HMS Firedrake (H 79)
|Name||HMS Firedrake (H 79)|
|Completed||1935 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, High Walker Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Date of attack||17 Dec 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-211 (Karl Hause)|
|Position||50° 50'N, 25° 15'W - Grid BD 3335|
|Complement||196 officers and men (170 dead and 26 survivors).|
|Route||Londonderry - New York|
|History||Completed in May 1935 |
|Notes on event|
At 01.15 hours on 17 Dec 1942, HMS Firedrake (H 79) (Cdr E.H. Tilden, DSC, RN) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-211 while escorting convoy ON-153 in the North Atlantic and broke in two. The bow sank immediately, but the stern remained afloat for some hours, finally sinking in the heavy weather. The commander, five officers and 163 ratings were lost. 27 survivors were picked up after about 5 hours by HMS Sunflower (K 41) (LtCdr J.T. Jones, RNR), but one rating later died of wounds.
|On board||We have details of 196 people who were on board.|
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