HMS Thistle (N 24)
|Name||HMS Thistle (N 24)|
|Completed||1939 - Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, Barrow-in-Furness|
|Date of attack||10 Apr 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-4 (Hans-Peter Hinsch)|
|Position||59° 09'N, 5° 11'E - Grid AN 2989|
|Complement||53 officers and men (53 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Scapa Flow (7 Apr) - Patrol area off Stavanger|
|History||HMS Thistle (N 24) was commissioned in July 1939. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.05 hours on 9 April 1940, HMS Thistle (N 24) (LtCdr W.F. Haselfoot, RN) missed U-4 with a spread of four torpedoes southwest off Stavanger, Norway. The Germans had observed one torpedo passing ten metres ahead and evaded further attacks by diving. Afterwards they managed to surprise the British submarine on the surface some hours later and at 02.13 hours on 10 April fired a spread of two torpedoes. A G7a torpedo missed, but a G7e torpedo hit and sank the submarine with all hands near Skudenes.
|On board||We have details of 53 people who were on board.|
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