HMS Kelly (1939) DD  (1st)

This the only ship to carry the name HMS Kelly was the K Class, destroyer leader. As destroyer leader she had slightly reduced armament to allow the increased complement and working space needed to control a flotilla.

Built by Hawthorne Leslie, laid down 26-Aug-1937, launched 25-Oct-1938, commissioned 23-Aug-1939.

Joined the Home Fleet on commissioning.

Was damaged by a mine late-1939 and repairs took until Dec-1939.

May-1940 was torpedoed by German S31, which flooded both boiler rooms and caused her to almost sink. Was towed by HMS Bulldog for 91 hours to the Tyne for repair, which took until Dec-1940 to complete.

Apr-1941 it was to the Mediterranean to Force H.

Assisted with the evacuation of Crete, where 23-May-1941 she was bombed and sunk by dive bombers off Crete.

Won the Battle Honours: Atlantic 1939, Norway 1940, Mediterranean 1941 and Crete 1941.


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This page last edited - 16 June, 2012.

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