Re: HMS Winchelsea
Posted by: becorijn
Date: April 13, 2019 09:12AM
At 1745Z convoy OG 93 / KMS 26 was bombed in approximate position 44°35'N, 18°29'E. The only damage done was a near miss to the escorting destroyer HMS Winchelsea.
The bombing was thought to be carried out from 12000 feet by three or four Focke Wulf 200's (Condors) and possibly a Heinkel 177 as well.
The damage sustained caused HMS Winchelsea's speed being reduced to only 8 knots. She was detached to proceed to Plymouth escorted by HMS Abelia later replaced by HMS Wallflower. The tug Dexterous was despached from Falmouth to assist the damaged destroyer. The tug was escorted by the trawler Lundy.
In a signal timed 2155Z/13, HMS Winchelsea reported lower part of stem and bow plating fallen off. Flooded to the waterline forward of station 17. Speed reduced now to 5 knots but the bulkhead was holding satisfactorily.
HMS Winchelsea arrived at Plymouth on the 16th.