Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Cassandra (R 62)

British Destroyer

HMS Cassandra (R 62)

NameHMS Cassandra (R 62)
Type:Destroyer (Ca-class)
Tonnage1,710 tons
Completed1944 - Yarrow (Scotstoun) 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack11 Dec 1944Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-365 (Diether Todenhagen)
Position71° 57'N, 32° 04'E - Grid AC 5763
Complement186 officers and men (62 dead and 124 survivors).
RouteMurmansk (10 Dec) - Scapa Flow 

30 Jan 1943 laid down as HMS Tourmaline
29 Nov 1943 launched as HMS Cassandra (R 62)
28 Jul 1944 completed and stationed in the 6th Destroyer Flotilla at Rosyth and Scapa Flow.

On 1 Nov 1944 escorted the steam passenger ships Scythia and Empress of Australia carrying 11000 Soviets back to Murmansk after their release from Germany.

1959 completed modernisation along with the sister ship HMS Caesar and in April 1960 joined the 8th Destroyer Squadron as HMS Cassandra (D 10) stationed in the Far East.
July 1962 while exercising with HMS Caprice, the 1stLt. in Cassandra caused her to ram her sister ship and consequently made a 40´ split in Cassandra´s bows. This meant a docking in Singapore with the crew billeted in HMS Terror. Another bow was constructed, this being her third and final bow.
February 1963 until 1965 joined the 21st Destroyer Squadron stationed in the Mediterranean and Far East.
January 1966 paid off in Portsmouth and after 28 Apr 1967 scrapped at Ward´s Yard at Inverkeithing.

The HMS Cassandra (R 62) earned following Battle Honour in World War 2: Arctic 1944. 

Notes on event

On 10 Dec 1944, U-365 fired a Gnat at convoy RA-62 in grid AC 8860 and heard a detonation after 10 minutes 58 seconds, probably at the end of its run.
At 08.00 hours on 11 December, the HMS Cassandra (R 62) was struck by a Gnat from U-365, when she searched for the U-boat north of Varde, Norway to prevent a further attack on convoy. The whole bow section was blown off. The British frigate HMS Bahamas took her in tow stern first and passed later the tow over to a Soviet tug, which towed her to Kola Inlet for. In July 1945 the destroyer sailed to Gibraltar for complete repairs, which took over a year to complete and then went into reserve in 1946.

On boardWe have details of 73 people who were on board

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