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HMS Suffolk

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser

1935
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Built by Portsmouth Dockyard. Laid Down 30 July 1924.

Launched 16 February 1926. Completed 7 February 1928.

Bombed 17/4/40 off Norway - repaired Clyde 5/40 - 2/41.

Paid off 1946. Broken up by Cashmore, Newport, 1948.

Suffolk, like her sisters, served on the China Station, save for reconstruction, until the outbreak of the war. She came home in 1939 and then patrolled the Denmark Straits in October 1939. In April 1940 she participated in the Norwegian Campaign, where, after a bombardment of the seaplane base at Stavanger, she was bombed on 17 April and so badly damaged that she was fortunate to survive. Repairs took until February 1941. Thereafter she served with the Home Fleet in Arctic waters until the end of 1942, then underwent a refit between December 1942 and April 1943. On completion of this the ship was ordered to the Eastern Fleet, operating in the Indian Ocean until the end of the war. Suffolk was allocated to Bisco on 25 March 1948 and was scrapped at Cashmore's, Newport, where she arrived on 24 June 1948.

1937 - 1939
1937 - 1939
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1939
1939
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1942
1942
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after refit June 1942
after refit June 1942
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unusual photo of a County class handling aircraft - Suffolk in 1942
unusual photo of a County class handling aircraft - Suffolk in 1942
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on board Suffolk 1942 - note the splinter mattresses around the bridge
on board Suffolk 1942 - note the splinter mattresses around the bridge
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this photo had been attributed to Shropshire, however Frank Poelert believes it is probably Suffolk as Shropshire like other Londons, did not carry a HACS in the bridge wings but a single HACS on top of the bridge tower and one aft. Shropshire did not carry a pom-pom abreast the forefunnel / foremast. The shape of the tower above the bridge is different from the Shropshire (and other Londons). It looks like a Kent class, in particular like Suffolk in 1941/42. There is no radar on top of the HACS, the pom-pom is not fitted with splinter shields. These were all fitted in 1942. Possibly taken at the same time as the picture showing her Walrus being hoisted aboard and the picture of the .50 mg mounting on the hangar roof (all taken before the june 1942 refit).

1942, protecting an Arctic convoy - taken from the roof of the hanger
1942, protecting an Arctic convoy - taken from the roof of the hanger
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May 1943
May 1943
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June 1942
June 1942
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Suffolk in winter
Suffolk in winter
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Suffolk with the Eastern Fleet 1944. Pics of this date are rare, with thanks to Richard D and Eric Leon.
Suffolk with the Eastern Fleet 1944. Pics of this date are rare, with thanks to Richard D and Eric Leon.
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