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||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
Built as German motor merchant Hannover (5537 tons) for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen.
On 7 Mar 1940, the Hannover was captured in the Mona Passage off Dominica by the HMCS Assiniboine (I 18) and prevented from scuttling by a boarding party from the HMS Dunedin (I 93). The ship was first renamed Sinbad by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) and then Empire Audacity, managed by Cunard White Star Line. 1940/41 converted to the first escort carrier of the Royal Navy fitted with six aircraft and renamed HMS Audacity (D 10).
|Notes on event|
At 21.37 hours on 21 Dec 1941 the HMS Audacity (D 10) (Cdr D.W. Mackendrick) was hit by three torpedoes from U-751 while escorting convoy HG-76 and sank in ten minutes about 500 miles west of Cape Finisterre. The survivors were picked up by HMS Convolvulus (K 45) (Lt R.S. Connell), HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt W.S. Macdonald) and HMS Pentstemon (K 61) (LtCdr J. Byron).
|On board||We have details of 75 people who were on board.|
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