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HMS Pintail

   HMS Pintail was a Kingfisher class vessel, she was buit by William Denny & Brothers in Dumbarton, Scotland and was launched on the 18 August 1939. She was 234 feet in length and sailed with a complement of 60 men. Her armament consisted of one 4"/45 gun, two 40 mm AA and two 20 mm AA guns. Her maximum speed 20 knots. She was lost after striking a mine off the Humber estuary on 10 June 1941, while escorting Thames/Forth coastal convoy FN44


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Pintail

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Allen Adam. Ord Sea. (d.1st Nov 1940)
  • Burnley Victor Leopold. SPO. (d.10th Jun 1941)
  • Duffet James Thomas. Stkr. (d.10th June 1941)
  • McClintock John Leopold Elphinstone. Lt. (d.10th June 1941)
  • Smith Gordon Henry. Able Sea. (d.10th June 1941)
  • Stirzaker William Edward. Stoker 2nd Class (d.10th June 1941)

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Stoker 2nd Class William Edward Stirzaker HMS Pintail (d.10th June 1941)

Another lost crewmate for the list of those on board HMS Pintail on 10th June 1941 is William Edward Stirzaker. I have found his record on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Site.

William Edward Stirzaker. Stoker 2nd Class. R.N. H.M.S. Pintail aged 19. Date of death 10/06/1941. Service Number C/KX 108793.

Memorial Reference 48, 2. Chatham Naval Memorial.

Ian Stirzaker

SPO. Victor Leopold Burnley HMS Pintail (d.10th Jun 1941)

My grandfather was Stoker Petty Officer (SPO) Victor Leopold Burnley, aged 34 years old in 1941. Victor was killed on HMS Pintail on the 10th June 1941. He also served on the following ships in 1939 to 1941, HMS Emerald, HMS Pembroke, HMS Sussex.

I have also been able to establish a little more detail about the events around the sinking of HMS Pintail: On 10th June 1941, the Harwich based patrol vessel HMS Pintail was escorting a convoy near 62-Bouy, some 30 miles off the Humber, when steamship Royal Scott detonated an acoustic mine, blew up and sank. Pintail immediately dashed to the scene to help in the rescue, but she was also caught by an acoustic mine close to the steamship. HMS Pintail blew up and was lost almost immediately, instantly killing her CO Lieutenant McClintoch, six officers and 48 ratings. HMS Quantock a destroyer came to the scene and managed to save 22 crew from the water. The location of the ship is 28 miles East south east off Spurn Point.

Richard Bass

Ord Sea. Adam Allen HMS Pintail (d.1st Nov 1940)

My father's uncle Ordinary Seaman Adam Allen was killed on HMS Pintail on November 1st 1940, aged 22, probably somewhere off Caistor, as his name is on a monument in the churchyard there. His War Grave is here in Retford Cemetery, Notts. Does anybody have any information on the action in which he died?

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Stkr. James Thomas "Jimmy" Duffet HMS Pintail (d.10th June 1941)

My great uncle, James Duffett, was lost on the Pintail. A favourite of his mum she had previously given him a gold St Christopher medal to keep him safe, but being superstitious he'd never wanted to take it to sea. When he was on leave just prior to joining HMS Pintail she had secretly cut the lining of his jacket and sewed the medal into the inside of his coat. Sadly, he never returned.

Simon Fulker

Lt. John Leopold Elphinstone McClintock HMS Pintail (d.10th June 1941)

John McClintock served on HMS Pintail.

Sylvia Wright

Able Sea. Gordon Henry Smith H.M.S. Pintail (d.10th June 1941)

Able Seaman Smith was the Son of Dudley E. and Daisy Smith, of Worthing, Sussex.

He was 22 when he died and is buried To right of church, from main entrance in the Husby Churchyard in Denmark.

s flynn

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