FFL Mimosa (K 11)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Free French Navy|
|Built by||Charles Hill & Sons Ltd. (Bristol, U.K.): Richardson, Westgarth & Clark|
|Ordered||31 Aug 1939|
|Laid down||22 Apr 1940|
|Launched||18 Jan 1941|
|Commissioned||11 May 1941|
|Lost||9 Jun 1942|
|Loss position||52.12N, 32.37W|
At 0410 hours on 9 June 1942 the Free French corvette Mimosa (Capitaine De Fregate Roger Richard Louis Birot) was hit by one of two torpedoes fired by U-124 (Mohr) near convoy ONS-100 and sank immediately after the boilers exploded in position 52º12'N, 32º37'W. The commander, 58 French sailors and six British sailors, including the liasion officer Royce Theobald (RNVR) were lost. The four surviving French sailors were picked up by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN).
The majority of the French sailors that went down with this ship all came from the same small community of St-Pierre et Miquelon. The loss of so many of the young men had lasting effects on that community.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the FFL Mimosa|
|Former name||HMS Mimosa|
Commands listed for FFL Mimosa (K 11)
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|1||Roger Richard Louis Birot, FFN||17 Apr 1941||9 Jun 1942 (+)|
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Noteable events involving Mimosa include:
Mimosa also picks up 26 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Ila that was also torpedoed and sunk by U-553 in the North Atlantic in position 53°34'N, 30°10'W.