HMS Janus (F53)


HMS Janus (F53)

HMS "Janus" (F53), named after the Roman god, was a J-class destroyer of the Royal Navy laid down by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Limited at Wallsend-on-Tyne on 29 September 1937, launched on 10 November 1938 and commissioned on 5 August 1939. "Janus" participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940 and the Battle of Cape Matapan in March 1941. "Janus" was struck by one Fritz X dropped by an enemy German He 111 torpedo bomber and sank off the Anzio beachhead in western Italy on 23 January 1944.

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