Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas DSC, RN

Born  6 Nov 1903


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Ranks

15 Jan 1924 A/S.Lt.
15 Oct 1924 S.Lt.
15 Oct 1926 Lt.
15 Oct 1934 Lt.Cdr.
31 Dec 1941 Cdr.

Retired: 30 May 1949


Decorations

1 Jan 1941 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Ronald McClellan Powning Jonas, RN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMS Triad (N 53)Lt.Cdr.Submarine2 Apr 193927 Feb 1940
HMS Fernie (L 11)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer29 Mar 194010 Mar 1941
HMS Jackal (F 22)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer11 Mar 1941early 1942

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Events related to this officer

Submarine HMS Triad (N 53)


16 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN). (1)

18 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Portsmouth to begin a period of trials and training. (1)

20 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

21 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

22 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

23 Sep 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted independent exercises off Portsmouth. (1)

29 Sep 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Portsmouth for Portland, where she is to conduct torpedo trials. She arrived at Portland later the same day. (1)

1 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

2 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

3 Oct 1939 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted torpedo discharge trials off Portland. (2)

5 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth where she arrived after a few hours. (2)

8 Oct 1939
With her trials and training completed, HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), departed from Portsmouth for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Tedworth (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) W.J. Stride, MBE, RN) until 1845/8 when Triad joined a northbound convoy. (2)

10 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Dundee. (2)

14 Oct 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Dundee for Rosyth where she arrived after a few hours.

At 1705 hours Triad departed Rosyth for her 1st war patrol. She is to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

5 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 1st war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

15 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) conducted exercises off Rosyth. (4)

18 Nov 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

27 Nov 1939
At 0015 hours, in very heavy weather and rough seas, HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), while in position 58°45'N, 05°23'E, develops problems with her after hydroplanes. The result of these problems is that she was not under control. Repairs could not be made and after a few hours a signal was made to base requesting a tow and escort.

At 1100 hours three Hudson aircraft arrived on the scene and patrolled overhead.

At 1500 hours the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) arrived on the scene.

At 1615 hours Triad was taken in tow by HMS Inglefied, however at 1800 hours the tow parted and efforts to resume towing failed. (3)

28 Nov 1939
Several attempts to connect a towline from HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) to HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) were made but all failed due to the very heavy weather and rough seas.

At 0900 hours Triad was ordered to proceed astern up wind. A speed of two knots could be maintained.

At 0940 hours - Three Hudson aircraft arrived to provide cover. (3)

29 Nov 1939
0900 hours - HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) was taken in tow by HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) at a speed of 4 knots.

1140 hours - The Admiralty ordered the ships to proceed into Norwegian waters. Triad was to effect repairs in neutral waters. (3)

30 Nov 1939
0545 hours - HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN), towed by HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, RN) and escorted by HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) arrived in Norwegian waters in Mastrafjord.

Around 0730 hours all ships anchored in Mastra Fjord. After talks with Norwegian officials permission was granted that Triad could make repairs to her after hydroplanes.

1636 hours - Triad was taken in tow by a tug to Stavanger where she arrived at 2011 hours. (3)

1 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is put on the slip, stern first, at Stavanger, Norway. As the slipway could not accommodate ships over 1000 tons, Triad is only partially out of the water. (3)

2 Dec 1939
At 1315 hours, the submarine is visited by Rear-Admiral Diesen, C. in C. of the Royal Norwegian Navy who assures Lt. Cdr. Jonas that he has personally flown over the fjord to make sure that no German warships lurks in the vicinity. At 1422 hours HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is put back in the water. She departed from for Rosyth immediately. (3)

4 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

5 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is docked in a floating dock at Rosyth for repairs. (5)

12 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) is undocked. (5)

13 Dec 1939
Upon completion of the repairs to her aft hydroplanes HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 3rd war patrol. This is a short patrol in the North Sea.

