County Class Cruisers by Alan Raven and John Roberts

By Alan Raven and John Roberts

Guy OWar 1 - County type Cruisers

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11x2 20mm added and number of single 20mm reduced to 10 all single 20mm replaced by 10x1 40mm. Summary of War Service The Kent class served the majority of their wartime careers in the Home Fleet and were extensively employed to escort Russian convoys. The Cornwall was an exception and served in the Indian Ocean and the South Atlantic, where she sank the German raider Pingiun on May 7, 1941. She was sunk in the Indian Ocean on April 5, 1942 by about 50 Japanese dive bombers. After being hit repeatedly she rolled over and disappeared in position 1°55'N, 77°56'E.

She was sold for scrap in the following year. 0 ~ Both views on this page are of SHAOPSHlfl£jafpe~8ggbrtJry Apri/1942. N.. o... fettte . ,Type. 273 radar '. , b~tween "B" turret and the bridge. j>. j>. --~ .. fJI 0;:; and 507C. ~ SHROPSHIREout of Sheerness Yard after her refit and immediately prior to being handed over to the RAN. She is wearing a new camouflage design.. SHROPSHIRE's port and starboard side patterns (below) used the camouflage colours S07A, MS2, MS3 and MS4A. The three photos on this page are from the same series, taken of BERWICK in August 1942 at Devonport with her hangar removed.

On September 18, 1940 while under refit in dry dock at Glasgow, she was hit by a bomb during an air raid. The bomb detonated in the after engine room, starting a fire that almost gutted the ship. To make matters worse she heeled over in the dock which was flooded to help extinguish the fire. In total she was out of service for almost two years, repairs being completed in August 1942. London and Sussex were laid up in 1949 and sold in the following year. Devonshire served as a Cadet training ship during 1947-1953 and was sold in 1954.

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