Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Thistle (N 24)

British Submarine

NameHMS Thistle (N 24)
Type:Submarine (T-class)
Tonnage1,090 tons
Completed1939 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack10 Apr 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-4 (Hans-Peter Hinsch)
Position59° 09'N, 5° 11'E - Grid AN 2989
Complement53 officers and men (53 dead - no survivors)
RouteScapa Flow (7 Apr) - Patrol area off Stavanger 
History HMS Thistle (N 24) was commissioned in July 1939. 
Notes on event

At 17.05 hours on 9 April 1940, HMS Thistle (N 24) (LtCdr W.F. Haselfoot, RN) missed U-4 with a spread of four torpedoes southwest off Stavanger, Norway. The Germans had observed one torpedo passing ten metres ahead and evaded further attacks by diving. Afterwards they managed to surprise the British submarine on the surface some hours later and at 02.13 hours on 10 April fired a spread of two torpedoes. A G7a torpedo missed, but a G7e torpedo hit and sank the submarine with all hands near Skudenes.

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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Submarines versus U-boats

Jones, Geoffrey

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