HMS Juno (F46)

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HMS Juno (F46)
United Kingdom
Name: HMS Juno
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Laid down: 5 October 1937
Launched: 8 December 1938
Commissioned: 25 August 1939
Identification: Pennant number: F46
Fate: Sunk by Italian aircraft, 21 May 1941
General characteristics (as built)
Class and type: J-class destroyer
Length: 356 ft 6 in (108.66 m) o/a
Beam: 35 ft 9 in (10.90 m)
Draught: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m) (deep)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 2 × shafts; 2 × geared steam turbines
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 5,500 nmi (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 183 (218 for flotilla leaders)
Sensors and
processing systems:

HMS Juno was a J-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down by the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Limited, at Govan in Scotland on 5 October 1937, launched on 8 December 1938 and commissioned on 25 August 1939. Juno participated in the Battle of Calabria[1] in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941.

Attacked and sunk[edit]

Juno was attacked by an Italian CANT Z.1007 aircraft from 50th group, flown by Lt. Mario Morassutti,[2] as she steamed with the Mediterranean Fleet against the German sea-borne invasion of Crete and sank 30 nautical miles south-east of Crete on 21 May 1941.[2]

At the time of her attack and sinking Juno was commanded by Cdr. St. John Reginald Joseph Tyrwhitt and would have had a complement of 183 to 218 seamen and officers. It is figured that 116 crew lost their lives after 3 high-powered explosions split Juno in two, sinking her in around 97 seconds.[3]


  1. ^ Mason, Geoffrey B. (2004). "Service Histories of Royal Navy Warships in World War 2: HMS JUNO (F 46) – J-class Destroyer including Convoy Escort Movements". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "HMS Juno (F 46) Destroyer of the J class". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "HMS Juno (F46) [+1941]". Retrieved 16 September 2012. 


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Coordinates: 34°35′N 26°34′E / 34.583°N 26.567°E / 34.583; 26.567