HMS Polyanthus (K 47)
|Name||HMS Polyanthus (K 47)|
|Completed||1941 - Henry Robb Ltd, Leith|
|Date of attack||21 Sep 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-952 (Oskar Curio)|
|Position||57° 00'N, 31° 10'W - Grid AK 2962|
|Complement||86 officers and men (85 dead and 1 survivor).|
|History||Commissioned in April 1941 |
|Notes on event|
At 00.22 hours on 21 September 1943, U-952 fired a Gnat at an escort of convoy ON-202 and heard a detonation after three minutes, followed by sinking noises. HMS Polyanthus (K 47) (Lt J.G. Aitken, RNR) was searching behind convoy for the attacker and the survivors of HMCS St. Croix (I 81) (LtCdr A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR) and sank immediately after being hit. The commander, six officers and 78 ratings were lost. The only survivor was SubLt F.J. Young, RNVR, being picked up by HMS Itchen (K 227) (Cdr C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR), but he died when the frigate was torpedoed and sunk two days later by U-666 (Engel).
|On board||We have details of 86 people who were on board.|
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