Allied Warships

HMS Capel (K 470)

Frigate of the Captain class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantK 470 
Built byBoston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 Jan 1942 
Laid down11 Mar 1943 
Launched22 Apr 1943 
Commissioned16 Aug 1943 
Lost26 Dec 1944 
Loss position49° 50'N, 1° 41'W

On 26 December 1944 HMS Capel (Lt. Bevil Grenfell Heslop, DSC, RN) was torpedoed and sunk north-north-east of Cherbourg, France in position 49º50'N, 01º41'W by the German submarine U-486. 76 members of the crew went down with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 26 Dec 1944 by U-486 (Meyer).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Capel
Former nameUSS Wintle DE 266

Commands listed for HMS Capel (K 470)

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1Lt. Bevil Grenfell Heslop, DSC, RN18 Nov 194326 Dec 1944 (+)

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Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 45.43)

The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War

Collingwood, Donald

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