyer transferred to Norwegian control. Hit by two torpedoes fired by S-90 and sunk on 14 Apr. 1943. Not a RN warship at the time of her loss.

RHN Adrias (ex-HMS Border). A Hunt class destroyer transferred to Greek control. Declared CTL after being mined on 22 Oct. 1943. Not a RN warship at the time she was damaged.

HMS Saumarez - Declared CTL after striking a mine on 22 Oct. 1945 while transiting the Corfu Straits in Albanian waters. Note the date, this was a post-war loss.

Sources


"S-Boote: German E-boats in action" by Jean-Philippe Dallies-Labourdette
"The Admiralty Regrets: British Warship Losses of the 20th Century" by Paul Kemp
"Warships of World War II" by H.T. Lenton & J.J. Colledge (Ian Allen Series)
"Struggle for the Middle Sea: The Great Navies at War in the Mediterranean Theater, 1940-1945" by Vincent P. O'Hara
"Crete 1941: The Battle at Sea" by David A. Thomas
"German Destroyers of World War Two (Second Edition)" and "Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia" both by M.J. Whitley
Naval History Net entry for HMS Wensleydale

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