HMS Auricula (K 12)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||George Brown & Co. (Greenock, Scotland) : Kincaid|
|Ordered||25 Jul 1939|
|Laid down||25 Nov 1939|
|Launched||14 Nov 1940|
|Commissioned||5 Mar 1941|
|Lost||6 May 1942|
|Loss position||12° 12'S, 49° 19'E|
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HMS Auricula (Lt.Cdr. Sidney Lord Bannister Maybury, RN) was mined in Courrier Bay, Madagascar in position 12º12'S, 49º19'E on 5 May 1942 and foundered the next day while under tow.
Commands listed for HMS Auricula (K 12)
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|1||T/Lt. William Wilkinson White, RNR||5 Dec 1940||15 Sep 1941|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Sidney Lord Bannister Maybury, RN||15 Sep 1941||6 May 1942|
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Notable events involving Auricula include:
Auricula was based in Liverpool and spent most of 1941 in escort work across the Atlantic. She was fitted with RDF in Londonderry and transferred to Freetown later in the year and patrolled the West Coast of Africa. She was moved again to Lagos, where many of the crew got malaria, and sailed for Cape Town calling in on Walvis Bay. She arrived at the Cape on Good Friday 1942 and proceeded on to Durban, the assembly port for part of the fleet carrying troops for the invasion of Madagascar. Early in the operation she hit a mine and sank the next day. Casualties were mostly head and leg injuries and the injured were transferred to the SS Batory, the Polish trans Atlantic liner that was acting as hospital ship. The injured were then transferred to the SS Atlantis, a Greek passenger vessel, that took them to Durban. (1)
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