Allied Warships

HMS Fiji (58)

Light cruiser of the Fiji class

HMS Fiji on 20 August 1940

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeLight cruiser
Built byJohn Brown Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd. (Clydebank, Scotland) 
Ordered20 Dec 1937 
Laid down30 Mar 1938 
Launched31 May 1939 
Commissioned5 May 1940 
Lost22 May 1941 
Loss position34° 35'N, 23° 10'E

During the Battle of Crete, HMS Fiji (Capt. Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett, RN) was sunk by German bombers about 45b nautical miles south-west of Crete in position 34º35'N, 23º10'E. She took 241 men to the bottom. 523 survivors were rescued by the destroyers HMS Kingston (Cdr. P. Sommerville, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Kandahar (Cdr. W.G.A. Robson, DSO, RN).


Commands listed for HMS Fiji (58)

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1Capt. William Gordon Benn, RN28 Dec 19397 Oct 1940
2Cdr. Gerald Vaughan Gladstone, RN7 Oct 194016 Dec 1940
3Capt. Peveril Barton Reibey Wallop William-Powlett, RN16 Dec 194022 May 1941

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Notable events involving Fiji include:

1 Sep 1940
At 1800 hours on 1 September 1940 German U-boat U-32 attacked the Dakar Task Force in position 58°10'N, 12°55'W. HMS Fiji (Capt. W.G. Benn, RN) was damaged and was put out of commission for six months.

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