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Details for: Sinking of H.M.S. Fidelity


Historical Data:
H.M.S. Fidelity was a British Special Service vessel. She was part of a convoy en route to Columbo, India when she developed engine trouble and fell behind. She was attacked by a number of U-boats, but her anti-torpedo nets appeared to prevent any detonations. Eventually, between 22.00 and 23.00 on 29 December 1942 she was hit by two torpedos form U-435 and sank immediately after large explosions. The U-boat reported seeing avery large number of survivors, the crew had taken on board 44 survivors of the Empire Shackleton and there were also many marines. Sadly, none of them could be rescued and they all drowned in the deteriorating weather conditions. 274 crewmen, 51 Royal Marines and the 44 survivors from the Empire Shackleton were lost.


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1 person killed