Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Picotee (K 63)

British Corvette

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-4594

NameHMS Picotee (K 63)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1940 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack12 Aug 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-568 (Joachim Preuss)
Position62° 00'N, 16° 01'W - Grid AE 7665
Complement66 officers and men (66 dead - no survivors)
RouteGreenock (7 Aug) - Iceland 
History Completed in September 1940 
Notes on event

At 03.11 hours on 12 Aug 1941, U-568 fired torpedoes at convoy ON-4 south of Iceland, observed a hit on a corvette and heard another detonation. Preuss assumed that he had probably damaged a tanker in convoy but this was not the case. HMS Picotee (K 63) (Lt R.A. Harrison, RNR) was hit by the torpedo underneath the bridge, broke in two and sank immediately, while her own depth charges detonated. The commander, four officers and 61 ratings were lost. The corvette of the 4th Escort Group was reported missing after she did not return to convoy from a search for a reported U-boat.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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