Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Lagan (K 259)

British Frigate

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-14499

NameHMS Lagan (K 259)
Type:Frigate (River)
Tonnage1,370 tons
Completed1942 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack20 Sep 1943Nationality:      British
FateA total loss by U-270 (Paul-Friedrich Otto)
Position57° 09'N, 27° 28'W - Grid AK 0366
Complement? men (29 dead and ? survivors).
History Completed in December 1942 
Notes on event

At 04.57 hours on 20 September 1943, U-270 fired a Gnat at HMS Lagan (K 259) (LtCdr A. Ayre, RNR) near convoy ON-202 and struck her in the stern after 3 minutes 47 seconds. The U-boat was then chased away by depth charges from HMCS Gatineau (H 61) (Cdr P.W. Burnett, RN) and the badly damaged frigate was taken in tow by HMS Destiny (W 115) to the Mersey, arriving on 24 September. The vessel was declared a constructive total loss and the wreck sold to be broken up for scrap on 21 May 1946.

This was the first attack carried out with the newly developed acoustic torpedo Gnat.

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On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

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