Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Woodpecker (U 08)

British Sloop



NameHMS Woodpecker (U 08)
Type:Sloop (Modified Black Swan)
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1942 - William Denny & Brothers Ltd, Dumbarton 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack20 Feb 1944Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-256 (Wilhelm Brauel)
Position48° 49'N, 22° 11'W - Grid BE 1834
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyON-224
Route 
Cargo 
History HMS Woodpecker (U 08) was completed in December 1942. 
Notes on event

At 20.11 hours on 20 Feb 1944, U-256 fired two Gnats simultaneously from a bow and the stern tube at the 2nd Escort Group, escorting convoy ON-224, and claimed two destroyers sunk after hearing two detonations and sinking noises. In fact, HMS Woodpecker (U 08) (Cdr H.L. Pryse, RD, RNR) was hit aft by one torpedo and another detonated near HMS Starling (U 66) (Capt F.J. Walker, DSO and Bar, RN). She lost her stern and was taken in tow by the other sloop for Devonport, but capsized and sank in bad weather near Scillies in 49°51N/06°46W on 27 February. The crew, including some prisoners from U-264, were rescued by HMS Azalea (K 25) (LtCdr G.C. Geddes, RNR) and HMCS Chilliwack (K 131) (T/A/LtCdr C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR).

 
On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Woodpecker (U 08).

ship sunk.


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