Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Polyanthus (K 47)

British Corvette

NameHMS Polyanthus (K 47)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1941 - Henry Robb Ltd, Leith 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack21 Sep 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-952 (Oskar Curio)
Position57° 00'N, 31° 10'W - Grid AK 2962
Complement86 officers and men (85 dead and 1 survivor).
History Commissioned in April 1941 
Notes on event

At 00.22 hours on 21 September 1943, U-952 fired a Gnat at an escort of convoy ON-202 and heard a detonation after three minutes, followed by sinking noises. HMS Polyanthus (K 47) (Lt J.G. Aitken, RNR) was searching behind convoy for the attacker and the survivors of HMCS St. Croix (I 81) (LtCdr A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR) and sank immediately after being hit. The commander, six officers and 78 ratings were lost. The only survivor was SubLt F.J. Young, RNVR, being picked up by HMS Itchen (K 227) (Cdr C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), but he died when the frigate was torpedoed and sunk two days later by U-666 (Engel).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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