Ships hit by U-boats

HMCS Alberni (K 103)

Canadian Corvette

NameHMCS Alberni (K 103)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1941 - Yarrows Ltd, Esquimalt BC 
OwnerRoyal Canadian Navy 
Date of attack21 Aug 1944Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-480 (Hans-Joachim Förster)
Position50° 18'N, 0° 51'W - Grid BF 3274
Complement90 officers and men (59 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteSouthampton - patrol area in the English Channel 
History HMCS Alberni (K 103) was completed in February 1941 
Notes on event

At 11.40 hours on 21 Aug 1944, U-480 fired a Gnat at HMCS Alberni (K 103) (A/LtCdr I.H. Bell, RCNVR) on A/S patrol east of the swept channel to the Normandy beaches. The corvette was struck on the port side aft of the engine room and sank by the stern within 30 seconds about 25 miles southeast of St. Catherine´s Point, Isle of Wight. Four officers and 55 ratings were lost. The commander, two officers and 28 ratings were rescued by the British motor torpedo boats HMS MTB-469 and HMS MTB-470 and taken to Portsmouth where the two injured men were treated.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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