Rupert Cyril Egan DSO, DSC, RN

Born  11 Feb 1910London, England
Died  27 Sep 1948(38)London, England

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1 May 1930 A/S.Lt.
16 Jan 1931 S.Lt.
16 Mar 1933 Lt.
16 Mar 1941 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1944 Cdr.


30 Mar 1944 DSO
28 Apr 1944 DSC

Warship Commands listed for Rupert Cyril Egan, RN

HMS Shearwater (L 39 / K 39)Lt.Patrol vessel20 Jan 194129 Jul 1941
HMS Cotswold (L 54)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyer27 Aug 1941mid 1942
HMS Croome (L 62)Lt.Cdr.Escort destroyerJul 1942Jan 1943
HMS Petard (G 56)Lt.Cdr.Destroyer1 Jan 1943late 1944

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Escort destroyer HMS Croome (L 62)

4 Aug 1942 (position 32.28, 34.37)
German U-boat U-372 was sunk in the Mediterranean south-west of Haifa, in position 32°28'N, 34°37'E, by depth charges from the British destroyers HMS Sikh (Capt. St.J.A. Micklethwait, DSO and Bar, RN) and HMS Zulu (Cdr. R.T. White, DSO and Bar, RN) and the British escort destroyers HMS Croome (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, RN) and HMS Tetcott (Lt. R.H. Rycroft, RN) and by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft (221 Sqdn.).

Destroyer HMS Petard (G 56)

12 Feb 1944
While escorting Convoy KR-8 on 12 February 1944, Petard (Cdr Rupert Egan) destroyed the Japanese B1 type submarine I-27 after it had sunk SS Khedive Ismail with the loss of 1,297 people. HMS Petard in remarkable in that she was the only allied warship to sink a German, and Italian and a Japanese submarine during WW2. (1)

11 Jul 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, DSO, DSC, RN) is docked at Colombo. (2)

20 Jul 1944
HMS Petard (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Egan, DSO, DSC, RN) is undocked. (2)


  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/18904

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