FR La Moqueuse
Minesweeper of the Elan class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||Arsenal de Lorient (Lorient, France)|
|Laid down||Sep 1938|
|Launched||19 Apr 1939|
|End service||30 Oct 1965|
Seized by the British on 3 July 1940.
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Notable events involving La Moqueuse include:
27 Feb 1941
Late in the afternoon, off Milford Haven near position 51°37'N, 05°28'W HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) and HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) and their escort the Free French minesweeper FFS La Moqueuse encounter the British merchant Losada (6520 GRT, built 1921). As La Moqueuse was more than a mile behind both submarines the crew of the Losada think they were German U-boats and opened fire. To prevent being hit both submarines crash dive. The crew of La Moqueuse had not seen both submarines dive and was now also under the impression that a German U-boat was nearby and dropped three depth charges. O 21 was the target of the attack but sustains no damage. Both submarines surfaced shortly afterwards. (1)
- ADM 199/1880
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.