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Pandora (N42)

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: P
Fate: 1st April 1942, a JU87 dropped a bomb directly down the conning tower hatch while the boat was moored at Hamilton Wharf, Malta. The casualties were all from duty watch. P36, moored at the Lazaretto, was sunk in the same attack.

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Ex 42P Served in Chinese waters and went to the Mediterranean in 1940.

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Breen, Ernest Charles  Chief Petty Officer  D/J89821    41
Cockwill, George Henry  Leading Seaman  D/JX154246    20
Colbourne, Wilfred James  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/M38811    32
Cook, Stephen John Charles  Telegraphist  P/JX 162713    19
Garland, John  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 75494    37
Grummitt, Arthur Edward  Leading Seaman  C/JX144446    22
Heseltine, Ronald James  Able Seaman  C/JX199487    22
Hickman, Frank John  Warrant Engineer  Ex M38354  DSC  33
Hitchcock, Robert Douglas  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  P/MX 55833    24
Hogben, George Henry  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 82690    27
Hughes, John Arthur  Leading Stoker  P/KX 91147    25
Jones, Thomas Benonoi  Leading Telegraphist  P/JX 151718    21
Kirton, John Philip  Cook  C/MX62679    26
Legg, Reggie  Stoker 2nd Class  P/SKX 216    20
Lewin, Arthur Collis  Leading Stoker  D/KX63629    39
Lynch, John Francis  Petty Officer Telegraphist  P/JX128952    30
Marsh, Leslie  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 86061    24
Mechen, William Thomas  Stoker 2nd Class  P/KX 134592    21
Paton, John Herbert Thomas  Able Seaman  C/JX136388    26
Seeley, Henry  Leading Steward  C/LX22470    22
Slade, Peter Donald  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  D/MX58175    24
Smith, George William John  Leading Seaman  P/JX 145167    21
Vernon, Arthur  Chief Petty Officer  P/J 103781    36
Walford, Lyndon  Lieutenant (RNR)      24
Watts, Stanley William James  Telegraphist  C/J80287    39
West, Philip  Leading Seaman  D/J105383    35
Worth, Desmond Thomas  Leading Seaman  D/JX151384    21

Events

09-07-1928 : Laid Down
22-08-1929 : Launched
30-06-1930 : Completed
01-04-1942 : HMS Pandora bombed & sunk at Malta

HMS Pandora arrived at Malta loaded with stores on 31st March 1942. Having discharged her oil she was moved to Hamilton Wharf at dawn the following day. A bombing raid began as she was being further unloaded and rather than delay her progress it was decided to continue despite the raid. Between 1500 and 1600 on the afternoon of 1st April Pandora received two direct hits from bombs and sank.
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