Allied Warships

HMS Mahratta (G 23)

Destroyer of the M class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantG 23 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Laid down18 Aug 1941 
Launched28 Jul 1942 
Commissioned8 Apr 1943 
Lost25 Feb 1944 
Loss position71° 12'N, 13° 30'E

HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN) was escorting convoy JW-57 when she was struck by a Gnat from U-990. The destroyer sank within minutes at position 71º12'N, 13º30'E. Only 16 men survived out of a crew of 236.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 25 Feb 1944 by U-990 (Nordheimer).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Mahratta
Former nameHMS Marksman

Commands listed for HMS Mahratta (G 23)

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1Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN18 Feb 194325 Feb 1944 (+)

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Notable events involving Mahratta include:

23 Aug 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) and HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN). (1)

24 Aug 1943
In the morning, HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN), conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) that was escorted by HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN).

During the afternoon attack exercises were carried out with HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN). (2)

15 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN). (3)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 43.97)

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/18198
  3. ADM 173/18123

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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