Ships hit by U-boats

HMS Partridge (G 30)

British Destroyer

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-1961

NameHMS Partridge (G 30)
Type:Destroyer (P-class)
Tonnage1,540 tons
Completed1942 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerThe Admiralty 
Date of attack18 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-565 (Wilhelm Franken)
Position35° 50'N, 1° 35'W - Grid CH 7673
Complement211 officers and men (38 dead and 173 survivors).
History HMS Partridge (G 30) was completed in February 1942. In June 1942 HMS Partridge (G 30) (LtCdr W.A.F. Hawkins, DSO, OBE, RN) belonged to Force X, screening the Malta convoy WS-19Z during Operation Harpoon. On 15 June, they were attacked by the Italian light cruisers Eugenio di Savoia and Raimondo Montecuccoli and five destroyers south of Pantellaria. In this action, HMS Bedouin (F 67) (Cdr B.G. Scurfield, OBE, RN) was disabled by gunfire and HMS Partridge (G 30) took her in tow, despite of being herself damaged. When the Italians reappeared the tow was cast off and the disabled destroyer later finished off by a torpedo from an Italian aircraft, while the other destroyer escaped. 
Notes on event

At 08.06 hours on 18 December 1942, HMS Partridge (G 30) (LtCdr W.A.F. Hawkins, DSO, OBE, RN) on anti-submarine sweep with the Force H was hit by one torpedo from U-565 and sank west of Oran, Algeria. Three officers and 35 ratings were lost. The commander, five officers and 167 ratings were picked up by HMS Penn (G 77) (LtCdr J.H. Swain, DSO, RN).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

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