HMS Lapwing (U 62)
Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Modified Black Swan|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Ordered||27 Mar 1941|
|Laid down||17 Dec 1941|
|Launched||16 Jul 1943|
|Commissioned||21 Mar 1944|
|Lost||20 Mar 1945|
|Loss position||69° 26'N, 33° 44'E|
HMS Lapwing (Cdr.(retired) Edward Campbell Hulton, RN,) was torpedoed and sunk off Northern Russia north of Murmansk in position 69º26'N, 33º44'E.
In the afternoon on 20 March 1945, U-968 attacked the convoy JW-65 and reported a destroyer and a Liberty sunk and another Liberty ship torpedoed. In fact, the sloop HMS Lapwing of the 7th Escort Group and the Liberty ship Thomas Donaldson were sunk. HMS Lapwing was hit amidships at 13:25 and sank 20 minutes later.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Lapwing|
Commands listed for HMS Lapwing (U 62)
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|1||Cdr. (retired) Edward Campbell Hulton, RN||25 Feb 1944||20 Mar 1945|
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Notable events involving Lapwing include:
19 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Lapwing (Cdr.(Retd.) E.C. Hulton, RN), HMS Monnow (Cdr. E.G. Skinner, DSC, RD, RCNR) and HMS Knaresborough Castle (Lt. J.R. Freeman, RNR). (1)
20 Apr 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Knaresborough Castle (Lt. J.R. Freeman, RNR), HMS Monnow (Cdr. E.G. Skinner, DSC, RD, RCNR), HMCS Teme (T/Lt.Cdr. D.G. Jeffrey, DSO, RCNR) and HMS Lapwing (Cdr.(Retd.) E.C. Hulton, RN). (1)
- ADM 173/19218
- ADM 173/18534
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.