Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Gould (K 476)

British Frigate

Photo courtesy of Paul Shaw

NameHMS Gould (K 476)
Type:Frigate (Captain)
Tonnage1,192 tons
Completed1943 - Boston Navy Yard, Boston MA 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack1 Mar 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-358 (Rolf Manke)
Position45° 46'N, 23° 16'W - Grid BE 48
Complement158 officers and men (124 dead and 34 survivors).
History Laid down as destroyer escort USS Lovering (DE 272) of the Evarts class for the US Navy, completed in September 1943 as frigate HMS Gould (K 476) for the Royal Navy. 
Notes on event

On 29 February 1944, U-358 was located by four frigates of the 1st Escort Group about 450 miles north-northeast of the Azores. HMS Affleck (K 362) (Cdr C. Gwinner, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Gould (K 476) (Lt D.W. Ungoed, RN), HMS Gore (K 481) (Lt J.V. Reeves-Brown, RN) and HMS Garlies (K 475) (Lt R.L. Calpe, DSC, RN) dropped 104 depth charges in the subsequent attacks, which were continued all throughout the night. The next day HMS Gore (K 481) and HMS Garlies (K 475) had to withdraw to Gibraltar for fuel, but the other two frigates continued the hunt. U-358 was forced to surface after being submerged for 38 hours and succeeded in torpedoing HMS Gould (K 476) with a Gnat fired from the stern torpedo tube, but was subsequently sunk by gunfire and depth charges from HMS Affleck (K 362) only 20 minutes later.

HMS Gould (K 476) was struck on port side in the aft motor room at 20.21 hours on 1 March 1944. The explosion broke her in two, the stern sinking rapidly and the fore part disappearing with a heavy list to starboard about 25 minutes after being hit. The commander, six officers and 116 ratings from HMS Gould (K 476) were lost. Three officers and 32 ratings were picked up by HMS Affleck (K 362) together with the sole survivor from the U-boat and were taken to Gibraltar, but one rating had died of wounds and was buried at sea on 2 March.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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