HMS Eclipse (H 08)
Destroyer of the E class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||1 Nov 1932|
|Laid down||22 Mar 1933|
|Launched||12 Apr 1934|
|Commissioned||29 Nov 1934|
|Lost||24 Oct 1943|
|Loss position||37.01N, 27.11E|
On 24 October 1943 HMS Eclipse (Cdr. Edward Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) was mined and sunk east of Kalymnos Island, Greece in position 37º01'N, 27º11'E.
Commands listed for HMS Eclipse (H 08)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Langton Woodhall, RN||31 Jul 1939||9 Nov 1939|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Ivo Thomas Clark, RN||9 Nov 1939||10 Jan 1942|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Edward Mack, DSC, RN||10 Jan 1942||24 Oct 1943|
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Noteable events involving Eclipse include:
23 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Ascianghi (offsite link) was sunk off Augusta, Sicily by the British destroyers HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN).
22 Aug 1943
The German torpedo boat TA 12 (970 tons, former French Baliste) is heavily damaged by the British destroyer HMS Eclipse (Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN). The TA 12 is beached off Cape Prasonesi, Rhodos, Greece and finally destroyed on 24 November by US Bombers.
23 Sep 1943
On this day HMS Eclipse (Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) damaged the German torpedo boat TA 10 (Oberleutnant Jobst Hahndorff) (former French torpedo boat La Pomone and later Italian FR 42) and sank the merchant Gaetano Donizetti, carrying Italian POWs, south west of Rhodes. The Gaetano Donizetti went down with her entire crew and at least 1.576 Italian POWs. (Italian sources speak of 1.835 POWs on board the Gaetano Donizetti) The POW's were mostly sailors and airmen from the Garrison of Rhodes. The heavily damaged TA 10 is towed back to Rhodes but is scuttled a few days later.