HMS Goodall (K 479)
|Name||HMS Goodall (K 479)|
|Completed||1943 - Boston Navy Yard, Boston MA|
|Date of attack||29 Apr 1945||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-286 (Willi Dietrich)|
|Position||69° 25'N, 33° 38'E - Grid AC 8852|
|Complement||156 officers and men (112 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||Murmansk - UK|
|History||Laid down as destroyer escort USS Reybold (DE 275) of the Evarts-class for the US Navy, completed in October 1943 as HMS Goodall (K 479) for the Royal Navy. |
|Notes on event|
At 21.00 hours on 29 April 1945, U-968 (Westphalen) fired Gnats at the escort vessels from the convoy RA-66 in grid AC 8856 and reported two destroyers sunk. However, the detonations were observed by HMS Alnwick Castle (K 405) (A/LtCdr H.A. Stonehouse, DSC, RNR) and a Gnat missed HMS Goodall (K 479).
About 22.00 hours the same day, U-286 hit HMS Goodall (K 479) (LtCdr James Vandalle Fulton, RNVR) with a Gnat in the entrance to the Kola Inlet 7 miles from Murmansk. The magazine exploded, blowing away the forepart of the vessel and killing the commander. The abandoned ship had to be scuttled by gunfire by HMS Anguilla (K 500) (T/A/LtCdr C. Morrison-Payne, RNVR) the next day. The U-boat was sunk by other ships of the 19th Escort Group during the following night.
This was the last confirmed U-boat success in the Northern theater.
|On board||We have details of 100 people who were on board.|
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