Allied Warships

HMS Jackal (F 22)

Destroyer of the J class


HMS Jackal as completed

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassJ 
PennantF 22 
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered25 Mar 1937 
Laid down24 Sep 1937 
Launched25 Oct 1938 
Commissioned13 Apr 1939 
Lost12 May 1942 
Loss position32° 38'N, 26° 20'E
History

HMS Jackal (Cdr. Christopher Theodore Jellicoe, DSC, RN) was bombed and heavily damaged on 11 May 1942 about 90 nautical miles north-west of Mersa Matruth, Egypt in position 32º38'N, 26º20'E in the eastern Mediterranean by German Ju88 aircraft. She was sunk the next day by HMS Jervis.

 

Commands listed for HMS Jackal (F 22)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Trevylyan Michael Napier, RN14 Mar 193927 Aug 1940
2Cdr. Charles Leslie Firth, RN27 Aug 194011 Mar 1941
3Lt.Cdr. Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas, DSC, RN11 Mar 1941early 1942
4Cdr. Christopher Theodore Jellicoe, DSC, RNearly 194212 May 1942

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Notable events involving Jackal include:


11 Oct 1940
The battleship HMS Revenge sails from Plymouth with the destroyers HMS Javelin, HMS Jupiter, HMS Kelvin, HMS Kipling, HMS Jackal, HMS Jaguar and HMS Kashmir to shell the French port of Cherbourg.

29 Nov 1940
The 5th British destroyer flotilla (Capt. Lord Louis Mountbatten), HMS Javelin (flag), HMS Jupiter, HMS Kashmir, HMS Jackal and HMS Jersey encounters the German destroyers Karl Galster, Hans Lody and Richard Beitzen while these were conducting an anti-shipping raid off Plymouth. In the gun/torpedo battle that followed HMS Javelin was hit by two torpedoes, losing both her bow and stern. Only 155 feet of Javelin's original 353 foot length remained afloat and was towed back to harbour. Javelin was out of action for almost a year. (1)

28 Jan 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Rear Admiral L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO and Bar, RN) departed Liverpool for Rosyth. She was escorted by the destroyers HMS Highlander (Cdr. S. Boucher, RN), HMS Hesperus (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN) and HMS Havelock (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, RN).

At 1825 hours the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Curacoa (Capt. C.C. Hughes-Hallett, RN) also joined.

At 0850/29 the destroyer HMS Jackal (Cdr. C.L. Firth, MVO, RN) joined until 1253 hours when she departed the screen.

Shortly before 1600/29 light cruiser HMS Nigeria (Capt. J.G.L. Dundas, CBE, RN) and the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr M.J. Clark, RAN) joined. HMS Hesperus and HMS Havelock were then detached.

For the daily noon positions of HMS Prince of Wales during the passage from Liverpool to Rosyth see the map below.

(2)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


The Kellys

Langtree, Christopher


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 53/114884

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


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