Allied Warships


P class

8 ships

The destroyer HMS Pathfinder (G 10) of the Royal Navy.

Technical information

Displacement1540 BRT 
Length345 feet 
Complement175 men 
ArmamentAs designed;
4 4.7" guns (4x1)
4 2pdr AA (1x4)
6 20mm AA (2x2, 2x1)
8 21" torpedo tubes 
Max speed37 knots
EnginesGeared turbines, 2 shafts 
Power40000 HP 
Notes on classDuo to shortages in the supply of 4.7" guns these ships were fitted with 4" guns instead. 

All ships of the P class

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HMS Paladin (G 69)
HMS Panther (G 41) Lost on 9 Oct 1943
HMS Partridge (G 30) Lost on 18 Dec 1942
HMS Pathfinder (G 10)
HMS Penn (G 77)
HMS Petard (G 56)
HMS Porcupine (G 93)

Flotilla leader

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HMS Pakenham (G 06) Lost on 16 Apr 1943

8 Destroyers of the P class. 3 of them were lost.

See all Destroyer classes.

P class ships hit by U-boats (2)

18 Dec 1942HMS PartridgeSunkU-565
9 Dec 1942HMS PorcupineTotal lossU-602

The last stand of the tin can sailors

Hornfischer, James D.

Books dealing with this subject include:

200,000 Miles Aboard the Destroyer Cotten, Robinson, C. Snelling, 1999
A Home on the Rolling Main, A G F Ditcham, 2013
All the Gallant Men, Donald Stratton, 2016
Arctic Convoy PQ8, Michael Wadsworth, 2010
The Battle of Tassafaronga, Russell Syndnor Crenshaw, 2010
Battlestations, Veronico, Nicholas A., 2001
Blood on the Sea, Parkin, Robert Sinclair, 1996
A Blue Water Navy, WAB Douglas, R. Sarty, M. Whitby et al., 2007
British destroyers & frigates, Norman Friedman, 2006
British Destroyers 1892 to 1953, March, Edgar J, 2003
Cadillac of Destroyers, Barrie, Ron and Macpherson, Ken, 1996
Cape Hatteras, Lloyd, Keith Warren, 2008
The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War, Collingwood, Donald, 1999
Capturing Enigma, Harper, Stephen, 2000 (transl.)
Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1922-1946, Chesneau, Roger, 1988

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