Allied Warships

HMS Pandora (N 42)

Submarine of the P class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassP 
PennantN 42 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered7 Feb 1928 
Laid down9 Jul 1928 
Launched22 Aug 1929 
Commissioned30 Jun 1930 
Lost1 Apr 1942 
History

HMS Pandora (Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN) was sunk at the Valetta dockyard, Malta by two bombs from Italian aircraft on 1 April 1942. Raised in September 1943 but not repaired and beached at Malta. The wreck was scrapped in 1957. 

Commands listed for HMS Pandora (N 42)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Wallace Linton, RN1 Oct 193812 Jul 1941
2Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN15 Jul 19411 Apr 1942

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The history of HMS Pandora as compiled on this page is extracted from the patrol reports and logbooks of this submarine. Corrections and details regarding information from the enemy's side are kindly provided by Mr. Platon Alexiades, a naval researcher from Canada.

This page was last updated in November 2015.

13 Oct 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked at Hong Kong where she had been refitting since mid July 1939. (1)

2 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (2)

6 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted torpedo firing trials off Hong Kong. (2)

7 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted steering and diving trials off Hong Kong. (2)

9 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted trials off Hong Kong. (2)

10 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted diving trials off Hong Kong. (2)

11 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

14 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises and trials off Hong Kong. (2)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

16 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, RN). (2)

22 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (2)

23 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (2)

29 Nov 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Hong Kong for her 1st war patrol. She was to patrol off the south coast of Kyushu, Japan (Kii Suido area).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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23 Dec 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Hong Kong. (3)

27 Dec 1939
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (3)

1 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (4)

5 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) and HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN).

9 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (4)

11 Jan 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong together with HMS Arawa (A/Capt. G.R. Deverell, RN). (4)

2 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong. (5)

6 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN) and HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

7 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

12 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

14 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

15 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Regulus (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) and HMS Rainbow (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Luce, RN). (5)

19 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

21 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (5)

23 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Kanimbla (A/Capt. F.E. Getting, RAN). (5)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (5)

29 Feb 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Proteus (Lt.Cdr. R.T. Gordon-Duff, RN). (5)

1 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

4 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

11 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN) and HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN). (6)

12 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Phoenix (Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rowe, RN). (6)

13 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Scout (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Holmes, RN) and HMS Falmouth (Cdr. C.C. Hardy, RN). (6)

15 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Falmouth (Cdr. C.C. Hardy, RN) and HMS Thracian (Lt.Cdr. H.G.D. de Chair, RN). (6)

20 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Hong Kong with HMS Thanet (Lt.Cdr. J. Mowlam, RN). (6)

25 Mar 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Hong Kong. (6)

5 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (7)

9 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Hong Kong for Singapore. Pandora was to proceed to the Mediterranean.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during the passage to Alexandria see the map below.

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14 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Singapore. She departed for Colombo later the same day. (7)

19 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Colombo. (7)

21 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Colombo for Aden. (7)

28 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Aden. (7)

29 Apr 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Aden for Suez. (7)

3 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Suez. (8)

4 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) transited the Suez Canal northbound and arrived at Port Said. (8)

5 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (8)

6 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (8)

14 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. The included A/S exercises with the French destroyer Forbin (Capitaine de corvette (Lt.Cdr.) R.C.M. Chartellier). (8)

15 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. (8)

16 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria with HMAS Vampire (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Walsh, RAN) and HMS Voyager (Lt.Cdr. J.C. Morrow, RAN). (8)

21 May 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Alexandria. She then departed for her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). She was to patrol to the North of Crete (Suda Bay area).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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9 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (9)

18 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was to patrol in the Aegean off the Doro Channel.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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26 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was ordered to proceed to Malta. (10)

28 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. No Italian ships had been sighted. (10)

29 Jun 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Malta for her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Algiers.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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4 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly in position 36°53'N, 03°17'E. Rigault the Genouilly was en-route from Algiers to Bizerta.

Of her crew of 177, twelve were missing. Survivors were picked up by the fishing boats Jupiter and Julietta while the sloop Annamite attacked the submarine with depth charges. Three French aircraft joined the hunt and dropped bombs. The sinking of Rigault de Genouilly was an error as she was not regarded one of the objectives of operation Catapult and the British Admiralty presented its excuses to the French legation.

(All times are zone -1)
1358 hours - Sighted 'what is thought to be' a La Galissioniere class light cruiser. Enemy course was 090°, speed 17 knots, range 4 nautical miles.

1407 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 3800 yards. Two or three hits were obtained. The target stopped and was heavily on fire.

