Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Marne (G 35)

British Destroyer



Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-7724

NameHMS Marne (G 35)
Type:Destroyer (M-class)
Tonnage1,920 tons
Completed1941 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack12 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position35° 50'N, 9° 57'W - Grid CG 8850
Complement? men (13 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyTorch
RouteGibraltar (9 Nov) - Gibraltar 
Cargo 
History Completed in December 1941

Post-war:
In May 1958 sold to the Turkish Navy and renamed Maresal Fevzi Cakmak. Broken up in 1971. 
Notes on event

At 00.15 hours on 12 Nov 1942, U-515 fired a spread of four torpedoes at HMS Hecla (F 20), which was misidentified as a Birmingham class cruiser and hit her in the engine room. Two torpedoes were surface-runner and the last also malfunctioned and was a circle-runner. The U-boat then hit the ship with three coups de grĂ¢ce at 01.28, 01.49 and 02.06 hours, sinking the vessel.

At 02.11 hours, U-515 fired two torpedoes and hit the escorting HMS Marne (G 35) (LtCdr H.N.A. Richardson, DSO, DSC, RN) in the stern. The badly damaged destroyer was screened by HMS Venomous (D 75) (Cdr H.W. Falcon-Steward, RN) until she was taken in tow to Gibraltar by HMS Salvonia (W 43), escorted by HMS Jonquil (K 68) (LtCdr R.E.H. Partington, RNR). The ship had lost the entire stern and temporary repairs at Gibraltar took three months. HMS Marne (G 43) was then towed to the UK and returned to service in January 1944 after repairs at Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Sunderland.


HMS Marne after being torpedoed. Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), A-12753

 
More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Marne (G 35).

ship damaged.


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