HMS Mahratta (G 23)
Destroyer of the M class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down||18 Aug 1941|
|Launched||28 Jul 1942|
|Commissioned||8 Apr 1943|
|Lost||25 Feb 1944|
|Loss position||71° 12'N, 13° 30'E|
The British destroyer HMS Mahratta (G 23) lost on 25 Feb 1944 in position 71° 12'N, 13° 30'E.
HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN) was escorting convoy JW-57 when she was struck by a Gnat from U-990. The destroyer sank within minutes at position 71º12'N, 13º30'E. Only 16 men survived out of a crew of 236.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Mahratta|
|Former name||HMS Marksman|
Commands listed for HMS Mahratta (G 23)
Please note that we're still working on this section.
|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN||18 Feb 1943||25 Feb 1944 (+)|
You can help improve our commands section
Click here to Submit events/comments/updates for this vessel.
Please use this if you spot mistakes or want to improve this ships page.
Notable events involving Mahratta include:
23 Aug 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), HMS Oribi (Lt.Cdr. J.C.A. Ingram, RN) and HMS Hussar (Lt.Cdr. R.C. Biggs, DSO, DSC, RN). (1)
15 Oct 1943
HMS Storm (T/Lt. E.P. Young, DSC, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. R.L. Fisher, OBE, RN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), USS Corry (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Ensey, USN) and HMS Brissenden (Lt. the Hon. D.D.E. Vivian, RN). (2)
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18123
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.