1522 hours - The target was seen to sink, stern first. This was followed by a extremely heavy explosion, possibly her after magazines blowing up. (11)

10 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 4th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (11)

24 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Fearless (Cdr. I.R.H. Black, RN) and HMS Velox (Cdr. (retired) J.C. Colvill, RN). (12)

31 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Malta on her first storing trip carrying RAF personnel and stores brought to Gibraltar by HMS Argus (operation Tube).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

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6 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Malta. (13)

7 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Malta for her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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24 Aug 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 5th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (11)

9 Sep 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Benghazi, Libya.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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15 Sep 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) attacked an unescorted enemy merchant vessel with two torpedoes about 30 nautical miles north of Benghazi, Libya. Both torpedoes missed.

This may have been the small refrigeration ship Amba Alagi (450 GRT, built 1932) but the attack was unobserved.

(All times are zone -3)
1528 hours - Sighted a ship approaching from the Benghazi direction on a course of 320°. Started attack.

1617 hours - In approximate position 32°36'N, 20°00'E fired two torpedoes from 5500 yards. No hits were obtained. (11)

28 Sep 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian Famiglia (813 GRT,built 1888) about 10 nautical miles north-east of Al Haniyah, Libya in position 33°00'N, 21°38'E.

She was carrying 750 tons of fuel in company with Sirena (974 GRT, built 1883) escorted by the torpedo boat Enrico Cosenz and they had sailed from Ras Tajunes for Tobruk. Cosenz reacted immediately by dropping a pattern of eight depth charges, observed an oil patch and believed the submarine sunk. A second pattern of three depth charges followed for good measure and she then returned to pick up the survivors. The whole crew was saved.

(All times are zone -3)
0840 hours - Sighted an Italian convoy of two merchant ships and one escorting torpedo-boat (old type and correctly identified by Lt.Cdr. Linton by the letters CS on its bow as the Enrico Cosenz). Started attack on the rear ship.

0943 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 2500 yards. After a little over two minutes a heavy explosion was heard. The torpedo-boat started a counter attack and it dropped nine (sets) of depth charges. They were not close and caused no damage to Pandora. (11)

2 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. (11)

4 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was briefly docked at Alexandria. She was undocked later the same day. (14)

14 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the Gulf of Taranto.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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16 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) attacked an Italian submarine north of the Gulf of Bomba. A total of three torpedoes were fired but none hit their intended target.

The target was the the Italian submarine Topazio in company with Ascianghi. Topazio had observed Pandora but was unsure of her identity and refrained from taking action from fear of attacking Ascianghi by mistake.

(All times are zone -3)
2120 hours - In position 32°57'N, 23°22'E sighted two Italian submarines in line ahead 1500 yards apart. Started attack.

The seconds submarine was seen to dive but the first one remained on the surface so at 2129 hours two torpedoes were fired at it. As soon as the torpedoes were fired she turned away and dived. Pandora then also dived.

The Italian must have surfaced again as they were sighted through the periscope and their HE was picked up.

2152 hours - Fired another torpedo at the HE. It also missed. (11)

21 Oct 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic on the shipping lanes between Bari and Durazzo. (11)

2 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 7th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta. (11)

4 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Malta. (15)

7 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. She then immediately left Malta for Alexandria.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

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13 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (15)

25 Nov 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Sirte.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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13 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria. It had been uneventful. (11)

21 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for Port Said. (16)

22 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Port Said. (16)

23 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Port Said. (16)

26 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (16)

27 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Port Said for Alexandria. (16)

28 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Alexandria. (16)

30 Dec 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Alexandria for Gibraltar where she was to join the 8th submarine flotilla based there. Also Pandora was to embark a new battery at Gibraltar.

During passage Pandora was to make a short patrol off the east coast of Sardinia making this passage her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean).

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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9 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchants Valdivagna (5400 GRT, built 1913) and Palma (2715 GRT, built 1919) about 10 nautical miles east-north-east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia in position 39°22'N, 09°50'E. They were en-route from Civitavecchia to Cagliari and were unescorted.

The hospital ship Sorrento arrived on the scene and picked up both crews with the exception of two. The torpedo boat Giuseppe Dezza, MAS 502 and a Z.501 seaplane hunted the submarine and claiming it as probably sunk but Pandora had managed to escape without damage.

(All times are zone -1)
0521 hours - Sighted a ship approaching.

0640 hours - Dived and started attack.

0700 hours - Sighted a second ship.

0822 hours - Fired two torpedoes at the first ship from 1400 yards. One hit was obtained. Started attack on the second ship.

0838 hours - Fired one torpedo from 1000 yards. It missed.

0845 hours - Fired one torpedo from 2000 yards. It hit. Both ships, estimated at 5000 and 4000 tons, were now in a sinking condition and there was little doubt that they would sink. (10)

14 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 9th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (10)

20 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for Portsmouth. Her new battery was to be installed there instead of at Gibraltar. En-route (on the 26th) she was ordered to make a short patrol off Cherbourg, France making this passage her 10th war patrol at Portsmouth.

Upon leaving Gibraltar exercises were carried out with HMS Foxhound (Cdr. G.H. Peters, DSC, RN).

