HMS Audacity (D 10)
British Escort carrier
|Name||HMS Audacity (D 10)|
|Completed||1939 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack|
|Date of attack||21 Dec 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-751 (Gerhard Bigalk)|
|Position||43° 45'N, 19° 54'W - Grid BE 8719|
|Complement||298 officers and men (73 dead and 225 survivors).|
|History||Completed in March 1939 as German motor merchant Hannover (5537 grt) for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. On 7 March 1940 the Hannover was captured in the Mona Passage off Dominica by HMCS Assiniboine (I 18) (Cdr E. Mainguy, RCN) and prevented from scuttling by a boarding party from HMS Dunedin (I 93) (Capt C.E. Lambe, RN). The ship was first renamed Sinbad by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and then Empire Audacity, managed by Cunard White Star Line. From January 1941 to June 1941 converted by Blyth Shipbuilding to the first escort carrier of the Royal Navy equipped with six Martlet aircraft and renamed HMS Audacity (D 10) on 30 July 1941. |
|Notes on event|
At 21.37 hours on 21 December 1941 HMS Audacity (D 10) (Cdr D.W. Mackendrick, RN) was hit at the stern by one of four torpedoes fired by U-751 while escorting convoy HG-76 about 470 miles west of Cape Finisterre. The Germans reloaded two of the bow torpedo tubes as fast as possible in order to attack the stopped aircraft carrier again, firing a spread of two torpedoes at 22.55 hours and the U-boat withdrew after launching the stern torpedo too at 22.57 hours. The latter missed, but the others struck the stricken vessel and caused her to sink by the stern in less than 15 minutes. The survivors were picked up by HMS Convolvulus (K 45) (T/Lt R.S. Connell, RNR), HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt W.S. Macdonald, RNVR) and HMS Pentstemon (K 61) (LtCdr J. Byron, RNR).
|On board||We have details of 75 people who were on board.|
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