Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Hurst Castle (K 416)

British Corvette

HMS Hurst Castle underway in the Firth of Tay on completion. Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-10264

NameHMS Hurst Castle (K 416)
Type:Corvette (Castle)
Tonnage1,010 tons
Completed1944 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack1 Sep 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-482 (Hartmut Graf von Matuschka, Freiherr von Toppolczan und Spaetgen)
Position55° 27'N, 8° 12'W - Grid AM 5612
Complement124 officers and men (17 dead and 107 survivors).
History Completed in June 1944 
Notes on event

At 08.19 hours on 1 Sep 1944, U-482 fired a Gnat at a group of corvettes and hit HMS Hurst Castle (K 416) (Lt H.G. Chesterman, DSC and Bar, RNR) after three minutes, causing her to sink fast north of Tory Island, Donegal. The corvette was part of the Escort Group B1 which was searching the area for the U-boat that had attacked convoy CU-36 on 30 August. The survivors were picked up by HMS Ambuscade (D 38) (Lt J. Mayling, RN), while the U-boat was hunted unsuccessfully by the remaining warships for more than 12 hours.

Revisions December 2009 by Rainer Kolbicz:
Rohwer listed this ship as being part of the escort of convoy CU-36, but the EG B1 was just searching the area where the U-boat attack on the convoy had taken place two days earlier. Thanks to Theron P. Snell for his assistance. 
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On boardWe have details of 21 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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