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HMS Egret

   HMS Egret was scheduled to be transferred to the New Zealand Navy in 1939 but the outbreak of WWII prevented this. On the 27th of August 1943HMS Egret became the first warship to be sunk by a guided missile. Whilst on anti-submarine duties in the Bay of Biscay, she was attacked by 13 Dornier aircraft one of which released a 293A guided bomb. The ship exploded violently and was immediately destroyed, with the loss of 194 men.


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Those known to have sailed in

HMS Egret

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Archer John Clay. Able Sea. (d.27th August 1943)
  • Conway Kenneth.
  • Gatt Felix. Stw.
  • Neary John. PO
  • Scott Peter. Gunner
  • Stanley Victor. Able Sea. (d.27th August 1943)
  • Wilkins Leonard Archibald.

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There are 1 pages in our library tagged HMS Egret  These include information on officers service records, letters, diaries, personal accounts and information about actions during the Second World War.

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Leonard Archibald Wilkins HMS Egret

My grandfather, Leonard Wilkins, died of TB in 1945. All I know about him is that he was on the HMS Egret until he took ill. He married Ethel Lillian Turner, but unfortunately they didn't have much time together and Ethel died a few years after also of TB. My dad was very young and can't remember anything. I have some photos of Leonard. Does anyone know of anyone that was on the HMS Egret? I know it was sunk in the Bay of Biscay but I can't seem to find any other information or people.

Angie Wilkins

Able Sea. Victor Stanley HM Egret (d.27th August 1943)

My great grandfather, Victor Stanley, was a radar operator on HMS Egret. He died in the attack on the ship in the Bay of Biscay on 27th August 1943. Before he joined the Navy, he lived in Manor Park (east London) and worked as a Billingsgate fish porter.

Louis Carter

Gunner Peter Scott HMS Egret

My father Peter Scott was a gunner and was wounded in the attack on HMS Egret.

Peter Scott

Stw. Felix Gatt HMS Egret

I had an uncle, Felix Gatt, a Maltese steward who once told me that at the beginning of the war he was on the Egret on the North Sea patrols. He must have been transferred as he survived the war. He died in 1960s in Peckham SE London.

Louis Carter

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