Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Holcombe (L 56)

British Destroyer

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-13926

NameHMS Holcombe (L 56)
Type:Destroyer (Hunt Type III)
Tonnage1,087 tons
Completed1942 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack12 Dec 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position37° 20'N, 5° 30'E - Grid CH 9653
Complement164 officers and men (84 dead and 80 survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Port Said 
History Completed in September 1942 
Notes on event

At 14.45 hours on 12 Dec 1943, HMS Holcombe (L 56) (Lt F.M. Graves, RN) was hit aft by a Gnat from U-593 and sank in less than 5 minutes northeast of Bougie, Algeria. The survivors were picked up by USS Niblack (DD 424). Earlier that day, the U-boat had sunk her sistership HMS Tynedale (L 96) near convoy KMS-34 and was then chased by several escort vessels, which finally sank the U-boat the next day after a 32 hours chase.

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On boardWe have details of 90 people who were on board

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

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