HMS Matabele (G 26)
|Name||HMS Matabele (G 26)|
|Completed||1939 - Scott´s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock|
|Date of attack||17 Jan 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-454 (Burckhard Hackländer)|
|Position||69.21N, 35.27E - Grid AC 8945|
|Complement||200 officers and men (198 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||UK - Murmansk|
|History||HMS Matabele (G 26) was completed in January 1939 |
|Notes on loss|
At 22.21 hours on 17 Jan, 1942, HMS Matabele (G 26) (Cdr A.C. Stanford, DSC, RN), escorting convoy PQ-8, was hit by one torpedo from U-454 in the stern, which caused her magazines to blow up and the ship sank within two minutes off Kola Inlet. Her depth charges detonated and killed many survivors in the water, while others were frozen to death by the icy waters.
The U-boat had reported an earlier hit on a destroyer at 18.54 hours and a previous shot that missed. All attacks were probably against the same destroyer.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 236 people who were on this vessel|
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