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HMS Pylades (J401)

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Name  HMS Pylades (J401)
Laid down  30 January 1943
Construction started  30 January 1943
Namesake  Pylades
Commissioned  24 November 1943
Launched  27 June 1943
Fate  Sunk 8 July 1944 during Normandy Landings
Class and type  Catherine-class minesweeper
Builder  Savannah Machinery and Foundry Co.

HMS Pylades was a Catherine-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy.

The Catherine class was the British designation for the United States Navy's Auk class minesweeper.

She was sunk on 8 July 1944 off Juno Beach during the Normandy landings. The crew reported two explosions astern, following which the ship sank. The captain's report stated that the damage was most likely caused by two mines.

A survey of the wreck as part of Channel 4's Wreck Detectives underwater archaeological TV series indicated that the damage was actually caused by torpedo attack. Given the date of the sinking these must have been launched from German Marder or Neger mini submarines, which were the only German torpedo-capable units at sea at the time of the attack.

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HMS Pylades (J401) Wikipedia


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