HNoMS Bath (I 17)
Destroyer of the Town class
|Navy||The Royal Norwegian Navy|
|Built by||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||19 Jan 1918|
|Launched||8 Jun 1918|
|Commissioned||9 Jan 1941|
|Lost||19 Aug 1941|
|Loss position||49° 00'N, 17° 00'W|
Transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal Norwegian Navy on 9 January 1941.
HNoMS Bath (Lt.Cdr. Fredrik Melsom) was escorting convoy OG-71 as part of the 5th Escort Group about 400 miles southwest of Ireland. During combat, the destroyer fell behind the convoy and was sunk by two torpedoes from the German submarine U-204 at 02.05 hours on 19 August 1941 in position 49º00'N, 17º00'W. The commanding officer and 82 crew members were lost.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HNoMS Bath|
|Former name||HMS Bath (I 17)|
Commands listed for HNoMS Bath (I 17)
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|1||Kaptain Christian Fredrik Thestrup Melsom, RNON||18 Mar 1941||19 Aug 1941 (+)|
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Notable events involving Bath include:
13 Jan 1941
HNoMS Bath was docked at Glasgow. (1)
20 Jan 1941
HNoMS Bath was undocked at Glasgow. (1)
7 Jun 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.P. Thew, RN), HNoMS Bath (Lt.Cdr. C.F.T. Melsom), HMS Black Swan (Cdr. T.A.C. Pakenham, RN) and HMS Stork (Lt. G.T.S. Gray, DSC, RN). (2)
- ADM 173/16725
- File 2.12.03.6387 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.