HMS Heythrop (L 85)
|Name||HMS Heythrop (L 85)|
|Type:||Destroyer (Hunt Type II)|
|Completed||1941 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne|
|Date of attack||20 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-652 (Georg-Werner Fraatz)|
|Position||32° 22'N, 25° 28'E - Grid CO 6795|
|Complement||156 officers and men (16 dead and 150 survivors).|
HMS Heythrop (L 85) (LtCdr R.S. Stafford, RN) was sent to Scapa Flow to work up and later temporarily attached to the Irish Sea Escort Force in the Western Approaches Command, before sailing for the Mediterranean station. On 30 August, the destroyer arrived at Gibraltar where she was docked for a short time owing to defects in a stern tube. On 13 September, the ship went to sea with the Gibraltar local escort force covering HMS Manchester (15) and HMS Firedrake (H 79), en route to the USA as far as 25° West.
|Notes on event|
At 10.54 hours on 20 March 1942 HMS Heythrop (L 85) (LtCdr R.S. Stafford, RN) was hit by one of four fired torpedoes from U-652 about 40 miles northeast of Bardia and was then taken in tow by HMS Eridge (L 68) (LtCdr W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, DSC, RN) towards Tobruk, but foundered five hours later.
HMS Heythrop (L 85) carried out an anti-submarine search together with five other Hunt-class destroyers between Alexandria and Bardia during that night, because another Malta convoy was planned to leave Alexandria for Malta (Operation MG-1) on 20 March.
|On board||We have details of 19 people who were on board.|
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