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D3

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: D
Fate: Erroneously sunk when mistaken for a U-boat on the 12th March 1918 by a French airship while in the Channel.

Roll of Honour

P J Aspinall  Leading Signalman
T W Benham  Stoker 1st Class
D Coombs  Leading Seaman
J Cozens  Stoker 1st Class
A Dawes  Able Seaman
J C Evans  Able Seaman
G E Fisher  Stoker 1st Class
H R Gardner  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
A A Hall  Lieutenant RNR
C T Harrington  Stoker 1st Class
R Johnson  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
C E Larby  Able Seaman
A S Lister  Petty Officer
W M Maitland-Dougall  Lieutenant First member of the RCN to command a British subma
E H Marshall  Leading Stoker
W J Mitchell  Able Seaman
W C Osborn  Petty Officer
E Pilkington  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
H W Powell  Able Seaman
J Powell  Petty Officer Stoker
GJT Sanger  Ordinary Telegraphist
A E Stringer  Stoker 1st Class
R Turbett  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
RHH Walcott  Able Seaman
A R Ward  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class
E Whorton  Leading Seaman
A G Willett  Leading Stoker
EJR Wingfield-Stratford  Lieutenant
F W Yeates  Stoker 1st Class

 

Lt Cdr B. L. Johnson, RNR, CO from 19 Apr 1916 to 21 Nov 1917
Lt. Wm. McKinstry Maitland-Dougall, RCN, CO from 22 Nov 1917 to 12 Mar 1918.

Related Pages
The Loss of HMS D3Read
The loss of the D3 was a tragedy in itself, due to the circumstances and the fact that it was close to the end of WW1.
 

Events

15-03-1910 : Laid Down
17-10-1910 : Launched
30-08-1911 : Completed
12-03-1918 : D3 was sunk in error in Channel by a French airship

D3 left Gosport on 7th March 1918 for an anti-submarine patrol in the English Channel. Little is known of her patrol movements but it is believed that a submarine spotted by a Royal Naval Air Service airship on the 11th was D3. On the 12th March the French airship AT-0 was patrolling when at 1420 a vessel was spotted to her north east. The airship drew close for recognition purposes and according to her commander, the submarine fired rockets at her. Four 52-kilo bombs were dropped by the airship. The submarine disappeared but several minutes later men were seen in the water. Attempts were made by the airship to rescue the men but it proved too difficult. The airship withdrew to seek help but all the men had drowned by the time it arrived. It is clear that D3 was the victim of a serious identification error on the part of the French airship, with identification rockets being mistaken for aggressive gunfire.


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