Allied Warships

HMS Martin (G 44)

Destroyer of the M class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-2181

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 44 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Parsons 
Laid down23 Oct 1939 
Launched12 Dec 1940 
Commissioned4 Apr 1942 
Lost10 Nov 1942 
Loss position37° 53'N, 3° 57'E

HMS Martin (Cdr. Charles Richard Powys Thomson, DSO, RN) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-431 northeast of Algiers, Algeria in position 37º53'N, 03º57'E. 161 Officers and men went down with the ship. There 63 survivors.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 10 Nov 1942 by U-431 (Dommes).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Martin

Commands listed for HMS Martin (G 44)

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1Cdr. Charles Richard Powys Thomson, RN10 Dec 194111 Nov 1942 (+)

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Notable events involving Martin include:

1 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Holcombe (Lt.Cdr. S.H. Pinchin, DSC, RN), HMS Obdurate (Lt.Cdr. C.E.L. Sclater, DSO, RN), HMS Martin (Cdr. C.R.P. Thomson, DSO, RN) and HMS Escapade (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN). (1)

2 Oct 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Martin (Cdr. C.R.P. Thomson, DSO, RN), HMS Farndale (Cdr. D.P. Trentham, RN) and HrMs Isaac Sweers (Capt. W. Harmsen, RNN). (1)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 45.43)

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/17242

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

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