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P615

Built By: Vickers (Barrow)
Build Group: Turkish
Fate: Sunk by U123 on 18th April 1943 off Liberia.
P615
P615

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Ex Uluc Ali Reis Seconded by the RN whilst being built for the Turks

Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Bigrove, Edward  Telegraphist  C/SSX 3411    20
Burnell, Denis  Lieutenant (RNR)      25
Cunningham, William Nelson  Stoker Petty Officer  C/KX 85143    28
Daft, Arthur Joseph  Stoker 1st Class  C/KX 11745    29
Davies, Austin Francis  Lieutenant      22
Dinsdale, George Albert  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 80085    32
Dyson, Arthur  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 86406    26
Edwards, Leonard George  Able Seaman  P/JX 32602    21
Fairclough, John Roger  Stoker Petty Officer  D/K 66502  DSM  41
Gauntley, Stanley  Able Seaman  P/JX 27510    22
Goulstone, Francis Gerald  Chief Petty Officer  D/JX 13586  MID  28
Griffiths, Samuel James  Stoker  D/SKX 1241    20
Hayes, Frederick George  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 12250    21
Hubbard, Charles Clarence  Petty Officer  C/JX 12531    32
James, Walter Roland Frederick  Petty Officer  D/JX 12831  MID  32
Kent-Smith, Percy James  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 77470    23
Lambert, Charles Walderne St Clair  Lieutenant    DSC*  24
Lowery, Alfred  Able Seaman  D/JX 28622    22
Mackie, James Andrew  Petty Officer  P/JX 13622    27
McClinton, Robert Walter  Leading Telegraphist  D/JX 13591    28
McGuigan, Eric Joseph  Able Seaman  D/JX 26804    22
McLaughlan, James  Leading Seaman (RNR)  P/K 19594    28
Nicholl, Desmond Earle  Sub Lieutenant (RNVR)      22
O'Hare, John  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class  P/MX 51370    30
Ollerenshaw, Daniel  Able Seaman  D/JX 15617    21
Oxley, John Henry  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class  C/MX 77968    33
Pepper, William Richard  Petty Officer Telegraphist  C/JX 14190    24
Price, Harold Reece  Leading Telegraphist  D/SSX 1409    29
Relly, Maxwell Spicer  Leading Seaman  P/JX 13953    26
Schuil, Alphonse Emiel  Lieutenant (RNVR)      31
Shaw, Gerald Charles Francis  Able Seaman  D/SSX 3607    20
Sinclair, John  Able Seaman  P/JX 27508    22
Slater, William  Stoker Petty Officer  P/KX 82883    32
Smith, Arthur Charles  Leading Seaman  P/JX 16743  DSM  24
South, Arthur  Stoker 1st Class  P/KX 12681    20
Starrett, Edward Thomas  Chief Engine Room Artificer  D/MX 48345  MID  33
Sumby, George William  Petty Officer  D/J 112139    33
Swann, Ernest Edward  Able Seaman  C/SSX 1808    23
Taylor, Albert Edward  Petty Officer Cook  P/M 38140  DSM  36
Tovey, Clifford Charles  Able Seaman  D/JX 19204    21
Vail, Albert Henry  Signalman  D/SSX 3298    20
Wallace, James  Stoker 1st Class  D/KX 13039    20
Watkins, William  Leading Stoker  C/K 62522    40
Weeks, Henry Herbert  Sub Lieutenant (RNR)      21

Events

24-05-1939 : Laid Down
01-11-1940 : Launched
18-04-1943 : HMS P615 left Freetown under escort by minesweeper HMS MMS-107 on passage to the South Atlantic Command to provide ASW escort training. During the night they lost contact but found each other the next morning.

U-123 spotted both vessels at 0344 and missed them with two spreads of two torpedoes at 0534 & 0647, one of the torpedo tracks was sighted by the escort, but was put down to a porpoise.

At 1101, a merchant vessel was sighted and at 1153 the U-boat fired one torpedo at the minesweeper on station about 300 yards off the submarines starboard quarter, but missed.

At 1154, a spread of two torpedoes was fired at the submarine, which was hit by one of them on the starboard side, exploded and sank immediately about 100 miles SW of Freetown.

U-123 then torpedoed at 1239 hours Empire Bruce and left the area after sinking her with two coup de grace. The minesweeper picked up the survivors from the merchantman and returned to Freetown
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