Allied Warships

HMS Grove (L 77)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 77 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down28 Aug 1940 
Launched29 May 1941 
Commissioned5 Feb 1942 
Lost12 Jun 1942 
Loss position32° 05'N, 25° 30'E

At 0537hours on 12 June 1942 HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. James Wolferstan Rylands, RN) was hit by two torpedoes from U-77 and sunk north of Sollum, Egypt in position 32º05'N, 25º30'E. Two officers and 108 ratings were lost, there were 60 survivors. The destroyer had been part of the eastern convoy MW-11 under Rear Admiral P.J. Vian during Operation Vigorous, a supply convoy to Malta.  

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 12 Jun 1942 by U-77 (Schonder).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Grove

Commands listed for HMS Grove (L 77)

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1Lt.Cdr. James Wolferstan Rylands, RN12 Dec 194112 Jun 1942

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Notable events involving Grove include:

27 Mar 1942
On 27 March 1942 German U-boat U-587 was sunk in position 47°21'N, 21°39'W by depth charges by the British escort destroyers HMS Grove (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Rylands, RN) and HMS Aldenham (Lt. H.A. Stuart-Menteth, RN) and the British destroyers HMS Volunteer (Lt. A.S. Pomeroy, RN) and HMS Leamington (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, RN) of the 2nd Escort Group, escorting the troop convoy WS-17. The U-boat was found after a HF/DF fix by the British destroyer HMS Keppel (Cdr. J.E. Broome, RN).

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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