Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Grove (L 77)

British Destroyer

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NameHMS Grove (L 77)
Type:Destroyer (Hunt Type II)
Tonnage1,050 tons
Completed1942 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack12 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-77 (Heinrich Schonder)
Position32° 05'N, 25° 30'E - Grid CO 9131
Complement170 officers and men (110 dead and 60 survivors).
RouteAlexandria - Malta 
History On 27 Mar 1942, U-587 was sunk by depth charges in position 47°21N/21°39W by HMS Grove (L 77), HMS Aldenham (L 22), HMS Volunteer (D 71) and HMS Leamington (G 19) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was located after a HF/DF fix by HMS Keppel (D 84)
Notes on event

At 05.37 hours on 12 June 1942, HMS Grove (L 77) (Cdr J.W. Rylands, RN) was hit by two torpedoes from U-77 and sunk north off Sollum. Two officers and 108 ratings were lost. The destroyer had been part of the eastern convoy MW-11 under Rear Admiral P.J. Vian during Operation Vigorous, a supply convoy to Malta.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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