Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Quail (G 45)

British Destroyer

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-17782

NameHMS Quail (G 45)
Type:Destroyer (Q)
Tonnage1,705 tons
Completed1943 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack15 Nov 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-453 (Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach)
Position41° 09'N, 16° 52'E - Grid CJ 6689
Complement? men (19 dead and ? survivors).
History Completed in January 1943 
Notes on event

At 12.00 hours on 15 November 1943 HMS Quail (G 45) (LtCdr R.F. Jenks, RN) on Adriatic patrol struck a mine laid on 11 November by U-453 off the entrance to Bari. The explosion under the stern blew the aft 4.7in gun overboard and heavily damaged the ship from amidships to the stern. All rooms abaft the gear room were flooded and to prevent her sinking she was beached in the southern part of the harbor.

In December 1943 the destroyer was salvaged and towed into a dry dock for temporary repairs. In April 1944 towed to Taranto and prepared to continue to Malta. HMS Quail foundered while in tow in the Gulf of Taranto in 40°05N/17°52E on 18 June 1944.

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On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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