HMS Jaguar (F 34)
Destroyer of the J class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||William Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland)|
|Ordered||25 Mar 1937|
|Laid down||25 Nov 1937|
|Launched||22 Nov 1938|
|Commissioned||12 Sep 1939|
|Lost||26 Mar 1942|
|Loss position||31.53N, 26.18E|
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
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Jaguar|
Commands listed for HMS Jaguar (F 34)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. John Franklin William Hine, RN||1 Aug 1939||1 Dec 1941 (+)|
|2||Lt. Philip Frederick Cole, RN||1 Dec 1941||Dec 1941|
|3||Lt.Cdr. Lionel Rupert Knyvet Tyrwhitt, DSO, DSC, RN||Dec 1941||26 Mar 1942 (+)|
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Noteable 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)
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