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Duffy (DE 268)
HMS Dacres (K.472)

Class: Evarts (Lend-Lease) (Royal Navy Captain Class)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
HMS Dacres (K.472) Building and Operational Data:
  • 07 April 1943: Keel laid as Duffy (DE 268) by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 19 May 1943: Launched
  • 14 June 1943: Name Duffy was reassigned to DE 27
  • 28 August 1943: Transferred to Great Britain as Lend-Lease, named HMS Dacres (K.472)
  • 14 December 1946: Returned to U.S. Navy custody, struck from the NVR, sold for scrapping
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    HMS Dacres
    52k Dacres, one of three RN 'Captain' class frigates of the 'Evarts' type, converted as assault headquarters ships for the Normandy Invasion. Note Type 271 radar added on the bridge, with Type 244 on top, but the American SL radar retained. 13 single Oerlikons, a tall pole mast aft for extra communications, the after deckhouse extended, and a skimming dish fast motorboat on the port side handled by a torpedo davit. [Ministry of Defence photo, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott] Nick Tiberio /
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    HMS Dacres
    62k The frigate HMS Dacres (K.472) underway sometime between 1943 and 1946. In this picture Dacres has been converted to act as a headquarters ship. (Photo FL.9065 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums) Robert Hurst

    History of HMS Dacres (K.472), ex-Duffy (DE 268)
    (No U.S. Navy service, History Not Available)
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