Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Whirlwind (D 30)

British Destroyer

NameHMS Whirlwind (D 30)
Type:Destroyer (Admiralty V & W)
Tonnage1,100 tons
Completed1918 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack5 Jul 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position50° 17'N, 8° 48'W - Grid BF 1286
Complement114 officers and men (57 dead and 57 survivors).
History Completed in March 1918 
Notes on event

At 18.26 hours on 5 July 1940, HMS Whirlwind (D 30) (LtCdr J.M. Rodgers, RN) was hit underneath the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-34 about 120 miles west of Land’s End. The U-boat had spotted the destroyer at 15.30 hours and missed her with two torpedoes at 17.13 hours. The ship immediately lost her forepart while the rest remained afloat and was later scuttled by HMS Westcott (D 47) (LtCdr W.F.R. Segrave, RN) after picking up the survivors. 56 crew members were lost and one died of wounds the following day.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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