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HMS Lawford (K514)

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Name  USS Lawford (DE-516)
Class and type  Captain-class frigate
Name  HMS Lawford (K514)
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Fate  Transferred to Royal Navy under Lend-Lease
Fate  Sunk by Aerial attack during Normandy Landings, 8 June 1944
Class and type  Evarts-class destroyer escort

HMS Lawford (K514) was a Royal Navy converted Captain class frigate (pennant DE-516), built in the US in 1944. She was converted into an HQ ship for the Normandy landings. On 8 June 1944, whilst operating off Juno Beach, she was hit by enemy fire during an air attack and sunk. Thirty-seven of her crew died. The Royal Navy's damage summary report states that the ship was hit by an "aerial torpedo", which has been taken to mean a torpedo dropped from an aircraft. However, a survey of the ship undertaken as part of the Channel 4 TV series "Wreck Detectives" found evidence that the vessel was broken up and sunk by an internal explosion, indicating a hit from one or more bombs or from an early guided missile such as an Hs-293 or (less likely) a Fritz X.

Further consideration suggests that the term "aerial torpedo" used in the RN damage summaries was actually intended to refer to guided missiles.

The wreck lies in 21 meters of water at 49°25′43″N 00°23′47″W.


HMS Lawford (K514) Wikipedia

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