Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Audacity (D 10)

British Escort carrier

NameHMS Audacity (D 10)
Type:Escort carrier
Tonnage11,000 tons
Completed1939 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack21 Dec 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-751 (Gerhard Bigalk)
Position43° 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 boardWe have details of 75 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Audacity (D 10).

ship sunk.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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