Allied Warships

HMS Eclipse (H 08)

Destroyer of the E class

HMS Eclipse during the Second World War

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantH 08 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered1 Nov 1932 
Laid down22 Mar 1933 
Launched12 Apr 1934 
Commissioned29 Nov 1934 
Lost24 Oct 1943 
Loss position37° 01'N, 27° 11'E

On 24 October 1943 HMS Eclipse (Cdr. Edward Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) was mined and sunk east of Kalymnos Island, Greece in position 37º01'N, 27º11'E.


Commands listed for HMS Eclipse (H 08)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Langton Woodhall, RN31 Jul 19399 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Ivo Thomas Clark, RN9 Nov 193910 Jan 1942
3Lt.Cdr. Edward Mack, DSC, RN10 Jan 194224 Oct 1943

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Notable events involving Eclipse include:

8 Apr 1943
HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) picks up 16 survivors from the Dutch merchant Blitar that was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-632 about 520 miles east of Cape Farewell on 6 April.

23 Jul 1943
The Italian submarine Ascianghi (offsite link) was sunk off Augusta, Sicily by the British destroyers HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, DSO, RN).

22 Aug 1943
The German torpedo boat TA 12 (970 tons, former French Baliste) is heavily damaged by the British destroyer HMS Eclipse (Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN). The TA 12 is beached off Cape Prasonesi, Rhodos, Greece and finally destroyed on 24 November by US Bombers.

23 Sep 1943
On this day HMS Eclipse (Cdr. E. Mack, DSO, DSC, RN) damaged the German torpedo boat TA 10 (Oberleutnant Jobst Hahndorff) (former French torpedo boat La Pomone and later Italian FR 42) and sank the merchant Gaetano Donizetti, carrying Italian POWs, south west of Rhodes. The Gaetano Donizetti went down with her entire crew and at least 1.576 Italian POWs. (Italian sources speak of 1.835 POWs on board the Gaetano Donizetti) The POW's were mostly sailors and airmen from the Garrison of Rhodes. The heavily damaged TA 10 is towed back to Rhodes but is scuttled a few days later. (1)

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