For the daily position of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(5)

15 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 3rd war patrol at Rosyth. (5)

16 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for convoy escort duties. She is part of the escort of convoy ON-5 from Methyl to Norway. Other ships of the escort force were HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN) and HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN). HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) joined at sea on 18 December. (3)

16 Dec 1939

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during the passage of convoy ON-5 and subsequent short patrol see the map below.

19 Dec 1939
Convoy ON-5 arrived in Norwegian waters. As convoy HN-5 was delayed for 48 hours the destroyers proceeded to Sollom Voe, Shetland Islands, to refuel. In the meantime Triad would patrol off the Fr?ysj?en Fjord.

21 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) joins convoy HN-5 from Norway to Methil. Escort was provided by HMS Afridi (Capt. G.H. Creswell, DSC, RN), HMS Nubian (Cdr. R.W. Ravenhill, RN), HMS Maori (Cdr. G.N. Brewer, RN) and HMS Mohawk (Cdr. J.W.M. Eaton, RN) HMS Escapade (Cdr. H.R. Graham, RN) later joined at sea.

24 Dec 1939
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) arrived at Rosyth. (3)

14 Jan 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway and in the Skagerrak / Kattegat.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

28 Jan 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 4th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)

11 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from Rosyth for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the South coast of Norway.

For the daily positions of HMS Triad during this patrol see the map below.

(3)

26 Feb 1940
HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) ended her 5th war patrol at Rosyth. (3)


Destroyer HMS Jackal (F 22)


4 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Resolution (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, CBE, RN), (Cdr. H.A. King, RN), HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Atherstone (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Jenks, RN) and HMS Blencathra (Cdr. H.W.S. Browning, RN) arrived at Greenock. (6)

5 Apr 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Kelvin (Cdr. J.H. Allison, DSO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Greenock for Plymouth. Later they were ordered to proceed to a rendez-vous position of Wolf Rock. (6)

7 Jun 1941
'Force B', made up of the light cruisers HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN), HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, RN) and the destroyers HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN), HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN) departed Alexandria so to be off the Syrian coast at dawn the following day for their role supporting the Army during Operation Exporter, the Allied attack on the Vichy-French colony of Syria. (7)

9 Jun 1941
Shortly after 0300 hours, the light cruiser HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral E.L.S. King, CB, MVO, RN) was attacked but missed by the Vicy-French submarine Caiman off the Syrian coast.

Also during this day, between 0949 and 1010 hours, the Vichy-French destroyers Guepard and Valmy from Beirut bombarded Allied Army positions in Syria.

The destroyer HMS Janus (Cdr. J.A.W. Tothill, RN), alone off Sidon, engaged the French destroyers and was badly damaged in doing so. The destroyers HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN), HMS Isis (Cdr. C.S.B. Swinley, DSC, RN), and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), which were nearby, then joined and managed to drive the French destroyers off.

Two more destroyers later joined as they had been close inshore for bombardment duties, these were HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN).

HMS Kimberley then took the badly damaged HMS Janus in tow towards Haifa screened by HMS Kandahar.

HMS Hotspur, HMS Isis and HMS Jackal meanwhile were in pursue of the Vichy-French destroyer which managed to return to Beirut. HMS Jackal sustained some minor damage from a shell hit during the action.

The damaged HMS Janus safely arrived at Haifa on the 10th. (8)

10 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) arrived at Haifa from operations off Syria. (9)

11 Jun 1941
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Haifa to continue to support the operations against Vichy-French Syria.

It appears HMS Jackal returned to Haifa on the 13th.

[No reports have so far been found by us so we have little information available but the logbook of HMS Ajax (ADM 53/113530) reports that she sighted the destroyers HMS Ilex (Capt. H.St.L. Nicholson, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Lt.Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) at 0600/12. Presumably they had been on patrol during the night as a striking force off the coast of Syria.] (9)

14 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) apparently departed Haifa to continue to support the operations against Vichy-French Syria.

[No further details known for the moment.]

