HMS Stanley (1940) DD (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Stanley was one of
fifty destroyers sold to the Royal Navy in 1940 as part of the
Destroyers-for-bases agreement with the United States.
Originally USS McCalla DD253, built by Bethlehem Steel of Quincy, laid down 25-Sep-1918, launched 28-Mar-1919, commissioned in the US Navy 19-May-1919, commissioned in the Royal Navy 23-Oct-1940 and renamed.
Arrived at Devonport 02-Jan-1941 for refit having been delayed in crossing the Atlantic by defects. It was decided that the rectification needed was so extensive that she was converted to a Long Range Escort. This took until Sep-1941 to complete.
On completion was allocated to the Liverpool Sloop Division as convoy escort and used on the UK/Sierra Leone route.
Then joined the 40th Escort Group under Captain Walkers overall command.
While escorting convoy HG76 from Gibraltar assisted in sinking U-131 on 17-Dec and U-434 on 18-Dec.
Sunk by U-574 19-Dec-1941 south-west of Portugal with only 25 of her crew surviving. However within minutes of her sinking U-574 was herself sunk by HMS Stork.
Won the Battle Honour: Atlantic 1941.
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10 May, 2013.
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