Destroyer of the Bourrasque class
|Navy||The French Navy|
|Built by||At.&Ch de St. Nazaire (St. Nazaire, France)|
|Laid down||1 Mar 1924|
|Launched||3 Oct 1925|
|Commissioned||1 Jul 1927|
|Lost||31 May 1940|
|Loss position||51° 19'N, 2° 14'E|
Sirocco (Lt.Cdr. Guillaume Rons Cristophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec) was sunk off Dunkerque on 31 May 1940 by the German motor torpedo boats S-23 and S-26.
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|Guillaume Pons Christophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec, FR||31 May 1940|
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Notable events involving Sirocco include:
26 Apr 1940
Sirocco (Capitaine de Corvette Guillaume Rons Cristophe Marie Joseph Michel de Toulouse-Lautrec) departed Brest in escort of Convoy FP 4, en route Greenock, Scotland. Arrived at Greenock on 29 April. (1)
11 May 1940
The British (AA) destroyers HMS Valentine (Cdr. H.J. Buchanan, RAN), HMS Winchester (Lt.Cdr. S.E. Crewe-Read, RN) and the French destroyers Sirocco (Lt.Cdr. G.R.C.M.J.M. de Toulouse-Lautrec) and Cyclone (Capt. Y.F.C.A.M. Urvoy de Portzamparc) departed Dunkirk for Flushing escorting the French transport Côte d'Argent (3047 GRT, built 1933).
After arrival early in the afternoon HMS Valentine and HMS Winchester gave AA protection to the Breskens - Flushing ferry until dusk.
Also the French transports Pavon (4128 GRT, built 1930) and Newhaven (1656 GRT, built 1911) were escorted in the Scheldt estuary.
30 May 1940
The French destroyer Cyclone was hit by a torpedo fired by the German motor torpedo boat S-24. She was badly damaged but was able to sail at a speed of 5 knots. The French Commanding Officer asked the Polish destroyer Blyskawica for escort. The Polish destroyer answered and provided the cover requested. Both ships then met the French destroyer Sirocco that was loaded with soldiers. She passed nearby and disappeared in the darkness. After one hour Sirocco was torpedoed and sunk by the German motor torpedo boats S-23 and S-26. Blyskawica left Cyclone. She picked up 15 survivors from the Sirocco. Then she returned to Cyclone and accompanied her to Dover. (1)
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