15 Jun 1941
While operating off Syria, HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), is hit by a bomb from an enemy aircraft. The bomb passed trough the upper deck but failed to explode and then fell harmlessly into the sea. Damage was only minor and Jackal was able to continue her operations.

[We have been unable to find out when HMS Jackal returned to Haifa.]

17 Jun 1941
At 1900/17, HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Jaguar (Lt.Cdr. J.F.W. Hine, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN), departed Haifa for patrol. They returned to Haifa at 0710/18. (10)

19 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1845/19 the light cruiser HMNZS Leander (Capt. R.H. Bevan, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Haifa for a patrol off Syria. They returned to Haifa at 0845/20. (10)

22 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) arrived at Alexandria from operations off Syria. (11)

29 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria to go to the assistance of the damaged destroyer HMAS Waterhen (Lt.Cdr. J.H. Swain, RN).

Before HMS Jackal arrived, HMAS Waterhen had sunk. She then returned to Alexandria the following day together with HMS Defender (Lt.Cdr. G.L. Farnfield, RN) which had been on supply mission to Tobruk with the Australian destroyer. (7)

2 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1300 hours HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for Haifa where they arrived the following day. (7)

5 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral H.B. Rawlings, OBE, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), AA-cruiser HMS Carlisle (A/Cdr. W. Pope, RN) and the destroyers HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN).

Following the bombardment HMAS Perth, HMS Carlisle, HMS Havock and HMS Nizam conducted a night sweep along the coast of Syria. (7)

6 Jul 1941
The light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN), HMAS Perth (Capt. P.W. Bowyer-Smith, RN), AA-cruiser HMS Carlisle (A/Cdr. W. Pope, RN), and five destroyers out of the following six, HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN), bombarded the Damur area to support operations by the Army. (7)

10 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 2015/10 the light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) and the destroyers HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Haifa for a night patrol off Syria.

At 0635/11 the destroyers HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN), HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Haifa to join the other ships at sea.

HMS Jackal returned to Haifa around 0805/11.

HMS Ajax, HMS Phoebe, HMS Griffin, HMS Hasty, HMS Havock, HMS Hotspur, HMS Kimberley, HMS Kingston and HMAS Nizam returned to Haifa around 0930/11. (12)

13 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
The light cruisers HMS Ajax (Capt. E.D.B. McCarthy, DSO, RN), HMS Phoebe (Capt. G. Grantham, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Haifa around 2020/13.

They returned to Haifa around 0630/14. (12)

17 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Haifa for the Alexandria area where they were to join the fleet for exercises.

(7)

21 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1230 hours the destroyers HMS Decoy (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Alliston, RN), HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Alexandria for exercises. They returned around 2000 hours. (13)

1 Aug 1941
Around 1030 hours, the destroyers HMS Jervis (Capt. P.J. Mack, DSO, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Alexandria for an A/S sweep north of Bardia for a reported enemy submarine. A Sunderland aircraft (230 Sq./U) cooperating in the search was shot down by the submarine Italian Delfino and four of the crew which had survived the crash were picked up by the Italian submarine.

The destroyers made no contact with the enemy and arrived back at Alexandria around 1300/2. Delfino had observed them during the night of 1/2 August (0055/2, Rome time) patrolling the area. (14)

7 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Abdiel (Capt. E. Pleydell-Bouverie, MVO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Port Said around 1300/7 with troops for Farmagusta.

