HMS Fiji (58)
Light cruiser of the Fiji class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||John Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland)|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1937|
|Laid down||30 Mar 1938|
|Launched||31 May 1939|
|Commissioned||5 May 1940|
|Lost||22 May 1941|
|Loss position||34° 35'N, 23° 10'E|
The British light cruiser HMS Fiji (58) lost on 22 May 1941 in position 34° 35'N, 23° 10'E.
During the Battle of Crete, HMS Fiji (Capt. Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett, RN) was sunk by German bombers about 45b nautical miles south-west of Crete in position 34º35'N, 23º10'E. She took 241 men to the bottom. 523 survivors were rescued by the destroyers HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Sommerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN).
Commands listed for HMS Fiji (58)
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|1||Capt. William Gordon Benn, RN||28 Dec 1939||7 Oct 1940|
|2||Cdr. Gerald Vaughan Gladstone, RN||7 Oct 1940||16 Dec 1940|
|3||Capt. Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett, RN||16 Dec 1940||22 May 1941|
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Notable events involving Fiji include:
1 Sep 1940
At 1800 hours on 1 September 1940 German U-boat U-32 attacked the Dakar Task Force in position 58°10'N, 12°55'W. HMS Fiji (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN) was damaged and was put out of commission for six months.
After these A/S exercises practice attacks were made on HMS Fiji. (2)
21 May 1941
HMAS Stuart (Capt. H.M.L. Waller, DSO, RAN) sailed from Alexandria with the other Australian destroyers HMAS Voyager (Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN) and Vendetta (Lt.Cdr. R. Rhoades, RAN) to join the cruiser force of Adm Rawlings off Crete, but was diverted to search for survivors of cruisers Fiji (Capt. P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) and Gloucester (Capt. H.A. Rowley, DSO, RN) sunk by the Luftwaffe. Stuart was unable to locate any of them and returned to Alexandria.
- ADM 173/16815
- ADM 173/16816
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.