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USS LAUB (DD-263)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIGJ

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on April 20 1918.
Launched August 25 1918 and commissioned March 17 1919.
Decommissioned June 15 1922, Recommissioned December 18 1939.
Decommissioned October 9 1040.
To Britain October 9 1940, renamed HMS Burwell (H94).
Stricken January 8 1942.
Fate Broken up for Scrap in 1947.

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-Henry Laub, born in York, Pa., was appointed midshipman 1 October 1809 under Commodore O. H. Perry. Wounded in the early part of the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813, he was carried below but struck by a round shot that crashed through the cockpit, killing him instantly. Congress expressed deep regret at his loss, commended his gallantry, and ordered that a sword be presented to his nearest male relative.Robert M. Cieri
Laub 65kCirca 1919, location unknown.Marc Piché
Laub 48kPhoto #: NH 63453, "Bringing home 5000 troops", 1919. At right is USS Laub (Destroyer # 263), which was commissioned in March 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Laub 59kPhoto #: NH 102902, USS Laub (Destroyer # 263) at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 4 June 1919. Panoramic photograph by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland St., Boston, Mass. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Laub 40kPhoto #: NH 60641, USS Laub (Destroyer # 263) receiving mail at sea, 16 September 1919. A motor launch is off Laub's stern. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Laub 123kU.S. Navy destroyers at San Diego, California, photographed circa 1919 or 1920 by the Bunnell Photo Shop and printed on "AZO" postal card stock. Ships present are (seen from astern, left to right): USS Laub (Destroyer # 263); unidentified; USS Edwards (Destroyer # 265); USS Ballard (Destroyer # 267); USS Shubrick (Destroyer # 268) and USS McLanahan (Destroyer # 264). The original card, which has neither stamp nor postmark, is inscribed : This is the way they anchor Destroyers, in the harbor. They have what they call a 'Mother ship' or supply ship and 6 or 8 destroyers all tied up close together". Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 93975. Tony Cowart
Laub 626kPhoto of the crew on the forecastle of the USS Doyen (DD-280), USS Laub (DD-263) and USS Sinclair (DD-275) taken in San Diego, CA on April 29, 1922.Larry Haggard
On British Service
HMS Burwell (ex-USS Laub, DD-263) taken over at Halifax, NS 8 October 1940, Burwell arrived at Devonport 5 November 1940 and carried out a protracted refit completing 24 February 1941. She then joined 12th Escort Group and escorted her convoy 23 February 1941. In common with the rest of 12EG, Burwell transferred during May 1941 to Iceland where she was based until moving west to St John's, NF in July 1941 when the Newfoundland Escort Force was formed. In August 1941 Burwell was involved in the recovery of U570 after its surrender to an aircraft of RAF Coastal Command. After this excitement, the monotony of routine convoy escort was resumed until November 1941 when a refit was carried out at Boston from 14 November 1941 to 3 February 1942. Three further Atlantic convoys followed, then further repair was needed initially at Londonderry and then at Liverpool. The old ship must have been in a poor state, as these repairs spanned April 1942 to January 1943, followed by work up at Tobermory during February 1943. On completion of work up, Burwell escorted a convoy to Gibralter and returned with a single merchantman, via the Azores. Either the ship's efficiency was low or there was an unusually early crew change, as a further work up at Tobermory followed at the end of April 1943. Burwell then returned to North Atlantic work with a sailing in mid-May 1943, and she continued on this route until October 1943. In October 1943 Burwell was reduced to second-line duty as an Air Target Ship based in the Clyde, and served as a target for Fleet Air Arm aircraft until January 1945, arriving on 14 January 1945 to lay up at Milford Haven. She remained in unmaintained reserve there until March 1947 when she was handed over for scrapping, work being carried out locally by T W Ward during the rest of the year. (Foreign service history thanks to Robert Hurst.)
Laub 95kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Burwell (ex-USS Laub, DD-263) at anchor date and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Laub 56kUndated, HMS Burwell (H94) at Boston Navy Yard. Photo taken by unknown Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # FL 3199 from the collections od the Imperial War Museums.Robert Hurst
Laub 41kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Burwell (ex-USS Laub, DD-263) underway sometime between April 1941 and May 1942 location unknown.Robert Hurst
Laub 27kAs the HMS Burwell 1942.Marc Piché

USS LAUB DD-263 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT William Faulkner Amsden    Mar 17 1919 - 1919
LCDR Allen Buchanan    ?
(Decommissioned Jun 15 1922 - Dec 18 1939)
CDR Burton Witham Chippendale    Dec 18 1939 - ?
LCDR Edwin Stansbury Schanze    ? - Oct 8 1940

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