HMS Heythrop (L 85)
|Name||HMS Heythrop (L 85)|
|Type:||Destroyer (Hunt Type II)|
|Completed||1941 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne|
|Date of attack||20 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-652 (Georg-Werner Fraatz)|
|Position||32.22N, 25.28E - Grid CO 6795|
|Complement||? men (15 dead and ? survivors).|
HMS Heythrop (L 85) (LtCdr R.S. Stafford, RN) was sent to Scapa Flow to work up and later temporarily attached to the Irish Sea Escort Force in the Western Approaches Command, before sailing for the Mediterranean station. On 30 August, the destroyer arrived at Gibraltar where she was docked for a short time owing to defects in a stern tube. On 13 September, the ship went to sea with the Gibraltar local escort force covering HMS Manchester (15) and HMS Firedrake (H 79), en route to the USA as far as 25° West.
|Notes on loss|
At 10.54 hours on 20 Mar, 1942, HMS Heythrop (L 85) was hit by one of four fired torpedoes from U-652 about 40 miles northeast of Bardia and was then taken in tow by HMS Eridge (L 68) towards Tobruk, but foundered five hours later.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 18 people who were on this vessel|
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