HMS Burnham (1940) DD (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Burnham was a
Town Class, destroyer. One of 50 sold to the Royal Navy under the
destroyers for bases agreement.
Originally the USS Aulick DD258, built by Bethlehem Steel of Quincy, laid down 02-Feb-1918, launched 11-Apr-1919, commissioned in the US Navy 26-Jul-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 08-Oct-1940 and renamed.
After working up at Scapa Flow joined Western Approaches Command for escort duty. Weather damage took from 17-Dec-1940 to 30-Jan-1941 to repair at Belfast.
Then joined the 12th Escort Group. Collided with HMS Malcolm 03-March and repairs took until 27-April to complete. Moved to Iceland then St. Johns, Newfoundland on escort duty.
Collided with HMS Chesterfield and repairs at Boston took from mid-Sep-1941 to 23-Oct-1941 to complete. Continued with escort duty at St. Johns until refitted at Charleston, South Carolina for six weeks. Moved to Bermuda for a month then returned to Canadian waters until refitted at the Thames Nov and Dec 1942.
Joined the Canadian C3 Escort Group on escort duty until late 1943.
Refitted for use as a target ship late October 1943. This continued until 01-Dec-1944 when she paid off into reserve at Milford Haven.
Sold 04-Mar-1947, and arrived 02-Dec-1948 at Pembroke Dock for breaking up.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1941-43.
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23 April, 2013.
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