Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Firedrake (H 79)

British Destroyer

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-10040

NameHMS Firedrake (H 79)
Type:Destroyer (F-class)
Tonnage1,350 tons
Completed1935 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack17 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-211 (Karl Hause)
Position50° 50'N, 25° 15'W - Grid BD 3335
Complement196 officers and men (170 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteLondonderry - New York 
History Completed in May 1935 
Notes on event

At 01.15 hours on 17 Dec 1942, HMS Firedrake (H 79) (Cdr E.H. Tilden, DSC, RN) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-211 while escorting convoy ON-153 in the North Atlantic and broke in two. The bow sank immediately, but the stern remained afloat for some hours, finally sinking in the heavy weather. The commander, five officers and 163 ratings were lost. 27 survivors were picked up after about 5 hours by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR), but one rating later died of wounds.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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