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In the evening of 12 Nov 1942 she was ordered to cover the oilers until the morning and then return to the Force H.

At 06.15 hours on 13 November, the destroyer was hit by two torpedoes from U-431 on the starboard side. One torpedo struck a oil tank, spreading burning oil over the ship and the water. The second torpedo hit the longroom and officers quarters, killing all 13 officers sleeping there.

The survivors were picked up by HMS Loch Oskaig (FY 175), which also tried to get alongside the burning ship but had to abandon the plan due to the heavy fires and exploding ammunition.


Type: torpedobootjager, Gerard Callenburgh classe.

Build: Koninklijke Maatschappij De Schelde Vlissingen.

Length: 106,3
Width: 10,3
Tonnage: 1628

Engine: 2 shaft, Parsons geared turbines, 3 Yarrow type boilers.
Speed: 37,5 kn

Armament: 5 × 120 mm (4.7 in) guns, 4 × 37 mm (1.5 in) guns, 16 × 20 mm (0.79 in) guns, 6 × 53 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes

MasterW. Harmsen
People on board194
Length348.8 feet (106.3 m)
Width33.8 feet (10.3 m)
Draft11.5 feet (3.5 m)
Tonnage1628 ton


War grave



  • M√ľnching, L.L. (1978).
    Schepen van de koninklijke marine in de 2e wereldoorlog. p 26.

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