HMS Easton (L 09)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type III)|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||28 Jul 1940|
|Laid down||25 Mar 1941|
|Launched||11 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||7 Dec 1942|
Scrapped at Rosyth in January 1953.
Commands listed for HMS Easton (L 09)
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|1||Lt. Charles Wickham Malins, RN||28 Oct 1942||5 Oct 1943|
|2||Lt. Cyril Dudgeon Newton, RN||early 1944||Jun 1944|
|3||Lt. Loftus Edward Peyton-Jones, DSO, DSC, RN||Jun 1944||26 Jun 1945|
|4||Lt. Peter Sydney Wilson, RN||26 Jun 1945||23 Dec 1945|
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Notable events involving Easton include:
11 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Middleton (Lt. C.S. Battersby, RN), HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN) and HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN). (1)
17 Feb 1943
Around 2200 hours the Italian submarine Asteria (630 tons) was sunk off Bougie, Algeria by the British escort destroyers HMS Wheatland (Lt.Cdr. R. de L. Brooke, DSC, RN) and HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, RN).
10 Mar 1943
Convoys ME 19 and TX 3.
Convoy ME 19 departed Malta on 10 March 1943 and arrived at Alexandria on 15 March 1943 / Port Said on 16 March 1943.
It had merged as sea on 12 March with convoy TX 3 coming from Tripoli.
On departure from Malta convoy ME 19 was made up of the following ships; Dromus (British (tanker), 8036, built 1938), Erinna (Dutch (tanker), 6233 GRT, built 1936), Indochinois (British, 6966 GRT, built 1939), Kaikoura (British, 5852 GRT, built 1937), Orna (British, 6779 GRT, built 1938), Panama (British, 6650 GRT, built 1915) and Yorba Linda (Panamanian (tanker), 6900 GRT, built 1921).
On departure from Malta convoy ME 19 was escorted by the destroyer HMS Kelvin (Cdr. M.S. Townsend, OBE, DSC and Bar, RN), escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN), HMS Easton (Lt. C.W. Malins, DSC, RN), Miaoulis.
Convoy TX 3 departed Tripoli on 11 March 1943 and merged with convoy ME 19 at sea on 12 March 1943.
It was made up of following ships; Benrinnes (British, 5410 GRT, built 1921), British Sovereign (British, 3657 GRT, built 1917), City of Evansville (British, 6528 GRT, built 1922), City of Florence (British, 6862 GRT, built 1918), City of Guildford (British, 5157 GRT, built 1919), Daltonhall (British, 7250 GRT, built 1941), Darien II (British, 459 GRT, built 1892), Fort Tadoussac (British, 7129 GRT, built 1941), Karoa (British, 7009 GRT, built 1915) and Neuralia (British, 9182 GRT, built 1912).
On departure from Tripoli convoy TX 3 was escorted by the destroyer HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Belvoir (Lt. J.F.D. Bush, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Rockwood (Lt. S.R. Le H. Lombard-Hobson, RN), HMS Tetcott (Lt.Cdr. H.R. Rycroft, RN) and Pindos. HMS Tetcott apparently returned to Tripoli later on the 11th.
The following ships arrived at Alexandria on 15 March 1943;
Benrinnes, British Sovereign, City of Evansville, City of Florence, City of Guildford, Darien II, Erinna, They were escorted by; HMS Kelvin, HMS Javelin, HMS Dulverton and HMS Rockwood.
The following ships arrived at Port Said on 16 March 1943;
Daltonhall, Dromus, Orna, Panama and Yorba Linda. They were escorted by; HMS Belvoir, RHS Miaoulis and RHS Pindos. 22 Aug 1943 12 Sep 1944 Sources ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
German U-boat U-458 was sunk in the Mediterranean south-east of Pantelleria, Italy, in position 36°25'N, 12°39'E, by depth charges from the British escort destroyer HMS Easton and the Greek escort destroyer Pindos.
At 1030 hours, HMS Vampire (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR), made rendez-vous with HMS Easton (Lt. L.E. Peyton-Jones, DSO, DSC, MBE, RN) in position 34°28'N, 21°30'E. They then proceeded in company until 1700/13 when Easton obtained an A/S contact and started depth charging it. (2)
They were escorted by; HMS Kelvin, HMS Javelin, HMS Dulverton and HMS Rockwood.
The following ships arrived at Port Said on 16 March 1943; Daltonhall, Dromus, Orna, Panama and Yorba Linda. They were escorted by; HMS Belvoir, RHS Miaoulis and RHS Pindos.
22 Aug 1943
12 Sep 1944
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.