Allied Warships

HMS Puckeridge (L 108)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-13926

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 108 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down1 Jan 1940 
Launched6 Mar 1941 
Commissioned30 Jul 1941 
Lost6 Sep 1943 
Loss position36° 06'N, 4° 44'W

Around 2015 hours on 6 September 1943 HMS Puckeridge (Lt. John Cecil Cartwright, DSC, RN) was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by the German submarine U-617 and sank about 40 nautical miles east of Gibraltar in position 36º06'N, 04º44'W. HMS Puckeridge was en route alone taking important messages to Oran. 129 men were rescued and 62 men were lost with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 6 Sep 1943 by U-617 (Brandi).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Puckeridge

Commands listed for HMS Puckeridge (L 108)

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1Lt. Herbert Bernard Acworth, RN25 Jun 1941early 1942

2Lt. John Cecil Cartwright, DSC, RN5 Jun 19426 Sep 1943

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Notable events involving Puckeridge include:

13 Dec 1941
HMS Puckeridge (Lt. H.B. Acworth, RN) was attacked and damaged by German aircraft in the Irish Sea. 18 crew were killed and 20 were wounded. The ship was towed back to Pembroke Dock. Repairs were completed in mid-August 1942.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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