HMS Hunter (H35)

Hunter in Plymouth Sound, before the outbreak of World War II in Europe. Royal Navy photo, in the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1935
Launched
1936
Commissioned
1936
AD/BC
AD
History

This is the H-class destroyer HMS Hunter (H35), laid down in 1935, and commissioned 30 September, 1936. She participated in Non-Intervention Patrols during the Spanish Civil War, but struck a mine off Almeria 13 May, 1937, causing extensive damage. Upon completion of repairs in November, 1938, she remained assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet. Hunter hunted raiders during the opening months of World War II, and was primarily assigned to the North America and West Indies Station, but she returned to England in February, 1940. After serving as escort for minelaying operations, Hunter participated in the Norwegian campaign, and, on 10 April, she participated in the First Battle of Narvik. Hunter managed to torpedo German destroyer Z22 Anton Schmitt, but suffered heavy damage when German reinforcements arrived. She was also rammed by her disabled sister Hotspur, causing Hunter to capsize and go down with 112 of her crew. The remaining forty-six were picked up by the German destroyers, and released to Sweden three days later.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Hunter's wreck was rediscovered 5 March, 2008, and has been designated as a War Grave.