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Destroyer ("K" Class), Flotilla Leader

5th Destroyer Flotilla

Home Fleet

1939 - 1940

5th Destroyer Flotilla

Mediterranean Fleet

1940 - 1941
Displacement 1,690 tons (2,330 tons full load)
Dimensions 339.5 (pp)/356.5 (oa) x 35.75 x 20.5d/9 (12.5 full load) feet
Machinery two Admiralty 3-drum boilers (300lb/in2 & 620F), two shafts, Parsons SR geared turbines, 40,000 SHP = 36 (32 full load) knots
Bunkers & radius OF 484 tons, 5,500/3,700/1,050 nm @ 15/20/32k
Armament 6 (3x2) - 4.7 inch, 4 (1x4) - 2 pdr AA, 8 (2x4) - .5 inch AA, 4 (4x1) .303 AA machine guns, 10 (2x5) 21 inch TT
Complement 218 men
   
Builder (hull) Hawthorn Leslie (Hebburn-on-Tyne)
Builder (engine) Hawthorn Leslie (Hebburn-on-Tyne)
Ordered 02.04.1937
Laid down 26.08.1937
Launched 25.10.1938
Commissioned 23.08.1939
Sunk 23.05.1941, bombed by German aircraft South of Crete
   
Named after Admiral of the Fleet Sir John D. Kelly (1871-1936)
   
Battle honours ?

 

Officers    
Commanding Officer
27.06.1939 - 23.05.1941
Capt. The Lord Louis F.A.V.N. Mountbatten, RN (also Captain (D) 5th Destroyer Flotilla)
Secretary
10.07.1939 - 23.05.1941
Paym.Lt.Cdr. H.J. Reeder, RN (MPK)
Assistant Secretary
18.10.1939 - 23.05.1941
PaymS.Lt. | Paym.Lt. E.R. Pattison, RNR (MPK)
First Lieutenant
12.01.1939 - 22.08.1940
Lt.Cdr. P.W. Burnett, RN (and for anti-submarine duties)
 
22.08.1940 - 23.05.1941
Lt.Cdr. Lord H.T. de la P. Beresford, RN (MPK)
Others
 
Torpedo Officer
29.06.1938 - 23.05.1941
Lt. F.C. Goodenough, RN (and for flotilla duties)
Anti-Submarine Officer
03.02.1941 - (02.1941)
Lt. H.R.A. Kidston, RN (and for flotilla duties)
Navigation Officer
05.06.1939 - 23.05.1941
Lt. M.E. Butler-Bowdon, RN (and for flotilla duties)
Gunnery Officer
12.06.1939 - (02.1941)
Lt. A.D. Robin, RN (and for flotilla duties)
Signals Officer
28.07.1939 - 23.05.1941
Lt. E.T.L. Dunsterville, RN (and for flotilla signal and W/T duties)
Electrical Officer
01.10.1940 - (02.1941)
T/El.Lt. J.C. Turnbull, RNVR (and for flotilla duties)
?
13.05.1940 - (02.1941)
A/Gnr. S.C. Kent (and for flotilla duties)
?
07.1939 - (02.1941)
Wt.Telegr. H. Pinder, RN (and for flotilla duties)
?
01.06.1939 - (02.1941)
A/Wt.Ord.Off. | Wt.Ord.Off. F.G. Burden, RN (and for flotilla duties)
?
29.11.1939 - (02.1941)
Schoolm. F.G. Fennell, RN (and for flotilla duties)
?
09.06.1940 - (02.1941)
Schoolm. D. Gray, RN (and for flotilla duties)
Medical Officer
25.11.1940 - 23.05.1941
Sg.Lt. V.J.R. Sheridan, RN (MPK)
Chief Engineer Officer
08.09.1938 - (02.1941)
Cdr. (E) M.G. Evans, RN (also Flotilla Engineer Officer)
?
24.07.1939 - 23.05.1941
Lt. M.V. Sturdy, RN (MPK)
?
09.1940 - (02.1941)
T/S.Lt. J.N. Hutchinson, RNVR
?
07.05.1939 - 23.05.1941
Cd.Engr. E.W. Cole, RN (MPK)
?
03.01.1939 - 23.05.1941
Gnr. H.W.T. Brownjohn, RN (MPK)
?
10.1940 - 23.05.1941
S.Lt. E.W. Money, RNR (MPK)
?
27.11.1940 - 23.05.1941
Midsh. G.R. Mortimer-Booth, RNR (MPK)

 

Literature
Kenneth Poolman The Kelly London : Kimber, 1954
William Pattinson Mountbatten & the men of the "Kelly" Wellingborough, Northants : Patrick Stephens, 1986
Richard Hough Bless our ship : Mountbatten and the 'Kelly' London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1991
John Knight The Kelly : Mountbatten's ship London : John Knight, 1997
Duncan Harding [= Charles Whiting] Sink HMS Kelly Sutton : Severn House 2002  fiction