Allied Warships

HMS Bickerton (K 466)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 466 
Built byBethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered10 Jan 1942 
Laid down3 May 1943 
Launched26 Jul 1943 
Commissioned17 Oct 1943 
Lost22 Aug 1944 
Loss position71° 42'N, 19° 11'E

HMS Bickerton (Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), as part of the 5th Escort Group was escorting the second group of escort carriers (HMS Trumpeter (D 09) and HMS Nabob (D 77)) from the Home Fleet (Adm Moore), which covered the convoy JW-59 and launched further attacks (Operation Goodwood) on the German battleship Tirpitz in the Altenfjord. Before the group was able to launch an attack on the battleship, U-354 encountered them on her search for the convoy northwest of the North Cape in the Barents Sea. At about 01.00 hours on 22 August 1944, the U-boat badly damaged HMS Nabob (D 77) with a FAT torpedo spread and tried to sink her at 01.22 hours with a Gnat, which struck HMS Bickerton (K 466) in position 71º42'N, 19º11'E. The frigate was subsequently scuttled by a torpedo from HMS Vigilant (R 93).


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 22 Aug 1944 by U-354 (Sthamer).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Bickerton

Commands listed for HMS Bickerton (K 466)

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1Lt. Ernest Michael Thorpe, DSO, RN30 Aug 1943Mar 1944
2Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, DSO, RNMar 194422 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Bickerton include:

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Ireland, in position 52°30'N, 28°28'W, by depth charges from a Swordfish aircraft (825 Sqn FAA/V) of the British escort carrier HMS Vindex (Capt. H.T.T. Bayliss, RN) and the British frigates HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Bligh (A/Lt.Cdr. J.W. Cooper, RNR (retired)) and HMS Aylmer (Lt. A.D.P. Campbell, RN).

25 Jun 1944
German U-boat U-269 was sunk in the English Channel south-east of Torquay, in position 50°01'N, 02°59'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Bickerton (Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, DSO and 2 Bars, RN)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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