HMS Tenedos H.04 was
a Simoon 'S' Class Destroyer, built
by Hawthorn Leslie (Tyne) and completed in 1919.
Laid down 6th
Launched 21st October 1918 Commissioned 11th June 1919.
Part of Task Force Z
HMAS Hobart and HMS Tenedos take survivors from SS Norah Moller damaged beyond repair by Japanese bombing in Banka Strait.
5th April 1942: Sunk off Colombo by Japanese aircraft:
Operation C – The Raids in the Indian Ocean:
BatDiv 3 supports the Striking Force's attack on Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri
Lanka). At 0800, 315 of the "Kido Butai's" aircraft led by Cdr (later
Captain) Fuchida Mitsuo (of Pearl Harbor) attack the British naval base. They
wreck the base's facilities, destroy 27 aircraft and sink the destroyer HMS
TENEDOS and the armed merchant cruiser HMS HECTOR. Five hundred sailors are
killed. A floatplane from the cruiser TONE finds Admiral Sir James Somerville's
British Eastern Fleet's cruisers HMS CORNWALL and HMS DORSETSHIRE at sea -
without air cover. Between 1338-1400, 88 aircraft from the AKAGI, HIRYU and the
SORYU sink both ships. After the attack, BatDiv 3 and the Striking Force
withdraw to the SE and search unsuccessfully for the rest of Somerville's fleet
Tenedos was also part of
the Western Striking Force, this consisted of three cruisers, HMAS Hobart (Australian),
HMS Dragon and HMS Danae (British light cruisers) and destroyers HMS Scout and
main duty was to patrol the
Sunda Strait and to the west of it. This strait was the main escape
route for shipping to the West and Japanese submarines were operating in
the area. USS Houston was also operating in this area too but was not part of
the Western Striking Force.
Padang, Sumatra Island, is a small port is situated about two miles up a river. HMS Tenedos
and HMS Scout evacuated around 1800 people (mainly civilian, but also some
military personnel) to the Cruisers, with Tenedos making 2 trips, and Scout
making 1 trip, each ship carrying around 600 evacuees per trip. The operation
was carried out without incident or any Japanese air attacks.