Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Gnat (T 60)

British Gunboat

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameHMS Gnat (T 60)
Type:Gunboat (Insect)
Tonnage625 tons
Completed1915 - Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack21 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-79 (Wolfgang Kaufmann)
Position32° 08'N, 25° 22'E
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).

In the First World War, HMS Gnat (T 60) took part in the Mesopotamian Campaign as part of the gunboat squadron operating on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the gunboat was stationed in China until 1940 when transferred to the Inshore Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet.

Notes on event

At 03.34 hours on 21 Oct 1941, HMS Gnat (T 60) was hit in the bow by a torpedo from U-79 about 30 miles northeast of Bardia. The bow was blown away to the 6in gun and the badly damaged ship towed to Alexandria, where she was beached. The ship was declared a total loss, but used as AA platform in the harbour defence until scrapped in 1945.


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