Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Welshman (M 84)

British Cruiser-minelayer

NameHMS Welshman (M 84)
Type:Cruiser-minelayer (Abdiel)
Tonnage2,650 tons
Completed1941 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack1 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-617 (Albrecht Brandi)
Position32° 12'N, 24° 52'E - Grid CO 6776
Complement? men (155 dead and ? survivors).
RouteMalta - Alexandria 
History HMS Welshman (M 84) made about eight supply runs to Malta in 1942. 
Notes on event

At 17.45 hours on 1 Feb 1943, U-617 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a vessel identified as cruiser of the Dido class and observed two hits and a boiler explosion. At 17.55 hours, the ship capsized and sank by the stern after two hours. The victim was HMS Welshman (M 84) (Capt W.H.D. Friedberger, DSO, RN) which sank 35 miles east-northeast off Tobruk, Libya. Nine officers and 139 ratings were lost, also an unknown number of military passengers (among them two civilians and four aircrew members that had been badly burnt in a plane crash on Malta). Only a few survivors were rescued by HMS Tetcott (L 99) (LtCdr R.H. Rycroft, RN) and HMS Belvoir (L 32) (A/LtCdr J.F.D. Bush, DSC, RN).

On boardWe have details of 168 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Welshman (M 84).

ship sunk.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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