HMS Fiji (58)
British Light cruiser
|Name||HMS Fiji (58)|
|Type:||Light cruiser (Fiji)|
|Completed||1940 - John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank|
|Date of attack||1 Sep 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-32 (Hans Jenisch)|
|Position||58° 10'N, 12° 55'W - Grid AM 1684|
|Complement||? men (5 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Scapa Flow (31 Aug) - Dakar|
|History||Completed in May 1940|
On 22 May 1941, HMS Fiji (58) (Capt P.B.R.W. William-Powlett, RN) was bombed and sunk by German aircraft southwest of Crete in 34º35N, 23º10E.
|Notes on event|
At 18.00 hours on 1 Sep 1940, U-32 attacked convoy MP (Part of Operation Menace, the Anglo French attack on Dakar) about 40 miles north-northeast of Rockall and reported a hit with its last torpedo on the troop transport Scythia, but in fact the escorting HMS Fiji (58) (Capt W.G. Benn, RN) of the Dakar Task Force was damaged. She managed to return under own power to the Clyde, arriving on the evening of 3 September. Five ratings were killed. The cruiser was repaired at Greenock for six months.
|On board||We have details of 9 people who were on board.|
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