Allied Warships

HMS Woodpecker (U 08)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class


HMS Woodpecker as completed

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 08 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered8 Sep 1939 
Laid down23 Feb 1941 
Launched29 Jun 1942 
Commissioned14 Dec 1942 
Lost27 Feb 1944 
Loss position48.49N, 22.11W
History

HMS Woodpecker (Cdr. Henry Leslie Pryse, RNR) was torpedoed by the German submarine U-256 on 20 February 1944 in the North Atlantic in position 48º49'N, 22º11'W. Foundered while under tow to port on 27 February 1944.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 20 Feb 1944 by U-256 (Brauel).

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Commands listed for HMS Woodpecker (U 08)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (emergency) Rowland Etienne Sinclair Hugonin, DSC, RN16 Nov 19426 Oct 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Henry Leslie Pryse, RNR6 Oct 194327 Feb 1944

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Noteable events involving Woodpecker include:


24 Jun 1943
German U-boat U-449 was sunk at 1600hrs on 24 June 1943 in the North Atlantic, north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45°00'N, 11°59'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN).

30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-462 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay at position 45°33'N, 10°58'W.by a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/S) and gunfire from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN).

30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-504 was sunk at 1543hrs on 30 July 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45°33'N, 10°56'W, by depth charges from the British Sloops HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN).

8 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-762 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°02'N, 16°58'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Woodpecker (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN).

11 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-424 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50°00'N, 18°14'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC, RN) and HMS Woodpecker (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR).

19 Feb 1944
German U-boat U-264 was sunk at 1707hrs on 19 February 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 48°31'N, 22°05'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Woodpecker (Cdr. H.L. Pryse, RNR) and HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN).

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