HMS Whitaker (K 580)
Frigate of the Captain class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||20 Oct 1943|
|Launched||12 Dec 1943|
|Commissioned||28 Jan 1944|
|End service||Mar 1945|
Assigned USN penant DE 571 but not named.
HMS Whitaker (Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN) was torpedoed off Malin Head in position 55º30'N, 07º39'W by the German submarine U-483, a total loss, towed to port and returned to the USN in March 1945. Scrapped
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Whitaker|
|Former name||DE 571|
Commands listed for HMS Whitaker (K 580)
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|1||Lt. Glynn Percy Watkin Edwards, RN||28 Jan 1944||1 Nov 1944 (+)|
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Notable events involving Whitaker include:
My father acting PO Alan Carruthers, was the sole surviving senior person left after the loss of the bow, he was responsible for saving the ship and was awarded the BEM (Military) for this action. (1)
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/19218
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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