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14th Destroyer Flotilla
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Service history
Active (1916-1919), (1940-1944)
Size Flotilla
Commanders
Commanders Captain Charles D. Roper
Current commander LastLast}
Insignia

The14th Destroyer Flotilla also known as the Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla was a naval formation of the British Royal Navy from April 1916 to 11 February 1919 and again from 1 June 1940 to January 1944.

HistoryEdit

World War OneEdit

The flotilla was first established in April 1916 and operated with the Grand Fleet until November 1918.[1] It was disbanded on 11 February 1919.[2]

Second World WarEdit

The flotilla was reformed 1 January 1940 allocated to the Mediterranean Fleet until 28 January 1943.[3] It was part of Force C at the Battle of Cape Matapan, 27 to 29 March 1941.[4][5] The Flotilla was engaged at Battle of the Tarigo Convoy on 16 April 1941. It took part in the Second Battle of Sirte, (22 March 1942).[6] It was next transferred to the Levant Command then at Alexandria until 2 July 1943.[7] Reassigned back to the Mediterranean Fleet 1 October 1943. It was next operating with Force H [8] where it remained until January 1944 then was de-established.[9]

Operational deploymentsEdit

Assigned to Dates Notes
Grand Fleet April 1916 to February 1919 disbanded
Mediterranean Fleet 1 June 1940 to 28 January 1943 reformed
Levant Command 29 January 1943 to 2 July 1943 initially based at Alexandria
Mediterranean Fleet 3 July to 1 October 1943
Force H 1 October 1943 to January 1944 disbanded

AdministrationEdit

Captains (D) afloat 14th Destroyer FlotillaEdit

Incomplete list of post holders included:[10]

Rank Name Term Notes
Captain (D) afloat 14th Destroyer Flotilla
1 Captain Charles D. Roper 6 July 1916 – 28 August 1916
2 Captain Walter L. Allen 30 July 1916 – 5 August 1916
3 Captain Harry R. Godfrey, March 1917 – 11 February 1919 later V.Adm.
4 Captain Philip J. Mack 14 July 1940 - 19 March 1942 CO, HMS Jervis & Captain (D) 14th Destroyer Flotilla [11]
5 Captain Albert Lawrence Poland 19 March 1942 - August 1942

ReferencesEdit

  1. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, Inter-War Years 1914-1918". Gordon Smith, 27 October 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1914-1918.htm#3. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  2. Harley, Simon. "Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project" (in en). Harley and Lovell, 19 April 2018. http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Fourteenth_Destroyer_Flotilla_(Royal_Navy). Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  3. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  4. Titterton, G. A. (2002) (in en). The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean: November 1940-December 1941. London, England: Psychology Press. p. 236. ISBN 9780714652054. 
  5. DiGiulian, Tony. "Orders of Battle - Battle of Cape Matapan - Battles of the Mediterranean - World War II - NavWeaps" (in en). http://www.navweaps.com/index_oob/OOB_WWII_Mediterranean/OOB_WWII_Cape-Matapan.php. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  6. Grehan, John; Mace, Martin (2014) (in en). The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. p. 184. ISBN 9781473837362. https://books.google.lk/books?id=NNWwBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA183&dq=2nd+Battle+of+Sirte,+14th+Destroyer+Flotilla&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJybWB16rcAhUPcCsKHV4PCYAQ6AEIJTAA#v=onepage&q=2nd%20Battle%20of%20Sirte%2C%2014th%20Destroyer%20Flotilla&f=false. 
  7. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Orgnisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  8. "USNI Proceedings". United States Naval Institute. December 1943. p. 1636. 
  9. Watson, Dr Graham. "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". Gordon Smith, 19 September 2015. https://www.naval-history.net/xGW-RNOrganisation1939-45.htm. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  10. Harley, Simon. "Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project" (in en). Harley and Lovell, 19 April 2018. http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Fourteenth_Destroyer_Flotilla_(Royal_Navy). Retrieved 19 July 2018. 
  11. Houterman, J.N.. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 - M". Houterman and Kloppes. http://www.unithistories.com/officers/rn_officersm.html. Retrieved 19 July 2018. 

SourcesEdit

  • DiGiulian, Tony. "Orders of Battle - Battle of Cape Matapan - Battles of the Mediterranean - World War II - NavWeaps". www.navweaps.com.
  • Grehan, John; Mace, Martin (2014). The War at Sea in the Mediterranean 1940-1944. Barnsley, England: Pen and Sword. ISBN 9781473837362.
  • Harley, Simon; Lovell, Tony. (2018) "Fourteenth Destroyer Flotilla (Royal Navy) - The Dreadnought Project". www.dreadnoughtproject.org. Harley and Lovell, 29 May 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  • Houterman, J.N. "Royal Navy (RN) Officers 1939-1945 - M". www.unithistories.com. Houterman and Kloppes.
  • Titterton, G. A. (2002). The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean: November 1940-December 1941. London, England: Psychology Press. ISBN 9780714652054.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation and Ship Deployment, World War One 1914-1918". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Watson, Dr Graham. (2015) "Royal Navy Organisation in World War 2, 1939-1945". www.naval-history.net. Gordon Smith.
  • Willmott, H. P. (2009). The Last Century of Sea Power, Volume 1: From Port Arthur to Chanak, 1894–1922. Bloomington, IN, USA: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253003563.

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