Allied Warships

HMS Valentine (i) (L 69)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

The wreck of HMS Valentine ca. 1980.

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 69 
ModFast escort 
Built byCammell Laird Shipyard (Birkenhead, U.K.) 
OrderedJul 1916 
Laid down7 Aug 1916 
Launched24 Mar 1917 
Commissioned27 Jun 1917 
Lost15 May 1940 
Loss position51° 20'N, 3° 49'E

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Devonport Dockyard completed on 28 March 1940. Pennant number was D 49 changed to L 69 upon completion of this reconstruction.

HMS Valentine (Cdr. Herbert James Buchanan, RAN) was beached and abandoned off Terneuzen, the Netherlands in position 51º20'N, 03º49'E after being bombed by German Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers on 15 May 1940.
The ship is still laying there, due the fact of possible explosives and a very nearby factory. With very low tide the bow is still visible in the mud.  

Commands listed for HMS Valentine (i) (L 69)

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1Cdr. Herbert James Buchanan, RAN1 Feb 194015 May 1940

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