Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Quail (G 45)

British Destroyer

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-17782

NameHMS Quail (G 45)
Type:Destroyer (Q)
Tonnage1,705 tons
Completed1943 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack15 Nov 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-453 (Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach)
Position - Grid CJ 6689
Complement? men (19 dead and ? survivors).
History Completed in January 1943 
Notes on event

On 15 Nov 1943, HMS Quail (G 45) (LtCdr R.F. Jenks, RN) on Adriatic patrol struck a mine laid on 11 November by U-453 off Bari. She was beached south of Bari to await salvage.

In December 1943 the destroyer was salvaged and towed into the harbour of Bari for temporary repairs. In April 1944 towed to Taranto and prepared to continue to Malta. On 18 June 1944, foundered while in tow in the Gulf of Taranto in 40°05N/17°52E.

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On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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