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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

Bigrove  Telegraphist
Burnell  Lieutenant RNR
R W Clinton  Leading Telegraphist
Cunningham  Stoker Petty Officer Acting Sto PO
Daft  Stoker 1st Class
Davies  Lieutenant
Dinsdale  Stoker 1st Class
Dyson  Leading Stoker Acting Sto PO
L G Edwards  Able Seaman
Fairclough  Stoker Petty Officer
Gauntley  Able Seaman
F G Goulstone  Chief Petty Officer
S J Griffith  Stoker
Hayes  Stoker 1st Class
Hubbard  Petty Officer
James  Petty Officer
Kent-Smith  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
Lambert  Lieutenant DSC
Lowery  Able Seaman
J A Mackie  Petty Officer
McGuigan  Able Seaman
McLauchlan  Leading Seaman
Nicholl  Sub-Lieutenant RNVR
Ollerenshaw  Able Seaman
Oxley  Engine Room Artificer 4th Class
OHare  Engine Room Artificer 2nd Class
Pepper  Petty Officer Telegraphist
Price  Leading Telegraphist
M S Relly  Leading Seaman
Schuil  Lieutenant RNVR
Shaw  Able Seaman
Sinclair  Able Seaman
Slater  Leading Stoker Acting Sto PO
Smith  Leading Seaman DSM
South  Stoker 1st Class
Starrett  Chief Engine Room Artificer
Sumby  Petty Officer
Swann  Able Seaman
Taylor  Petty Officer Cook DSM
Tovey  Able Seaman
Vail  Signalman
Wallace  Stoker 1st Class
Watkins  Leading Stoker
Weeks  Sub-Lieutenant RNR

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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