HMS Duncan (1932) DD (5th)
This the fifth ship to carry the name HMS Duncan was a destroyer
Built at Portsmouth Dockyard, laid down 03-Sep-1931, launched 07-Jul-1932, and commissioned 03-Apr-1933.
On completion she took her flotilla out to the China station.
On the outbreak of WW2, returned to home waters as leader of the 12th Destroyer Flotilla.
17-Jan-1940 collided with a merchant ship off Duncansby Head and sustained serious damage, whose repairs took until mid-1940.
Then it was out to Gibraltar for operations with Force H in the Mediterranean.
Mar-1942 took part in the occupation of Madagascar.
Returned home late in 1942 for refit and re-equipment for convoy escort duties with North Atlantic convoys.
Was leader of Escort Group B7 1943-44 when she sank U-381 and U-272, and damaged U-707.
Worn out by arduous war service, she was sold Sep-1945, and broken up at Barrow, Feb-1949.
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