Incident Folder

The text below gives a summary of the conflict (i.e. war), event or incident that resulted in deaths in the Borough or abroad. On the right are listed the individual events and incidents, such as battles or air raids. For each conflict the total number of casualties are given, whereas for each event or incident the names of those who died are listed in alphabetical order.

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Details for: Convoy QP-13 and the sinking of HMS Niger


Historical Data:
HMS Niger sailed for the UK with Convoy QP13 (35 ships), leaving Murmansk on 27th June as escort. By an error of navigation caused by the bad weather, the convoy strayed into an allied minefield off Iceland and at 2240 on 5th July 1942 Niger blew up and sank just north-west of Iceland. Fog had reduced visibility to 500 yards but HMS Hussar was able eventually to obtain a shore fix and led the remaining ships of the convoy (four had been sunk by mines) out of the minefield and reached Reykjavik on 7th July. The Commanding Officer and 148 crew were killed when Niger sank; the large casualty list is probably explained by the fact that the ship was carrying naval passengers home from North Russia.


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1 person killed