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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28 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 10th war patrol at Portsmouth. (10)

12 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was docked at Portsmouth. (17)

15 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was undocked. (17)

21 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

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27 Feb 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (17)

3 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 11th war patrol. She was ordered escort convoy HG 55.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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14 Mar 1941
At 1130 hours HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) left convoy HG 55 to join convoy OG 55. Pandora was escorted by HMS Coreopsis (Lt.Cdr. A.H. Davies, RNVR).

Pandora and Coreopsis joined convoy OG 55 at 1930 hours. (10)

21 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 11th war patrol at Gibraltar. (10)

29 Mar 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 12th war patrol. She was ordered to provide escort for Fleet tanker RFA Cairndale.

Cairndale was to provide fuel for the destroyers of Force H which was to patrol off the Bay fo Biscay in case the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were to break out in the Atlantic again.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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4 Apr 1941
At 0930 hours HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) made rendez-vous with RFA Cairndale (10)

11 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) and RFA Cairndale are ordered to proceed to Gibraltar. (10)

17 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) ended her 12th war patrol at Gibraltar. (10)

29 Apr 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Naples, Italy.

For the daily and attack positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

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11 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) attacked an unescorted tanker south of Licosa Point. Four torpedoes in all were fired but none hit the target. This may have been the water tanker Elisa (216 GRT, built 1903) on passage from Trapani to Tripoli. The attack was unobserved.

(All times are zone -1)
1604 hours - In approximate position 40°03'N, 14°58'E sighted the funnel of a ship. Closed to investigate. The ship turned out to be a tanker of about 3500 tons. An attack was started.

1636 hours - Fired three torpedoes from 3000 yards. No hits were obtained and the 3rd torpedo was not heard to run.

1642 hours - Fired another torpedo. This torpedo also missed. (10)

18 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 13th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (10)

22 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar for passage to Portsmouth. (10)

24 May 1941
At 1137 HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sighted an Italian submarine west of the Portuguese coast in position 41°04'N, 11°12'W. This was Mocenigo on her way from Bordeaux, France for an Atlantic patrol.

Two rounds with the deck gun were fired. The enemy submarine then dived. (10)

25 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay to intercept the German battleship Bismarck making for a French port.

The passage to Portsmouth now became her 14th war patrol.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this patrol see the map below.

(10)

27 May 1941
With the Bismarck sunk HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) was ordered to continue her passage to Portsmouth. (10)

31 May 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) ended her 14th war patrol at Portsmouth. (10)

7 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Portsmouth for Dartmouth. (18)

8 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Dartmouth. (18)

9 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Dartmouth. (18)

10 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) departed Dartmouth for Portsmouth, U.S.A. where she was to refit at the Navy Yard.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

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18 Jun 1941
At 1840 hours (time zone +2) HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN), while in position 43°20'N, 28°02'W, sights a lifeboat and picks up 12 survivors from the Dutch tanker Pendrecht that was torpedoed and sunk on 8 June 1941 about 500 nautical miles north-west of the Azores in position 45°18'N, 36°40'W by German U-boat U-48. (18)

28 Jun 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. (18)

7 Jan 1942
With her refit completed HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed the Portsmouth Navy Yard for the U.S. submarine base at New London, Connecticut. (19)

8 Jan 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) arrived at New London. (19)

24 Jan 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed New London for Bermuda. Passage

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

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28 Jan 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) arrived at Bermuda. (10)

3 Feb 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Bermuda for Gibraltar.

For the daily positions of HMS Pandora during this passage see the map below.

(10)

16 Feb 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) arrived at Gibraltar. (10)

9 Mar 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 15th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Alboran Sea. This was a work-up patrol.

As no log is available no map can be displayed. (10)

17 Mar 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Gibraltar. (10)

23 Mar 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) departed Gibraltar for her 2nd storage trip to Malta. She carried kerosene.

As no log is available no map can be displayed. (20)

31 Mar 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) arrived at Malta. (20)

1 Apr 1942
HMS Pandora (Lt. R.L. Alexander, RN) was bombed and sunk at Malta while unloading the supplies at Hamilton Wharf. She was hit by two bombs, two officers and twenty-five ratings died in the attack. Her wreck was raised in September 1943 and beached in Kalkara Creek, eventually scrapped in 1957. Whilst breaking the wreck up two bodies were found in a dry compartment

Sources

  1. ADM 173/15891
  2. ADM 173/15892
  3. ADM 173/15893
  4. ADM 173/16395
  5. ADM 173/16396
  6. ADM 173/16397
  7. ADM 173/16398
  8. ADM 173/16399
  9. ADM 173/16400
  10. ADM 199/1832
  11. ADM 199/283
  12. ADM 173/16401
  13. ADM 173/16402
  14. ADM 173/16404
  15. ADM 173/16405
  16. ADM 173/16406
  17. ADM 173/16875
  18. ADM 173/16879
  19. ADM 199/1907
  20. ADM 199/2565

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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