|HMS Boadicea (H65)|
|Ordered:||4 March 1929|
|Laid down:||11 July 1929|
|Launched:||23 September 1930|
|Completed:||7 April 1931|
|Identification:||Pennant number: H65|
Vincta sed invicta|
("Bound yet unconquered")
NORTH AFRICA 1942
|Fate:||Sunk 13 June 1944, Lyme Bay (16 miles SW of Portland Bill)|
|Badge:||On a Field Black, Boadicea in a chariot drawn by two horses Gold|
|General characteristics (as built)|
|Class & type:||B-class destroyer|
1,360 long tons (1,380 t) (standard)|
1,790 long tons (1,820 t) (deep load)
|Length:||323 ft (98.5 m) o/a|
|Beam:||32 ft 3 in (9.8 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft 3 in (3.7 m)|
|Installed power:||34,000 shp (25,000 kW)|
2 × shafts|
2 × Parsons geared steam turbines
3 × Admiralty 3-drum boilers
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)|
|Range:||4,800 nmi (8,900 km; 5,500 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Type 119 ASDIC|
4 × 1 - 4.7-inch Mk IX guns|
2 × 1 - QF 2-pounder Mk II AA guns
2 × 4 - 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
20 × depth charges, 1 rail and 2 throwers
Authorised in the 1928 ship building programme Boadicea was built at the Hawthorn Leslie & Company Limited yard at Hebburn-on-Tyne. She was laid down on 11 July 1929, launched on 23 September 1930 and completed on 7 April 1931.
Boadicea was commissioned at Portsmouth on the 2 June 1931 and joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla. Her pre-war service was in the Mediterranean between 1931 and 1936. Following a refit at Portsmouth in 1936 she rejoined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla until the B-class destroyers were replaced with the Tribal class.
At the outbreak of the Second World War Boadicea was attached to the 19th Destroyer Flotilla based at Dover during which time her role was the escort of troopships. Her earliest major engagement of the war was in support of the evacuation of the 51st Highland Division from Le Havre in June 1940. During this action she was extensively damaged and needed to return to Portsmouth for repair. In 1942 and 1943 she served on Arctic convoys to Russia: PQ-15,QP-12, JW-51-A, JW-53, JW-57, JW-58, RA-53, RA-57, RA-58 and RA-59.
In November 1942 she served in support of Operation Torch: the Allied invasion of French North Africa. When the troop ship RMS Viceroy of India was torpedoed off Oran on 11 November 1942 Boadicea took her in tow, and when the troop ship sank the destroyer rescued 540 survivors.
Boadicea was sunk on 13 June 1944 while escorting a convoy of merchant ships in convoy EBC-8 from Milford Haven in support of the Normandy invasion. Only 12 of her crew of 188 survived. She may have been hit by an Hs 293 air-to-surface missile launched by a German Do 217. However, official British reports attribute the sinking to a torpedo launched by a Ju 88 aircraft which disguised itself in a formation of RAF Beaufighters.
The ship is included on the Chatham Naval Memorial.
Her wreck is 16 miles (26 km) south west of the Isle of Portland at Coordinates: in 53 metres (174 ft) of water. Her bow is blown off forward of the engine rooms. Her stern section is upright and reasonably intact. The wreck site is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.
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