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|
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)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Eric Arthur Forbes Drought, DSC, RN||18 Feb 1943||25 Feb 1944 (+)|
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Notable events involving Mahratta include:
16 Apr 1943
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with HMCS Iroquois (Cdr. W.B.L. Holms, RCN), HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN), HMS Harrier (Cdr. A.D.H. Jay, DSO, DSC, RN) and HMS Seagull (Lt.Cdr. C.H. Pollock, RN). (1)
23 Aug 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow 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). (2)
24 Aug 1943
In the morning, HMS Tantivy (Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN), conducted attack exercises at/off Scapa Flow for the C.O.Q.C. (Commanding Officers Qualifying Course) with HMS Duke of York (Capt. B.B. Schofield, RN) that was escorted by HMS Savage (Cdr. R.C. Gordon, DSO, RN) and HMS Mahratta (Lt.Cdr. E.A.F. Drought, DSC, RN).
During the afternoon attack exercises were carried out with HMS London (Capt. R.V. Symonds-Tayler, DSC, RN). (3)
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). (4)
- File 2.12.03.6390 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- File 2.12.03.6398 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18198
- ADM 173/18123
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.