HMS Loyalty (J 217)
British Fleet minesweeper
|Name||HMS Loyalty (J 217)|
|Type:||Fleet minesweeper (Algerine)|
|Completed||1943 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Date of attack||22 Aug 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-480 (Hans-Joachim Förster)|
|Position||50° 09'N, 0° 41'W - Grid BF 3278|
|Complement||? men (20 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Normandy - 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 board||We have details of 20 people who were on board.|
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