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HMS Mashona (1939) DD  (1st)

    
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Mashona was a Tribal Class, destroyer.

Built by Swan Hunter, laid down 05-Aug-1936, launched 03-Sep-1937 and commissioned 28-Mar-1939.

On completion she joined the 4th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean. Soon after WW2 started when it was clear Italy was not immediately about to join hostilities, the 4th Flotilla was ordered home.

There Mashona took part on the Norwegian Campaign, and North Sea actions against Germen shipping off the Norwegian coast. After this came operations to hunt for the Bismarck, where at the end she got into action against the battleship. As part of Luftwaffe support for Bismarck, Mashona was found south of Ireland, bombed and sunk, 28-May-1941.

Won the Battle Honours: Norway 1940 and 'Bismarck' 1941.

 

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This page last edited - 16 May, 2013.

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