They landed the troops during the night of 7/8 August and arrived at Haifa around 1130/8. (15)

12 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Abdiel (Capt. E. Pleydell-Bouverie, MVO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Haifa around 0600 hours for Port Said where they arrived around 1530 hours. (15)

13 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Neptune (Capt. R.C. O'Conor, RN), HMS Abdiel (Capt. E. Pleydell-Bouverie, MVO, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Port Said with troops for Farmagusta. (15)

18 Aug 1941
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Kingston (Lt.Cdr. P. Somerville, DSO, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria at 0830/18 for a supply run to Tobruk. They returned to Alexandria at 1320/19. (14)

21 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Griffin (Cdr. J. Lee-Barber, DSO, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and <HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria at 0815/21 for a supply run to Tobruk. They returned to Alexandria at 1300/22. (14)

23 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria at 1600/23 for a sweep of the coast near Bardia to search for enemy supply vessels. They returned to Alexandria at 1405/24. (14)

3 Sep 1941
Shortly after 1000 hours, the battleship HMS Valiant (Capt. C.E. Morgan, DSO, RN), light cruiser HMAS Hobart (Capt. H.L. Howden, RAN) and the destroyers HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN), HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair Ford, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria for exercises.

HMS Valiant and HMAS Hobart returned to Alexandria at 1915 hours. The destroyers remained out. (16)

4 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN), HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN), HMS Kipling (Cdr. A. St.Clair Ford, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) returned to Alexandria at 1430 hours. (17)

10 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1215 the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. C.B. Barry, DSO, RN flying the flag of Admiral Sir A.B. Cunningham, GCB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN) and the destroyer HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria to join the fast minelayers HMS Abdiel (Capt. E. Peydell-Bouverie, MVO, RN), HMS Latona (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the destroyer HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) at sea for exercises.

They returned to Alexandria around 1720 hours. (16)

14 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Hotspur (Lt. T.D. Herrick, DSC, RN) departed Haifa for an A/S sweep. They returned to Haifa on the 16th. (7)

20 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Haifa for an A/S sweep along the of the Haifa - Port Said - Alexandria shipping routes. (7)

21 Sep 1941
HMS Hero (Cdr. H.W. Biggs, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) escorted the landing ship HMS Glengyle (A/Capt.(Retd.) C.H. Petrie, RN) from Alexandria to Port Said.

HMS Hero had entered Alexandria at 1330 hours and left again with HMS Glengyle at 1700 hours. HMS Jackal had apparently not entered Alexandria.

The destroyer then escorted the landing ships to Port Said after which they returned to Alexandria.

HMS Hero arrived around 1000/23, HMS Jackal around 1200/23. (14)

26 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Between 0800 and 0815 hours, the fast minelayer HMS Latona (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMS Kimberley (Cdr. J.S.M. Richardson, DSO, RN) departed Alexandria for a supply run to Tobruk.

They returned to Alexandria at 1300/27. (16)

28 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Alexandria to reinforce the Suez escort force. (7)

29 Sep 1941
HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) passed the Suez Canal southbound and arrived at Suez.

[We currently have no info on their deployment with the Suez escort force.] (7)

13 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) departed Suez and passed the Suez Canal northbound. (7)

14 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
At 1040 hours, HMAS Napier (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, RN) and HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN), arrived at Alexandria following deployment with the Suez escort force. (18)

17 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Shortly after 0700/17, the fast minelayer HMS Latona (Capt. S.L. Bateson, RN) and the destroyers HMS Havock (Lt. G.R.G. Watkins, DSC, RN), HMS Jackal (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, DSC, RN) and HMAS Nizam (Lt.Cdr. M.J. Clark, RAN) departed Alexandria for a supply run to Tobruk.

They returned to Alexandria at 1220/18. (18)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/16190
  2. ADM 173/16191
  3. ADM 199/1847
  4. ADM 173/16192
  5. ADM 173/16193
  6. ADM 187/12
  7. ADM 199/415
  8. ADM 53/114865 + ADM 199/415
  9. ADM 53/114865
  10. ADM 53/114751
  11. ADM 187/13 + ADM 199/2557
  12. ADM 53/114752
  13. ADM 53/115212
  14. ADM 53/115213 + ADM 199/415
  15. ADM 53/114777 + ADM 199/415
  16. ADM 53/115214 + ADM 199/415
  17. ADM 53/115214
  18. ADM 53/115215 + ADM 199/415

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


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