Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Edinburgh (16)

British Light cruiser



NameHMS Edinburgh (16)
Type:Light cruiser (Belfast)
Tonnage11,500 tons
Completed1939 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack30 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-456 (Max-Martin Teichert)
Position73° 09'N, 32° 45'E - Grid AC 5519
Complement850 officers and men (60 dead and 790 survivors).
ConvoyQP-11
RouteMurmansk - UK 
Cargo 
History Completed in July 1939 
Notes on event

At 16.18 hours on 30 April 1942 HMS Edinburgh (16) (Capt H.W. Faulkner, RN) was hit by two torpedoes from U-456 north of Murmansk, while escorting convoy QP-11.

On 2 May, the cruiser was under tow back to the Kola Inlet, when she was attacked by three German destroyers and was hit by one torpedo from Z-24. She was scuttled by a coup de grâce from HMS Foresight (H 68) (Cdr J.S.C. Salter, OBE, RN) in 71°51N/35°10E. The survivors were rescued by HMS Harrier (J 71) (Cdr E.P. Hinton, DSO, RN), HMS Niger (J 73) (Cdr A.J. Cubison, DSC, RN and HMS Hussar (J 82) (Lt R.C. Biggs, DSC, RN) and landed at Polyarnoe.

 
More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 85 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Edinburgh (16).

ship damaged.


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