Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Warwick (D 25)

British Destroyer

NameHMS Warwick (D 25)
Type:Destroyer (Admiralty V & W)
Tonnage1,100 tons
Completed1918 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack20 Feb 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-413 (Gustav Poel)
Position50° 27'N, 5° 23'W - Grid BF 2169
Complement160 officers and men (67 dead and 93 survivors).
RouteArdrossan (15 Feb) - patrol area 
History HMS Warwick (D 25) was completed in March 1918 
Notes on event

At 11.37 hours on 20 Feb 1944, HMS Warwick (D 25) (Cdr D.A. Rayner, DSC, RNVR) was hit aft by one of two torpedoes from U-413 about 15 miles from Trevose Head, Cornwall. The stern broke off abaft of the engine room and the ship stayed afloat for about 4 minutes until the bulkhead collapsed and caused her to sink. Three officers and 64 ratings were killed. The destroyer had been on submarine hunt together with HMS Saladin (H 54) (T/A/LtCdr P.G.C. King, RNVR) and HMS Scimitar (H 21) (Lt P. Archer-Shee, RNVR) in the Bristol Channel.

On boardWe have details of 69 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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