Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Fiji (58)

British Light cruiser



HMS Fiji on 20 August 1940

NameHMS Fiji (58)
Type:Light cruiser (Fiji)
Tonnage8,000 tons
Completed1940 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack1 Sep 1940Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)
Position58° 10'N, 12° 55'W - Grid AM 1684
Complement? men (5 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyMP
RouteScapa Flow (31 Aug) - Dakar 
Cargo 
History Completed in May 1940

On 22 May 1941, HMS Fiji (58) (Capt P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) was bombed and sunk by German aircraft southwest of Crete in 34º35N, 23º10E. 
Notes on event

At 18.00 hours on 1 Sep 1940, U-32 attacked convoy MP (Part of Operation Menace, the Anglo French attack on Dakar) about 40 miles north-northeast of Rockall and reported a hit with its last torpedo on the troop transport Scythia, but in fact the escorting HMS Fiji (58) (Capt W.G. Benn, RN) of the Dakar Task Force was damaged. She managed to return under own power to the Clyde, arriving on the evening of 3 September. Five ratings were killed. The cruiser was repaired at Greenock for six months.

 
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On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Fiji (58).

ship damaged.


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