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HMS Abdiel was launched on 23rd April 1940, a Minelayer built by JS White at Cowes, Isle of Wight. She was awarded battle honours at Bay of Biscay in 1941. In May 1941 she was deployed on convoy duty with Mediterranean Fleet for Operation Tiger and supported the military defence of Crete. Later in the year she undertook support duties and troop movements from Tobruk. In December 1942 she transferred to Eastern Fleet and sailed for Trincomalee arriving on the 10th of January 1942. In Feburary she was damaged when she ran aground at Port Anson, repairs were made and in June she returned to the UK collecting a shipment of gold bullion from Cape Town enroute. This was delivered to the Clyde in July and Abdiel proceeded to the Tyne where she underwent repairs and a refit.
She resumed service in December, undertaking minelaying duties in the Mediterranean. In April 1942 she redeployed in Eastern Mediterranean for troop transport duties, in preparation for the allied landings in Sicily, which she supported later in the year. HMS Abiel was lost on the 10th of September 1942 when a mine exploded in Taranto harbour, the protective de-gaussing equipment had been switched off on arrival. The ship sank very quickly, with the loss of 48 of the ship's company and 120 of the troops. A further 120 troops and 6 crew members suffered wounds.
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Able Sea. George Yeoman Anderson HMS AbdielThis is my stepfather. He is now 87. Has just started talking about the War.Was on HMS Abdiel when sunk in Tarantino Bay. States many of Airbourne Div on board drowned because they jumped over with all equipment. Was picked up by tender from a warship nearby. Had been on HMS Manxman when it was torpedoed but not sunk earlier on.F. Cummins
Able Sea. Eric Leonard Oakford HMS Abdiel (d.10th Sept 1943)Eric Oakford would have been my uncle if he had survived the WW2. I do not have any photographs of him or much information but would like to hear from any other members that had relatives who served on the ship and who may have more information.Garry Oakford
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