HMS Springbank (F 50)
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||[No specific class]|
|Built by||Harland & Wolff Ltd. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Launched||13 Apr 1926|
|Commissioned||25 Nov 1940|
|Lost||27 Sep 1941|
|Loss position||49° 09'N, 20° 10'W|
Completed on 26 May 1926.
At 02.11 hours on 27 September 1941 the German submarine U-201 fired two torpedoes at HMS Springbank (Capt. (retired) Claud Herbert Godwin, DSO, RN) in the convoy HG-73 north-northeast of the Azores and observed two hits. Most survivors were rescued by HMS Jasmine (K 23) (Lt.Cdr. C.D.B. Coventry, RNR (retired)), which went alongside to take off survivors and later scuttled her by gunfire after an attempt to sink her with depth charges failed. Other survivors were picked up by HMS Hibiscus (K 24) (Lt. H. Roach, RNR), which landed them at Gibraltar and by HMS Periwinkle (K 55) (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RNR), which landed them at Milford Haven.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Springbank|
Commands listed for HMS Springbank (F 50)
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|1||Capt. (retired) Claud Herbert Godwin, DSO, RN||18 Nov 1940||27 Sep 1941|
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Notable events involving Springbank include:
10 Jun 1941
HMS Springbank makes her first operational launch as fighter catapult ship when the Fulmar fighter starts to intercept a sighted aircraft in the vicinity of convoy HX-129, but the enemy evades and the Fulmar lands in Belfast.
18 Sep 1941
HMS Springbank makes her second operational launch as fighter catapult ship and starts the Fulmar fighter to intercept a German Fw200 aircraft while escorting the convoy HG-73, but the enemy escapes its attacks. When the fighter lands at Gibraltar it is discovered that faulty ammunition had caused all but one of the guns to jam.