Ships hit by U-boats


HMS Thane (D 48)

British Escort carrier



NameHMS Thane (D 48)
Type:Escort carrier (Ameer)
Tonnage11,400 tons
Completed1943 - Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, Tacoma WA 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Homeport 
Date of attack15 Jan 1945Nationality:      British
 
FateA total loss by U-1172 (Jürgen Kuhlmann)
Position55° 08'N, 5° 25'W - Grid AM 6541
Complement? men (10 dead and ? survivors).
Convoy
RouteNorthern Ireland - Clyde 
CargoAircraft 
History Launched as USS Sunset (CVE 48) for the US Navy, but commissioned as HMS Thane (D 48) in the Royal Navy. 
Notes on event

At 13.28 hours on 15 Jan 1945 the unescorted HMS Thane (D 48) (A/Capt E.R.G. Baker, RN) was hit in the stern by a torpedo from U-1172 six cables 132° from Clyde Light Vessel. The escort carrier was ferrying aircraft when she was probably hit by a Gnat. She was towed to Greenock by HMS Loring (K 565) and declared a total loss. Returned to the US Navy on 15 Dec 1945 then stricken and sold for scrap. Broken up at Faslane in 1946.

 
On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

Location of attack on HMS Thane (D 48).

ship damaged.


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