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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.
D3
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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.

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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.
 

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Aspinall, Paul John  Leading Signalman  J 11940    23
Benham, Thomas William  Stoker 1st Class  K 18225    24
Coombs, Daniel  Leading Seaman  232480    29
Cozens, James  Stoker 1st Class  K 13367    26
Dawes, Arthur  Able Seaman  J 71067    21
RN DoB 27/01/1897. Actual 27/01/1896
Evans, John Conde  Able Seaman  J 27873    20
Fisher, George Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K 14432    24
Gardner, Harry Raymond  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 2600    22
Hall, Alfred Atkinson  Temporary Lieutenant (RNR)      25
Harrington, Charles Thomas  Stoker 1st Class  K 22388    22
RN DoB 05/05/1895. Actual 05/05/1894
Johnson, Robert  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  M 11024    25
Larby, Charles Ernest  Able Seaman  J 17309    22
Lister, Albert Samuel  Petty Officer  J3573    25
Maitland-Dougall, William McKinstry  Lieutenant (RCN CO)      23
Marshall, Edwin Harold  Leading Stoker  K 5747    28
Mitchell, Walter John  Able Seaman  236832    29
Osborn, William Charles  Petty Officer  163372    41
RN DoB 08/10/1876. Actual 08/10/1874
Pilkington, Ernest  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  M 12624    29
Powell, Henry William  Able Seaman  J 9374    24
Powell, John  Stoker Petty Officer  307881    31
RN DoB 29/05/1886. Actual 29/11/1887
Sanger, George James Thomas  Ordinary Telegraphist  J 42592    18
Stringer, Albert Edward  Stoker 1st Class  K 14251    25
RN DoB 29/05/1886 actual 29/05/1887
Turbett, Richard  Chief Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  270690    36
Walcott, Robert Henry Hinds  Able Seaman  SS 6939    20
Ward, Arnold Robert  Engine Room Artificer 3rd Class  M 10906    29
Whorton, Ebenezer  Leading Seaman  237619    28
Willett, Alexander George  Leading Stoker  K 15935    24
Wingfield-Stratford, Esme John Richard  Lieutenant      21
Yeates, Frederick William  Stoker 1st Class  K 23427    24
RN DoB 03/02/1894. Actual 03/08/1893

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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