Allied Warships

HMS Jaguar (F 34)

Destroyer of the J class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantF 34 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Mar 1937 
Laid down25 Nov 1937 
Launched22 Nov 1938 
Commissioned12 Sep 1939 
Lost26 Mar 1942 
Loss position31° 53'N, 26° 18'E

HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. Lionel Rupert Knyvet Tyrwhitt, DSO, DSC, RN) was hit by two torpedoes from the German submarine U-652. The ship caught fire and sank in a short time north-east of Sidi Barrani, Egypt in position 31º53'N, 26º18'E. Three officers and 190 ratings were lost. Eight officers and 45 ratings were picked up by the armed whaler HMS Klo and taken to Tobruk.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 26 Mar 1942 by U-652 (Fraatz).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Jaguar

Commands listed for HMS Jaguar (F 34)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Franklin William Hine, RN1 Aug 19391 Dec 1941 (+)
2Lt. Philip Frederick Cole, RN1 Dec 1941Dec 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Lionel Rupert Knyvet Tyrwhitt, DSO, DSC, RNDec 194126 Mar 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Jaguar include:

29 May 1940
During Operation Dynamo (the evacuation of Dunkirk) HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) was bombed and damaged by German aircraft. Repairs were completed in mid-June.

11 Oct 1940
The battleship HMS Revenge sails from Plymouth with the destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jupiter, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jaguar and HMS Kashmir to shell the French port of Cherbourg.

20 Oct 1940
The British destroyers HMS Kashmir (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine RN), HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and the Polish destroyer Blyskawica (Cdr. W. Franki, ORP) conducted a patrol in the English Channel. They detected four German destroyers. The enemy ships turned back to their base. The allied pursuit was unsuccessful. (1)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

The Kellys

Langtree, Christopher

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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