HMS Itchen (K 227)
Frigate of the River class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Fleming & Ferguson Ltd. (Paisley, Scotland)|
|Ordered||11 Feb 1941|
|Laid down||14 Jul 1941|
|Launched||29 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||28 Dec 1942|
|Lost||23 Sep 1943|
|Loss position||53° 25'N, 39° 42'W|
At 0201 hours on 23 September 1943 the German submarine U-666 fired a Gnat torpedo, which hit HMS Itchen (Cdr. Clement Edward Bridgman, DSO, RNR) after 1 minute and 10 seconds. The frigate blew up after the hit in position 53º25'N, 39º42'W. Debris from the vessel was later found on the conning tower of the U-boat and on HMCS Morden. 230 men, including survivors from other ships, went down with HMS Itchen. There were only three survivors, two from HMS Itchen and one from the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Croix.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Itchen|
Commands listed for HMS Itchen (K 227)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clement Edward Bridgman, DSO, RNR||10 Nov 1942||23 Sep 1943 (+)|
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