HMS Grove (L 77)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||28 Aug 1940|
|Launched||29 May 1941|
|Commissioned||5 Feb 1942|
|Lost||12 Jun 1942|
|Loss position||32° 05'N, 25° 30'E|
At 0537hours on 12 June 1942 HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. James Wolferstan Rylands, RN) was hit by two torpedoes from U-77 and sunk north of Sollum, Egypt in position 32º05'N, 25º30'E. Two officers and 108 ratings were lost, there were 60 survivors. The destroyer had been part of the eastern convoy MW-11 under Rear Admiral P.J. Vian during Operation Vigorous, a supply convoy to Malta.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Grove|
Commands listed for HMS Grove (L 77)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. James Wolferstan Rylands, RN||12 Dec 1941||12 Jun 1942|
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Notable events involving Grove include:
27 Mar 1942
On 27 March 1942 German U-boat U-587 was sunk in position 47°21'N, 21°39'W by depth charges by the British escort destroyers HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was found after a HF/DF fix by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN).