Allied Warships

HMS Whitley (L 23)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantL 23 
ModFast escort 
Built byDoxford Shipyard (Sunderland, U.K.) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid downJun 1917 
Launched13 Apr 1918 
Commissioned14 Oct 1918 
Lost19 May 1940 
Loss position51° 09'N, 2° 39'E

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard was completed in October 1938.

On 19 May 1940 HMS Whitley (Lt.Cdr. Guy Neville Rolfe, RN) was badly damaged by German aircraft and beached between Nieuport and Ostend. She was later sunk by HMS Keith in position 51º09'04"N, 02º39'34"E.
The wreck lies in only 5 meter of water.


Commands listed for HMS Whitley (L 23)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Hart Dyke, RN24 Jun 193911 Dec 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Guy Neville Rolfe, RN11 Dec 193919 May 1940

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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