Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Asphodel (K 56)

British Corvette

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-1109

NameHMS Asphodel (K 56)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage1,015 tons
Completed1940 - George Brown & Co, Greenock 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack10 Mar 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-575 (Wolfgang Boehmer)
Position45° 24'N, 18° 09'W - Grid BE 5887
Complement97 officers and men (92 dead and 5 survivors).
History Completed in September 1940 
Notes on event

At 01.54 hours on 10 March 1944, U-575 attacked convoy SL-150, which was combined with convoy MKS-41 and sank HMS Asphodel (K 56) (Lt M.A. Halliday, RNZNR) with a Gnat west-northwest of Cape Finisterre. The commander, four officers and 87 ratings were lost. Only five survivors were picked up by HMS Clover (K 134) (Lt T.E. Fanshawe, RNR). After the attack the U-boat was hunted by escorts for 18 hours but managed to escape.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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