Allied Warships

HMS Mahratta (G 23)

Destroyer of the M class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassM 
PennantG 23 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down18 Aug 1941 
Launched28 Jul 1942 
Commissioned8 Apr 1943 
Lost25 Feb 1944 
Loss position71° 12'N, 13° 30'E
History

HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN) was escorting convoy JW-57 when she was struck by a Gnat from U-990. The destroyer sank within minutes at position 71º12'N, 13º30'E. Only 16 men survived out of a crew of 236.

 

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 25 Feb 1944 by U-990 (Nordheimer).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Mahratta
Former nameHMS Marksman

Commands listed for HMS Mahratta (G 23)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN18 Feb 194325 Feb 1944 (+)

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Media links


U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


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