HMS Inconstant (H 49)
Destroyer of the I class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Ordered||14 Nov 1935|
|Laid down||24 May 1939|
|Launched||24 Feb 1941|
|Commissioned||24 Jan 1942|
Aquired 14th November 1941 as the Turkish Muavenet (one of 4 Turkish-ordered ships of this class being completed in England).
Returned to Turkey in late 1945.
Commands listed for HMS Inconstant (H 49)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN||3 Feb 1942||1 May 1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN||1 May 1943||5 Sep 1943|
|3||Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RN||5 Sep 1943||8 Nov 1943|
|4||Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN||8 Nov 1943||13 Jul 1944|
|5||Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN||13 Jul 1944||10 Aug 1945|
|6||Lt. Michael Hayward-Butt, RN||10 Aug 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Inconstant include:
12 Dec 1942
The British merchant Empire Gull is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-177 in the Mozambique Channel west of Maputo, Portuguese East Africa in position 26?15'S, 34?40'E. Later the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and the British corvette HMS Freesia (Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR) together pick up 44 survivors.
11 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN). (1)
12 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-409 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Algiers, in position 37°12'N, 04°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN).
30 Dec 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) is undocked at Rothesay. Later the same day she proceeded to Campbeltown for night exercises. She was escorted by HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN). (2)
31 Dec 1943
Upon completion of the night exercises during the night of 30/31 December 1943, HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN) returned to Rothesay. (2)
26 Jan 1944
HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN) picks up 68 survivors from the American merchant Andrew G. Curtin that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-716 in the Norwegian Sea in position 73°22'N, 24°15'E.
30 Jan 1944
German U-boat U-314 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73°40'N, 27°20'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN).
18 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-767 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Guernsey, in position 49°03'N, 03°13'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fame, HMS Inconstant and HMS Havelock.
- ADM 173/17783
- ADM 173/17895
- ADM 173/18495
- ADM 173/19230
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.