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. 227 men, including survivors from other ships, went down with HMS Itchen. There were only 3 survivors, 2 from Itchen and one from the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. CroixHit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Itchen|
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|1||Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clement Edward Bridgman, DSO, RNR||10 Nov 1942||23 Sep 1943 (+)|
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