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Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:06 am
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
Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:00 pm
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.
Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:00 pm
Thank you Brian,
Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:20 pm
thank you for this addition to my list of "friendly fire incidents".
Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:41 pm
From Admirality War Diaries:
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.
Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:44 am
Thank you Darius,