HMS Vega


The Ship

Scrapped 1948

Reconstruction to Fast Escort completed on 23 April 1940. Pennant number was D52 changed to L41 upon completion of this reconstruction.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 4 March 1947.

27 May 1940 : In the evening, the Polish destroyer Blyskawica recieved orders to meet with the British destroyers HMS Gallant and HMS Vivacious, to enter the small port of La Panne (in the Dunkirk area) and evacuate RAF personnel. Unfortunely, she failed to find her partners and didn't complete the task. Instead of this, she was ordered to enter Dunkirk harbor together with the British destroyer HMS Vega and conduct a night reconnisance mission. The Admirality wanted to find out if this harbor (partially blocked by wrecks), would be useful in Allied evacuation. Both destroyers were attacked by two German aircraft, but still managed to inspect the positions of wrecks. From that, Admiral Ramsey learned that navy vessels would be able to conduct an evacuation from Dunkirk.

My Postcards

Not postally used but message on the back states:

HMS Vega while taking passage 7/1927.


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