Allied Warships

HMS Cassandra (R 62)

Destroyer of the Ca class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 62 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
Ordered16 Feb 1942 
Laid down30 Jan 1943 
Launched29 Nov 1943 
Commissioned28 Jul 1944 
End service 

Arrived at Inverkeithing to be broken up for scrap on 28 April 1967.  

Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 11 Dec 1944 by U-365 (Todenhagen).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Cassandra
Former nameHMS Tourmaline

Commands listed for HMS Cassandra (R 62)

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1Cdr. Philip Frederick Powlett, DSO, DSC, RN12 Jun 1944early 1945

2Lt. Charles Courtney Anderson, RN10 Jul 1945mid 1945

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Notable events involving Cassandra include:

11 Dec 1944
British destroyer HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN) was hit by a Gnat torpedo fired by German U-boat U-365. The entire bow ahead of the forward magazine, including 'A' gun turret were blown off and the structure abaft this to the forward bulkhead of the fuel tanks was wrecked. Cassandra was taken in tow (stern first) by the British frigate HMS Bahamas (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomson, RNR). Later the tow was passed over to a Soviet tug which towed her to the Kola Inlet. 62 men lost their lives in this attack.

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British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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