Allied Warships

HMS Tynwald (D 69)

Anti-Aircraft ship

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeAnti-Aircraft ship
Class[No specific class] 
PennantD 69 
ModSeagoing 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched16 Dec 1936 
Commissioned1 Oct 1941 
Lost12 Nov 1942 
History

Completed in June 1937. Displacement: 2376 GRT Armamant: 6 4" AA guns (3x2), 8 2pdr AA (2x4)

In the early morning of 12 November, HMS Tynwald (Capt. (retired) Philip George Wodehouse, DSO, RN) was at short notice, ready to sail from 0445 hrs onwards, in the expectation of an Axis air raid at dawn. She was anchored next to monitor HMS Roberts.
A scant 30' later she was hit by 2 torpedoes fired by Italian submarine Argo (Lt. Pasquale Gigli), which had penetrated the roads. Tynwald settled rapidly in 7 metres of water with 10 dead, survivors were rescued by Roberts and corvette HMS Samphire.

 

Commands listed for HMS Tynwald (D 69)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Capt. (retired) Frederic Thornton Peters, DSO, DSC, RN1 Aug 194124 Aug 1942
2Capt. (retired) Philip George Wodehouse, DSO, RN24 Aug 194211 Nov 1942

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Notable events involving Tynwald include:


10 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Cape Mariato (T/Lt. H.T.S. Clouston, RNVR), HMS Rye (Lt. J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR), HMS Tynwald (A/Capt. (retired) F.T. Peters, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Southern Wave (Skr. J. May, RNR). (1)

12 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR) and HMS Tynwald (A/Capt.(Retd.) F.T. Peters, DSO, DSC, RN). (1)

13 Dec 1941
HrMs O 9 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Bellwort (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E.G. Donald, RNVR) and HMS Tynwald (A/Capt. (retired) F.T. Peters, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Whitethorn (T/Lt. W.J. Griffiths, RNR) and another vessel. (1)

5 Nov 1942
' Force O ', made up of the light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. A.W. Clarke, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.M. Burrough, CB, KBE, DSO, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Argus (Capt. G.T. Philip, RN), AA cruisers HMS Charybdis (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN), HMS Scylla (Capt. I.A.P. Macintyre, CBE, RN), AA ship HMS Tynwald (Capt.(Retd.) P.G. Wodehouse, DSO, RN), destroyer ORP Blyskawica (Lt.Cdr. L. Lichodziejewski, ORP) and the escort destroyers HMS Lamerton (Lt.Cdr. C.R. Purse, DSC, RN), HMS Wheatland (Lt.Cdr. R. de L. Brooke, DSC, RN) and HMS Wilton (Lt. A.P. Northey, DSC, RN) departed Gibraltar to provide cover for ships of the Eastern Task Force, en-route to and during the landings near Algiers. The escorts varied from time to time until their return to Gibraltar.

On 9 November, HMS Sheffield parted company to join the Force destinated for a landing at Bougie but as this landing was postponed due to unsuitable weather conditions she rejoined ' Force O ' temporarily. In the afternoon of the 10th she parted company again for this operation.

On the 10th ' Force O ' was about 20 miles north of Algiers, with the escorts fuelling in turn from ' Force R ', the tanker Force, but from dawn until about noon on the 11th, ' Force O ' was off Bougie after which it returned to the area of Algiers.

In the late afternoon of the 11th, ' Force O ', including HMS Sheffield which had rejoined in the early afternoon, was heavily attacked from the air by (13) Ju 88's and HMS Argus sustained some minor damage as a bomb hit the extreme edge of the flight deck. Shortly afterwards, the sloop HMS Ibis (Cdr. H.M. Darell-Brown, RN), which was screening HMS Argus and HMS Scylla at that moment was hit by a torpedo and sank very quickly. HMS Scylla rescued 5 officers and 102 ratings, the destroyer HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. L.H. Landman, RN) later picked up another 3 ratings.

On 12 November ' Force O ' was ordered to proceed to a position north of 37°10'N, and west of 01°00'E.

At 1855Z/12, the destroyer HMS Clare, attacked a submarine in position 37°41'N, 00°10'W and she considered to have destroyed it. It was later classified as probably destroyed. The submarine on the receiving end was the German U-596 who managed to escape without damage.

' Force O ', now made up of light cruiser HMS Sheffield, aircraft carrier HMS Argus, escort carrier HMS Avenger (Cdr. A.P. Colthurst, RN), AA cruiser HMS Charybdis, HMS Scylla and the destroyers HMS Wishart (Cdr. H.G. Scott, RN), HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN), HMS Vanoc ( A/Cdr. C.F.H. Churchill, RN), HMS Velox (Lt. G.B. Barstow, RN) and HMS Clare, returned to Gibraltar on 14 November 1942. (2)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6369 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 53/115368 + ADM 53/115580 + ADM 53/116620 + ADM 53/116632 + ADM 199/662 + ADM 199/904 + ADM 234/359

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


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