Allied Warships

FR Sirocco

Destroyer of the Bourrasque class


Sirocco as seen before the Second World War

NavyThe French Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassBourrasque 
Pennant 
Built byAt.&Ch de St. Nazaire (St. Nazaire, France) 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Mar 1924 
Launched3 Oct 1925 
Commissioned1 Jul 1927 
Lost31 May 1940 
Loss position51° 19'N, 2° 14'E
History

Sirocco (Lt.Cdr. Guillaume Rons Cristophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec) was sunk off Dunkerque on 31 May 1940 by the German motor torpedo boats S-23 and S-26.
The wreck lies in 38 meters of water in position 51º18'57"N, 02º14'08"E.

 

Commands listed for FR Sirocco

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1Capitaine De Corvette Guillaume Pons Christophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec, FR???31 May 1940

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Notable events involving Sirocco include:


26 Apr 1940
Sirocco (Capitaine de Corvette Guillaume Rons Cristophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April. (1)

30 May 1940
The French destroyer Cyclone was hit by a torpedo fired by the German motor torpedo boat S-24. She was badly damaged but was able to sail at a speed of 5 knots. The French Commanding Officer asked the Polish destroyer Blyskawica for escort. The Polish destroyer answered and provided the cover requested. Both ships then met the French destroyer Sirocco that was loaded with soldiers. She passed nearby and disappeared in the darkness. After one hour Sirocco was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boats S-23 and S-26. Blyskawica left Cyclone. She picked up 15 survivors from the Sirocco. Then she returned to Cyclone and accompanied her to Dover. (1)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

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