HMS Bickerton (K 466)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||10 Jan 1942|
|Laid down||3 May 1943|
|Launched||26 Jul 1943|
|Commissioned||17 Oct 1943|
|Lost||22 Aug 1944|
|Loss position||71.42N, 19.11E|
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
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Bickerton|
Commands listed for HMS Bickerton (K 466)
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|1||Lt. Ernest Michael Thorpe, DSO, RN||30 Aug 1943||Mar 1944|
|2||Cdr. Donald George Frederick Wyville MacIntyre, DSO, RN||Mar 1944||22 Aug 1944|
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Noteable events involving Bickerton include:
6 May 1944
German U-boat U-765 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 52?30'N, 28?28'W, by depth charges from 2 Swordfish aircraft (Sqdn. 825) 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). (see map)
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) (see map)