Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Welshman (M 84)

British Cruiser-minelayer

NameHMS Welshman (M 84)
Type:Cruiser-minelayer (Abdiel)
Tonnage2,650 tons
Completed1941 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack1 Feb 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-617 (Albrecht Brandi)
Position32° 12'N, 24° 52'E - Grid CO 6776
Complement289 officers and men (165 dead and 124 survivors).
RouteMalta - Alexandria 
History Completed in August 1941. HMS Welshman (M 84) made about eight supply runs to Malta in 1942. 
Notes on event

At 17.45 hours on 1 February 1943 U-617 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a vessel identified as cruiser of the Dido class and observed two hits and a boiler explosion. The ship capsized and sank by the stern after two hours. The victim was HMS Welshman (M 84) (Capt W.H.D. Friedberger, DSO, RN) which sank about 45 miles east-northeast off Tobruk, Libya. Eight officers, 144 ratings and 13 passengers, including two civilians and four air crew members that had been badly burnt in a plane crash on Malta. The commander, five officers and 112 ratings were picked up by HMS Tetcott (L 99) (LtCdr H.R. Rycroft, RN) and HMS Belvoir (L 32) (A/LtCdr J.F.D. Bush, DSC, RN) after five hours and taken to Alexandria. Another six survivors were rescued by small craft from Tobruk.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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