HMS Penzance (L 28)
|Name||HMS Penzance (L 28)|
|Completed||1931 - Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth|
|Date of attack||24 Aug 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)|
|Position||56° 16'N, 27° 19'W - Grid AK 6333|
|Complement||108 officers and men (90 dead and 18 survivors).|
|Route||Sydney - UK|
|History||Completed in January 1931 |
|Notes on event|
At 20.38 hours on 24 Aug 1940, HMS Penzance (L 28) (Cdr A.J. Wavish, RN), escorting the convoy SC-1, was hit by one torpedo from U-37, broke in two and sank in a few minutes southwest of Iceland. When the stern section sank the unsecured depth charges detonated, killing some of the survivors swimming in the water and slightly damaging the U-boat. Nevertheless two ships from the convoy stopped to pick up survivors. Twelve men were picked up by the British steam merchant Fylingdale, but one of them later died of injures and was buried at sea. Seven men were picked up by the Blairmore, which was torpedoed and sunk by the same U-boat later that night. All men from the sloop survived the second sinking, were rescued after about 17 hours by the Swedish motor merchant Eknaren (Master Erik Kallstrom) and landed at Baltimore.
|On board||We have details of 103 people who were on board.|
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