HMS Asphodel (K 56)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland): Kincaid|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||20 Oct 1939|
|Launched||25 May 1940|
|Commissioned||11 Sep 1940|
|Lost||10 Mar 1944|
|Loss position||45° 24'N, 18° 09'W|
At 0154 hours on 10 March 1944 the German submarine U-575 attacked convoy SL-150, which was combined with convoy MKS-41 and sank HMS Asphodel (T/Lt. Michael Albert Halliday, RNZNR) with a Gnat torpedo in position 45º24'N, 18º09'W. Only five survivors out of a crew of 97 were picked up by the British corvette HMS Clover.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Asphodel|
Commands listed for HMS Asphodel (K 56)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Kenneth Warden Stewart, RN||14 Aug 1940||6 Sep 1942|
|2||Lt. Henry Patterson Carse, DSC, RNVR||6 Sep 1942||1 Feb 1944|
|3||T/Lt. Michael Albert Halliday, RNZNR||1 Feb 1944||10 Mar 1944 (+)|
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Notable events involving Asphodel include:
21 Oct 1941
The British merchant Serbino is torpedoed and sunk west of Fastnet in position 51°10'N, 19°20'W by German U-boat U-82. HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Stewart, (retired), RN) later picks up 51 survivors.
3 Feb 1943
HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) picks up 16 survivors from the British tanker Inverilen that is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-456 in the North Atlantic south of Iceland in position 56°35'N, 23°30'W.
22 Apr 1943
HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) picks up 54 survivors from the British merchant Amerika that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-306 in the north Atlantic, south of Cape Farewell in position 57°30'N, 42°50'W.