Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Lapwing (U 62)

British Sloop

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-9971

NameHMS Lapwing (U 62)
Type:Sloop (Modified Black Swan)
Tonnage1,350 tons
Completed1943 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack20 Mar 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-968 (Otto Westphalen)
Position69° 26'N, 33° 44'E - Grid AC 8867
Complement229 officers and men (168 dead and 61 survivors).
History Completed in March 1944 
Notes on event

In the afternoon on 20 March 1945, U-968 attacked convoy JW-65 and reported a destroyer and a Liberty sunk and another Liberty ship torpedoed. In fact, the sloop HMS Lapwing (U 62) (Cdr J.A. Binnie, Rtd, RN) of the 7th Escort Group and the Liberty ship Thomas Donaldson were sunk. The survivors of the sloop were rescued by HMS Savage (G 20) (LtCdr C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC, RN).

At 10.14 hours on 20 March 1945, U-716 (Thimme) had attacked the same convoy and reported a Groznyj class destroyer sunk, but the U-boat probably missed HMS Lapwing (U 62).

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 164 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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