HMS Holcombe (L 56)
|Name||HMS Holcombe (L 56)|
|Type:||Destroyer (Hunt Type III)|
|Completed||1942 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow|
|Date of attack||12 Dec 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)|
|Position||37° 20'N, 5° 30'E - Grid CH 9653|
|Complement||164 officers and men (84 dead and 80 survivors).|
|Route||Gibraltar - Port Said|
|History||Completed in September 1942 |
|Notes on event|
At 14.45 hours on 12 Dec 1943, HMS Holcombe (L 56) (Lt F.M. Graves, RN) was hit aft by a Gnat from U-593 and sank in less than 5 minutes northeast of Bougie, Algeria. The survivors were picked up by USS Niblack (DD 424). Earlier that day, the U-boat had sunk her sistership HMS Tynedale (L 96) near convoy KMS-34 and was then chased by several escort vessels, which finally sank the U-boat the next day after a 32 hours chase.
|On board||We have details of 89 people who were on board.|
If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.