|Ordered:||23 August 1940|
|Builder:||Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow|
|Laid down:||3 April 1941|
|Launched:||14 April 1942|
|Commissioned:||16 September 1942|
|Identification:||pennant number: L56|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk by U-593 on 12 December 1943 off the Algerian coast.|
|Type:||Type III Hunt-class destroyer|
|Length:||85.3 m (279 ft 10 in) o/a|
|Beam:||10.16 m (33 ft 4 in)|
|Draught:||3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)|
|Range:||2,350 nmi (4,350 km) at 20 kn (37 km/h)|
Holcombe was allocated to the Mediterranean Fleet in October 1942 but only arrived at Gibraltar on 1 February 1943 after first escorting convoy WS24 to Freetown and then being retained there as a convoy escort. Once in the Mediterranean she was used on escort duties initially based at Gibraltar and subsequently at Algiers and then Malta. She was involved in escorting the invasion fleet for Operation Husky.
Whilst escorting convoy KMS34 on 12 December 1943 her sister ship HMS Tynedale was torpedoed and sunk off Jijel, Algeria, by U-593 commanded by Kptlt. Gerd Kelbling. The other escorts commenced to search for the submarine but U-593 managed to torpedo Holcombe during the hunt. Holcombe sank rapidly with the loss of 81 men. U-593 was sunk after being depth charged by two other escorts of KMS34, USS Wainwright and HMS Calpe, off Bougie, Algeria, in position on the following day. There were no casualties.
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