Daily Event for May 28, 2007

On May 24, 1941 while en route to Boston, only hours after the HMS Hood was sunk, the battleship HMS Rodney received orders to break off and join the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck. Rodney was en route for repairs and escorting the Britannic with four destroyers, HMS Somali F-33, HMS Eskimo F-75, HMS Tartar F-43 and HMS Mashona F-59. Britannic and Eskimo continued on while the others began the search.

Bismarck was found and sunk on May 27, 1941 and the destroyers, now low on fuel, began their return home.
On May 28 HMS Tartar and HMS Mashona were found by German aircraft of KG-77 about 100 miles west of Ireland. The bombing began around 09:30 and one of the bombs crashed through the deck of the Mashona exploding in her boiler room blowing a hole in her side. All efforts to save the ship failed as she continued to take on water and list further and further to port. It was finally decided she could not be saved and the order to abandon was given. The HMS Tartar picked up about 170 of the men, but 35 men died in the attack.

HMS Sherwood I-80 and the HMCS St. Clair I-65 arrived on the scene to find the Mashona still afloat on
her side, refusing to go under. In order to avoid a floating derelict to collide with at a later date the two ships
were ordered to sink her. Tartar had tried earlier by firing a torpedo but it missed however, the deck guns
from the two new arrivals managed to send her to the bottom around noon.
© 2007 Michael W. Pocock

In memory of those who lost their lives in
HMS Mashonia F-59
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Rate / Rank
Bliss, Frederick
Able Seaman
Boorman, George A.
Stoker 1st Class
Brownie, Oswald C.
Able Seaman
Bruce, Robert C.
Ordinary Coder
Cole, Frank
Canteen Assistant
Cruttenden, Albert
Ordinary Seaman
Elliot, William A.
Lt. Commander
Mentioned in Despatches
Entwistle, Francis J.
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Farthing, Walter
Able Seaman
Hardy, Ronald E. W.
Able Seaman
Hindmarsh, William H.
Leading Stoker
Johnson, Jack S.
Leading Seaman
MacLean, Norman
Ordinary Seaman
MacPherson, James
Petty Officer Steward
Mainwaring, Harold
Able Seaman
Marsh, William E.
Able Seaman
McGlade, Peter C.
Boy 1st Class
Age 17
Mitchell, Albert H.
Canteen Manager
Morford, Robert A.
Leading Steward
Murphy, John
Assistant Steward
Paterson, George H.
Able Seaman
Payne, Harold L.
Leading Seaman
Price, George D.
Chief Petty Officer
Rice, Terence
Able Seaman (RNVR)
Rogers, Thomas E. P.
Leading Telegraphist
Scott, Colin W.
Able Seaman
Sims, George T.
Able Seaman
Stainton, Charles R.
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Theaker, Alfred
Petty Officer
Tweed, Jubilee J.
Petty Officer
Watkinson, Alfred S.
Stoker 1st Class
Wheeler, Frederick G.
Electrical Artificer 1st Class
Whiley, Joseph E.
Leading Seaman
Woodward, Ronald
Ordinary Seaman
Yardley, Harold
Ordinary Seaman
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