HMS Mashona (F59)

HMS Mashona (F59)

HMS "Mashona" (pennant number L59, later F59) was a Tribal-class destroyer of the British Royal Navy that saw service in World War II.

She was built by Vickers Armstrong and her machinery was supplied by Parsons. She was authorised in the Program year 1936; laid down 5 August 1936, launched on 3 September 1937 ["The Times (London)", Saturday, 4 September 1937, p.12] and completed 30 March 1939.

In September 1939 she was serving with the sixth Destroyer Flotilla at Scapa. She took part in operations resulting in the sinking of the "Bismark" on 27 May 1941 but on the following day during heavy Luftwaffe air attacks "Mashona" was hit and sunk off the coast of Galway. The "Tartar" took survivors to Greenock.

She was awarded the following battle honours:

*Norway 1940
*"Bismarck" 1941

References

*Colledge


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