Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Prince Leopold

British Landing Ship Infantry

Prince Leopold before her conversation to a Landing Ship Infantry. Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameHMS Prince Leopold
Type:Landing Ship Infantry
Tonnage2,938 tons
Completed1930 - John Cockerill SA, Hoboken, Antwerp 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack29 Jul 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-621 (Hermann Stuckmann)
Position50° 19'N, 0° 53'W - Grid BF 3533
Complement? men (17 dead and ? survivors).
RoutePortland (24 Jul) - Cherbourg 
CargoTroops and vehicles 
History Completed in July 1930 as Belgian ferry Prince Leopold for the Ostende to Dover route. On 22 Sep 1940, requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to the Landing Ship Infantry LSI(S) HMS Prince Leopold at Devonport Dockyard. In December 1941 the ship took part in Operation Archery, a commando raid on Vaagsø, Norway. In August 1942 took part in Operation Jubilee, the ill-fated landings at Dieppe. In July 1943 landed troops on Sicily and in June 1944 on Sword beach in the Normandy. 
Notes on event

On 29 July 1944, HMS Prince Leopold was hit by a Gnat from U-621 off the Normandy. The ship was hit on the port side amidships, capsized and sank.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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