HMS Puckeridge (L 108)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||1 Jan 1940|
|Launched||6 Mar 1941|
|Commissioned||30 Jul 1941|
|Lost||6 Sep 1943|
|Loss position||36° 06'N, 4° 44'W|
Around 2015 hours on 6 September 1943 HMS Puckeridge (Lt. John Cecil Cartwright, DSC, RN) was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by the German submarine U-617 and sank about 40 nautical miles east of Gibraltar in position 36º06'N, 04º44'W. HMS Puckeridge was en route alone taking important messages to Oran. 129 men were rescued and 62 men were lost with the ship.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Puckeridge|
Commands listed for HMS Puckeridge (L 108)
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|1||Lt. Herbert Bernard Acworth, RN||25 Jun 1941||early 1942|
|2||Lt. John Cecil Cartwright, DSC, RN||5 Jun 1942||6 Sep 1943|
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Noteable events involving Puckeridge include:
13 Dec 1941
HMS Puckeridge (Lt. H.B. Acworth, RN) was attacked and damaged by German aircraft in the Irish Sea. 18 crew were killed and 20 were wounded. The ship was towed back to Pembroke Dock. Repairs were completed in mid-August 1942.