Allied Warships

HMS Jackal (F 22)

Destroyer of the J class

HMS Jackal as completed

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantF 22 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Mar 1937 
Laid down24 Sep 1937 
Launched25 Oct 1938 
Commissioned13 Apr 1939 
Lost12 May 1942 
Loss position32° 38'N, 26° 20'E

HMS Jackal (Cdr. Christopher Theodore Jellicoe, DSC, RN) was bombed and heavily damaged on 11 May 1942 about 90 nautical miles north-west of Mersa Matruth, Egypt in position 32º38'N, 26º20'E in the eastern Mediterranean by German Ju88 aircraft. She was sunk the next day by HMS Jervis.


Commands listed for HMS Jackal (F 22)

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1Cdr. Trevylyan Michael Napier, RN14 Mar 193927 Aug 1940
2Cdr. Charles Leslie Firth, RN27 Aug 194011 Mar 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas, DSC, RN11 Mar 1941early 1942
4Cdr. Christopher Theodore Jellicoe, DSC, RNearly 194212 May 1942

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Notable events involving Jackal include:

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.

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

The Kellys

Langtree, Christopher

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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