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Posted by: Rene ()
Date: July 19, 2004 10:31PM

I looked it up in the database and this particular destroyer was sunk in 1940...heres the info:

Class: K
Penant: F 45
Built by: Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend
Laid down: 27 Oct, 1937
Launched: 6 Feb, 1939
Commissioned: 6 Nov, 1939
Lost: 23 Jun, 1940

History: 23rd June 1940. Heavily damaged by fire and beached in the Red Sea off Perim after a gunfire action with the Italian submarine Torricelli. Declared a constructive total loss.
The fire aboard Khartoum broke out 5 and a half hours after the sinking of the Torcelli. Toricelli was sunk at 0624 local time by R.N. destroyers HMS Kingston, HMS Kandahar and Khartoum as well as the sloop HMS Shoreham. The fire aboard Khartoum started at 1150. A torpedo air flask exploded propelling the warhead through the deck house of number 3 4.7\" mount. A ruptured oil tank for the mount started the fire which led eventually to the loss of the ship. Her loss seems more due to inexperienced damage control. The Admiralty inquest ruled out damamge from enemy action and sabotage but captured members of the Toricelli\'s crew were housed aboard. (Primary source are Admiralty records used in the book, \"The Kelly\'s\" by Christopher Langtree on page 106.)

Noteable events involving Khartoum include:
23 Jun, 1940
The Italian submarine Torricelli was forced to the surface and sunk off Perim in gun-battle by the British destroyers HMS Kandahar, HMS Kingston, HMS Khartoum and the British sloop HMS Shoreham.

Khartoum and Shoreham were hit by shells from the Torricelli. Khartoum was destroyed by fire a few hours after the battle. More info can be found at Karthoum's page.

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Re: HMS KHARTOUM Rene 07/19/2004 10:31PM
Re: HMS KHARTOUM Eric 07/20/2004 02:09PM
Re: HMS KHARTOUM John Crawford 01/22/2008 12:28PM
Re: HMS KHARTOUM William Watters 01/28/2010 08:36PM
Re: HMS KHARTOUM Karl Stevens 07/14/2010 08:40PM
Re: HMS KHARTOUM Chris Swift 03/15/2011 05:43PM

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