HMS Mahratta (G 23)
|Name||HMS Mahratta (G 23)|
|Completed||1943 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Date of attack||25 Feb 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-990 (Hubert Nordheimer)|
|Position||71° 12'N, 13° 30'E - Grid AB 9483|
|Complement||236 officers and men (220 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||Loch Ewe (20 Feb) - Kola Inlet|
Laid down as HMS Marksman (G 23), launched as HMS Mahratta (G 23)
HMS Marhatta (G 23) was awarded the Battle Honour Arctic 1943-44.
|Notes on event|
At 20.55 hours on 25 Feb 1944, HMS Mahratta (G 23) (LtCdr E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN) was hit by a Gnat from U-990 about 280 miles from the North Cape, while escorting the stern sector of convoy JW-57. The destroyer exploded and sank within minutes. HMS Impulsive (D 11) (LtCdr P. Bekenn, RN) and HMS Wanderer (D 74) (LtCdr R.F. Whinney, DSC, RN) were quickly on the scene to pick up survivors, but only 16 survivors could be recovered from the freezing waters. The commander, ten officers and 209 ratings lost their lives.
|On board||We have details of 220 people who were on board.|
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