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HMS Glasgow (C21)

Southampton Class Light Cruiser

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Built by Scotts, Greenock. Laid Down 16th April 1935.

Launched 20th June 1936. Completed 9th September 1937.

Torpedoed 3/12/40 Suda Bay - Singapore and New York for repairs 6/41 - 8/42. Damaged by gunfire off Cherbourg 25/6/44 - repaired Tyneside 6/44 - 5/45.

Paid off November 1956. Broken up by Hughes Bolkow, Blyth, 1958.

Glasgow was with the 2nd Cruiser Squadron in the Home Fleet at the outbreak of war, and served on the Northern Patrol, followed by the Norwegian campaign in April 1940. On the 16th July 1940, off Pentland Firth, she was in collision in fog with the destroyer Imogen which caught fire and had to be abandoned. In November she sailed to the Mediterranean, but on 3 December, while at anchor in Suda Bay, Crete, she was hit by two aircraft torpedoes. Damage was extensive, and repairs at Alexandria and Singapore lasted until the end of August 1941. She then served in the East Indies until April 1942, when she left for the USA and refit. This work, which included making good the torpedo damage from Suda Bay, was completed in August. Glasgow joined the 10th Cruiser Squadron at Scapa and then covered Arctic convoys, capturing the blockade runner Regensburg on 50 March 1943. In July the ship joined the Plymouth Command. In December 1943 she fought an action against German destroyers in the Bay of Biscay, accompanied by Enterprise, when Z27, T26 and T27were sunk. In 1944 she was at the Normandy landings, where she was damaged by shore batteries on 25 June while bombarding Cherbourg. Repairs lasted until May 1945, and she sailed for the East Indies on August 1945. She remained on this station, then served in the West Indies during 1948/50, in Mediterranean during 1951/55, and in Home Fleets (as Flag Officer D) until paid off in November 1956. After being put on the disposal list in March 1958, she was handed over to BISCO and allocated to Hughes Bolkow for scrapping. Towed from Portsmouth on 4 July, she arrived at Blyth for breaking up on 8 July 1958.

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Heeward : 2018-6-3;15:29
Note the wear / paint peeling on the gun barrel
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Commander CFJ Lloyd Davies and Captain Clarke at the time of the action in the Bay of Biscay against German destroyers and torpedo boats

USS Texas followed by Glasgow, USS Arkansas and a French cruiser approaching Omaha Beach
USS Texas followed by Glasgow, USS Arkansas and a French cruiser approaching Omaha Beach
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Glasgow and the USS Quincy in action against the Cherbourg shore batteries.
Glasgow and the USS Quincy in action against the Cherbourg shore batteries.
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in action 25th June 1944, bracketed by 105mm shells off the D Day beaches.
in action 25th June 1944, bracketed by 105mm shells off the D Day beaches.
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A little later - a direct hit in the starboard hanger. Four minutes later another shell hit the after superstructure. Destroyers are laying a smoke screen in the background.
A little later - a direct hit in the starboard hanger. Four minutes later another shell hit the after superstructure. Destroyers are laying a smoke screen in the background.
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