HMS Pakenham (G 06)
Destroyer of the P class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Oct 1939|
|Laid down||6 Feb 1940|
|Launched||28 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||4 Feb 1942|
|Lost||16 Apr 1943|
|Loss position||37.26N, 12.30E|
HMS Pakenham (Cdr. Basil Jones, DSC, RN) was scuttled north of Pantelleria in position 37º26'N, 12º30'E by HMS Paladin after sustaining heavy damages in action with the Italian torpedo boats Cigno and Cassiopea off Sicily.
|Former name||HMS Onslow|
Commands listed for HMS Pakenham (G 06)
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|1||Capt. Eric Barry Kenvyn Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN||4 Dec 1941||16 Feb 1943|
|2||Cdr. Basil Jones, DSC, RN||16 Feb 1943||16 Apr 1943|
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Noteable events involving Pakenham include:
30 Oct 1942
German U-boat U-559 was sunk in the Mediterranean north-east of Port Said, in position 32°30'N, 33°00'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. M. Thornton, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Lt. W. Scott, DSC, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Dulverton (Lt.Cdr. W.N. Petch, DSO, OBE, RN), HMS Hurworth (Lt.Cdr. J.T.B. Birch, DSO, DSC, RN) and a British Short Sunderland aircraft from RAF 47 Sqn. (see map)
14 Jan 1943
While detached from escorting convoy ME-15 off Malta HMS Hursley (Lt.Cdr. W.J.P. Church, DSC, RN) together with HMS Pakenham (Cdr. E.A. Gibbs, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and a Beaufort of No.39 Squadron sank the Italian submarine Narvalo (Lt.Cdr. Ludovico Grion) (810 tons) south-east of Malta. Aboard the submarine, who is returning to Italy from a supply mission to North Africa, there are 11 English officers who are prisoners of war, 8 of them went down with the Narvalo along with 28 Italians.
16 Apr 1943
While intercepting an Italian convoy south-west of Marsala the British destroyers HMS Pakenham (Cdr. Basil Jones, DSC, RN) and HMS Paladin (Lt.Cdr. L.St.G. Rich, RN) were engaged in a battle with the Italian torpedo boats Cigno and Cassiopea. In the resulting battle the Cigno was sunk and the Cassiopea was damaged but not before Pakenham was badly damaged herself. Paladin took Pakenham in tow but as Pakenham was beyond salvage she was eventually scuttled by Paladin north of Pantelleria.