Allied Warships

HMS Pandora (N 42)

Submarine of the P class

NavyThe Royal Navy
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 

Sunk at the Valetta dockyard, Malta by Italian aircraft on 1 April 1942. Raised in September 1943 but not repaired. Scrapped in 1945.

When she was sunk HMS Pandora (Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN) had just arrived at Malta from Gibraltar loaded with supplies.


Commands listed for HMS Pandora (N 42)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Wallace Linton, RN1 Oct 19381 Aug 1941
2Lt. Robert Love Alexander, RN1 Aug 19411 Apr 1942

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Notable events involving Pandora include:

4 Jul 1940
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the French sloop Rigault de Genouilly 6 miles north of Matifou, Algeria.

At 1358 hours (no time zone mentioned in patrol report) HMS Pandora sights a 'what is thought to be' a La Galissioniere class light cruiser. At 1407 hours four torpedoes were fired from 3800 yards. Three hits were obtained.

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

9 Jan 1941
HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) torpedoed and sank the Italian merchants Valdivagna (5400 GRT) and Palma (2715 GRT) about 5 nautical miles east-south-east of Cape Ferrato, Sardinia in position 39°15'N, 09°44'E.

23 May 1941
While en-route from Gibraltar to the United Kingdom, HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) sighted an Italian submarine west of the Portuguese coast in position 41°12'N, 11°00'W.

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.

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