Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122)

British Corvette

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NameHMS Fleur de Lys (K 122)
Type:Corvette (Flower)
Tonnage925 tons
Completed1940 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack14 Oct 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-206 (Herbert Opitz)
Position36° 00'N, 6° 30'W - Grid CG 9592
Complement73 officers and men (70 dead and 3 survivors).
History Launched as La Dieppoise for the French Navy, but completed in August 1940 as HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122) for the Royal Navy after France was invaded by Germany. 
Notes on event

At 03.36 hours on 14 October 1941, U-206 fired a spread of three torpedoes at HMS Fleur de Lys (K 122) (Lt A. Collins, RNR) about 55 miles west of Gibraltar. The corvette had escorted convoy OG-75 to port the day before and was ordered to patrol in the Straits of Gibraltar to search for U-boats that had chased convoy. One of the torpedoes struck her on port side under the bridge after a running time of 92 seconds, causing the magazine to explode. The ship broke in two and both parts disappeared within a few minutes. The commander, four officers and 65 ratings were lost. Only three ratings, two of them injured, survived the sinking and were picked up after a few hours by the Spanish motor merchant Castillo Villafranca.

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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