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HMS London (C69)

London Class Heavy Cruiser

1937 - before the rebuild
1937 - before the rebuild
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Built by Portsmouth Dockyard. Laid Down 23 February 1926.

Launched 14 September 1927. Completed 31 January 1929.

Badly damaged by Chinese gunfire during attempted rescue of Amethyst in the Yangste river, 21 April 1949 (70 lost).

Paid off 1949. Broken up by Ward, Barrow, 1950.

London served with the 1st Cruiser Squadron until taken in hand for reconstruction in March 1939. On completion of this, in February 1941, she was deployed to the Atlantic in the hunt for Bismarck and, in the subsequent mopping-up operations with the destroyer Brilliant, intercepted the supply tankers Esso Hamburg and Esso Colon on 4 June, and, on the next day, the tanker Egerland. Finally, on 21 June, she intercepted the supply ship Babitonga, all in the central Atlantic. However, it was apparent that the extra weights added during reconstruction had greatly overstrained the hull, and the Atlantic operations caused much damage to the hull. As a result she had to be docked again for repairs between October 1941 and January 1942. Thereafter, suprisingly, she was sent to the rough waters of the Arctic, where she operated on Russian convoy cover until November. This duty exposed more problems, and the ship had to be docked yet again between December 1942 and May 1943 for repairs. On her return to service she was sent out to the Eastern Fleet, with whom she operated until the end of the war. She sailed from Hong Kong in June 1949 and was laid up in the river Fal until handed over to BISCO on 3 January 1950 and scrapped at T. W. Ward, Barrow, where she arrived on 25 January 1950.

probably early 30s
probably early 30s
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1937 - before the rebuild, good view of the 4-inch AA and the aircraft
1937 - before the rebuild, good view of the 4-inch AA and the aircraft
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before the reconstruction, 1938
before the reconstruction, 1938
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September 1941
September 1941
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with USS Wichita leading, Home Fleet 1942
with USS Wichita leading, Home Fleet 1942
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mid 1942
mid 1942
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May 1943, after her third refit - aircraft have been removed
May 1943, after her third refit - aircraft have been removed
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1949
1949
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good view of the rebuilt bridge - probably around 1949
good view of the rebuilt bridge - probably around 1949
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at the end of the war
at the end of the war
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post-war
post-war
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1949 at Sheerness after returning from the Yangste
1949 at Sheerness after returning from the Yangste
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