Allied Warships

HMS Escort (H 66)

Destroyer of the E class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 66 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Nov 1932 
Laid down30 Mar 1933 
Launched29 Mar 1934 
Commissioned6 Nov 1934 
Lost11 Jul 1940 
Loss position36° 11'N, 3° 37'W

HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. John Bostock, DSC, RN) was torpedoed in the forward boiler room by the Italian submarine Guglielmo Marconi in position 36º11'N, 03º37'W. She foundered east of Gibraltar while under tow.


Commands listed for HMS Escort (H 66)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Bostock, RN31 Jul 193911 Jul 1940

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Notable events involving Escort include:

3 Sep 1939
HMS Electra (Lt.Cdr. S.A. Buss, RN) and HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN) together pick up 481 survivors from the British passenger ship Athenia which was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 about 250 nautical miles west of Inishtrahull in position 56°44'N, 14°05'W.

25 Feb 1940
German U-boat U-63 tried to attack convoy HN-14, in doing so she was sighted by the British submarine HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN). The escorting destroyers HMS Escort (Lt.Cdr. J. Bostock, RN), HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Imogen (Cdr. C.L. Firth, RN) were warned. They located, attacked and sank U-63 with depth charges south east of the Shetland Islands.

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