Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Hythe (J 194)

British Fleet minesweeper

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-14021

NameHMS Hythe (J 194)
Type:Fleet minesweeper (Bangor)
Tonnage656 tons
Completed1942 - Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack11 Oct 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position37° 04'N, 5° 00'E - Grid CH 9553
Complement82 officers and men (62 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (4 Oct) - Gibraltar 
History Completed in March 1942 
Notes on event

At 01.09 hours on 11 Oct 1943, HMS Hythe (J 194) (LtCdr Leslie B. Miller, RN), escorting convoy MKS-27, was hit on the port side below the bridge by a Gnat from U-371, broke in two and sank in about four minutes north of Bougie, Algeria. Screened by HMS Rye (J 76) (Lt J.A. Pearson, DSC, RNR), the survivors were picked up by the South African armed trawler HMSAS Southern Isles (T 29) and landed at Gibraltar on 14 October.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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