Allied Warships

HMS Rattler (J 217)

Minesweeper of the Algerine class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantJ 217 
ModTurbine engined 
Built byHarland & Wolff Ltd. (Belfast, Northern Ireland) 
Ordered15 Nov 1940 
Laid down14 Apr 1942 
Launched9 Dec 1942 
Commissioned22 Apr 1943 
Lost22 Aug 1944 
Loss position50° 13'N, 0° 44'W

Commissioned as HMS Rattler on 22 April 1943, renamed HMS Loyalty in June 1943.

On 22 August 1944 U-480 torpedoed and sank HMS Loyalty (Lt.Cdr. James Edward Maltby, RNR) in the English Channel in position 50º09'N, 00º41'W.

The wreck lies in 50 meter of water in position 50º12'48"N, 00º44'30"W.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 22 Aug 1944 by U-480 (Förster).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMS Rattler
Career notesRenamed HMS Loyalty in June 1943.

Commands listed for HMS Rattler (J 217)

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1Lt. Malcolm Buist, RN16 Mar 194314 Nov 1943
2Lt.Cdr. James Edward Maltby, RNR14 Nov 194322 Aug 1944 (+)

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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