HMS Picotee (K 63)
|Name||HMS Picotee (K 63)|
|Completed||1940 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Date of attack||12 Aug 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-568 (Joachim Preuss)|
|Position||62.00N, 16.01W - Grid AE 7665|
|Complement||66 officers and men (66 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Greenock (7 Aug) - Iceland|
|History||Completed in September 1940 |
|Notes on event|
At 03.11 hours on 12 Aug, 1941, U-568 fired torpedoes at the convoy ON-4 south of Iceland, observed a hit on a corvette and heard another detonation. Preuss assumed that he had probably damaged a tanker in the convoy but this was not the case. HMS Picotee (K 63) (Lt R.A. Harrison, RNR) was hit by the torpedo underneath the bridge, broke in two and sank immediately, while her own depth charges detonated. The commander, four officers and 61 ratings were lost. The corvette of the 4th Escort Group was reported missing after she did not return to the convoy from a search for a reported U-boat.
|On board||We have details of 66 people who were on board.|
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