HMS Gladiolus (K 34)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Smiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.)|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||19 Oct 1939|
|Launched||24 Jan 1940|
|Commissioned||6 Apr 1940|
|Lost||17 Oct 1941|
|Loss position||57.00N, 25.00W|
HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. Harry Marcus Crews Sanders, DSO, DSC, RD, RNR) was torpedoed and sunk (most likely) by the German submarine U-553 south of Iceland in position 57º00'N, 25º00'W while escorting convoy SC-48. There were no survivors. More details about her loss can be read in the following article: U-boat attacks on the convoy SC-48 and the mysterious loss of HMS GLADIOLUS during the night of 16/17 October 1941.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Gladiolus|
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Noteable events involving Gladiolus include:
30 Jun 1940
HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, RNR) picks up 16 survivors from a lifeboat of the British merchant Llanarth that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-30 on 28 June about 220 nautical miles west by south of Ushant in position 47?30'N, 10?30'W.
1 Jul 1940
German U-boat U-26 was scuttled in the North Atlantic, in position 48°03'N, 11°30'W after being heavily damaged by depth charges from the British corvette HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, RNR) and bombs from an Australian Sunderland aircraft (Sqdn 10/H). (see map)
27 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-556 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Iceland, in position 60?24'N, 20?00'W, by depth charges from the British corvettes HMS Nasturtium (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Freaker, RNR), HMS Celandine (Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR) and HMS Gladiolus (Lt.Cdr. H.M.C. Sanders, DSO, DSC, RNR). (see map)