HMS Zephyr (R 19)
Destroyer of the Z class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons|
|Ordered||12 Feb 1942|
|Laid down||13 Jul 1942|
|Launched||15 Jul 1943|
|Commissioned||6 Sep 1944|
Scrapped at Dunston on 2 July 1958.
Commands listed for HMS Zephyr (R 19)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Fitzroy Duyland Bush, DSC, RN||18 Jul 1944||15 Dec 1944|
|2||Capt. John Hamilton Allison, DSO, RN||15 Dec 1944||25 Jun 1945|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Cuthbert Richard Purse, DSC, RN||25 Jun 1945|
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Notable events involving Zephyr include:
14 Sep 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN), HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) and later on the day with HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and 2 Bars, RN). (1)
18 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Vigilant (Lt.Cdr. L.W.L. Argles, RN) and HMS Vesper (Lt.Cdr. V.D. Ravenscroft, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with HMS Zephyr (Capt. J.H. Allison, DSO and Bar, RN). (2)
31 Dec 1944
On 31 Dec, 1944, the British destroyer HMS Zephyr (Lt.Cdr. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and 2 Bars, RN) was slightly damaged by an explosion west of the Pentland Firth. According to British reports this was very likely caused by a floating mine and not by a torpedo. U-1020 was long believed to have hit the destroyer. (3)
- ADM 173/19129
- ADM 173/18917
- Personal communication
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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