HMS Faulknor (1935) DD (3rd)
This the third ship to carry the name HMS Faulknor was an
Exmouth Class (1934), destroyer leader.
Built by Yarrow, laid down 31-Jul-1933, launched 12-Jun-1934 and commissioned 24-May-1935.
Took part in the King George V Silver Jubilee Fleet Review 16-Jul-1935.
At the start of WW2 was the destroyer leader of the 8th Destroyer Flotilla. Was attached to the Home Fleet and assisted in sinking U-39 and U-27 before the end of the year.
In Mar-1940 assisted in sinking U-44 then took part in the Norwegian Campaign.
17-Jun-1940 went to Gibraltar to Force H, and operations at Mers-el-Kebir, Dakar and the French Cameroons, together with several Malta convoys.
May-141 saw operations in the Atlantic against the Bismarck. Then convoy escort west of Gibraltar, and anti-blockade runner strikes into the Bay of Biscay.
Returned home at the end of 1941 and spent the first three months of 1942 on Arctic convoy escort. Then after a short time with the 4th Support Group in the Atlantic it was back to the Mediterranean.
There she took part n the invasion f Sicily, surrender of the Italian Fleet and the Salerno landings.
From October 1943 to December 1943 it was operations in the Aegean Sea. Then back to home waters and service for the Normandy landings.
The rest of the war was spent in home waters.
Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939-43, Norway 1940, Spartivento 1940, Malta Convoys 1941, Arctic 1942-43, Mediterranean 1943-44, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Aegean 1943, Anzio 1944 and Normandy 1944.
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12 February, 2013.
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