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HMS Cornwall

Kent Class Heavy Cruiser

before modernisation
before modernisation
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Built by Devonport Dockyard. Laid Down 9 October 1924.

Launched 11 March 1926. Completed 6 December 1927.

Sunk 5 April 1942, with Dorsetshire, by bombs from Japanese carrier aircraft, west of Ceylon (198 lost).

Cornwall served on the China Station until 1936, then came home for reconstruction before joining the 2nd Cruiser Squadron in 1938. She went out to China again in 1939 as part of the 5th Cruiser Squadron, from where she moved to the Indian Ocean as part of Force I at Ceylon for antiraider patrols, spending the remainder of the year in the hunt for Admiral Graf Spee. Later she moved to the South Atlantic Command, from where she was despatched to assist in the operations off Dakar in August 1940. The following month, in company with Dehli, she intercepted Primaguet's group and forced it to put into Casablanca. Returning to the Indian Ocean, she intercepted and sank the raider Pinguin off the Seychelles on 8 May 1941. After Japan's entry into the war the cruiser escorted convoys across the Indian Ocean to the Sunda Straits until early 1942, before withdrawing to Colombo, Ceylon.

She formed part of the Fast Division of the Eastern Fleet. On 5 April she was caught at sea southwest of the Maldive Islands by Japanese naval aircraft and sunk by bombing.

entering Portsmouth harbour, July 36
entering Portsmouth harbour, July 36
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1938 after modernisation
1938 after modernisation
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1938
1938
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1938
1938
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Cornwall - just before the war
Cornwall - just before the war
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the end - listing to port and on fire following attack by Japanese dive bombers - Indian Ocean, 5 April 1942
the end - listing to port and on fire following attack by Japanese dive bombers - Indian Ocean, 5 April 1942
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