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° 21'N, 35° 27'E - Grid AC 8945|
|Complement||238 officers and men (236 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||UK - Murmansk|
|History||Completed in January 1939 |
|Notes on event|
At 22.21 hours on 17 January 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. The survivors were unable to release the Carley floats because they were frozen in their lashings and had to jump overboard. Some of them were killed when the depth charges of the sinking destroyer detonated, but the most died of hypothermia in the icy water before they could be rescued. Only two of the four men picked up by HMS Harrier (J 71) (Capt E.P. Hinton, DSO, RN) survived.
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.
|On board||We have details of 236 people who were on board.|
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