Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas DSC, RN

Born  6 Nov 1903


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Ranks

15 Jan 1924 A/S.Lt.
15 Oct 1924 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1926 Lt.
15 Oct 1934 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.

Retired: 30 May 1949


Decorations

1 Jan 1941 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Triad (N 53)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 Apr 193927 Feb 1940
HMS Fernie (L 11)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer29 Mar 194010 Mar 1941
HMS Jackal (F 22)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer11 Mar 1941early 1942

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Submarine HMS Triad (N 53)


16 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

18 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Portsmouth to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

20 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

21 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

22 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

23 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland, where she is to conduct torpedo trials. She arrived at Portland later the same day. (1)

1 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

2 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

3 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

5 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth where she arrived after a few hours. (2)

8 Oct 1939
With her trials and training completed, HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), departed from Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.J. Stride, MBE, RN) until 1845/8 when Triad joined a northbound convoy. (2)

10 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Dundee. (2)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Dundee for Rosyth where she arrived after a few hours.

At 1705 hours Triad departed Rosyth for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

5 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (4)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

27 Nov 1939
At 0015 hours, in very heavy weather and rough seas, HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), while in position 58°45'N, 05°23'E, develops problems with her after hydroplanes. The result of these problems is that she was not under control. Repairs could not be made and after a few hours a signal was made to base requesting a tow and escort.

At 1100 hours three Hudson aircraft arrived on the scene and patrolled overhead.

At 1500 hours the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) arrived on the scene.

At 1615 hours Triad was taken in tow by HMS Inglefied, however at 1800 hours the tow parted and efforts to resume towing failed. (3)

28 Nov 1939
Several attempts to connect a towline from HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) to HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) were made but all failed due to the very heavy weather and rough seas.

At 0900 hours Triad was ordered to proceed astern up wind. A speed of two knots could be maintained.

At 0940 hours - Three Hudson aircraft arrived to provide cover. (3)

29 Nov 1939
0900 hours - HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) was taken in tow by HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) at a speed of 4 knots.

1140 hours - The Admiralty ordered the ships to proceed into Norwegian waters. Triad was to effect repairs in neutral waters. (3)

30 Nov 1939
0545 hours - HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), towed by HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and escorted by HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) arrived in Norwegian waters in Mastrafjord.

Around 0730 hours all ships anchored in Mastra Fjord. After talks with Norwegian officials permission was granted that Triad could make repairs to her after hydroplanes.

1636 hours - Triad was taken in tow by a tug to Stavanger where she arrived at 2011 hours. (3)

1 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is put on the slip, stern first, at Stavanger, Norway. As the slipway could not accommodate ships over 1000 tons, Triad is only partially out of the water. (3)

2 Dec 1939
At 1315 hours, the submarine is visited by Rear-Admiral Diesen, C. in C. of the Royal Norwegian Navy who assures Lt. Cdr. Jonas that he has personally flown over the fjord to make sure that no German warships lurks in the vicinity. At 1422 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is put back in the water. She departed from for Rosyth immediately. (3)

4 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

5 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is docked in a floating dock at Rosyth for repairs. (5)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is undocked. (5)

13 Dec 1939
Upon completion of the repairs to her aft hydroplanes HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea.

For the daily position of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

15 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

16 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for convoy escort duties. She is part of the escort of convoy ON-5 from Methyl to Norway. Other ships of the escort force were HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN). HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) joined at sea on 18 December. (3)

16 Dec 1939

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during the passage of convoy ON-5 and subsequent short patrol see the map below.

19 Dec 1939
Convoy ON-5 arrived in Norwegian waters. As convoy HN-5 was delayed for 48 hours the destroyers proceeded to Sollom Voe, Shetland Islands, to refuel. In the meantime Triad would patrol off the Fr?ysj?en Fjord.

21 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) joins convoy HN-5 from Norway to Methil. Escort was provided by HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN). HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN) later joined at sea.

24 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (3)

14 Jan 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway and in the Skagerrak / Kattegat.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

28 Jan 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

11 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16190
  2. ADM 173/16191
  3. ADM 199/1847
  4. ADM 173/16192
  5. ADM 173/16193

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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