P or PALADIN-Class Fleet Destroyer
ordered with 2nd
Emergency Flotilla in October 1939 from
the Fairfield shipyard at Govan,
Glasgow and laid down
on 3rd June 1940.The ship was
launched on 5th August 1941 as the 7th R.
N. ship to carry this name,
introduced in 1809 for a Sloop. It
was last used for
destroyer built in 1916 and sunk in action
in 1917. Build was completed on 22nd
February 1942 at a cost of approximately
£400,000 which excluded the Admiralty
equipment such as weapons and
communications outfits. After a successful
WARSHIP WEEK for National Savings in March
1942 this ship was
adopted by the civil community of Ealing,
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Contractor's sea trials and commissioning for
service in 12th Destroyer Flotilla
completion and commenced Acceptance Trials.
Worked-up in Clyde area for operational
Returned to Build shipyard for repair and
Nominated for escort of the US aircraft
Carrier USS WASP during Malta aircraft
Took passage from Clyde as part of screen for
HM Battlecruiser RENOWN with HM Destroyers
INGLEFIELD, ITHURIEL, ECHO and joined USS
WASP, US Destroyers USS LANG and USS
MADISON to form Force W to cover aircraft
HM Cruisers CHARYBDIS, CAIRO, HM Destroyers
WESTCOTT, VIDETTE, WRESTLER and
ANTELOPE joined Force W to reinforce escort
Returned to Gibraltar after aircraft launched.
(Note: The aircraft landed in Malta despite
various difficulties, but many had a short
damage whilst aground in Malta during air
raids on airfields. See MALTA CONVOYS by
Passage to Scapa Flow for deployment with
ships of Home Fleet.
Part of screen for HMS RENOWN, HM Aircraft
Carrier EAGLE, USS WASP and HM Cruiser
CHARYBDIS with HM Destroyers ECHO, INTREPID,
US destroyers USS LANG and
STERRET as Force W to cover aircraft delivery
Retained in Mediterranean for screening duties
in Force H.
Part of screen for HM Aircraft Carriers EAGLE,
ARGUS and HM Cruiser CHARYBDIS
with H M Destroyers ITHURIEL, ANTELOPE,
WISHART, WESTCOTT, WRESTLER and
VIDETTE during Malta aircraft delivery
Carried out counter attack after torpedoes
fired at HMS CHARYBDIS by Italian submarine
Mediterranean deployment with Force H in
Part of screen for HMS EAGLE and HMS CHARYBDIS
with HM Destroyers WESTCOTT.
WISHART, ITHURIEL and ANTELOPE during Malta
Part of screen for HMS EAGLE, HMS CHARYBDIS
and HMS CAIRO with HM Destroyers
ITHURIEL, ANTELOPE, WISHART, WRESTLER and
WESTCOTT during aircraft delivery.
Joined HM Cruiser CAIRO, HM Destroyer BEDOUIN,
MARNE, MATCHLESS, ITHURIEL,
BLANKNEY, MIDDLETON, BADSWORTH, Polish
destroyer ORP KUJAWIAK, HM
Minesweepers SPEEDY, HEBE, HYTHE and RYE as
Force W for escort of convoy for complete
passage to Malta.
(Operation HARPOON - For details see THE
BATTLE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN by
D MacIntyre, ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE CLOSELY by
C. Barnett and MALTA
CONVOYS by R Woodman.)
After Italian warships opened fire on HARPOON
convoy, deployed with HM Destroyers
BEDOUIN, ITHURIEL, MATCHLESS and MARNE to
carry out torpedo attacks.
Engaged enemy ships at 18,000 yards.
Disabled by return fire.
After damage repair took HM Destroyer BEDOUIN
in tow but released her when an air and
surface attack was threatened.
(Note: HMS BEDOUIN was sunk by an aircraft
torpedo and rescue of survivors was not
During passage to Gibraltar came under further
air attacks during which steering gear was
Arrived at Gibraltar.
Took passage to UK from Gibraltar for
Taken in hand for repair in Tyne commercial
On completion of post repair trials took
passage to Scapa Flow to resume duties.
Deployed with HM Destroyer QUIBERON as screen
for HM Cruiser AURORA and HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser CARTHAGE to provide Ocean
Escort for military convoy WS22 during
passage to Freetown.
Detached to refuel in Ponta Delgardo, Azores.
Detached from WS22 on arrival at Freetown.
Rejoined WS22 on sailing from Freetown with
HMS QUIBERON as screen for HM Armed
Merchant Cruiser ALCANTARA as Ocean Escort for
passage to Capetown.
Detached from WS22 with HM Cruiser AURORA and
HMS QUIBERON and took passage to
Pointe Noire. Belgian Congo.
Returned to UK to resume Home Fleet service.
Home Fleet deployment in continuation.
Nominated to join HM Destroyers PANTHER,
PATHFINDER, PENN and PORCUPINE in 3rd
Destroyer Flotilla at Gibraltar to support
allied landings in North Africa.
Passage to Gibraltar as part of screen for
units of Home Fleet detached for support of
landings in North Africa.
(For details see ENGAGE THE ENEMY MORE
CLOSELY, THE RELUCTANT ENEMIES by
W. Tute and Naval Staff History) .
Joined 3rd Flotilla. on arrival at Gibraltar.
Deployed with ships of Flotilla as screen for
HM Battleships DUKE OF YORK, NELSON,
RODNEY, HM Aircraft Carriers VICTORIOUS and
FORMIDABLE in Eastern Task Force
supporting landings at Algiers.
On completion of assault phase remained in
Mediterranean for screening duties in Force H
with ships of Flotilla.
Deployed for patrol and screening duties in
During anti-submarine operation with H M
Destroyers PENN, MILNE and METEOR off Oran
hit by torpedo fired by U565.
Engine Room and Gearing Room flooded causing
ship to break in two.
Both halves sank rapidly 50 miles west of Oran
in position 35.50N 01.35W.
37 of ship’s company lost their lives. 173
survivors rescued by HM Destroyer PENN.
ESCORT MOVEMENTS of
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with the text above
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