HMS Intrepid Dad served from 18-10-42 to 26-06-43
  HMS Intrepid 1937 on acceptance trials
Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-41, Dunkirk 1940, Norway 1941-42, Bismark 1941,
Arctic 1941-43, Malta Convoys 1942, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Aegean 1943.
 
 

'I' Class Destroyers


Displacement: 1,370 tons; (Inglefield 1,544)
Dimensions: L 330', B 33', D 19' 17"
Propulsion: 34,000 hp engines; 35.5 knots (Inglefield 36)
Complement: 145 (Inglefield 175)
Armament: 4 twin 4.7" guns; 2 quad 0.5" MG; 2 quin 21" torpedoes.
 

HMS Inglefield (D02)

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Built by Cammell Laird. Launched October 1936.
Bombed by German glider bomb off Anzio, 25-02-44.
 

HMS Icarus (D03) (I03)

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Built by John Brown, Clydebank. Laid Down 16th March 1936.
Launched 26th November 1936. Commissioned 3rd May 1937.
Survived the war. Paid off August 1946.
 

HMS Ilex (D61) (I61)

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Built by John Brown, Clydebank. Laid Down 16th March 1936.
Launched 28th January 1937. Commissioned 7th July 1937.
Survived the war. Paid off 1947.
 

HMS Imogen (D44)

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Built by Hawthorn Leslie. Laid Down 18th January 1936.
Launched 30th October 1936. Commissioned 2nd June 1937.
Sunk after collision with Glasgow , Pentland Firth, 16-07-40.
 

HMS Imperial (D09)

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Built by Hawthorn Leslie. Launched December 1936.
Bombed by German a/c, Crete, 28-05-41.
 

HMS Impulsive (D11) (I11)

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Built by White’s of Cowes. Launched March 1937.
Sank U-457 16-08-42 on PQ18.
Survived the war.
 

HMS Intrepid (D10) (I10)

[1937] [Marseilles, April 1938] [1938] [March 1942] [1942]
Built by White’s of Cowes.
Laid down January 1936. Launched 17th December 1936.
Bombed and sunk by German aircraft, Leros Harbour (Greece) 27-09-43.
Luckily my Dad had left the ship 3 months before this happened!
 

HMS Isis (D87)

Built by Yarrow. Launched November 1936.
Mined off Normandy by German midget sub, 20-07-44.
 

HMS Ivanhoe (D16) (I16)

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Built by Yarrow. Launched February 1937.
Mined 01-09-40 off Texel. Finished off by MTB Kelvin.
 

Intrepid's War Diary

October 1938: In Malta Dockyard to be converted to minelayer (64 mines) along with Icarus, Ivanhoe and Impulsive.
November 1939: Pennant number changed to I10 and the 3 red bands removed from after funnel. Extension fitted to the front of 'X' gun deck to put depth charge throwers over the top of the mines. Two feet were cut off the top of the funnels to reduce 'Top-weight'. 'A' & 'Y' guns and both sets of torpedo tubes had to be temporarily removed when laying mines and mine rails brought up from racks in the boiler room. Paravanes fitted.
November 29th 1939: Commander R.C. Gordon took over as Captain from Commander Josslyn.
December 1939: Becomes part of 20th (Minelaying) Flotilla.
December 17th/18th 1939: Laid minefield in the mouth of the river Ems with Express, Esk, and Ivanhoe on operation IB.
February 1940: Sailed to the Norwegian coast with destroyers Cossack, Sikh, Nubian, and Ivanhoe and the cruiser Arethusa to search for the Altmark (supply vessel for Admiral Graf Spee), which held merchant seaman prisoners. Intrepid was the first to spot her and fired some 4.7-inch shells across her bows before Cossack came on the scene and earned a place in British history: "The Navy's here!"
May 29th 1940: Rescued 661 soldiers at Dunkirk [photo].
May 30th 1940: Hit by 250-pound anti-personnel bomb from a Ju 87, forty feet off port side. Two killed and 25 injured.
November 2nd 1940: Hit by mine off Hartlepool. Hull not breached but damage to heavy machinery. 7 weeks of repairs.
May 1941: Rejoins 3rd Destroyer Flotilla.
October 1941: Fitted with the 271 radar set (detected a/c up to 50 miles & surface targets up to 20 miles) at Tilbury.
November 1941: First Russian convoy duty - PQ3.
December 1941: Christmas in Murmansk.
January 1942: New Captain - Commander Charles De W. Kitcat.
February 4th 1942: Joins double convoy PQ9/PQ10.
February 12th 1942: Joins QP7 returning to Scapa.
March 1st 1942: Sailed with the Home Fleet to look for Tirpitz.
June 27th 1942: Escorts QP13. The ill-fated PQ17 set sail the same day.
August 1942: Joins 8th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean. Part of Operation Pedestal. Led convoy through Minefield QBB255 (between Tunisia and Sicily).
September 8th 1942: Part of PQ18.
October 13th 1942: Sailed for Murmansk with medical supplies and hospital equipment for the survivors of PQ18. The Russians refused to allow the supplies to be landed.
October 18th 1942: Dad joins the ship.
November 1942: Left Scapa to escort returning convoy QP15. Captain Kitcat recalls: "We had a heavy cross sea as we came along the Icelandic coast towards Seidisfiord with only 30 tons of fuel remaining (i.e. no ballast). On the crest of a heavy swell we broached and keeled right over and hung for what seemed hours before recovering. The ship went over 63 degrees according to the engine room pendulum. The maximum angle to which the ship could roll and still recover was 66 degrees." My Dad remembers this all to well as he was in his hammock at the time and when it touched the deckhead (roof) he was about to climb out but then thought better of it. This event was more frightening for him then any other war incident!
January 1st to 25th 1943: Refitting in the Humber.
February 17th 1943: Arrives at Seidisfiord to become part of destroyer escort for convoy JW53 to Murmansk.
March 1st 1943: Part of return convy RA53.
March 18th 1943: Escorted Milne from Scrabster to Scapa when she was carrying King George VI on a visit to the Home Fleet.
April to May 1943: Briefly part of the 4th Escort Group supporting North American convoys but mainly based at Hvalfiord patrolling the Denmark Strait with Belfast. She was also part of the screen for Anson.
June 17th 1943: Leaves Scapa to join the Mediterranean Fleet as part of the 8th Destroyer Flotilla. The force consisted of Warspite, Valiant, Nelson, Rodney, criusers, and the 4th, 8th and 24th Destroyer Flotillas.
June 23rd 1943: Arrives at Gibraltar. Dad leaves the ship to go back to Chatham (HMS Pembroke).
July 7th 1943: Left Alexandria as part of the escorting force for the invasion of Sicily.
September 7th 1943: Left Malta as part of the escort of Force H, consisting of Nelson, Rodney, Valiant and Warspite, and carriers Illustrious and Formidable. They were to form the covering force for the invasion of Salerno. The next day they rendezvoused north of Sicily with King George V and Howe.
September 10th/11th 1943: Warspite with Intrepid on her port bow led the surrendered Italian fleet into Malta.
September 16th 1943: Joins the Eastern Mediterranean Command at Alexandria.
More to follow .............

 
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