Allied Warships

HMS Onslaught (G 04)

Destroyer of the O class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 04 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered3 Sep 1939 
Laid down14 Jan 1941 
Launched9 Oct 1941 
Commissioned19 Jun 1942 
End service 

Transferred to Pakistan on 6 March 1951 being renamed Tughril.

Former nameHMS Pathfinder

Commands listed for HMS Onslaught (G 04)

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1Cdr. William Halford Selby, RNJan 19428 Feb 1944
2Cdr. The Hon. Anthony Pleydell-Bouverie, RN14 Feb 194424 Apr 1945
3Cdr. Reginald Trevor Paul, RN24 Apr 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Onslaught include:

2 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These exercises included a practice attack on the battleship HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN) and her screen of six destroyers; HMS Onslow (Capt H.T. Armstrong, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN), HMS Opportune (Cdr. M.L. Power, OBE, RN), HMS Eskimo (Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN), HMS Tartar (Cdr. St.J.R.J. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) and HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (1)

15 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) and HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN). (2)

13 Nov 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. W.H. Selby, RN) and HMCS Huron (Lt.Cdr. H.S. Rayner, DSC, RCN), HMS Obedient (Lt.Cdr. H. Unwin, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN). (3)

4 Mar 1944
German U-boat U-472 was sunk (or maybe scuttled by it's own crew) in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, Norway, in position 73°05'N, 26°40'E, by gunfire and rockets from the British destroyer HMS Onslaught (Cdr. the Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 816) of the British escort carrier HMS Chaser (Capt. H.V.P. McClintock, DSO, RN).

3 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-1191 was sunk in the English Channel, south-west of Brighton, in position 50°09'N, 00°15'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Onslaught (Cdr. the Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, DSC, RN), the British escort destroyers HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN), HMS Wensleydale (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Goodfellow, RNVR) and HMS Talybont (Lt.Cdr. E.F. Baines, DSO, RN) and the British frigate HMS Seymour (Lt. G.J. Parry, RNR).

16 Nov 1944
During the morning HMS Taciturn (Lt.Cdr. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Onslaught (Cdr. The Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) and HMS Zealous (Cdr. R.F. Jessel, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN). During the afternoon A/S exercises were carried out with ships from the local defence. (4)

12 Jan 1945
The British heavy cruiser HMS Norfolk (Capt. J.G.Y. Loveband, RN with Rear-Admiral R.R. McGrigor, CB, DSO, RN aboard) and the light cruiser HMS Bellona (Capt. C.F.W. Norris, DSO, RN) escorted by the destroyers HMS Onslow (Capt. H.W.S. Browning, OBE, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.R. Gower, DSC, RN) and HMS Onslaught (Cdr. the Hon. A. Pleydell-Bouverie, RN) attack a German convoy of Egersund, Norway. Two German merchants, the Bahia Camarones (8551 GRT) and the Charlotte (4404 GRT) and the minelayer M 273 were sunk.

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  1. ADM 173/17241
  2. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. ADM 173/18917

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

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