Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Loyalty (J 217)

British Fleet minesweeper

NameHMS Loyalty (J 217)
Type:Fleet minesweeper (Algerine)
Tonnage850 tons
Completed1943 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack22 Aug 1944Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-480 (Hans-Joachim Förster)
Position50° 09'N, 0° 41'W - Grid BF 3278
Complement? men (20 dead and ? survivors).
RouteNormandy - Portsmouth 
History Commissioned in April 1943 as HMS Rattler (J 217) and renamed HMS Loyalty (J 217) in June 1943. 
Notes on event

At 16.06 hours on 22 Aug 1944, HMS Loyalty (J 217) (LtCdr J.E. Maltby, RNR) was hit by a Gnat from U-480 and sank by the stern within ten minutes southeast of the Isle of Wight. The commander and 19 ratings were lost, the survivors were picked up after a few hours by two landing ships. The minesweeper was returning with her flotilla to base from a completed minesweeping run off the French coast. The sweep-wire of the ship parted and she broke formation to retrieve the float. This took a long time and she then tried to catch up with the other ships, but was torpedoed before she could do so.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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