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P615

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

Roll of Honour

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

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

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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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