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HMS Vanoc (H33)
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HMS Vanoc
Career (United Kingdom) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Vanoc
Launched: 14 June 1916
Fate: Scrapped in July 1945
General characteristics (see below)
Class & type: V class destroyer
Type: destroyer

HMS Vanoc (H33) was a British V class destroyer, launched in 1917.


Torpedo loading aboard HMS Vanoc, 1941.

Able Seaman W. Connor loading a 12 pounder AA gun, 1941.


She accompanied HMS Scarborough in February 1940 on her first Atlantic escort duties after Scarborough 's refit. On 29 April 1940 she deployed with the destroyers HMS Echo, Firedrake, Havelock and Arrow to evacuate troops from Mo and Bodø. The troops were taken to Harstad in preparation for their final evacuation from Norway. She accompanied the Chrobry into Namsos in Norway just before sunrise on April 17, 1940. In mid-March 1941 she was assigned to 5th Escort group and was part of the battle for HX 112. During this action she rammed and sank U-100 after detecting her on her primitive radar, and in the same action cooperated with HMS Walker in the sinking of U-99 under Otto Kretschmer.

Commanded by Lt. Cdr. James Godfrey Wood Deneys from 9 Feb 1939 to 15 Dec 1941.


From March, 1942 she joined the Escort Group B-5 team of Havant-class destroyer HMS Havelock, Town-class destroyer Caldwell, W-class destroyer Walker, River-class frigate Swale, and Flower-class corvettes Pimpernel, Godetia, Saxifrage, Buttercup and Lavender.[1][2] Escort Group B-5 was reassigned to Caribbean trade convoys from March 1942; and returned to the Mid-Ocean Escort Force a year later to escort Convoy SC-122.[3]

On 16 March 1944 in the Straits of Gibraltar at position 35°55′N 05°41′W / 35.917°N 5.683°W / 35.917; -5.683 she cooperated with the frigate HMS Affleck and three 3 US Catalina aircraft (VP 63) to sink the submarine U-392 by the use of a hedgehog attack, resulting in 52 dead (all hands) from U-392's crew. On 21 January 1945 she collided with, and sank, Naval Trawler HMS Computator off Normandy. (49°42′N 00°37′W / 49.7°N 0.617°W / 49.7; -0.617).[4]


  1. Rohwer&Hummelchen (1992) pp.124
  2. Middlebrook 1976 appendix
  3. Rohwer&Hummelchen (1992) pp.124
  4. "MS Trawler HMS Computator". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 


  • Preston, Antony (1971). 'V & W' Class Destroyers 1917-1945. London: Macdonald. OCLC 464542895. 
  • Raven, Alan; Roberts, John (1979). 'V' and 'W' Class Destroyers. Man o' War. 2. London: Arms & Armour. ISBN 0-85368-233-X. 
  • Winser, John de D. (1999). B.E.F. Ships Before, At and After Dunkirk. Gravesend, Kent: World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-91-6. 

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