HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122)
|Name||HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122)|
|Completed||1940 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough|
|Date of attack||14 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-206 (Herbert Opitz)|
|Position||36° 00'N, 6° 30'W - Grid CG 9592|
|Complement||73 officers and men (70 dead and 3 survivors).|
|History||Launched as La Dieppoise for the French Navy, but completed in August 1940 as HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122) for the Royal Navy after France was invaded by Germany. |
|Notes on event|
At 03.36 hours on 14 October 1941, U-206 fired a spread of three torpedoes at HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122) (Lt A. Collins, RNR) about 55 miles west of Gibraltar. The corvette had escorted convoy OG-75 to port the day before and was ordered to patrol in the Straits of Gibraltar to search for U-boats that had chased convoy. One of the torpedoes struck her on port side under the bridge after a running time of 92 seconds, causing the magazine to explode. The ship broke in two and both parts disappeared within a few minutes. The commander, four officers and 65 ratings were lost. Only three ratings, two of them injured, survived the sinking and were picked up after a few hours by the Spanish motor merchant Castillo Villafranca.
|On board||We have details of 70 people who were on board.|
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