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Jordi Comas
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Erica

Post by Jordi Comas » Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:06 am

Hi all,

British corvette Erica was mined and sunk 9/2/43 off Derna while escorting a convoy. Do you know time and ships involved in this convoy?

Thank you very much
Jordi
Brian Corijn
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Re: Erica

Post by Brian Corijn » Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:00 pm

Hi Jordi,

Don't know about the ships in the convoy.

ADM 199/773 gives the following;

Loss of HMS Erica.

A convoy of five empty merchant ships was sailed from Benghazi at 0200 hours for Tobruk and Alexandria. At 1550 hours, in position 32°48'5 N, 21°06E, HMS Erica, who was investigating an A/S contact, struck a mine and sank. It was at first thought to have been a torpedo but from subsequent investigation it is evident that she struck a mine in a field laid by HMS Rorqual some time ago. Casualties were one rating missing and one rating who died of wounds.

HMSAS Southern Maid picked up all officers and seventy-one ratings. ML's from Tobruk and Benghazi carried out an A/S search of the area but without result.


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Jordi Comas
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Re: Erica

Post by Jordi Comas » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:00 pm

Thank you Brian,

Regards
Darius
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Re: Erica

Post by Darius » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:20 pm

Hello Brian,

thank you for this addition to my list of "friendly fire incidents".


Regards

Darius
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Re: Erica

Post by Darius » Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:41 pm

From Admirality War Diaries:

09.02.1943
The Corvette ERICA was sunk, cause unknown, at 1550 today in 32,48.5 N, 21.10 E (off the north coast of Cyranaica between Benghazi and Mersa Susa) whilst in company with BURRA, SOUTHERN MAID and two M.Ls escorting 4 merchant ships from Bengazi to Alexandria. SOUTHERN MAID picked up all officers and 71 ratings.

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Darius
Jordi Comas
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Re: Erica

Post by Jordi Comas » Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:44 am

Thank you Darius,

Regards
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