Allied Warships

HMS Inconstant (H 49)

Destroyer of the I class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassI 
PennantH 49 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered14 Nov 1935 
Laid down24 May 1939 
Launched24 Feb 1941 
Commissioned24 Jan 1942 
End service 
History

Aquired 14th November 1941 as the Turkish Muavenet (one of 4 Turkish-ordered ships of this class being completed in England).

Returned to Turkey in late 1945.

 
Former nameMuavenet

Commands listed for HMS Inconstant (H 49)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. William Stratford Clouston, RN3 Feb 19421 May 1943
2Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN1 May 19435 Sep 1943
3Cdr. Robert Henry Mills, RN5 Sep 19438 Nov 1943
4Lt.Cdr. John Henry Eaden, DSC, RN8 Nov 194313 Jul 1944
5Lt. Henry Denys Verschoyle, DSC, RN13 Jul 194410 Aug 1945
6Lt. Michael Hayward-Butt, RN10 Aug 1945late 1945

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Notable events involving Inconstant include:


9 Apr 1942

Convoy WS 17A.

This convoy departed Freetown on 9 April 1942 and arrived at Durban on 22 April 1942.

This convoy was made up of the following troopships / transports; Bhutan (British, 6104 GRT, built 1929), Domion Monarch (British, 27155 GRT, built 1939), Duchess of Atholl (British, 20119 GRT, built 1928), Karanja (British, 9891 GRT, built 1931), Keren (British, 9890 GRT, built 1930), Oronsay (British, 20043 GRT, built 1925), Port Wyndham (British, 11005 GRT, built 1935), Rembrandt (British, 5559 GRT, built 1941), Sobieski (Polish, 11030 GRT, built 1939), Winchester Castle (British, 20012 GRT, built 1930) and Windsor Castle (British, 19141 GRT, built 1922).

On departure from Freetown the convoy was escorted by the battleship HMS Malaya (Capt. C. Coppinger, DSC, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.N. Syfret, CB, RN), aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (Capt. A.G. Talbot, DSO, RN, light cruiser HMS Hermione (Capt. G.N. Oliver, DSO, RN) and the destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Laforey (Capt. R.M.J. Hutton, RN), HMS Lightning (Cdr. H.G. Walters, DSC, RN), HMS Lookout (Lt.Cdr. C.P.F. Brown, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Javelin (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Simms, DSO, RN), HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Duncan (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN), HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, RN).

At 1800/12, the Dominion Monarch was detached. She proceeded to Capetown independently arriving there on 19 April.

At 1600/13, HMS Pakenham, HMS Duncan, HMS Active and HMS Anthony were detached to fuel at St.Helena from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Abbeydale.

At 0615/14, HMS Laforey and HMS Javelin were detached to fuel at St.Helena from the Abbeydale.

At 1515/14, HMS Pakenham, HMS Duncan, HMS Active and HMS Anthony rejoined the convoy. HMS Hermione, HMS Lightning, HMS Lookout and HMS Inconstant were then detached to fuel at St.Helena from the Abbeydale.

At 1825/15, HMS Laforey and HMS Javelin rejoined the convoy.

At 1100/16, HMS Hermione, HMS Lightning, HMS Lookout and HMS Inconstant rejoined the convoy.

At 1000/18, HMS Hermione discovered missing plating near her bow. She was to be docked to repair this damage.

At 0700/19, HMS Illustrious, HMS Laforey, HMS Lightning, HMS Lookout and HMS Duncan were detached to Capetown where they arrived later the same day.

At 1000/19, HMS Devonshire (Capt. R.D. Oliver, DSC, RN) took over the escort of the convoy. HMS Malaya, HMS Pakenham, HMS Javelin, HMS Inconstant, HMS Active and HMS Anthony were then detached to Capetown where they arrived later the same day. The flag of Rear-Admiral Syfret was then transferred from HMS Malaya to HMS Illustrious.

At 0815/20, HMS Hermione arrived at Simonstown. She was then docked for repairs to her bow.

The convoy arrived at Durban on 22 April 1942 still escorted by HMS Devonshire.

17 Aug 1942
HMS Resolution (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, CBE, RN , flying the flag of A/Vice-Admiral A.U. Willis, DSO, RN), HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt. D.N.C. Tufnell, DSC, RN), HMS Valiant (Capt. L.H. Ashmore, RN), HMS Dauntless (A/Capt. J.G. Hewitt, DSO, RN), HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.M. Burrell, RAN), HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, DSC, RAN), HMS Griffin (Lt.Cdr. A.N. Rowell, RN), HMS Foxhound (Cdr. C.J. Wynne-Edwards, DSC, RN), HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. G.I.M. Balfour, RN) and HMS Blackmore (Lt. H.T. Harrel, RN) make rendez-vous with another group of warships which came from Colombo, these were HMS Warspite (Capt. F.E.P. Hutton, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral J.F. Somerville, KCB, KBE, DSO, RN), HMS Illustrious (Capt. A.G. Talbot, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral D.W. Boyd, CBE, DSC, RN), HMS Mauritius (Capt. W.D. Stephens, RN), HrMs Jacob van Heemskerck (Cdr. E.J. van Holte, RNN), HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN), HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN), HMS Fortune (Lt.Cdr. R.D.H.S. Pankhurst, RN) and HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN).

Exercises were then carried out on the 17th and on the 18th all ships entered Kilindini.

12 Dec 1942
The British merchant Empire Gull is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-177 in the Mozambique Channel west of Maputo, Portuguese East Africa in position 26?15'S, 34?40'E. Later the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Clouston, RN) and the British corvette HMS Freesia (Lt. R.A. Cherry, RNR) together pick up 44 survivors.

8 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN), HMS Honeysuckle (Lt. H.H.D. MacKillican, DSC and Bar, RNR), HMS Vanquisher (Lt.Cdr. G.A.G. Ormsby, RN), HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and HMS Wrestler (Lt. R.W.B. Lacon, DSC, RN). (1)

11 Jun 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with USS Madison, USS Lansdale, HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN). (1)

12 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-409 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Algiers, in position 37°12'N, 04°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN).

30 Dec 1943
HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) is undocked at Rothesay. Later the same day she proceeded to Campbeltown for night exercises. She was escorted by HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN). (2)

31 Dec 1943
Upon completion of the night exercises during the night of 30/31 December 1943, HMS Proteus (Lt. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN) returned to Rothesay. (2)

26 Jan 1944
HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN) picks up 68 survivors from the American merchant Andrew G. Curtin that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-716 in the Norwegian Sea in position 73°22'N, 24°15'E.

30 Jan 1944
German U-boat U-314 was sunk in the Barents Sea south-east of Bear Island, in position 73°40'N, 27°20'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN).

17 Mar 1944
HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) and HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) both conducted A/S and attack exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Westcott (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) H. Lambton, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSC and Bar, RN). These included night exercises. (3)

20 May 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Havelock (Lt.Cdr. R. Hart, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Inconstant (Lt.Cdr J.H. Eaden, DSCand 2 Bars, RN). (4)

18 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-767 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Guernsey, in position 49°03'N, 03°13'W, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Fame, HMS Inconstant and HMS Havelock.

28 Dec 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Inconstant (A/Lt.Cdr. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN). (5)

1 Jan 1945
HMS Untiring (Lt. G.E.L.F. Edsell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Inconstant (A/Lt.Cdr. H.D. Verschoyle, DSC, RN) and HMS Rhododendron (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H. Vernon, RNR). (6)

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17783
  2. ADM 173/17895
  3. ADM 173/19007
  4. ADM 173/18495
  5. ADM 173/19230
  6. ADM 173/20167

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


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