Allied Warships

HMS Partridge (G 30)

Destroyer of the P class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-1961

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 30 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Oct 1939 
Laid down3 Jun 1940 
Launched5 Aug 1941 
Commissioned22 Feb 1942 
Lost18 Dec 1942 
Loss position35° 50'N, 1° 35'W

At 08.06 hours on 18 December 1942 HMS Partridge (Lt.Cdr. William Alan Frank Hawkins, DSO, DSC, OBE, RN), on an anti-submarine sweep, was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-565 and sank west of Oran, Algeria in position 35º50'N, 01º35'W.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 18 Dec 1942 by U-565 (Franken).

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Commands listed for HMS Partridge (G 30)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Alan Frank Hawkins, DSC, OBE, RN17 Dec 194118 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Partridge include:

21 May 1942
P 44 (Lt. T.E. Barlow, RN) conducted exercises off Gibraltar together with HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon DSC, RN) and HMS Partridge (Lt.Cdr. W.A.F. Hawkins, DSC, OBE, RN). (1)

27 Oct 1942
HMS P 312 (Lt. R.M. Favell, RN) conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Partridge (Lt.Cdr. W.A.F. Hawkins, DSC, OBE, RN). (2)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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(£ 45.00)

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/17400
  2. ADM 173/17485

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

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