HMS Bedfordshire (FY 141)
British A/S trawler
|Name||HMS Bedfordshire (FY 141)|
|Completed||1935 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough|
|Date of attack||12 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-558 (Günther Krech)|
|Position||34° 10'N, 76° 41'W - Grid DC 1183|
|Complement||37 (37 dead - no survivors)|
|History||In August 1939, the steam trawler Bedfordshire of Bedfordshire Fishing Co Ltd (H. Markham Cook), Grimsby was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an A/S trawler. |
|Notes on event|
At 05.40 hours on 12 May 1942, HMS Bedfordshire (FY 141) (Lt R.B. Davis, RNR) was hit by one torpedo from U-558, while on anti-submarine patrol under control by the US Navy off Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The ship blew up and all hands were lost.
Four bodies were washed up on Ocracoke Island and were buried there. The site is now a Commonwealth War Cemetery, the lease was handed over to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 1977 at a ceremony attended by the entire island population. Two other bodies were recovered later and were buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Creeds, Virginia.
One crewmember survived because he missed the ship´s sailing. This was Sam Nutt, who talks about his lucky escape in the documentary Attack America (Part 2 of The U-Boat War trilogy).
|On board||We have details of 37 people who were on board.|
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