Allied Warships

HMS Penylan (L 89)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type III) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type III) 
PennantL 89 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered28 Jul 1940 
Laid down4 Jun 1941 
Launched17 Mar 1942 
Commissioned25 Aug 1942 
Lost3 Dec 1942 
Loss position50° 08'N, 3° 39'W

HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. John Henry Wallace, DSC, RN) was sunk by torpedo from the German Motor Torpedo Boat (S-boat) S 115 in the English Channel, 5 nautical miles south of Start Point in position 50º08'N, 03º39'W. She was escorting coastal convoy PW-257 at the time.


Commands listed for HMS Penylan (L 89)

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1Lt. Henry Kirkwood, DSC, RN16 Jul 194210 Oct 1942
2Lt.Cdr. John Henry Wallace, DSC, RN10 Oct 19423 Dec 1942

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Notable events involving Penylan include:

22 Sep 1942
Around 0615A/22, the battleship HMS Rodney (Capt. J.W. Rivett-Carnac, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Loch Ewe where she arrived around 1430A/22. She was escorted by the escort destroyers HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN), HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) and HMS Tanatside (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Brown, RN). (1)

28 Sep 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with vessels from the Local Defence and later with HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN) and HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN). (2)

1 Oct 1942
HMS Duke of York (Capt. G.E. Creasy, DSO, RN), HMS Howe (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, CB, RN) and HMS Renown (Capt. C.S. Daniel, CBE, DSO, RN) conducted exercises off the Orkney Islands.

HMS Duke of York and HMS Howe were, most likely, escorted by the destroyers HMS Rotherham (Capt. F.S.W. de Winton, RN), HMS Marne (Lt.Cdr. H.N.A. Richardson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Campbell (A/Cdr. E.C. Coats, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Windsor (Lt.Cdr. D.H.F. Hetherington, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyers HMS Blean (Lt. N.J. Parker, RN) and HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).

HMS Renown was, most likely, escorted by the destroyers HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN), HMS Intrepid (Cdr. W. Kitcat, RN) and HMS Offa (Lt.Cdr. R.A. Ewing, RN).

HMS Duke of York and HMS Renown returned to Scapa Flow late in the evening.

HMS Howe remained out for exercises and only returned in the afternoon of the following day. It looks like that on her return to harbour HMS Howe was escorted by the destroyers Porcupine, Montrose and the escort destroyer Lamerton. (3)

16 Oct 1942
HMS Howe (Capt. C.H.L. Woodhouse, CB, RN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. She appeared to have been escorted by, at least, the destroyer HMS Eskimo (Capt. J.W.M. Eaton, DSO, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Penylan (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Wallace, DSC, RN). (4)


  1. ADM 53/116596
  2. ADM 173/17241
  3. ADM 53/115835 + ADM 53/116070 + ADM 53/116528
  4. ADM 53/116070

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