Re: Mystery attack 13.10.1942
Posted by: becorijn
Date: July 11, 2016 03:44PM
' If a premature explosion occurred during the first firing, then it is clear that it did not prevent the submarine from firing a second time but perhaps some damage occurred which were later fatal. It is surprising that HMS UNIQUE did not make an enemy report which I think would have been important so it is quite possible that her loss occurred shortly after. '
'At 0955, a loud noise similar to a depth charge was heard and two more torpedo tracks were observed at about 3,000 metres astern on the port side. They missed the port side by 70 metres.'
As Spichern was not escorted at that time, perhaps Lt. Boddington wanted to do a quick reload and was one of the reload torpedoes damaged when the premature went off and went something wrong while reloading a tube.
I suppose we will never know.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/11/2016 03:45PM by becorijn.