Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Leda (J 93)

British Fleet minesweeper



Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson Collection

NameHMS Leda (J 93)
Type:Fleet minesweeper (Halcyon)
Tonnage835 tons
Completed1938 - Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack20 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-435 (Siegfried Strelow)
Position76° 30'N, 5° 00'E - Grid AB 2272
Complement? men (14 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyQP-14
Route 
Cargo 
History Completed in May 1938 
Notes on event

At 06.25 hours on 20 Sep 1942, U-435 fired one torpedo at the convoy QP-14 west of Bear Island and observed a hit on a freighter after 46 seconds. After two torpedoes were fired at 06.26 and 06.29 hours, two detonations were heard after 4 minutes 10 seconds and 4 minutes 30 seconds. A torpedo fired at 06.28 hours missed, because it was a surface runner. Strelow claimed one ship sunk, one damaged and one possibly damaged. However, no hits can be confirmed by Allied records.
At 06.31 hours, the U-boat fired one torpedo at a destroyer and observed the ship sinking after being hit 1 minute 25 seconds later. The reported destroyer was the fleet minesweeper HMS Leda (J 93) (Cdr A.H. Wynne-Edwards, RN), which sank southwest of Spitsbergen. The survivors were rescued by the British rescue ships Rathlin and Zamalek.

 
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On boardWe have details of 48 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Leda (J 93).

ship sunk.


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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor

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