Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Goodall (K 479)

British Frigate

Photo courtesy of Anne C. Heighington

NameHMS Goodall (K 479)
Type:Frigate (Captain)
Tonnage1,150 tons
Completed1943 - Boston Navy Yard, Boston MA 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack29 Apr 1945Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-286 (Willi Dietrich)
Position69° 25'N, 33° 38'E - Grid AC 8852
Complement156 officers and men (112 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteMurmansk - UK 
History Laid down as destroyer escort USS Reybold (DE 275) of the Evarts-class for the US Navy, completed in October 1943 as HMS Goodall (K 479) for the Royal Navy. 
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 29 April 1945, U-968 (Westphalen) fired Gnats at the escort vessels from convoy RA-66 in grid AC 8856 and reported two destroyers sunk. However, the detonations were observed by HMS Alnwick Castle (K 405) (A/LtCdr H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and a Gnat missed HMS Goodall (K 479).

About 22.00 hours the same day, U-286 hit HMS Goodall (K 479) (LtCdr James Vandalle Fulton, RNVR) with a Gnat in the entrance to the Kola Inlet 7 miles from Murmansk. The magazine exploded, blowing away the forepart of the vessel and killing the commander. The abandoned ship had to be scuttled by gunfire by HMS Anguilla (K 500) (T/A/LtCdr C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) the next day. The U-boat was sunk by other ships of the 19th Escort Group during the following night.

This was the last confirmed U-boat success in the Northern theater.

On boardWe have details of 101 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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